In response to the rapid rise of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere and the resulting negative climate change impacts, nations, states, and cities, private enterprises and individuals are accelerating GHG reduction efforts while meeting the needs of global development. The urgency, complexity and economic implications of GHG reductions demand strategic investment in science-based information for planning and tracking emission reduction policies and actions. To help meet this need, WMO and its partners have initiated the development of an Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS). IG3IS combines atmospheric GHG concentration measurements with human-activity data in a modelling and analysis framework to help decision-makers take better-informed action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants that reduce air quality. This service is based on existing and successful measurement and analysis methods and use-cases for which the scientific and technical skill is proven or emerging. The IG3IS Science Implementation Plan documents these good-practice capabilities and was adopted by the WMO Executive Council in June 2018.
The ultimate criterion for IG3IS success is that information provided guides additional and valuable emission-reduction actions. And in order to assure such success, IG3IS must be co-developed with the user communities it hopes to serve - those taking actions and making policy to reduce GHG emissions.
Therefore, WMO is hosting the First IG3IS Symposium and User Summit to be held 13 – 15 November 2018 at WMO Headquarters in Geneva. This Symposium will bring together key users from a number of different sectors to engage in dialogue with technical developers of IG3IS information. Stakeholders and users will be invited to articulate their needs for data-driven GHG emission information, and the scientific community developing IG3IS services will present existing capabilities that can either meet information needs or reframe the user considerations and the landscape of solutions under consideration The Symposium and Summit will also identify gaps between current capabilities and emerging user requirements and guide IG3IS research and development for future products and services.
This final agenda for the symposium can be found here. Please note, the titles/topics of each presentation are not included, as the intention of the symposium is to have the technical experts prepare a variety of work, and after listening to the goals of the stakeholder community, they present the work they believe to be most useful in achieving these goals.
Registration is officially open for the first IG3IS Symposium on 13 - 15 November 2018 in Geneva! Please register before 26 October using this form.
Travel, Accommodation, and Practical Information
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