training initiative


training operational package for climate services

About Topacs

A permanent training Initiative

TOPaCS ( Training Operational Package for Climate Services) originated from the recommendation of main stakeholders in West Africa, the Directors of Meteorological Services of 17 CILSS/ECOWAS Countries at the International Conference on Climate Services for West Africa in Rome, Italy, early 2019. The main goal is to build Knowledge and Skills through customizable learning paths within the Climate Services Competencies framework of WMO ensuring coherence with other WMO education initiatives (Global Campus, other RTCs, etc.).







Lecturers from different institution, Universities, and research centers

Topacs courses


The methodological approach is based on the competency-based approach to training, where competencies are composed of elements of Knowledge and Skill, according to the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning, and each course is related to the WMO Competencies Framework for Climate Services Providers. 

ToPACS goal is to set up a permanent training tool, open and easily accessible worldwide.


TOPACS is developed on the Moodle Platform. 

Each course is structured with multimedia lessons, bibliography, and when available some case studies and useful insights.

The Moodle COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK functionality allows  to link WMO Competencies to each course. 

Open Badges​

Each course includes a final quiz. Passing the quiz the trainees will obtain the badge for the course, the evidence that the badge owner successfully completed the course and acquired specific knowledge and technical skills. The badges gained in TOPaCs courses can be issued as Open Badge Backpack in Badgr. In this way the progress in training activities can be demonstrated through Digital Badges and Micro-Credential.

Check out the courses

Take a peek inside TOPaCs

Climate Data Analysis Software and Tools

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of Agrometeorology

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Climate Risk Reduction Essentials

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Climate Modeling

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Introduction to Climate Variability

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Seasonal Forecast

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Extreme Events

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Drought Management and Forecasting Basics

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The Impacts of Climate Change

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Monitoring Soil

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Introduction to Climate and Risk Communication

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Enroll in the TOPaCs Courses


Meet the Team

Marina Baldi

Researcher at CNR-IBE and Director of the WMO Regional Training Centre in Italy for the European region and for North Africa.

Patrick Parrish

Chief, Training Activities Division within the Education and Training Office of the WMO (World Meteorological Organization)

Vieri Tarchiani

Permanent Researcher at the Institute of Bioeconomy of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IBE). TOPaCs Project Leader.

Elena Rapisardi

Digital Content Designer and Producer. Natural Hazards Web Communication Expert, Content Producer and designer at CNR-IBE.

Massimiliano Pasqui

Physicist, permanent researcher at CNR-IBE. Climate change modeling, seasonal forecasts, climate services for water management.

Edmondo di Giuseppe

Climate Data Analyst at CNR-IBE. Climatological Statistics: extreme events, climate zone, spatio-temporal models and Bayesian inference.

Maurizio Bacci

Agrometeorologyst at CNR-IBE. Expert in climate change impact assessment, GIS and Remote sensing and information management expert, and trainer.

Guido Righini

e-Learning and Dissemination Manager at CNR, Institute of Crystallography. Editor of "Smart eLab". Expertise: Linux, Moodle, ePublishing, Academic Collaborative Writing.

Marco Simonetti

CNR – Institute of Crystallography. Research Support, Development and integration of Business Information Systems, Web Oriented Services, and Open Source systems.

Thanks to Our Lecturers and Experts

alphabetical order

Maurizio Bacci, CNR-IBE – Marina Baldi, CNR-IBE – Christian Baron, CIRAD – Michela Biasutti, Columbia University – Luca Brocca, CNR-IRPI – Marta Bruno Soares, University of Leeds – Carlo Buontempo, ECMWF – Claudio Cassardo, University of Torino Dept. of Physics – Giorgia Ceccarelli, OXFAM – Tanja Cegnar, Slovenian Environment Agengy – Ylenia Curci , University of Technology Belfort-Montbéliard – Luc Descroix , IRD – Sabina Di Franco, CNR – ISP, Edmondo Di Giuseppe, CNR-IBE – Roberto Ferrise, University of Florence – Federico Fierli, CNR-ISAC – Edoardo Fiorillo, CNR-IRPI, CNR-IBE – Marco Gaetani, LATMOS-IPSL, CNRS, Sorbonne Universités – Alessandra Giannini, Columbia University – Manuela Grippa, Géosciences Environnement Toulouse – Ramona Magno, CNR-IBE –  Piero Malguzzi, CNR-ISAC – Giovanni Massazza, Politecnico di Torino – Daniele Mastrangelo, CNR-ISAC – Stefano Materia, CMCC – Chiara Mauri, BB&C Group – Samantha Melani, CNR-IBE – Tommaso Moramarco, CNR-IRPI – Emmanuel Oladipo, Department of Geography University of Lagos, Nigeria – Patrick Parrish, WMO – Massimiliano Pasqui, CNR-IBE – Valentina Pavan, ARPAE-SIMC – Alessandro Pezzoli, DIST – Christel Prudhomme, ECMWF – Elena Rapisardi, CNR-IBE – Lauro Rossi, CIMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION – Enrico Scoccimarro, CMCC – Moritz Stefaner, Truth and Beauty – Benjamin Sultan , IRD – Vieri Tarchiani, CNR-IBE – Maurizio Tiepolo, DIST – Jost Von Hardenberg, CNR-ISAC – Sabina Di Franco, CNR – ISP – Moritz Stefaner, Truth and Beauty 


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