Between 13 and 17 October 2014, the Climate Symposium will address “Climate Research and Earth Observations from Space/Climate information for decision making”, bringing together over 500 global climate experts, policy makers and representatives from industry and international space agencies in Darmstadt, Germany. Taking place directly after the release of key elements of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, the symposium and its follow-on activities are expected to benefit climate-related risk management, and help to underpin the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation options.
Climate change impacts natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans through rising sea levels, heat stress, water-borne illnesses and an increase in severe weather phenomena. The symposium will benefit climate research, modelling and prediction by initiating the development of an international space-based climate observing system in response to the needs of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).
On 13 October, the symposium will be kicked off by policy makers from Germany and the European Commission, as well as managers of climate observation, research and assessment programmes. Speakers include Ms Brigitte Zypries, German State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation, and Ms Barbara Ryan, Director of the Group on Earth Observations. Opening addresses will also be given by David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, and Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met Office (UK).
The Climate Symposium is organised by the WCRP and EUMETSAT, with the support of the European Commission, the European Space Agency, and the City of Darmstadt. Other sponsors are GFCS, GEO, JAXA, DLR, NOAA, CNES and NASA.
For more details of the symposium programme, visit the Climate Symposium web site