COP28 side event, 6 December 2023, 16:45- 18:15 UTC+4
SE Room 6 and online

▶ Full programme here (PDF)
▶ See the concrete impact of local climate action in this Resilience Academy video

Transformative climate services are crucial to leverage efficient climate mitigation actions. By mobilising available knowledge, resources and skills, accounting for local realities and using actual data from observations, these services provide decision-makers with tools to tackle their climate-related issues. Drawing, amongst others, on their experience in the KADI project (kadi-project.eu), our speakers will share their insights and experiences on co-designing and implementing climate services, showcasing African and European success stories as transferrable references.

Speakers: Clement Albergel, ESA; Niina Käyhkö, University of Turku (Finland); Joyce Kimutai, Kenya Meteorological Department (Kenya); Werner Kutsch, ICOS ERIC; Joanna Masic, GFDRR, World Bank; Zakaria Ngereja, Ardhi University (Tanzania) Tuukka Petäjä, University of Helsinki (Finland)

▶ Live stream (no registration needed): https://www.youtube.com/@UNClimateChangeEvents/streams 

Call for session proposals is now open for ICOS Science Conference 2024!

The organisers are excited to invite the scientific and research community to propose sessions for the ICOS Science Conference 2024!

ICOS Science Conference 2024 will be a hybrid event held at the Versailles Palais des Congrès, France, and virtually on 10-12 September, 2024.

The overarching theme of the conference is “From GHG observations through science to services”.

How to submit a session proposal

Please send your session proposal in the following format:

  • Title of the session
  • Name of convener/co-convener(s) (affiliation and email) willing to review abstracts
  • Session description (max. 200 words)

Send your submissions, along with any questions you may have, to our conference team via email at conference@icos-ri.eu.

Submissions will be considered on their scientific merits and the significance of their respective themes. If accepted, they will be incorporated into the final programme.

The deadline for submissions is noon (12:00CET) in Thursday 23rd of November, 2023.

You can see examples of potential session themes on the ICOS Science Conference page.

Training course on coastal carbon science and monitoring (Algoa Bay, South Africa)

As part of the KADI project, we invite 15 participants from the African continent to join a four-day training course on coastal oceanographic and carbon data collection, analysis and sharing.

The course will take place in Gqeberha, South Africa 12-15 March 2024.
The course will encompass sensor overview, hands-on training, fieldwork, data collection, data analysis and management, and international networking. The participants might be students, technicians, or early career researchers affiliated to educational/research/ governmental institutions working or studying in this field, and thus, it is required that participant have some basic knowledge about oceanography, greenhouse gas/carbon observations and marine systems. Good English language proficiency is required.

The training programme will be delivered by local and international researchers with extensive expertise in the relevant fields.
We will cover your international travel expenses, accommodation, and food during the course. Successful participants will be expected to write a summary report at the end of the training course outlining the benefit of the programme to their work/study.

To apply for a place on this course, please complete the application form below.  Deadline for application 1st of November 2023.

Priority will be given to candidates with a background in marine science or equivalent who are committed to use the acquired competency at their home institutions. In the selection process we aim for a balanced gender composition.

Each candidate will be responsible for obtaining visa to South Africa – if relevant.

The timeline of the process will be as follows:

  • Submission of application – 1 November 2023
  • Selection of candidates – 15 November 2023
  • Reply to all applicants about the selection – 17 November 2023
  • Confirmation by candidates – 1 December 2023
  • Invitation letters to selected candidates – 5 December 2023
  • Training course – 12-15 March 2024

For more info about the training course, please contact the organisers

Dr. Tommy Bornman (tg.bornman@saeon.nrf.ac.za) at SAEON (South Africa),
Dr. Abdirahman M. Omar (abom@norceresearch.no) at NORCE (Norway), or
Dr. Matthew Saunders (saundem@tcd.ie) at TCD (Ireland).


New article from KADI project climate scientists

A new article recently published in Nature highlighted the ways Africa is being disproportionately impacted by climate change induced extreme weather. The authors, including KADI project partner Patricia Nying’uro from Kenya Meteorological Department, also suggested solutions and next steps for climate risk reduction.

Our new paper highlights that in order to cushion African countries from the impacts of severe or extreme weather events, there urgently needs to be an improvement in the density of observation stations across the continent” says Patricia. “Additionally, research funding should address gaps in data collection and analysis, and data must be publicly available, easily accessible and shared with African governments and intergovernmental organizations”, she adds.

This aligns with our work in KADI where identifying operational capabilities of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Africa as well as outlining ideal Research Infrastructure are the first steps towards developing solutions to address data and research gaps.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Postdoc opportunity at Empa, Switzerland on long-term time series of atmospheric composition data

The Horizon Europe Project KADI provides knowledge and climate services for an African observation and Data research Infrastructure. KADI is run by a consortium of partners from Africa and Europe. The project goals are (i) to improve the knowledge base on climate change in Africa, (ii) to identify societal demands and expectations, and (iii) to design research capacities for climate change observations and paving the way for their implementation. Empa’s Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has long-lasting experience with air quality monitoring and data analysis in developing countries, including Africa. Building on this expertise, we contribute to KADI through the the analysis and interpretation of atmospheric composition time series. Therefore, Empa are looking for a highly motivated postdoc or scientist.

Your tasks

  • Analysis of long-term time series of atmospheric composition data from the Mount Kenya monitoring station
  • Collaboration with colleagues from the Kenya Meteorological Department
    Interaction with different partners of the KADI consortium
  • Active role in completing project milestones and preparing project deliverables

Required qualifications

  • PhD degree in atmospheric sciences, physics, environmental sciences or a related discipline.
  • Excellent communication skills and intercultural experience
  • Fluency in English is required; basic knowledge of German is desirable
  • Experience in working in Africa will be a plus

The offer

The position is based on a 6-month contract. Extensions and collaborations with other projects are possible, depending on the qualifications. The successful candidate will benefit from an inspiring international environment and will closely collaborate with colleagues in Kenya. We offer a highly stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure and a broad interdisciplinary surrounding. Working place will be Empa in Dübendorf, close to Zurich.

The position is available in fall 2023 and will remain open until filled.

More information about the role and how to apply can be found by clicking here.

Experiences as an inevitable part of the human dimension of research infrastructures

In this pilot we aim to summarise, integrate, and assess the value of existing long-term climate observations in order to provide a guidebook of the lessons learned. These are expected to be an essential part of a future climate observation research infrastructure in Africa.

We have chosen Kenya as the ideal showcase for this pilot, due to the already existing infrastructures for atmospheric observations as well as continuous ecosystem flux measurements, and the well-established long-term cooperation with European scientists.