Use Cases for Climate Monitoring from Space


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the joint CEOS/CGMS Working Group on Climate have decided to collect and publish use cases of the architecture for climate monitoring from space (see Resolution 51 (Cg-18) Implementation of the Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space).
It is planned to compile a publication of uses case following the example of the publication “Case Studies for Establishing an Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space” (WMO-No.1162).

You are kindly invited to submit use cases describing operational as well as scientific applications using the form below.

(It is suggested that you pre-prepare your input in a separate document (submission template) and once you have compiled all data complete and submit the form. This could help to avoid/mitigate possible data loss. For technical assistance or support with this form please contact Dr. Guangxin He "".)

Submission of Use Case
1. Organization/entity proposing the Use Case:*
2. Name and email contact details of focal point for the Use Case:
2a. Name*
2b. Country*
2c. Email Address*
3. Title and Short Abstract/Summary of the Use Case (100-200 words):*
4. Please indicate the Service/Thematic Area(s) of the Use Case:*
Coastal management
Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Flood management
Food security
Marine ecosystems
Protocol monitoring
(please specify) Q4
5. Please indicate the end user(s) category of the Use Case. Select “Other (describe)” if none of the listed categories is applicable:*
Government agencies
General Public
Local communities
Reef managers
Other (describe)
(please specify) Q5
6. Please list the intermediate user(s) (specify):*
7. Please briefly describe the Use Case application(s) (specify):*
8. Please indicate the GCOS Essential Climate Variables used in your Use Case:
A detailed description of the GCOS Essential Climate Variables can be found here.

8a. Essential Climate Variables---Atmosphere
Radiation budget
Water vapour
Wind speed and direction
Earth radiation budget
Water vapor
Wind speed and direction
Carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases
Precursors for aerosols and ozone
8b. Essential Climate Variables---Land
River discharge
Ice sheets and ice shelves
Above-ground biomass
Evaporation from land
Fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (FAPAR)
Land cover
Land surface temperature
Leaf area index
Soil carbon
Soil moisture
Anthropogenic Greenhouse gas fluxes
Anthropogenic water use
8c. Essential Climate Variables---Ocean
Ocean surface heat flux
Sea ice
Sea level
Sea state
Sea surface currents
Sea surface salinity
Sea surface stress
Sea surface temperature
Subsurface currents
Subsurface salinity
Subsurface temperature
Inorganic carbon
Nitrous oxide
Ocean colour
Transient tracers
Marine habitats
9. Please briefly list any models used in your use case. Provide references and links as may be applicable, otherwise leave empty:
10a. Are the climate data records used in your use case already listed in the ECV Inventory?
10b. Please list the climate data records used in your use case. Provide DOI’s and/or RecordID of the relevant climate data records in the ECV Inventory where applicable:
11. Please indicate the agencies/organizations that produce the relevant Essential Climate Data records used in your Use Case:*
12. Please list the satellite observations (e.g. NOAA AVHRR, Sentinel 1..) used in your use case:*
13. Please briefly comment on the sustainability of your service/use case (demonstration, operational, …):*
14. Please copy below the full description of your Use Case (600-1000 words) (for past examples see WMO-No.1162 (*
15. Each Use Case will be described using a graphical depiction of the Information Flow in line with the Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space , please provide text for the text boxes in accordance with the graphical examples depicted below (end of this question):

15a. Sensing - describe the sensing component (Pillar I): (free text field, up to 100 words)*
15b. Climate Data Records- describe the climate data records used (Pillar II): (free text field, up to 100 words)*
15c. Application - describe the application/products (Pillar III): (free text field, up to 100 words)*
15d. Decision making - describe the decisions that can be taken based on the application (Pillar IV): (free text field, up to 100 words)*
15e. Additional data/information used: (free text field, up to 100 words)


16. Indicate how the case study could be improved and what data/tools could help in this regard:*
17. Provide/Upload 1-4 high quality images, supporting the Case Study description:

17a. (please descript figure captions and upload image)*
17b. (please descript figure captions and upload image)
17c. (please descript figure captions and upload image)
17d. (please descript figure captions and upload image)
18. Please use this box to provide any additional information: