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Today marks World Water Day 2023, a day of reflection and action on the critical importance of water in our lives. The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Accelerating Change”, which emphasizes the need to solve the water and sanitation crisis. The dysfunction of the water cycle at […]
Farmers may experience variable interannual yields with associated agronomic and management costs, even if they are growing locally adapted crops. However, climate services can assist farmers in making the best decisions aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change, or in other words, managing the climate risk. The IBE-CNR has […]
The Drought Observatory Bulletin in brief In February, drought conditions are still intense in several European countries. In addition to the rainfall deficit, soil moisture anomalies at the end of the month affected not only the Po Valley and several regions of southern Italy but also vast areas of Spain, […]

Drought Observatory Bulletin Jannuary 2023

Early data collected between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 indicates that the conditions of the previous year, which were considered exceptional, may be repeating themselves. It is still too early to predict whether the coming summer will be as drought-ridden as 2022, as much will depend on the amount of rainfall in the spring. 

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Scientists “on air”

The Cue. Last Saturday, on the prime-time news tv program broadcasted on Rai Uno, Massimiliano Pasqui, a physicist at CNR-IBE, was the expert guest to give

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Edited by Vladimír Šucha, Marta Sienkiewicz, JRC
Edward R. Carr, Rob Goble, Helen M. Rosko, Catherine Vaughan & James Hansen
Bruna De Marchi
Werner Krauß
Vaughan, C.; Dessai, S.
Thomas NOCKE, Till STERZEL, Michael BÖTTINGER and Markus WROBEL
Aznar-Crespo P, Aledo A, Melgarejo-Moreno J, Vallejos-Romero
Vaughan, C, Hansen, J, Roudier, P, Watkiss, P, Carr, E.
L’Astorina, A. & Mangia, C. (eds)
Bruce C. Glavovic, Timothy F. Smith & Iain White

Climate services


Climate services are products supplied with continuity over a reasonably long horizon for a particular category of users. Climate services differ from simple climate information because delivered regularly. They differ from meteorological information and services, such as forecast, data, observations both by the time scale and the added value (specific user, specific sector).


The awareness of the economic and social impacts of climate change is increasing. A proactive approach can reduce these impacts: it is better to prepare for such events than react. From this perspective, the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) strongly encourages the implementation of Climate Services to meet the needs of the different stakeholders.


Over the last 20 years, scientific research reached excellent results in the forecasts at different temporal and spatial scale. Researchers investigated to what extent human actions have consequences on climate change. Research findings underlines the advantage of the synergy between producers and users of climate information together with the development of operational tools.

The IBE Climate Services have reached different degrees of maturity. Some are already declared operational.

Others are under development or are operational for supporting internal research.


Agriculture 4.0, interoperable, free, open and collaborative. Supporting agriculture ecosystem to increase its potential.

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Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat food systems

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Training activities and programs


“Worldwide impacts and costs of adverse climatic events like droughts, storms and floods can be significantly reduced through greater global cooperation and sharing of expertise and data. This calls for a new global “framework” to organize the efficient flow of climate information to all those who need it.”

Experience and mission

CNR IBE has an acknowledged experience in conceiving, organizing and delivering training on climate disciplines both in presence and online. RTC Italy’s aim is to contribute to the widespread of climate information and knowledge. So to help governments, organizations or individuals to better cope with climate risks.


The RTC Italy training programs concentrate on the impact of climate change on natural resources and agriculture. They also focus on sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting and prediction to manage water resources and agriculture. RTC Italy organises specific training sessions and workshops for international projects in African countries.

Capacity-building initiatives on advanced Meteorology, Climatology and Climate change.
Training course on how Agrometeorology contributes to Climate-Smart Agriculture.
Training operational Packages for Climate Services. A joint initiative of WMO and CNR-IBE, with the collaboration of IC-CNR.


A shared set of online resources to enhance knowledge in seasonal forecasting and operational use of seasonal climate forecasts.
Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture Training Programme in the agricultural sector in West Africa.


Research and Action

Integrated Projects are complex initiatives integrating multiple components including operational services, capacity building activities and research. Bilateral and multilateral integrated projects are sponsored by funding agencies such as the Italian Cooperation, WMO, EU and often co-funded by IBE-CNR.

Anadia 2.0

Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Prevention and Agricultural Development for Food Security. A training and research project contributing to the development of sustainable agriculture, through the adaptation of production systems to climate change.

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Open Data

Data as a Service

IBE ClimateServices provides full, open and free-of-charge access to data and information, consistent with the international data sharing principles.

The aim is to provide opportunities for the research and the stakeholder community to create a shared sustainable growth to cope with global challenges.

IBE commitment is to foster compliance with OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) data standards and web services and improve access to data, with a view towards long-term data stewardship.

Henri Poincaré, theoretical physicist

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.”

Shafer, M. (2008).

“Do we, as scientists, need to concern ourselves with whether or how the information is used?”