Systematic observation for Climate Change Adaptation: Joint GCOS-IPCC-UNFCCC workshop

From 10 to 12 February 2015, international experts and representatives of Member States gathered in Bonn, Germany, for a workshop on systematic observations for climate change adaptation.

"Enhancing observations to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate - Learning from the IPCC fifth Assessment Report" was organised jointly by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER participated as an observer in the workshop.

The workshop aimed at assessing the key findings and recommendations of the IPCC in the context of data availability to inform implementation of adaptation planning and strategies. The participants also discussed how to identify core sets of data, data characteristics, and information technologies needed to maintain the minimum acceptable level of stewardship in the management of resources and infrastructure.

Among the topics frequently raised by speakers were the need for good accessibility of data, including high resolution space-based information, and the need to match global datasets to local needs and national or local adaptation efforts. Several talks addressed specifically the importance of using space-based information and other systematic observations in the context of disasters linked to climate change.

The agenda and all presentations are available on the workshop website.