Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment
(module 2)

The climate science community finds itself increasingly exposed to various groups of stakeholders asking rather specific questions about consequences, uncertainties, probabilities related to climate and climate change. This corresponds to a wide variety of 'user needs'. Hence, many requests for 'Climate Services' (CS) will be a two-way exchange: not only will climate information be provided to users, but users will influence the development of Climate Services and the underpinning research by defining their needs.

Contrary to much of the climate research that generally involves a lot of international cooperation, the work on Climate Services is generally organised on a national level. Hence, we often find duplication of efforts. Consistency at a European level would be relevant with regard to data availability, improved tool/methods development and for cross-border issues.

To stand up to the challenges of developing and delivering CS in Europe four issues of scientific research and learning in network should be tackled: Improved data availability, better tools/methods for providing CS, consistency in cross-border settings, two-way exchange on climate knowledge.

In the context of the above issues, JPI Climate aims to meet a structural demand across Europe for CS by a research component into the development and deployment of CS and by establishing a network of CS providers, who can exchange knowledge and share learning. Both components are considered within the expert group to be essential, complementary and urgent to assure the following key objectives:

  • Improve/enhance the efficiency of the set up and deployment of Climate Services in the individual European countries
  • Improve/enhance consistency in the methods/approaches used by the Climate Services in the individual European countries
  • Improve/optimize quality of Climate Services
  • Avoid duplication in the development of tools/methods/ user inventarisations
  • Improve the communication of climate knowledge to end-users and experts using data for impact research and applied research

Areas of priority joint research are the following:

  1. Development and deployment of CS (Commercial versus non-commercial approaches, data accessibility, quality control
  2. Communication of climate knowledge to end-users (Understanding user-needs, identifying “climate sensitivities” associated with decision-makers activities, tools/methods to communicate climate information, communication of uncertainties)
  3. Improving the interface between climate research and its application (improving the interface between climate and climate impacts research, improving the interface between research and CS providers)

In order to avoid duplication of efforts, module 2 is also aimed at cooperation between countries and focuses on the development of a “European Network of Climate Service" (ENCS).

Contact persons
: Dagma Bley Dagmar.Bley(at) + Roger Street Roger.street(at)

Results and Documents