The German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) hosted a meeting from 26-28 February 2013 of close to 50 representatives from international institutions to discuss which additional and special requirements for climate observations can be drawn from climate adaptation activities. The workshop was jointly organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The experts discussed to what extent specific socio-economic and scientific-technical sectors will need to apply climate adaptation activities and what kind of observations will be required. In particular, they discussed what data and product gaps and information deficiencies need to be addressed to improve already available climate information. The discussion highlighted the fact that in many cases the information provided by climate models and satellites is still not sufficient. This is because there is a huge demand for observation data that are of high quality and have adequate spatial and temporal resolution. This is true for both developed and developing countries, although for the latter the need for free, frequent and useful data is even greater.
The workshop results will serve as a qualified source of information for the 3rd Adequacy Report of Global Observing Systems for Climate that GCOS and its partners will produce by the end of 2014. This Report will then be presented to the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The results of the workshop will be available in a report to be published available in May 2013.