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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).  

Relevant updates

pdf-icon Systematic Observation at the forty-third session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice - Information Note by the Chair of the SBSTA (517 kB) *new*

IPCC Side event at COP 21: From science to solutions: uses and strategies of IPCC communications for a climate-changing world.
nday, 30 November, 18:30-20:00


Resources on climate change research related information from external organizations
Calendar of upcoming climate change science and research related events from external organizations


At SBSTA 41, COP 20, 2014, Lima, Parties re-emphasized the importance of systematic observation for the UNFCCC process at large and the continued need to secure funding to meet the essential needs for national, regional and global climate change observations on a long-term basis.

SBSTA 43 will consider matters related to systematic observation, Agenda item 8a of the Provisional Agenda.

See also:

Submissions under this agenda item are:

All submissions are also available on the UNFCCC submissions portal here

Relevant statements at the opening plenary are:

All statements are also available on the UNFCCC submissions portal here

SBSTA 44 will address matters related to research.

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