GCOS Switzerland Strategy 2017-2026

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Climate observation is constantly developing driven by evolving user requirements and technological advances. Internationally this is reflected in the periodic updating of the GCOS Implementation Plan. In Switzerland, MeteoSwiss recently published a new GCOS Switzerland Strategy for the period 2017 - 2026.

In 2016/2017, aligned with the latest update of the GCOS Implementation Plan (IP-16), the Swiss GCOS Office in close collaboration with all National Partner Institutions elaborated a new strategy for GCOS Switzerland for the time frame 2017-2026.

The elaboration process of the new strategy was initiated with the national GCOS Roundtable in 2016.

In formulating a new strategy

  • activities of the Swiss GCOS Office in the period 2006-2016 were reviewed,
  • the latest developments of the GCOS programme were reviewed and their relevance for GCOS Switzerland assessed,
  • the inventory of the National Climate Observing System was updated to reflect the current state of the National Climate Observing System (see also: National Climate Observing System) and
  • various strategic discussions among the Swiss GCOS Office, the National Partner Institutions and the GCOS Switzerland Steering Committee took place.  

GCOS Switzerland Strategy 2017-2026

Vision of GCOS Switzerland

GCOS Switzerland serves as the national framework in which all National Partner Institutions in climate monitoring engage to provide state-of-the-art observations required for climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Switzerland, and to contribute to this endeavour globally, through a high-quality contribution to the international GCOS programme.

The GCOS Switzerland Strategy 2017 - 2026 consists of four main strategic pillars:  

(1)     Enhance and strengthen the Swiss climate observing system

(2)     Promote collaboration nationally, regionally, and globally

(3)     Ensure applicability of Swiss GCOS data and products

(4)     Enhance communication and outreach

In implementing the strategy, strong emphasis is put on securing  the continuity of the most important long measurement series and operation of international centres.

In  addition, the strategy also stresses, for example, the importance of promoting the integration of state-of-the-art measurement techniques, an integrative monitoring approach across Earth system cycles and enhanced communication efforts.    

In summary, the GCOS Switzerland Strategy 2017-2026 serves as the foundation for the elaboration of actions to be implemented by the entirety of the Swiss GCOS community.