Remedy 2: Adoption of measurement systems approach and assessment by international bodies

Primary gap remedy type: 
Secondary gap remedy type: 
Proposed remedy description: 

Adoption of the GAIA-CLIM approach or of a similar approach to measurement maturity assessment established by globally responsible entities, such as the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) or WIGOS and / or in subsequent relevant scientific projects. A single approach needs to be formulated, adopted, and rolled out across a broad range of non-satellite observing capabilities to assess their maturity and appropriately categorise their role in the global observing system. Periodic re-review of observing capabilities should then be instigated to ensure that assessments reflect up-to-date snapshots of measurement capabilities. A mechanism of feedback to the contributing measurement networks should be codified and enacted. The results of the assessments should be made available in a way that provides actionable information to end-users and to ensure they use the most appropriate data for their applications. 


The adoption of an international programmatic effort to assess measurement capabilities would directly address the gap and ensure broad buy-in. 

Measurable outcome of success: 

Documentation of adopted mechanism, results of assessment available to users. 

Expected viability for the outcome of success: 
  • High
Scale of work: 
  • Programmatic multi-year, multi-institution activity
Time bound to remedy: 
  • Less than 3 years
Indicative cost estimate (investment): 
  • Low cost (< 1 million)
Indicative cost estimate (exploitation): 
  • Yes
Low recurring costs for evaluations and process management
Potential actors: 
  • Copernicus funding
  • WMO
  • ESA, EUMETSAT or other space agency