Announcement: 2nd Climate Observation Conference

12–14 October 2021, Darmstadt, Ger­many

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and supported by EUMETSAT will be holding a conference that aims to assess how well the current global climate observing system supports current and near-term user needs for climate information. In particular the meeting will examine how well observations of the global Earth cycles (the global energy balance, global water and carbon cycles, and explaining changing conditions of the biosphere) support users’ needs for climate data. The outputs will provide inputs into the next GCOS implementation plan which will make recommendations to meteorological networks, major observing systems and satellite agencies and also it will be presented to the UNFCCC in 2022 as a contribution towards the UNFCCC’s Global Stocktake.

This conference follows on from the first climate observations conference, Global Climate Observation: The Road to The Future held on 2–4 March 2016 in Amsterdam. Sustained observations of the global climate system are essential for understanding, predicting, mitigating and adapting to climate change. The progress in understanding and attributing climate change have been largely based on climate observations. In order to this progress, it is vital to make further progress towards achieving a fully implemented, sustainable, global observing system for climate.

An organising committee is being setup under the leadership of Prof. A.J. (Han) Dolman, chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of GCOS which will issue an invitation for abstracts in January 2021.

Please mark your calendars now for this important conference from 12–14 October 2021. Depending of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic the meeting may be held partly virtual. The registration page for the conference will open in February 2021 and more detail on the programme will be available at that time. For more details please visit our meeting website:

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Further details about GCOS can be found at and WCRP at

Information about the FIRST climate observations conference is available at