Remedy 2: Ensuring sustained funding of the non-satellite observing system

Primary gap remedy type: 
Proposed remedy description: 

Providing the resources to enable operationalizing the non-satellite observing system is key to the viability of the above remedy 1. Currently several funding agencies do not sufficiently recognize the importance of sustaining the non-satellite long-term observing system. The stakeholder communities that benefit from the provision of non-satellite reference data should also take the responsibility to provide continued funding support that enables the operators of the system to maintain it to ensure compliance with state-of-the-art quality specifications, and to increase the benefit/cost ratio by proper automation and operationalisation. This could be achieved, e.g., by including the provision of support to the non-satellite observing system in the mandate of relevant funding agencies. Without the perspective of sustained support, the system operators cannot engage in system maintenance and optimization.


Remedy 2 underpins remedy 1. 

Measurable outcome of success: 

Increased long-term availability of continuous (where technically feasible) high-quality non-satellite data series, providing appropriate sampling of the atmosphere, a sufficient number of co-locations with satellite measurements and providing the possibility to bridge successive satellite missions. 

Expected viability for the outcome of success: 
  • High
Scale of work: 
  • Programmatic multi-year, multi-institution activity
Time bound to remedy: 
  • Less than 10 years
Indicative cost estimate (exploitation): 
  • Yes
Potential actors: 
  • EU H2020 funding
  • Copernicus funding
  • National funding agencies
  • National Meteorological Services
  • WMO
  • ESA, EUMETSAT or other space agency
  • SMEs/industry
  • National measurement institutes