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Systematic observation

Worldwide systematic observation of the climate system is a key prerequisite for advancing scientific knowledge on climate change and advising informed policy making.

The Convention calls on Parties to promote and cooperate in systematic observation of the climate system, including through support to existing international programmes and networks (Articles 4.1(g) and 5). Implementation is supported through cooperation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other agencies. Further background information >>

Parties provide detailed technical reports on systematic observation via their National Communications and in line with the revised UNFCCC reporting guidelines on global climate change observing systems (decision 11/CP.13).  


Research and systematic observation. Draft conclusions proposed by the Chair FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.18

pdf-icon Climate Services for Supporting Climate Change Adaptation: Supplement to the Technical Guidelines for the National Adaptation Plan Process by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Upcoming events

2-4 March 2016 Global Climate Observation. The Road to the Future Shaping the next GCOS Implementation Plan, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Resources on systematic observation of the climate, climate change research and climate services from partners and relevant organizations, including the IPCC
Calendar of upcoming worldwide climate change science and research related events from external organizations, including on issues of systematic observation


SBSTA 45 will consider the GCOS Implementation Plan 2016.


SBSTA 44 will address matters related to research.

The Adaptation Exchange