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This fifth module addresses the challenge to transform seasonal forecasts in Climate Services for targeted users.

Climate Services differ from simple forecasts due to their regularity,  time scale and added value for specific users and specific sectors.

An awareness of the consequences and the economic and social impacts of climate change and variability is growing. Impacts can be reduced by a proactive approach, because it is better to prepare than to react to such events. It is in this perspective that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) wishes to implement Climate Services to meet the needs of the various actors.

Over the last twenty years, scientific research has produced excellent results in the field of forecasts at different temporal and spatial scale. Moreover it has also investigated to what extent human action has consequences on climate change. Academic literature underlines the desirability of a virtuous synergy between producers and users of climate information and the development of operational tools.

Climate Services are tools for institutions, civil society, individuals, and anyone who wants to make informed climate decisions to mitigate risks and improve adaptation to climate change.

The module 5 will provide an overview on:

  • Challenges in Climate Service Design
  • Guiding principles in Climate Service Design
  • The role of users in Climate Service Design
  • The European  Roadmap for Climate Services
  • Climate services under Copernicus Programme
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