CEOS-led response to the GCOS-IP

CEOS-led response to the GCOS-IP
Mitchell D. Goldberg
CEOS Climate SBA Coordinator
• In December 2003 at the 9th Conference of the Parties (COP-9) a
UNFCCC Decision:
– Requested GCOS to develop a phased 5-10 year implementation plan
– Invited GCOS and GEO, which was also drafting its implementation plan,
to collaborate closely in developing their respective plans
• The GCOS plan, The Implementation Plan for the Global
Observing System for Climate, was released late in 2004
• Parties at COP-10 in December 2004 adopted Decision 5/CP.10:
– Addressed implementation of the GCOS plan
– Invited Parties with space agencies involved in global observations to
request those agencies to provide a coordinated response to the
recommendations in the implementation plan
Space agencies involved in global observations chose to
coordinate their response through CEOS
GEO Sub-Task CL-06-01c
• Key Climate Data from Satellite Systems
– This sub-task is led by USA (NASA, NOAA,, CEOS, GCOS and WMO to:
Establish actions securing the provision of key data for
climate studies and forecasting from satellite systems.
Two Important Tasks
• WP4300: CEOS Progress Report update to
UNFCCC SBSTA Due: September 2010
– Coordinated Response delivered to SBSTA in 2006
– Progress report delivered to SBSTA in 2008
– CEOS invited to provide update to SBSTA in 2010
• WP4200: CEOS Coordinated Response to new
GCOS-IP Due: September 2012
CEOS 59 Climate Actions in response to
GCOS-92 (IP2004) and GCOS-107
(satellite supplement)
Action plan adopted by CEOS in Sep. 06
Overall goals
Ensuring continuity of climate-relevant satellite measurements (13
Taking a systematic approach to generating fundamental climate data
records (FCDRs) (11 actions);
Preserving climate data records (4 actions);
Ensuring access to climate data products (10 actions);
Coordinating international communities and interaction with users (10
actions); and
Addressing future measurement needs (11 actions).
2010 CEOS Progress
Report Status
• Report builds on 2008 update report
• All 59 actions were addressed because we want to transition
to the development of new and/or redefine actions for the
new CEOS-led response.
• Included progress of activities outside of direct CEOS
coordination: GSICS, SCOPE-CM, CGMS, WCRP..
• Include updates on individual satellite agency activities
related to climate
NOAA Climate Data Records Program
NASA on-going reprocessing of EOS datasets
ESA Climate Change Initiative
EUMETSAT Climate Program
USGS Plans for developing FCDRs and ECVs
– JAXA’s key climate observations (GCOM)
New CEOS Response to
GCOS-IP 2010
• Excellent opportunity for a new CEOS-led response
with improved actions and identification of lead
groups to coordinate.
– For example: Action A31 “Continue production of
satellite ozone data records suitable for studies of
interannual variability and trend analysis. Reconcile
residual differences between ozone data sets produced by
different satellite systems”needs ownership for
international coordination and then development of
strategy and work plan with level of effort that needs to
then be aligned with agencies’ climate programs.
• Identify domain leads (atmos, ocean, land)
• Coordinate with CEOS working groups, CEOS virtual
constellations, and Climate related external groups (e.g. SCOPECM, GSICS, WCRP, CGMS), and experts to develop plans
responding to the GCOS IP10 actions.
• Plans must be actionable with high level of effort identified.
• Groups need to reach into the expert community, including
authors contributing to the original CEOS response to the 2004
• We expect that the new CEOS response will help agencies to plan
their Climate Data programs.
• Identify Subject Matter Experts(~3) for each
GCOS-IP action to develop response via
common template.
• Identify existing coordination groups (eg.
GOFC-GOLD for fire) for vetting the response
• Use input from the GCOS satellite supplement
• Use templates to develop the report
• Report will be reviewed by Climate Working
• Finalize report by September 2012
• CEOS has a significant task to respond to the
latest GCOS IP.
• Excellent opportunity to engage the
community working together in response to