Improving climate services

This component of the programme will deal with the practical aspects of delivering national-scale climate services. An early task will be to identify and engage with key stakeholders in the UK landscape for climate service co-development, co-delivery and use, and create a national framework for climate services (NFCS) aligned to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) involving the key stakeholders. Consideration will be given to roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders within the UK’s national framework, and whether national fora should be convened (such as an annual meeting or conference).

A technical component of this work package will be to use experts within the NFCS, but also internationally if appropriate (such as through the GFCS), to establish some standards for climate services. Standards are key mechanisms to guarantee the suitability, quality, and performance of technological solutions. They also provide common terminology between user, provider, and purveyor communities. The need for quality control, standards and certification for climate services has emerged in consultations with users during the design of the European Roadmap for Climate Services. Users argued for standardization of the climate service field to generate trust, ethical standards, and provide the infrastructure for a climate service market. While there are existing standards in some of the components of climate services (e.g. collection of observations), there is no coherent and agreed upon set of authoritative standards for the overall value chain, in particular for services tailored to users.

Finally, methodology for monitoring and valuing climate services will be developed and implemented. The monitoring and valuing may help determine if it is possible to stimulate a market for climate services in the UK, a topic which the European Commission are actively pursuing in Europe.