Climate Services around the World
Several countries and organisations have started to develop climate services to further understanding of the possible future impacts of climate variability, and apply climate predictions for many different sectors.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led the creation of a National Climate Service that, among other things, serves the regional climate centres and the National Integration Drought Information System.
The International Research Institute (IRI) has partnered with the International federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to develop an online tool that provides various flood prediction measures, including the relative severity of globally forecast precipitation events for 1 to 6 days in advance, and probabilistic seasonal precipitation forecasts.
The Climate Service Centre consists of a team of natural scientists, economists, political scientists and communication-specialists whose task is to refine the knowledge derived from climate research in a practice-orientated way and convey the findings to decision-makers in politics, administration, economy and for the broad public.
The Climate Impacts Programme established in 1997, provides climate model projections of the XXI Century climate, to be used for national assessments of climate impacts and adaptation strategies.
The University of Capetown has developed an online portal for climate services, using precipitation and temperature climate variables, within their Climate Systems Analysis Group.