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
Climate Services for Supporting Climate Change Adaptation: Supplement to the
Technical Guidelines for the National Adaptation Plan Process by the World Meteorological
2-4 March 2016 Global Climate
Observation. The Road to the Future Shaping the next GCOS Implementation Plan, Amsterdam,