Prof Chris Gordon, Director of the University of Ghana’s Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies has recently attended a workshop hosted by the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) on climate observations for adaptation to a changing climate, from 26-28 February 2013.
Representatives from about 50 international institutions participated in the workshop to discuss which additional and specific requirements for climate observations can be drawn from climate adaptation activities. The workshop was jointly organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Organization (IOC) of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Prof Chris Gordon (left) with Prof Dr. Gerhard Adrian, Director of Deutscher Wetterdienst
Prof Chris Gordon who was part of the expert panel on coastal ecosystems, also made a statement on behalf of the UNEP sponsored Programme of Research on Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation (PROVIA). His presentation focused on observation needs for coastal wetlands, especially mangroves; the impact of land-based activities on the marine environment and on near shore-sea surface temperatures and coastal productivity.
The workshop results will serve as a qualified source of information for the 3rd Adequacy Report of Global Observing Systems for Climate that GCOS and its partners will produce by the end of 2014. This Report will then be presented to the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The results of the workshop will be available in a report to be published in May 2013. (modified from WMO webpage)