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Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC)

The Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate was set up to develop a balanced and integrated system of in situ, air- and spaceborne observations of the terrestrial system. The Panel focuses on the identification of terrestrial observation requirements, assisting the establishment of observing networks for climate, providing guidance on observation standards and norms, facilitating access to ECV and climate data and information and its assimiliation, and promoting climate studies and assessments. TOPC is jointly sponsored by GCOS and by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Key activities

Terms of Reference

Recognizing the need for specific and technical input concerning terrestrial observations for climate purposes, the sponsoring organizations of GTOS and the GCOS have jointly established TOPC with the following terms of reference:

  1. To define the requirements for long-term monitoring of terrestrial properties for climate and climate change;
  2. To liaise with relevant research and operational communities to identify measurable terrestrial (biosphere, cryosphere, and hydrosphere) properties and attributes which
    • control the physical, biological and chemical processes affecting climate,
    • are themselves affected by climate change, are indicators of climate change and provide information on impacts of climate change;
  3. To assess and monitor the adequacy of terrestrial observing networks (in-situ, satellite-based), promote their integration and promote the development of their capacity to measure terrestrial properties and exchange climate data and information;
  4. To identify gaps in present systems and design, promote and periodically revise plans for a long-term systematic observing system that fills these gaps, makes the data available and so better serves the needs of the research and operational communities;
  5. To coordinate activities with other global observing system panels and task groups to ensure consistency of requirements with the overall programmes;
  6. Publish and update GCOS/GTOS studies and planning documents;
  7. To liaise with the other GCOS panels, WCRP steering groups and other relevant entities, such as WMO Commissions and CEOS, on terrestrial climate observing system issues., and also to other GTOS panels, where relevant.
  8. Carry out agreed assignments from the GCOS and GTOS Steering Committees;
  9. Report regularly to the GCOS Steering Committee and GTOS Steering Committee on issues related to the terrestrial component of GCOS.

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Global Terrestrial Networks (GTNs)

Sessions

Joint Session of TOPC-XVII and AOPC-XX
TOPC-XVII
TOPC-XVI
TOPC-XV
TOPC-XIV
TOPC-XIII

 

Members (April 2015)

TOPC MEMBERS
NAME STATUS ADRESS
Prof. Konrad STEFFEN TOPC Chairman Swiss Federal Research Institute (WSL)
Zurcherstr.111
CH-8903 BIRMENSDORF
Switzerland
Dr Ulrich LOOSER TOPC Member Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC)
Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)
Am Mainzer Tor 1,
56068 KOBLENZ
Germany
Prof. Shaun QUEGAN TOPC member University of Sheffield
Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road,
SHEFFIELD S3 7RH
United Kingdom
Dr Kevin TANSEY TOPC Member Department of Geography
University of Leicester
LEICESTER, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
Prof. Valery VUGLINSKY TOPC Member State Hydrological Institute of Roshydromet
23, Second Line
ST PETERSBURG199053
Russia
Prof. Wolfgang WAGNER TOPC Member Vienna University of Technology
Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Karlsplatz 13/222
A-1040 VIENNA
Austria
Dr Michael ZEMP TOPC Member University of Zurich
World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)/
Department of Geography
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 ZURICH
Switzerland
Vacant TOPC Member  
Vacant TOPC Member  
Vacant TOPC Member  
Vacant TOPC Member