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IUKWC Workshop Nov16: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security – Session 2 – Item 3 Hewitt

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IUKWC Workshop November 2016: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security
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IUKWC Workshop Nov16: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security – Session 2 – Item 3 Hewitt

  1. 1. 1 Hydro-climate science and services – the global agenda: Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) Chris Hewitt, Head of International Climate Service Development, Met Office, UK
  2. 2. 2 Contents of talk • Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) • Climate services at the Met Office • User engagement
  3. 3. 3 Key principles • The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare working with partner countries • Working in partnership - All Newton Fund investment is matched by partner countries • Building strong, sustainable and systemic relationships by working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes • Excellence is key - Newton Fund is allocated through an open, transparent and competitive process – to fund the best people and projects ensuring continued excellence of science and innovation • Managed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  4. 4. 4 Addressing Global Challenges Importance of weather and climate services Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world. And it is not just a threat to the environment. It is also a threat to our national security, to global security, to poverty eradication and to economic prosperity. David Cameron, UN Climate Summit, 2014
  5. 5. 5 The WCSSP Programme Building the basis for services to support climate and weather resilient economic development and social welfare through strong strategic partnerships harnessing UK scientific expertise.
  6. 6. 6 WCSSP South Africa Harnessing fundamental science through applied services to assist economic development and protect lives, livelihoods and property •Strong strategic partnership •High resolution modelling for provision of severe weather forecasts •Capacity building and knowledge exchange •Regional High Impact Weather Forecasting and Services •Enabling applied services, including for renewable energy sector Outcomes
  7. 7. 7 WCSSP SE Asia • Laying groundwork for research to: • Mitigate the exposure of vulnerable communities to extreme weather events • Promote the weather and climate resilient development essential for social welfare and economic growth Scoping study 1 year scoping study – 2015/16 WCSSP SE Asia builds on this scoping
  8. 8. 8 CSSP China Developing the science needed to build climate services that support climate-resilient economic development and social welfare • Multiple stresses in Asia: rapid urbanisation/industrialisation, climate change & variability, extreme weather impacts on human health, security and livelihoods • Help manage exposure to climate risks with climate services Requirement • Strong strategic partnership • Accelerated and enhanced collaborative science research • Climate services, developed in partnership Outcomes
  9. 9. 9 Partnership model – e.g. CSSP China UK delivery bodies
  10. 10. Climate services at the Met Office
  11. 11. Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Vision: enable society to manage better the risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change. Using science-based climate information Priority areas: • Agriculture and food security • Water management • Health • Disaster risk reduction • Energy • Urban environments
  12. 12. Climate services are the provision of climate information to assist decision-making Climate information is being used in decision- making and risk management world-wide • Must respond to user† needs • Need to be based on scientifically credible information and expertise • Require appropriate engagement between the users and providers with an effective access mechanism † Users could include policy makers, decision makers, governments, public sector, private sector, boundary organisations, general public, academia
  13. 13. UK Climate Services Often close collaboration between Met Office, universities, Research Councils, Environment Agency, government departments and others User driven to build knowledge, develop user-relevant tools, and ensure climate information is used effectively in decision-making Built on a solid base of world-class underpinning science Developed alongside weather service and building on existing service delivery capability: seamless weather and climate service International: increasing engagement to work with and support others (including National Met Services) with their national climate services Aligned with Global Framework for Climate Services
  14. 14. Case study: Flood management planning (Thames Estuary 2100 project) • TE2100 led by the UK’s Environment Agency • Aim: provide advice for the development of an adaptable flood risk management plan for London and Thames Estuary • Partners: Met Office Hadley Centre, National Oceanography Centre Liverpool and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  15. 15. User engagement – WMO CCl
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  17. 17. 17 Expert Team on User Interface for Climate Services (ET-UICS) Chair: Chris Hewitt, UK Met Office Co-chair: Roger Stone, University of Southern Queensland Terms of Reference: • Review the GFCS User Interface Platform • Identify and evaluate examples of User Interfaces for the provision of climate data, products and services • Based on the evaluation, publish guidance on best practices, with some case studies of good examples
  18. 18. User interface examples • A range of approaches, for example: • face-to-face meetings • training courses/workshops • web-based interaction • Normally involve climate researchers and climate service providers engaging with a range of agencies and decision- makers
  19. 19. User interface specific examples • Regional Climate Outlook Forums produce consensus-based, user- relevant climate outlook products in real time in order to reduce climate- related risks and support sustainable development for the coming season in sectors of critical socioeconomic significance for the region in question • Workshops to assess climate risks and impacts on various sectors and gather feedback to improve further climate risk assessments • Monthly face-to-face meetings to evaluate forecasts from the user’s perspective and discuss requirements for further products • Co-development by users and providers of climate services • Website constantly updated and revised based on user feedback
  20. 20. 20 Summary • Met Office is a delivery partner for the Newton Fund • Developed and delivering a portfolio of Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnerships • Climate services are becoming more widely used • User engagement is crucial, but perhaps the least well developed part
  21. 21. 21 Thank you for listening

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