NOAA's Participation in WSSD — Global Observing Systems|
Observations are fundamental to describing, understanding and predicting the Earth's climate system. Therefore, NOAA gathers, analyzes and archives ocean, atmospheric and land surface data over different parts of the globe. This work is performed in collaboration with other national/international agencies and partners, using an array of global sensors (i.e., ship, surface, airborne, and satellite observations). Specifically, two of NOAA's programs—Global Climate Observing System and Global Ocean Observing System—have been working with the Integrated Global Observing Strategy partners and others to design and implement a multipurpose global observing system.
The greatest challenge in developing a global observing system is developing one coherent plan, which integrates space and in-situ observations across all three elements (i.e., water, air and land). To this end, NOAA will work with relevant international partners and assist developing nations with capacity building required to participate in this effort. In the end, a fully implemented global observing system will provide the tools needed to take "the pulse of the planet," formulate sound policy decisions and serve the needs of the operational forecast centers, international research programs, and the assessment of climate trends. NOAA recognizes that this challenge can only be met through national and international partnerships that share both the benefits and costs of a global observing system.
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Last Updated: 8/21/02