Title: European Capacity for Monitoring and Assimilating Space-based Climate Change Observations - Status and Prospects
Authors: WILSON JulianDOWELL MarkBELWARD Alan
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC Publication N°: JRC54704
ISBN: 978-92-79-15154-5
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24273 EN
OPOCE LB-NA-24273-EN-C
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC54704
DOI: 10.2788/70393
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report, which is based on the findings of a workshop at Ispra in March 2009, provides the scientific background to a forthcoming Commission response to the Space and Competitiveness councils requests that the commission assess the needs for full access to standardised climate change data, the means to provide these data and together with ESA, EUMETSAT and the scientific community define how GMES services can contribute effectively to providing these data. The report therefore focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on space-based Climate data sources. Standardised climate data are needed for climate monitoring, prediction and research, while climate information informs the policy cycle at four key points - Policy definition; Management and scenario building; Reporting requirements; Alarm functions. The workshop identified the 44 Essential Climate Variables defined by GCOS as the minimum set of standardised climate data that the commission should be considering and a gap analysis for the provision of these observations was undertaken. In addition European capacity is analysed according to maturity, differentiating between sustained operational capacity (Envelope Missions/EUMETSAT), non-operationally funded repetitive capacity and additional infrastructure needs in order to fill the gaps are identified. Finally the report discusses co-ordination and governance issues and how to overcome them. The key findings and recommendations are contained in an executive summary.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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