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
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).
Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on its forty-third session,
held in Paris from 1 to 4 December 2015. FCCC/SBSTA/2015/5
Matters relating to science and review (Agenda item 8): Research and systematic observation,
Climate Services for Supporting Climate Change Adaptation: Supplement to the Technical Guidelines for
the National Adaptation Plan Processby the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
2-4 March 2016 Global Climate Observation. The
Road to the Future Shaping the next GCOS Implementation Plan, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
23 March 2016 World Meteorological Day: Hotter, Drier,
Wetter, Face the Future
Thursday 19 May, 15.00-18.00 Eighth meeting of the SBSTA Research Dialogue (RD 8)