Copernicus services help tackle global climate change issues

Copernicus services help tackle global climate change issues

Friday, November 3, 2017 — Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), run by the ECMWF, together with the EUMETSAT, will join the European Commission at COP23 to bring together global providers and users of climate services and share insights into present and future solutions.

The 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Bonn from 6-17 November 2017.

Media are invited to attend a series of briefings and side events and will have the chance for one-on-one interviews with ECMWF and EUMETSAT scientists and experts in the field. The interviews will take place on 9 November following the ‘Global monitoring of greenhouse gases for a better understanding of our climate’ event and on 10 November following the ‘Open data and local capacities to support the global response to climate change’ event. Interview requests should be sent to the media contacts listed below.

Several thematic side events on the topics of monitoring greenhouse gases, open climate data, the role of marine data, and Copernicus climate monitoring as a whole will be organised jointly by Copernicus ECMWF, EUMETSAT and their partners throughout the conference. An overview of all events and a list of speakers can be found below. 

 

Date Time Event
9 November 16:00–17:30

Theme: Global monitoring of greenhouse gases for a better understanding of our climate

Location: Room Brussels, European Union (EU) Pavilion, Bonn Zone

   

Speakers:

Jörg Schulz, Climate Service Product Manager, EUMETSAT

Pascal Lecomte, Head of Climate Office, ESA

Vincent-Henri Peuch, Head of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, ECMWF

Juan Garcés de Marcilla, Director ECMWF Copernicus Services

Tobias Fuchs, Head of DWD Climate and Environment Consultancy Department

Hugo Zunker, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG GROW

Michael Buchwitz, CCI Science Lead and CS user, University of Bremen

Aminda Leigh (Moderator)

10 November 11:45–13:15

Theme: Ocean, Climate and the role of science: Marine observation, data and information systems 

Location: European Union (EU) Pavilion, Bonn Zone

   

Speakers:

Elisabeth Holland (University South Pacific)

Cecile Mauritzen (NO, NIVA)

Toste Tanhua (DE, GEOMAR and GOOS panel chair)

Jean-Noël Thépaut (Copernicus ECMWF)

Karina Von Schuckmann (Mercator Ocean)

10 November 13:15–14:45

Theme: Open data and local capacities to support the global response to climate change

Location: Meeting Room 9, Bonn Zone

2 panel discussions: 90’ in total (45’ one panel discussion)

1. 13:15 CREWS/French Government lead panel discussion

2. 14:00 Copernicus ECMWF & EUMETSAT lead panel discussion 

   

Speakers:

Jean-Noël Thépaut, Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, ECMWF

Vincent-Henri Peuch, Head of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, ECMWF

Jörg Schulz, Climate Service Product Manager, EUMETSAT

Hugo Zunker, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG GROW

Filipe Lucio, Director WMO GFCS

Aminda Leigh (Moderator)

15 November 17:00-18:15

Theme: Climate Services for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

Location: European Union (EU) Pavilion, Bonn Zone

   

Speakers:

Jean-Noël Thépaut, Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, ECMWF

Notes for editors

COP23 is the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Each year the parties convene to assess progress in implementing the convention. At COP21, held in Paris in 2015, the parties negotiated what is known as the Paris Agreement, which established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, and for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, as well as financing these efforts in developing countries. The agreement took effect nearly a year later.

Fiji is presiding over COP23 in Bonn with the support of the government of Germany. COP23 will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November.

Copernicus, the European Commission’s flagship Earth observation programme, is considered to be a game changing service for policymakers, public authorities, businesses, citizens and scientists to provide comprehensive, timely and reliable information on the different Earth system components in the context of a changing climate as well as on the associated key drivers (CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions) and impacts (air quality and health).

Copernicus puts itself in the international context and showcases its expertise with concrete examples on how it supports evidence-based decisions. It delivers freely accessible operational data and information services which provide users with reliable and up-to-date information related to environmental and security issues.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) are run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission. ECMWF is an independent intergovernmental organisation, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its 34 Member and Co-operating States.

Academic and environmental institutions from across Europe, including national meteorological services, play an integral part in making Copernicus a success.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service website can be found at https://climate.copernicus.eu/

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service website can be found at http://atmosphere.copernicus.eu/

The ECMWF website can be found at https://www.ecmwf.int/

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean.

EUMETSAT operates two Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.

The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the four Sentinel missions of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT will carry out these tasks in cooperation with ESA.

EUMETSAT has established cooperation with operators of Earth Observation satellites from Europe and China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.

 

 

Media contacts

ECMWF

Silke Zollinger

Press and Events Manager

Copernicus Communication

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Shinfield Park, Reading, RG2 9AX, UK

Email: silke.zollinger@ecmwf.int

Phone: +44 (0)118 9499 778

Mobile: +44 (0) 755 477 3973

Web: ecmwf.int | atmosphere.copernicus.eu | climate.copernicus.eu

 

EUMETSAT

Claudia Ritsert-Clark

Head of Organisational Communication

Eumetsat Allee 1

64295 Darmstadt

Phone: +49 6151 807 6050

Email: press@eumetsat.int