Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France

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Organizers : World Data System (WDS), Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and Research Data Alliance (RDA)
Supported by : International Council for Science (ICSU), Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Date : 6 July from 9:00  to 13:00 am
Location : UNESCO, Paris, France (TbC)
Expected number of participants : 50-100
Nature of participants : Scientists and students from the conference, data practitioners, policy makers, Science funders, etc.
Keywords : climate data, data services, data stewardship, trust
Opening remarks :
  • S. Harrison (World Data System Scientific Committee and University of Reading, Centre for Past Climate Change, and School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science)
Keynote speakers (09:10–11:00) :
  • E. Kjellström (Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute)
  • B. Ryan (Group On Earth Observations)
  • M. Bittner (Earth Observation Centre at the German Aerospace Centre: DLR) 
  • G. Ajmone Marsan (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: OECD, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation)
Posters and Exhibitions (10:00–10:30) :
  • J. Wang: Remote Sensing Image Atlas of Environmental Change in China at the World Data Centre: Renewable Resources and Environment (Poster)
  • L. Yarmey: The University of Colorado World Data Service (Poster)
  • Globe for projection of global climate forecasts (World Data Centre Climate–DKRZ)
  • Global Glacier Browser demo: World Glacier Monitoring Service and the US National Snow and Ice Data Center
Short presentations : (11:30–13:00)
  • R.Chen (Columbia University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network/NASA SEDAC)
  • H. Garcia (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NOAA NESDIS)
  • M. Böttinger (World Data Centre for Climate/German Climate Computing Centre DKRZ)
  • M. Komac (OneGeology)


Several high-profile cases have highlighted the need for open sharing of quality-assured data underlying published scientific knowledge. For example, the integrity of data underlying critical climate research was challenged in the so-called Climategate, and several scientific studies have reported the impossibility of reproducing results of experimental research because of missing or poor quality datasets. Scientific data services—with certified technical and scientific capacities—are essential components of the research environment. They play an essential role in ensuring the integrity and availability of datasets, and thus promote trust in open science.

Global scientific initiatives, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Polar Years, provide ample evidence that appropriate acquisition, handling, sharing, exploitations and dissemination of scientific research data is of critical importance to the success of critical international collaborative endeavours. Appropriate provisions must be made at an early stage, and as an integral part of the scientific planning, to identify and secure reliable and trustworthy scientific data services to support research activities.

This side event will provide complementary high-level perspectives from climate scientists, data service providers, and policy makers. It will also highlight significant contributions to promote open data sharing, improve data preservation and data services quality in support of climate change research and policymaking. The discussions will enrich the debate and inform the subsequent ICSU side event, which ultimately will help develop a statement on key messages for the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) later in 2015.

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Contact :
Mustapha Mokrane, Executive Director
World Data System International Programme Office
Tel: +81 90 5790 4732 mustapha.mokrane@icsu-wds.org Twitter: @MokraneMA @ICSU_WDS