According to EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier, the purpose of the symposium “is to bring together scientists and space agencies to connect satellite observations to the climate challenges we are facing. This means not only to understand climate change but also to establish on the best possible scientific foundation the climate information services expected by decision makers,” said Ratier.
The symposium will provide new inputs to the design of the global architecture for climate monitoring from space being established by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites, in response to the needs of the World Meteorological Organization, the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and theGlobal Climate Observing System (GCOS). A number of high level speakers will open the symposium, including German State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Energy Brigitte Zypries, German Parliament Aviation and Space Group Chairman Klaus-Peter Willsch, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, and Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Director Barbara Ryan. Further key addresses will be given by WCRP Director David Carlson and Met Office (UK) Chief Scientist Julia Slingo.
The Climate Symposium 2014 is organised by the WCRP and EUMETSAT, with the support of the European Union, the European Space Agency, and the City of Darmstadt. Other sponsors are GFCS, GEO, JAXA, DLR, NOAA, CNES and NASA.