Event Dates: March 5th - 7th, 2014


The 4th Meeting of the Working Group on Climate, now known as the Joint CEOS-CGMS Working Group on Climate

(This is the 1st WGClimate meeting held since it became Joint with the Coordination Group for Meteorological SatellitesCGMS.)

Hosted by: The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

Location: Darmstadt, Germany


The overarching goal of the WGClimate is to improve the systematic availability of Climate Data Records (CDR) through coordinated implementation and further development of an architecture for climate monitoring from space. Main topics of this meeting included:

Wednesday March 5th, 2014: Day 1

Time Description
1.0 Introductions & Context
09:00-09:15 Welcome (A. Ratier, Director General EUMETSAT)
09:15-09:30 Round table introductions (All)
09:30-09:40 Acceptance of Agenda (J. Bates)
09:40-10:10 WGClimate review and new Terms of Reference (J. Bates) [Presentation]
10:10-10:30 CEOS 2014 and Beyond (K. Sawyer) [Presentation]
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-11:20 CGMS Organization and Climate Actions (P. Counet) [Presentation]
11:20-12:00 Agency Reports from WGClimate MembersEach member is asked to present a brief 10 minute report on climate activities of their Agency:JAXANSMC/CMA










12:00-13:30 Lunch
2.0 Coordination of CEOS and CGMS Activities
13:30-13:50 GCOS Plans and Timetable (C. Richter) [Presentation]
13:50-14:30 WGClimate Work Plan for 2014-2016 (J. Bates) [Presentation]
14:30-15:30 Discussion – Work Plan, CGMS Actions, and engagement of WGClimate members (All)
15:30-16:00 Coffee
3.0 Climate Monitoring Architecture
16:00-16:30 Architecture case study activity (M. Dowell) [Presentation]
16:30-17:00 Global Framework on Climate Services – GFCS (W. Zhang) [Presentation]
17:10-17:30 Production of fundamental climate data records by CGMS members and inclusion in climate monitoring architecture (J. Lafeuille – Remote) [Presentation]
18:00 Reception and Dinner (EUMETSAT Canteen)

Thursday March 6th, 2014: Day 2

Time Description
4.0 Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Inventory
09:00-09:20 Overview and background (R. Husband) [Presentation]
09:20-09:40 Summary of Current Status of ECV Inventory (S. Stover) [Presentation]
09:40-10:30 Hands on Session – Using the ECV Inventory (All)
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-11:20 Overview of the Mission, Instruments, and Measurements (MIM) Database (S. Stover [Presentation]
11:20-12:00 Hands on Session – Using the MIM and ECV Inventory to Conduct an Analysis of ECV Gaps (All)[Presentation]
12:00-13:30 Lunch
5.0 Assessing the Completeness of ECVs
13:30-13:50 Overview and background (J. Bates)
13:50-14:30 Results of CORE-CLIMAX Assessment Workshop (J. Schulz) [Presentation]
14:30-15:00 Discussion on ECV Assessments (All)
15:00-15:30 Coffee
6.0 Coordination with CEOS Carbon Task Force
15:30-16:00 Summary of Carbon Task Force Report (D. Wickland – Remote) [Presentation]
16:00-17:30 Discussion – Carbon Task Force Actions and the GCOS Implementation Plan Carbon-related Actions (All)
19:00 Social Event

Friday March 7th, 2014: Day 3

Time Description
7.0 Reporting and Activities in Support of GEO, GCOS, and COP-SBSTA
09:00-09:30 Review and Status of Climate Reports Supporting International Activities (Led by J. Bates)
09:30-09:50 GCOS Update and Feedback (C. Richter) [Presentation]
09:50-10:10 GEO Update and Feedback (E. Volden) [Presentation]
10:10-10:30 WCRP Update and Feedback (M. Rixen) [Presentation]
10:30-11:00 Coffee
8.0 Summary and Actions
11:00-12:00 Review of meeting, action items, and next meeting (J. Bates)