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).


Awareness of the economic and social impacts of climate change is increasing. A proactive approach can reduce these impacts by a proactive approach: 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. The academic literature 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 researches.

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 organizing and delivering training on climate disciplines both in presence and online. RTC Italy 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 training focuses on climate change and variability and their effects on natural resources and agriculture, sub-seasonal to seasonal forecast and predictions as a tool for water and agriculture management. In the framework of international projects in African Countries, specific training activities and workshops are set up.
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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Climate services

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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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.”

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Academic and Scientific Posters

Shafer, M. (2008).

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