Programme details

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Monday 13 October
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Coffee
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome remarks
David Carlson (Director, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP))
Ghassem Asrar (Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL)
Alain Ratier (Director-General, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT))
Jochen Partsch (Lord Mayor, City of Darmstadt)
09:30 - 10:00 High-level Introductory Talks
The Honourable Ms. Brigitte Zypries (German State Secretary for Economic Affairs & Energy)
Mr. Klaus-Peter Willsch MdB (Member of Parliament, Aviation and Space Group in the Bundestag)
Mr. Michel J.P. Jarraud (Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO))
Ms. Barbara Ryan (Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)). Click here to have a look at the speech.
10:00 - 10:35 Setting the scene: Perspective from those who need climate science 
Moderator: Antonio Busalacchi (Chair, Joint Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)) from the University of Maryland-College Park, USA)
'IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Co-Chair's Reflections on the Comprehensive Climate Assessment and its Impact' Thomas Stocker (Chair of Working Group One (WG I) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)) 
10:35 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 11:40 Setting the scene:  Perspective from those who need climate science  (continued..)
'Global framework for climate services' - Filipe Lucio (Director of Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS))
Questions and answers
11:40 - 12:40 Setting the scene:  Observational capabilities
  Chairperson: Teruyuki Nakajima (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo)
'Assessing Progress and Requirements for Systematic Observations of Climate' - Adrian Simmons (Previous Chair of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS))
'Progress in Understanding Earth's Climate: An Earth Observational Perspective' - Graeme Stephens (Chair of Global and Regional Water Exchanges (GEWEX/WCRP) from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch and Poster Viewing
14:00 - 15:30 Setting the scene:  Science perspective
Chairperson: Bjorn Stevens (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)
'Monitoring, Understanding and Predicting Changes in Atmospheric Composition' - Olivier Boucher (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS))
'Evaluating and Improving Climate System Models: Progress and Challenges for Future Earth Observation' - Sandrine Bony (CNRS, Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (LMD)/Institue Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL))
'Earth System Processes and Earth System Changes: Terrestrial and Marine Biogeochemistry' Martin Heimann (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry) 
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee and Poster Viewing
16:00 - 18:00 Setting the scene:  Services - Reanalysis and reprocessing
Chairperson: Anny Cazenave (LEGOS/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES))
'Reanalysis: Reconstructing the Past Weather and Climate from Earth Observation' -  Erland Källén (European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF))
'The Japanese 55-year Reanalysis "JRA-55"' - Kazutoshi Onogi (Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA))
'Reprocessing of Satellite Data' - Jörg Schulz (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT))
'Earth Observation and Climate Services: Monitoring and Predicting the Climate System from Months to Decades' Lisa Goddard (co-chair of Climate Variability and Change (CLIVAR/WCRP), from the International Research Institute for Climate & Society, Columbia University))
'WCRP Grand Science Challenges – Climate Information for Decision Makers' - Antonio Busalacchi (Chair, Joint Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)) from the University of Maryland-College Park, USA)
18:30 Icebreaker hosted by the City of Darmstadt


Tuesday 14 October
08:30 - 12:20 Session 1  'Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity'
Co-Chairs: Sandrine Bony (CNRS, Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (LMD)/Institue Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)) and Bjorn Stevens (Max Planck Institute) 
Arguably the climate systems most important constituent, atmospheric water remains, paradoxically, poorly quantified.  Water in all its phases both responds to and organizes circulations, setting the amplitude of the climate response to forcing, but also the pattern of regional circulation changes.  Experts in remote sensing, surface observations, and climate model evaluation review the prospects for advancing understanding of the Earth system through a renewed observational focus on atmospheric water and its interplay with winds.
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee and Poster Viewing
10:40 - 12:20 Session 1 continued
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch and Poster Viewing Session 1 - Poster Viewing Session 2
14:00 - 17:50 Session 2  'The Changing Water Cycle'
Co-Chairs: Catherine Senior (Met Office (UK)) and Graeme Stephens (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) 
The session will cover the many components of the observed and modelled water cycle from the challenges and gaps in understanding of global precipitation through the interactions and forcing of the cryosphere and land surface to the role of external forcing of aerosols. The session will also consider the global energy constraints on the changing water cycle and latest understanding from high resolution models.
15:55 - 16:25 Coffee and Poster Viewing
16:25 - 17:50 Session 2 continued
18:15 - 19:45 Panel Discussion 'Climate Information for Decision Makers' 
Moderator: Ghassem Asrar (Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL (USA))
A panel discussion “Climate Information for Decision Makers” will take place on the second evening on the symposium, with high level representatives, mainly from industry, discussing the
key issues facing decision makers and their expectations and experience for the use of science-based climate information in their respective businesses and organisations.
18:15 - 18:20 Ghassem Asrar (Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL (USA))
18:20 - 19:00 Peter Höppe (Head of Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre, Munich RE). Climate change affects the core business of  Re-Insurers!
Paul Becker (Head of Business Area Climate and Environment, DWD). Climate information for decision makers.
Claude Nahon (Director of Sustainable Development, EDF Group). Electricity and weather and climate forecasts.
Jean-François Minster (Senior Vice President, Scientific Development, Total SA)
Guillermo Accame (Director Risk Management, Panattoni Development Company, Inc). Commercial Real State
Kurt Vandenberghe (Director of Directorate Climate action and resource efficiency (DG Research and Innovation), European Commission)). Click here to have a look at the presentation.
19:00 - 19:45 Questions and answers
20:00 Cocktail hosted by Thales Alenia Space and OHB System AG


Wednesday 15 October
08:30 - 12:20 Session 3  'Cryosphere in a Warming World'
Co-Chairs: Greg Flato (Environment Canada) and Vladimir Kattsov (Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory)
The cryosphere, comprised of snow, sea-ice, glaciers, ice sheets and frozen ground, is a key component of the global climate system. Cryospheric feedbacks involving snow and ice contribute to the enhanced high-latitude warming that has been observed and is projected to continue in the future. This session addresses the use of observations in understanding the processes involved in the cryosphere’s response to climate change. A focus will be on novel approaches to analyzing remotely-sensed information about the cryosphere, the quantification of uncertainty in such analyses, and the provision of data that will support better planning and decision making.
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee and Poster Viewing
10:45 - 12:20 Session 3 continued
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch and Poster Viewing Session 3 - Poster Viewing Session 4
14:00 - 17:50 Session 4  'Ocean Circulation and Regional Sea Level Rise'
Co-Chairs: Anny Cazenave (LEGOS/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)) and Detlef Stammer (University of Hamburg) 
Space-based observations have provided invaluable information on ocean parameters including sea level rise. Modelling results complemented the observations with a better understanding of ocean dynamics and sea level changes at global and regional scales. This session discusses progress in observations and ocean modelling, and puts emphasis on our current understanding of key oceanic processes such as causes of sea level change at global and regional scales, the influence of internal climate variability and anthropogenic forcing on ocean parameters and the marine eco-systems. The outcome of this session should be recommendations on priorities of future research and observations.
15:40 - 16:10 Coffee and Poster Viewing
16:10 - 17:50 Session 4 continued
18:00 - 19:40 CCI Session 'ESA Earth Observations and Climate Change Initiative'
Co-Chairs: Pascal Lecomte (European Space Agency) and Roger Saunders (Met Office (UK))
The session on the ESA Climate Change Initiative addresses the development and provision of satellite climate data records for modelling, reanalyses and climate services. The latest results from the marine, atmosphere, land surface and cryosphere domains will be presented.
20:00 Gala Dinner hosted by the European Space Agency


Thursday 16 October
08:30 - 12:20 Session 5  'Prediction and Attribution of Extremes: From Climate to Weather'
Co-Chairs: Gabi Hegerl (University of Edinburgh) and Francis Zwiers (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, University of Victoria)
The World Climate Research Programme has identified the science underpinning the prediction and attribution of extreme events as one of its six grand challenges.  This session explores that challenge from several perspectives, including emerging capabilities to observe, monitor and predict extremes,  the understanding of processes that contribute to their development and amplification, the ability of models to represent extreme events, and the prospects for attributing causes such as rising greenhouse gas concentrations to recent damaging, high impact, events.
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee and Poster Viewing
10:40 - 12:20 Session 5  continued
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch and Poster Viewing Session 5 - Poster Viewing Session 6
14:00 - 17:50 Session 6  'Regional Climate Variability and Change: Enabling Climate Services'
Co-Chairs: Lisa Goddard (Columbia University) and Jan Polcher (CNRS/Institut Pierre Simon Laplace)
It is at the regional scale where climate knowledge can enable the most efficient services to society. This session will review the local-to-regional scale knowledge and information that climate science can provide through satellite data, high resolution analysis and dynamical model predictions. The session also encourages discussion on the use of that information for improved decision support in climate-impacted sectors such as public health, water resources, food security and more generally its use to improve the understanding of socio-economic impacts of climate variability and change.
15:40 - 16:10 Coffee and Poster Viewing
16:30 - 17:50 Session 6  continued
19:00 Cocktail hosted by Airbus Defence and Space 


Friday 17 October
09:00 - 10:30 Symposium conclusions presented by session co-chairs, draws on the poster and oral presentations delivered during the various sessions of the symposium and will be wrapped up by a panel discussion with questions and answers
Moderator: Ghassem Asrar (Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee 
11:00 - 11:20 The Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space - John Bates (NOAA)
11:20 - 12:15 Panel discussion among high level representatives from space agencies on "future directions and next steps - response by the Earth Observation community"
Moderator: Stephen Briggs (Global Climate Observing System (GCOS))
Panellists include: Susanne Crewell (University of Cologne), Suzanne Hilding (NOAA), Michael Freilich (NASA), Teruyuki Nakajima (Tokyo University) 'Future direction and next step', Alain Ratier (EUMETSAT), John Bates (NOAA), Peiqun Zhang (CMA) and Mauro Facchini (EC)
12:15 - 12:45 'Symposium Statement 'Recommendations - 10 year vision climate science' - Julia Slingo (Chief Scientist, Met Office UK)) and Chair of the Symposium Science Committee)
12:45 - 13:00 Closing - David Carlson (WCRP) and Alain Ratier (EUMETSAT)
13:00  Lunch

Organised by:
With the support of:
European Commission ESA
In cooperation with:
City Darmstadt
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