UNFCCC Climate Action Side Events: UNFCCC Regional Climate Week Africa
2021 is a historic year for global climate action at COP26. This is the year we either lose sight of the Paris targets, or it is the year we start implementing the Paris Agreement. It is our opportunity to increase global climate ambition in COVID-19 recovery and kick-start a decade of action.
OGC is excited to announce that they will be having several side events within the UNFCCC conferences:
- UNFCCC Regional Climate Week Asia Pacific
- UNFCCC Regional Climate Week Africa
- UNFCCC COP26
The OGC side events are focussing on FAIR Climate Change Services.
Regional climate service centers translate scientific data generated by the scientific community into locally-relevant information supporting decision-making. They combine future climate projections from modeling centers, remotely sensed data from satellite instruments, and ground measurements from observation networks to create climate products and services tailored to decision-makers' needs.
Although the tailoring process is specific to local contexts, climate service centers face similar challenges. This calls for extending the concept of FAIR data to FAIR climate services, with FAIR being Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. Thus, not only data, but full climate service information systems should adhere to the FAIR principles. This requires agreements on metadata aspects for discovery, application programming interfaces (APIs) and resource models for interaction with the climate service information system.
This side event is going to discuss the design and implementation of location-based climate information systems that meet FAIR principles. It will draw on the experience of climate and geospatial communities in achieving interoperability through standards. It will present ongoing efforts to meet these objectives, discuss experiences with operational infrastructures, and propose actions to establish climate information systems capable of answering the leading questions of a broad user community.
The Regional Climate Weeks 2021 build momentum towards success at COP26. The Virtual Thematic Sessions take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities, and showcase ambitious solutions. This is a platform for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP26
OGC Side event on FAIR Climate Change Services at:
UNFCCC Regional Climate Week Africa
September 28th, 2021 at 18:00 to 19:00 (East African Time, GMT+3)
Register and dial in information here: https://unfccc.int/ACW2021
Moderation - Nils Hempelmann, OGC
- Introduction to FAIR Climate Change Services: David Huard (Ouranos)
- IPCC efforts for FAIR climate data / Regional Atlas: Nana Klutse (IPCC Lead Author, IPCC WG1)
- Data flow for the African Climate Service: Andre Kamga (ACMAD)
- ESA Climate Change Initiative: Eduardo Pechorro (ESA)
- ClimSA Initiative: Faka NSADISA (ACP)
- Open discussion