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Enhancing observations to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate - Learning from the IPCC fifth Assessment Report
 

Workshop by GCOS in collaboration with IPCC and UNFCCC
10-12 February 2015
Bonn, Germany

United Nations Campus, Altes Abgeordneten-Hochhaus,
Konferenzraum 1 (F-030)

Workshop Goals:

  1. Assessing the key findings and recommendations of the IPCC in the context of data availability to inform implementation of adaptation planning and strategies.
  2. Defining of the core sets of data, data characteristics, and information technologies needed to maintain the minimum acceptable level of stewardship in the management of resources and infrastructure.
  3. Characterizing the climate data needs of the key sectors including the financial services and development sectors.
  4. Assessing the adequacy of national and regional networks and records for detection of climate trends to inform global, regional and national assessments of climate change and for developing regional and national climate risk profiles.
  5. Identifying paths for addressing institutional and local capacities (including NHMS) needed to observe, monitor, rescue, archive and process and sustain climate data and networks.

pdf-icon Agenda (639 kB)  

pdf-icon Final report

pdf-icon List of participants (529 kB)

The SBSTA at its forty-first session (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/L.19, para 6) noted that the workshop would identify ways to enhance systematic observation and related capacity, especially in developing countries to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate. The GCOS secretariat will provide a report on the workshop before the forty-third session of the SBSTA.

 
Presentations and Discussion points
 
Day 1: Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Session 1. (Facilitators: Stephen Briggs and Tomasz Chruszczow)

Workshop Goal 1. “Assessing the key findings and recommendations of the IPCC in the context of data availability to inform implementation of adaptation strategies"

Presenter Title of presentation Link

Stephen Briggs,
GCOS SC

Brief introduction to the GCOS Programme pdf-icon click >> (1893 kB)
Carolin Richter,
GCOS Secretariat

Outcomes of the ‘GCOS Workshop on Observations for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change’, held in February 2013 in Offenbach, Germany

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Gian-Kasper Plattner,
IPCC WGI TSU
IPCC WG I reporting on the outcome of the IPCC/WCRP Workshop of WG I AR5 findings “Research Needs on Observations – focusing on WCRP’s Grand Challenges”, held in September 2014 in Bern, Switzerland pdf-icon click >> (2733 kB)
Konrad Steffen, 
IPCC WG I
Summary/overview on identified observational needs from AR5 WG I pdf-icon click >> (8970 kB)
Gerrit Hansen, 
IPCC WG II
IPCC AR5 WG II, Chapter 18 Detection and Attribution of Observed Impacts pdf-icon click >> (1780 kB)
 

Discussion: Questions and Challenges

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Session 2. (Facilitators: Ken Holmlund and Albert Klein-Tank)

Workshop Goal 2. "Defining the core sets of data, data characteristics, and information technologies needed to maintain the minimum acceptable level of stewardship in the management of resources and infrastructure."

Presenter Title of presentation Link
Adrian Simmons,
GCOS
Talk 1: Introductory Talk on Essential Climate Variables and the GCOS assessment process, pdf-icon click >> (1803 kB)
Barbara Ryan,
GEO Secretariat
Talk 2: Overview Talk on activities in regard to GEO SBA Climate, and GEO Data Sharing/Management Principles pdf-icon click >> (3145 kB)
Hans-O. Pörtner,
IPCC WG II
New needs in observing technologies: Ocean and acidification pdf-icon click >> (14820 kB)
Martin Herold,
GOFC-GOLD
New needs in observing technologies: Land pdf-icon click >> (1728 kB)
John Bates,
CEOS-CGMS
Needs in data quality, data access, stewardship, etc pdf-icon click >> (1797 kB)
 

Discussion: Questions and Challenges

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Day 2: Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Session 3. (Facilitators: Gerhard Adrian and Carolin Richter)

Workshop Goal 3. “Characterizing the climate data needs of the four identified key sectors, including the needs for the financial and/or development sectors”

Presenter Title of presentation Link
Gerhard Adrian,
GFCS Management Committee
Brief introduction: Global Framework for Climate Services pdf-icon click >> (598 kB)
Bruce Hewitson,
IPCC WG II

Introductory Talk 1: Summary/overview on observational needs for different regions

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Roger Pulwarty,
IPCC SREX

Introductory Talk 2: Summary on the IPCC Special Report on extreme events

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Sector-related Talks
Presentation withdrawn Freshwater
Heike Bach,
Vista GmbH
Food security and production pdf-icon click >> (3333 kB)
Tania Osejo Carrillo,
WFP
How climate information is helping food insecure populations to build resilience through a comprehensive approach pdf-icon click >> (1507 kB)
Joern Birkmann,
IPCC WGII
Disaster risk reduction pdf-icon click >> (2647 kB)

Bettina Menne,
WHO

Health pdf-icon click >> (2118 kB)
Christos Mitas,
Risk management solutions

Risky business - Observational needs

Presentation withdrawn

Economics of adaptation - Opportunities and needs

 

Discussion: Questions and Challenges

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Session 4. (Facilitators: Stefan Roesner and Florin Vladu)

Workshop Goal 4: “Assessing the adequacy of national and regional networks and records for detection of climate trends to inform global, regional and national assessments of climate change and for developing regional and national climate risk profiles.”

Presenter Title of presentation Link
Adaptation Strategies across climate timescales
Roger Pulwarty,
IPCC WGII
Adaptation planning and implementation pdf-icon click >> (12933 kB)
Joern Birkmann,
IPCC WGII
Information needs in the DRR management community pdf-icon click >> (3022 kB)
Mario Hernandez, Future Earth Future Earth – Observational needs pdf-icon click >> (3219 kB)
 

Discussion: Questions and Challenges

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Day 3: Thursday, 12 February 2015

Continuation of Session 4. (Facilitators: Stefan Roesner and Florin Vladu)

Presenter Title of presentation Link
Florin Vladu, UNFCCC secretariat Introduction pdf-icon click >> (1008 kB)
Party perspectives focusing on national and regional needs
Brazil

Brazil status

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China

The challenge for national observations in support of preparedness and adaptation to climate change in China

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European Commission The Copernicus Climate Change (C3) Service pdf-icon click >> (619 kB)
Germany Climate observations in Germany pdf-icon click >> (1223 kB)
Norway Climate change adaptation activities in Norway pdf-icon click >> (1201 kB)

Mali

Mali-Meteo and the challenge of enhancing systematic observations pdf-icon click >> (1545 kB)
Russian Federation

Systematic climate observations

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Solomon Islands

Enhancing observations in Solomon Islands and the region to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate

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  Introduction to relevant UNFCCC work  
Abias Huongo,
LEG
Needs for data and climate observations emerging in support of the NAPs and the work of the LEG pdf-icon click >> (790 kB)

Klaus Radunsky,
Adaptation Committee

Linkages between systematic observation and the work of the Adaptation Committee pdf-icon click >> (531 kB)
Miwa Kato,
UNFCCC secretariat
Linkages between systematic observation and the work of the Executive Committee on Loss and Damage pdf-icon click >> (590 kB)

Discussion: Questions and Challenges

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Session 5. (Facilitators: Carlos Martin Novella, Stephen Briggs and Stefan Roesner)

Workshop Goal 5: “Identifying paths for addressing institutional and local capacities (including NMHSs) needed to observe, monitor, rescue, archive and process and sustain climate networks"

Ed Harrison and
Roger Pulwarty
GCOS

Discussion: Toward Smart Practices pdf-icon click >> (501 kB)
Summary (Facilitators: Carlos Martin Novella, Stephen Briggs and Stefan Roesner)
   Summary of the main findings of the workshop  
 
Information for Participants
pdf-icon Information for participants (577 kB)
 
Background Material

GCOS

pdf-icon Introduction to GCOS and the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)

The Concept of Essential Climate Variables in Support of Climate Research, Applications, and Policy, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 95, 1431–1443

pdf-icon Report of the GCOS Workshop on Observations for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change, Offenbach, Germany, 26–28 February 2013

pdf-icon Report of the joint GCOS/GOFC-GOLD Workshop on Observations for Climate Change Mitigation, Geneva, Switzerland, 5-7 May 2014

Workshop on IPCC AR5: Lessons Learnt for Climate Change Research and WCRP, International Space Sciences Institute, Bern, Switzerland, 8-10 September 2014

UNFCCC

COP 19, Warsaw 2013, Side Event:  Dialogue with the systematic observation community on activities relevant to the Convention

Review of the Long Term Global Goal to reduce GHG emissions so as to hold the increase in global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels

National Adaptation Plans

Work programme on Loss & Damage

National Communications

IPCC

Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5):