Worldwide systematic observation of the climate system is a key prerequisite for advancing scientific
knowledge on climate change. 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 of those Articles has been supported through the cooperation with the Global Climate Observing
System (GCOS) secretariat of the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other agencies
participating in WMO's Climate Agenda. More >>
Parties provide detailed technical reports on systematic observation in accordance with the provisions
of decisions 4/CP.5 and 5/CP.5 via their National Communications and in line with the revised UNFCCC reporting
guidelines on global climate change observing systems (decision 11/CP.13).
The sixth and latest national communications (NC 6) from Annex I Parties, including technical
reports on systematic observation, are available here. The compilation and synthesis report of NC 6 was presented to the SBI 41
(Lima, December 2014). This includes FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.2
- Vulnerability and adaptation; research and systematic observation; and education, training
and public awareness.
Workshop by GCOS in collaboration with IPCC and UNFCCC, Feb 10-12 2015, Bonn, Germany. Enhancing observations to support preparedness and
adaptation in a changing climate – Learning from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.
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