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Climate Services Files

Definition of climate services in the European Roadmap for Climate Services (EC,2015): the transformation of climate-related data, together with other relevant information, into customized products such as projections, forecasts, trends, information, economic analysis, assessments (including technology assessment), counselling on best practices, development and evaluation of solutions and any other service in relation to climate that may be of use for the society at large.


This page proposes a selection of interesting climate services.

Many differentiations of climate services are used to categorise them so the users can easily find what they need or analyse existing services.

The Categories we used to classify the climate services relate to Climate Europe POLICY BRIEF No. 2 with some modifications and to Copernicus Climate Data Store categories for Applications.

There are many different types of users within a sector, from impact researchers to policy makers. They have different needs and they have different levels of background knowledge. This category refers to the type of user the service is aimed at. A single Service can address different types of user.
  • general public
  • advanced users
  • experts
  • researchers
  • policy-makers,
  • media.
This category specifies which phenomenon the service focuses on. Fore example:
  • drought
  • wind
  • flood
  • sea level rise
  • heatwave.
A service can be tailored towards specific applications for a particular sector. For example:
  • energy
  • agriculture
  • health
  • disaster risk reduction (DDR)
  • water resources management
  • food security

There are several data sources used in climate services, such as

  • satellite observations
  • in situ observations
  • seasonal forecasts
  • climate projections
  • reanalysis.
Basic climate data or data processed into for example:
  • forecast maps
  • impacts
  • decision support.
The services can address different purposes:
  • research
  • policy making
  • decision making
  • outreach
  • training
Every user is interested in different types of information. For example, decisionmakers will be interested in climate information, others may be interested in impacts of climate variability and change.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is a map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The map uses five classifications:
by DIST, IBE-CNR, Direction de l’Hydrologie et la Direction de la Météorologie Nationale du Niger
SLAPIS, Local Early Warning System for Floods of the Sirba, is an integrated system that aims to promote decision-making and behavioural changes from reactive
by EUPORIAS project
SEASONAL WIND PREDICTIONS FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR Developed as part of the RESILIENCE PROTOTYPE in the EUPORIAS project Credits Project Ukko is a Future Everything and BSC project for EUPORIAS.
by Med-Gold Project project – EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme
Climate change is causing new patterns in climatic conditions over the world, which are already affecting many aspects of our society. Though being a
by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Climate Impacts & Vulnerability, Potsdam, Germany
The educational web portal www.klimafolgenonline-bildung.de is a tailor-made climate service to make climate and climate impact data and scientific knowledge of climate impacts and adaptation applicable
by Climate Engine
The Drought Severity Evaluation Tool is one of the Climate Engine Research App leverages the power of cloud computing to enable users to analyze