Developing climate services in Scandinavia – Climateurope Webinars 2018 News / Slider / Webinars

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The Webinar took place on Wednesday  02 May 2018.



  • Erik Kjellström (Head of the Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden)

“Production and use of regional climate model projections at SMHI – A Swedish perspective on building climate services”
The talk addresses the process of building a climate service centred on regional climate model results from the Rossby Centre regional climate model RCA4. The climate service has as its central facility a web service provided by SMHI where users can get an idea of various aspects of climate change from a suite of maps, diagrams, explaining texts and user guides. The contents of the web service and how this has been designed and developed in collaboration with users of the service in a dialogue reaching over more than a decade is described. The iterative approach involving the users of the climate service has been successful as the service is widely used and is an important source of information for work on climate adaptation in Sweden.

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  • Stefan Sobolowski (Research Professor, Uni Research and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)

 “A hackathon-like workshop to inspire dialogue and find solutions to improve climate services in Norway… and elsewhere!”
The talk addresses the challenges in making the provision of climate information and resources relevant for the decision making. The first part of the talk gives a brief overview of the development and provision of climate services in Norway. In the second part a new approach, resulting from the analysis of the initial experience on providing climate services in Norway, is presented. This new approach is about re-engaging with the stakeholder community in a more equal footing through a hackathon-like workshop to promote dialogue and together find solutions to improve climate services.

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  • Eleven out of the twelve groups in the hackathon workshop identified “holes in knowledge and expertise” as one of the problems in climate services. But isn’t the gap between the knowledge and the usability more important?
  • How were the potential participants in the hackathon contacted and persuaded to engage in the activity?
  • About the concept of intermediaries, the experience of the H2020 Blue Action project is that these don’t exist, instead we have to have two links: a practical scientist and a “sciency” end-user. Does this line up with your experience?
  • How do you maintain the connections and successful relationships with stakeholders in climate services?


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