About the image: Baltoro Glacier. Glaciers are shown in pale blue, snow in light blue to cyan, clouds in white, water in dark blue, vegetation in green and bare terrain in pink to brown. Copyright F. Paul, The Cryosphere, 2015 & USGS/NASA

IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION

The data, information and knowledge derived from Earth observations helps countries respond to environmental challenges presented by climate change. 

GEO’s deepened engagement at the international policy level and through increasing contributions to UNFCCC efforts illustrates GEO’s increased impact on global policy and climate change.  

In 2015, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed to undertake ambitious efforts to both combat climate change and adapt to its impacts. Earth Observations  help countries respond to the specific provisions of the Paris Agreement – including national reporting requirements, greenhouse gas mitigation measures, climate change adaptation and more.

The Paris Agreement called for a balance of climate finance between adaptation and mitigation, specifically underscoring the need to increase adaptation support for parties most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Climate adaptation thus requires a broad and integrative approach. GEO is well positioned to deliver in this area due to its convening power and its experience in providing data across multiple disciplines and geographic domains.