Countdown on for Climate Symposium

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As the clock is ticking and the Climate Symposium is approaching, the Co-chairs of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee of the Symposium spoke about their hopes and expected outcomes for the Climate Symposium 2014 in Issue 151 of International Innovation.

Ghassem Asrar (Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute), Julia Slingo (Chief Scientist, UK Met Office) and Alain Ratier (Director General, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) said the event in Darmstadt from 13-17 October will be a unique occasion for scientists and policy makers to meet and discuss the grand challenges ahead for climate monitoring.

“Observations, especially those from space, provide a holistic view of the Earth system and are key to our understanding the fundamental processes driving change in oceans, atmosphere, polar regions, continents, and the interactions among them,” said Ghassem Asrar.

The Climate Symposium brings together scientists, stakeholders and policy makers to prepare a strategy for addressing the gaps in the space-based climate observing system. The event will be structured around panel sessions on the six grand challenges identified by WCRP - water, sea level, snow and ice, circulation, extremes, and regional climate. There is also an introductory session and the event will culminate in the final statement that will sum up all of the outcomes.

"The symposium is also unique because there are no parallel sessions, and time is dedicated to viewing and discussing the posters," say the Executive Committee chairs.

 "This format will allow for more in-depth discussion of the scientific themes and topics, and equally important, for us to forge new alliances among the international experts interested in pursuing some of the most complex scientific topics that require such cooperation.

“The event will also benefit climate science by putting into motion a process for creating a joint action plan for the planning and development of an international space-based climate observing system that will be responsive to the current and emerging needs in the areas of climate research, modeling and services.”

You can find the interview in full here (p.108 – 111),  and details of the speakers and presentations at the symposium in the online programme. Registration remains open until 15 September.


Additional reporting by Mara Dambour.