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Essential Climate Variable (ECV)

An important part of the Global Climate Oberving System GCOS is the specification of a list of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) that should be observed systematically and adhering to the GCOS Climate Monitoring Principles. The ECV list contains variables of the atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial domain that critically contribute to the characterization of the Earth’s climate.


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The inventory report of the National Climate Observing System GCOS Switzerland gives more details on ECVs observed in Switzerland (National Climate Observing System).