In recent decades, great advances in observing technologies and systems have provided the scientific community with a rapidly increasing array of in situ, satellite and marine datasets. These have been applied to operational climate monitoring programmes throughout all WMO Regions and have significantly improved capabilities for obtaining real-time global climate signals. However, gaps in such capabilities exist between developed countries and developing ones. As one of two expert teams under the CCl OPAG II on monitoring and analysis of climate variability and change, ET2.2 is responsible for stimulating and coordinating climate monitoring activities around the world, with special interests in promoting the use of satellite and marine data and products. This information forms the basis for enhancing the scientific understanding of climate variability and change and is an integral part of disaster prevention and mitigation, environmental protection and sustainable social-economic development. There are four priorities in the ET2.2's work plan for the term of 2006-2009:

  1. Applications of satellite & marine data and other in situ datasets
  2. Improvements in monitoring of global and continental extremes
  3. Stimulation and coordination of phenological practices in climate monitoring activities
  4. Capability building in climate monitoring in the developing countries

So far, seventeen actions have been proposed by the ET2.2 members to address the priorities of the work plan. These action items include these major projects:

  1. Capability Audit
  2. World Wide Climate Monitoring and Climate Watches
  3. Global Climate Review

This implies coordination with other international programs, preparation of scientific overviews and guidelines in climate monitoring, and development of ET2.2’s web page for information distribution, training, education and capability building. Details of each action and the expected products provided by ET2.2 may be found at Stage of ET 2.2 WP realization. Additional actions will be taken as other needs are identified.


This web site is an external branch of the CCl website developed by the ET 2.2 and host by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)

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