Climate change and its impacts cut across all SBAs. Supporting sustainable development agendas while tackling the effects of climate change is an example illustrating this inter-linkage. Hence, GEO will supply the requisite Earth observations in support of effective policy responses for climate change adaptation, mitigation and other impacts across the SBAs. GEO will work with its partners, such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to lead national, regional and global efforts to enhance global observation systems, thereby strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Summary description of 2016 Plans

The absence of a stand-alone climate SBA in the GEO decade 2016-2025 is a testament to the overarching importance of climate and its relevance to all SBAs.  Several specific tasks will serve as a mechanism for addressing climate in GEO’s next decade and to ensure appropriate interfaces between climate data providers and users across the new GEO SBAs.

On the level of Foundational Tasks, the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), as the climate observing component of GEO, has a crucial role in defining and gathering requirements for Essential Climate Variables, reporting on the status of the observing system for climate and identifying gaps.

A dedicated GEO Community Activity will work towards improving access to climate datasets, as well as to bridge climate dataset providers and users within the different Societal Benefit Areas through the GEOSS Portal.

A new GEO Community Activity is proposed to build synergies between GEO and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The primary focus is to identify targeted areas in existing GEO activities where collaboration with the GFCS could take place and to demonstrate in tangible ways in which GEO activities can be used to help implement the GFCS at the national and regional level.

New GEO Initiatives will contribute to adaptation and mitigation goals and deepen our understanding of climate change.

GEO Work Programme 2016 activities addressing Climate

Community Activities

GEO Initiatives

Foundational Tasks