MeteoSwiss | Joint Swiss GAW/GCOS Call for Proposals


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Date 30.06.2022  
Category Call for proposal

MeteoSwiss issues a call for proposals in the framework of the Swiss GAW and GCOS Switzerland. The WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme is a partnership involving more than 100 countries that provide reliable scientific data and information on the chemical composition of the
atmosphere, its natural and anthropogenic change, and that help to improve the understanding of interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans and the biosphere. The Swiss GAW Programme (GAW-CH) was established in 1994 and is the Swiss national implementation of the GAW Programme. The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the International Council for Science (ISC). The overall goal of GCOS is to ensure the sustained provision of reliable physical, chemical and biological observations and data records for the climate system as a whole – across the atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial domains, including hydrological and carbon cycles and the cryosphere.

The objectives of the research proposals submitted to this call should be in line with the main recommendations of the White Paper (MeteoSwiss 2022), which summarizes the results of the 1st Swiss National GAW/GCOS Symposium, held in Bern, Switzerland, 13-14 September 2021.

The current call encourages in particular collaborative proposals of 2-4 institutions that feature approaches to:

  • Interdisciplinary, silo-overcoming, innovative observing, understanding, modelling and/or predicting parts of the Earth System;
  • Closing critical observational gaps in the carbon, energy and water cycles, combining insitu and remote sensing observations, as well as integrating them in modelling frameworks and reanalyses;
  • Continuously re-visiting calibration, traceability, homogeneity of existing ECV’s in order to guarantee their usability for climate monitoring and climate change detection;
  • Constraining individual and overall fluxes and processes within the carbon, energy and water cycles individually, but also across these cycles, especially at regional and local scales;
  • Developing and delivering added-value climate and air-quality services;
  • Developing and promoting effective climate communication tools.

Who can apply:
  • The call for proposals is open to individuals and consortia with a legal representative affiliated to a Swiss institution in Switzerland. It primarily addresses individuals and consortia that can demonstrate extensive experience in climate system monitoring and researchrelated to the climate system including the composition of the atmosphere in Switzerland.
  • Each applicant (=individual or legal representative of a consortium) can submit only one proposal per call as legal representative.
  • If a consortium includes foreign institutions, it is imperative that the legal representative is based at a Swiss institution in Switzerland.

Funding: For this call for proposals, a total indicative budget of CHF 3.3 million is available. It is anticipated that 2-4 projects of consortia of two to four institutions will be supported through this call. A significant in-kind contribution is required.

Duration: 3 years, starting in December 2022

Submission:  The proposals must be submitted via an online platform as one single document in pdf format at only one of the following two websites: either or Please do not submit proposals as hardcopy.

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2022 at 15:00 CET

For more information, please visit the call webpage, the call guidelines, the Application Form and the White Paper of the 1st Swiss National GAW/GCOS Symposium 2021. The application must be submitted through the online form.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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