Jan 12, 2015

Climate Symposium outcomes carry into crucial year

(12 Jan) The year 2015 has been marked as a year of “climate challenges”, the one in which a legally binding international agreement on climate will be negotiated.

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The findings from the Climate Symposium 2014 will be presented at the scientific conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change”, which takes place from 7-10 July 2015 in Paris, the city which will also host the crucial UNFCCC COP-21 in December.

The Science Programme Committee of the Climate Symposium identified the main findings and recommendations of the Climate Symposium, which have been published on the Climate Symposium website. These findings are split into 3 themes: (i) Research and Process Understanding, (ii) Observations and (iii) Coordination and Integration of Observations. The Climate Symposium 2014 outcomes will be also published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

The final in a series of videos from the symposium has also been published, with perspectives on climate science and climate observation networks from key international figures. Participants in the Climate Symposium from the fields of climate observations, research, analysis, and modelling who met in Darmstadt on 13 to 17 October 2014 to present and discuss results from their studies, explain some of the next steps that are needed, with a particular emphasis on the role of space-based Earth observations in improving our knowledge of the current climate at global and regional scales, and in the assessment of models used for climate projections.

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