Climate services are scientifically-based information and data about the past, present and future climate and its impacts on the environment, industry and society. They are the bedrock of climate-compatible decisions.
Climate services are developed in collaboration with users, thus providing measurable added value. Depending on the needs of the user, climate services include the development of climate scenarios, sector-specific and regional analyses of the impacts, risks and opportunities associated with climate change, and the identification of potential courses of action.
Underpinning climate-compatible decision making
Climate services are essential for authorities, politicians and industry in underpinning the decision-making processes in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Appropriate measures can only be properly developed and implemented with the help of climate services. That way, decision makers can manage climate-related risks more efficiently, identify opportunities at an early stage and optimise benefits and costs. The effectiveness and impact of the measures is monitored so as to continuously improve the climate services.
Promoting and disseminating climate services
As a network agent and knowledge hub, the NCCS provides an interface with the users of climate services in the following ways:
- NCCS web platform that brings together the available climate services;
- NCCS Forum for a nation-wide dialogue among all actors involved in climate services;
- Workshops and conferences for more in-depth exchange;
- Publications and communication materials for awareness-raising and information.
Priority themes in the NCCS
The members and partners of the NCCS develop climate services in sectoral and cross-sectoral priority themes and other specialist activities. They do this in close collaboration with the users of the services.
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Last modification 13.12.2022
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