WMO Technical Conference onClimate Services – Building on CLIPS Legacy
30 June – 2 July 2014, Heidelberg, Germany
Background and Goals
The Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project was established by the World Meteorological Congress at its Twelfth Session in 1995, recognizing the need for an integrated approach to climate services. The mission of CLIPS was defined as follows: “to provide the best possible climate information, including expectations of future conditions, to improve economic and social decisions that will reduce risks and improve economic vitality as well as quality of life.” Over the past couple of decades, CLIPS has been striving to help exploit the existing databases for increasing our climate knowledge and improving the prediction capabilities, and to develop the capacities of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) for the delivery of climate information to meet the needs of their users.
The Climate Information and Prediction Services have been instrumental in the development of the concept of Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) and their formal establishment around the world. They have also played a key role in the development of Regional Climate Outlook Fora (RCOF) as effective platforms for generating consensus-based seasonal climate outlooks at the regional scale. Such efforts by the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl), in coordination with NMHSs, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and other relevant bodies, have enabled systematic production of operational climate information at global and regional levels. These initiatives together with the CLIPS training workshops have helped build capacities for climate services. The achievements of CLIPS significantly contributed to the formulation of the WMO-led Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to better manage the risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change.
This technical conference, organized on the eve of the sixteenth session of the Commission for Climatology and the thirty-fifth annual meeting of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of WCRP, is therefore devoted to reviewing CLIPS activities and determining its legacy, as well as considering the relevant research and operational aspects to provide guidance for future CCl/WCRP activities and their joint contributions to GFCS.
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