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OPACE III, Expected deliverables

  1. Definition of the functions of National Climate Centres (NCCs) (this should be done in close consultation with CBS, for their integration into the GDPFS, specifically taking into account existing and emerging GPC and RCC products as well as the further RCOF evolution);
  2. A concept paper on National Climate Services (NCSs) at the national level and how they would contribute to the GFCS;
  3. An action plan to facilitate the transition of CLIPS into the GFCS, and to conclude CLIPS as a project by 2015 at the latest;
  4. A toolbox for generating climate information and prediction products, including methods for tailoring and downscaling;
  5. A conceptual framework to identify methods and communications strategies NCSs should use to provide sector-specific climate information, products and services (this should be done through a joint CCl-CAgM-CHy mechanism, in consideration of eventual services for the agriculture/food security and water resources sectors as a first priority);
  6. Technical guidance including reference documents standardizing the mandatory RCC products and services in terms of methods, format, content, quality, dissemination, regular assessments, etc.;
  7. Training modules for RCC core product development in order to assist potential RCC aspirants in developing countries and to promote a degree of consistency in mandatory RCC products;
  8. Assessments of applications for RCC designation and evaluations of performance with respect to defined criteria;
  9. Terminology for climate predictions, to clarify uses of terms such as LRF, SIP, seasonal forecasts, seasonal predictions, climate outlooks, etc. (to be developed in consultation with CBS);
  10. Pilot project(s) to introduce RCOFs into new, vulnerable regions (e.g. Polar Climate Outlook Forum (PCOF), as an IPY legacy project);
  11. Guide for users to help them access, interpret and understand climate prediction products and associated uncertainties;
  12. Guidance on development of consensus-based climate outlook products (e.g. the El Niño and La Niña Updates, the Global Seasonal Climate Update, etc.);
  13. Guidance on standardized RCOF/NCOF operations, outputs (keeping in mind regional diversity).
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