The short film "Local observations - for global understanding" presents the National Climate Observing System (GCOS Switzerland) which contributes to the internationally coordinated program Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).
The short film provides insight into the structure and activities of GCOS Switzerland. It introduces systematic climate observation in Switzerland in the atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Long-term observations and important measurement stations and techniques underlying climate observation are presented. Moreover, the film highlights the importance of international data centres and shows how Switzerland contributes to improving global climate observation where data gaps exist.