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7th TOPC meeting, Rome, Italy
Last updated 26 November 2003

16-18 December 2003

Seventh session of the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate of the Global Climate Observing System and Global Terrestrial Observing System

Goals of meeting

THE SECOND REPORT ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE GLOBAL OBSERVING SYSTEMS FOR CLIMATE IN SUPPORT OF THE UNFCCC prepared last April by the Global Climate Observing System was well received by the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) in July. The conclusions going to the 9th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (9-12 December in Milan) include a request that GCOS produces a detailed implementation plan. The 7th Meeting of the Terrestrial Observing Panel for Climate will be devoted to this.

For each of the findings identified in the adequacy report concrete proposals to improve observations will be made. The Panels have agreed to examine each Finding and identify what must be measured in precise terms (e.g., number of observations required, levels of accuracy, geographic/temporal distribution), what the outcome would be (in terms of improving our knowledge of climate change), who should perform the task (National services identified by name, Space Agencies, etc.), how measurements should be made, what the indicators of success could be, what the timeframe for implementation should be and the cost.

Meeting documents

Provisional agenda (106 KB) 20 Nov 2003

Provisional list of participants (110 KB) 20 Nov 2003
Information note (129 KB) 20 Nov 2003


To be decided.


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