Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) 2022 Implementation Plan

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) 2022 Implementation Plan

11 November 2022, 12:15 - 13:15 EET (UTC/GMT+2)
COP27 - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt


The 2022 GCOS Implementation Plan (GCOS-244)The session will present a set of high priority actions identified in 2022 GCOS Implementation Plan, which are based on the latest GCOS Status Report 2021, implications arising from the IPCCC 6th assessment report and recent scientific studies on the climate cycles. For each action, implementers have also been identified. The Implementation plan identifies six themes, each of them including several actions that if undertaken in the next 5-10 years, will lead to an improved Global Climate Observing System. 

The 1st theme ‘Ensuring Sustainability’ identifies the in situ and satellite observations that are at risk for long-term continuity. The 2nd theme ‘Filling Data Gaps’ addresses gaps identified in the existing observing system, including geographical gaps. The theme ‘Improving data quality, availability and utility’, looks at how original observations are transformed into user-relevant information. It includes reprocessing and reanalysis. The 4th theme ‘Managing Data’ highlights the importance of ensuring data is available in perpetuity. It aims to organise more efficiently data rescue, sharing, curation and provision. The theme ‘Engaging with Countries’ addresses the needs for support and coordination of national efforts through GCOS. The 6th theme, ‘Other emerging needs’ addresses the needs arising from response measures, such as adaptation and mitigation, and some of the new stakeholder needs. 

An overview of the main outcomes of GCOS Climate Observation Conference, that took place in Darmstadt 17-19 October 2022 and whose programme was very much aligned with the themes of GCOS IP will also be provided. 



Moderator: Anthony Rea, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

GCOS Event Speakers


  • Anthony Rea, Director of Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Programme, WMO

GCOS Implementation Plan and the need for a sustained global climate system

  • Han Dolman, GCOS Chair, NIOZ

GCOS Climate Observation Conference 

  • Sabrina Speich, École Normale Superieur

Actions to improve the system:

Focus on Actions implemented by Satellite Agencies 

  • Clément Albergel, European Space Agency (ESA)

Focus on Actions Implemented by GOOS/Agencies working in marine observations

  • Albert Fischer, Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

Focus on Actions implemented by UNFCCC parties

  • Thelma Krug, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)