author={Michel M. Verstraete and Thomas C Peterson and C. Richter and Adrian J. Simmons and Michael Zemp},
We describe provenance, identification, purpose, uptake and possible evolution of the Essential Climate Variables, a concept to support the data record for understanding climate, as well as mitigating, adapting to or attributing its changes. Climate research, monitoring, prediction and related services rely on accurate observations of the atmosphere, land and ocean, adequately sampled globally and over sufficiently long time periods. The Global Climate Observing System, set up under the… CONTINUE READING


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