First Workshop on Space-based Architecture for Climate

WMO First Workshop on Space-based Architecture for Climate GCOS
Date: 13-14 January 2011  Start: 9h00
Venue: WMO HQ, Geneva - Salle B
Directions and Hotel information
  Final report: Published here : Final meeting reports (as soon as available)  

Item Agenda and Documents
  Invitation letter and Workshop background Note
1 Opening  (Chair: L.P. Riishojgaard)


Introduction and welcome (L.P. Riishojgaard, W. Zhang)
Opening Remarks (W. Zhang)


Agenda (B.J. Ryan, C. Richter)

Workshop objectives
Agenda (updated on 7 January)  

Workshop Schedule (updated on 7 January)

2 Strategic and technical context of climate observation from space  (Chair: L.P. Riishojgaard)

A call for an architecture for space-based observation of climate  (B.J. Ryan)

Presentation:A call for an architecture for space-based observations of climate



The 2010 GCOS Implementation Plan (C. Richter)
Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in support of the UNFCCC


WMO Climate System Monitoring perspective (O. Baddour)

Background: WMO Statement on the status of the global climate system in 2009


The "WMO Vision for the GOS in 2025" responding to the GCOS Implementation Plan  (J. Eyre)

Background:WMO Vision for the GOS in 2025

2.5 The CEOS response to GCOS needs (M.Goldberg)

The CEOS Working Group on Climate (M. Dowell and J. Bates)

Background: Terms of Reference for the CEOS WGC


The observation building blocks and related gaps (Chair: M. Kalb)


CGMS evolving baseline and global contingency plan (J. Lafeuille)

Background: CGMS Global Contingency Plan


WMO Gap Analysis of space missions with respect to GCOS requirements (B. Bizzarri)

Presentation:WMO Gap Analysis of space missions with respect to GCOS requirements


Refinement of the continuity requirements (focussing on main risk areas) (Chair: C. Richter)
4.1 Discussion: Identification/validation of main risk areas (All workshop participants)
4.2 Introduction to break-out sessions (M. Kalb)

Break-out sessions on selected risk areas (critical ECVs and/or cross-cutting issue)

Each group will be invited to consider:

  • Scientific rationale for continuity
  • Implementation approach (e.g. overlap among consecutive missions, back-up, re-launch, direct intercalibration or transfer standards, etc)
  • Implications for space-based missions and data management / processing
  • Priorities and  practical relevance for Research–To-Operations transition


Conclusion: The way forward (Chair: B.J. Ryan)

Report from the break-out sessions  (Rapporteurs)

Report of the Technical Break-out Group: Sustaining Space-based Climate Observations

Report of the Strategy and Policy Break-out Group: "Outcomes and way forward"

5.2 Discussion of recommendations to respective organizations and governing bodies
5.3 Closure of the workshop  (B.J. Ryan, C. Richter)
  Other background documentation
  Draft list of participants (updated on 12 January)
  "Measurement Challenges for Global Observation Systems for Climate Change Monitoring", Report of the WMO-BIPM workshop, 30 March-1 April 2010, Geneva, WMO/TD-No. 1557. (96 pages, 3 MB)