WMO Workshop on Strategy for Implementation of the Climate Services Information System (CSIS)
5-7 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
The World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), organized by WMO along with its partners in 2009, decided to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), an international framework to guide the development of climate services. The High-Level Taskforce (HLT), constituted to develop the concept and recommend on the implementation of the GFCS, proposes a three-tiered Framework approach to address global, regional and national dimensions, with an appropriate flow of data and information amongst all three levels. The Climate Services Information System (CSIS) is a key component of the GFCS encompassing the three-tiered structure, to operationally provide climate information that underpins the climate services.
CSIS is being designed to routinely generate climate information, including data, diagnostics, assessments, monitoring, predictions, projections, etc. that users need for a broad range of climate sensitive decisions at different levels. It is widely recognized that for the generation of reliable operational climate information on the national scale, it is critical that adequate global and regional inputs and products are available. WMO has already put in place or identified several entities to specifically support NMHS climate operations; they include Global Producing Centres for Long Range Forecasts (GPCs), other centres providing climate information on the global scale, as well as several Regional Climate Centres (RCCs), Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) and regional Climate Watch systems. WMO is making concerted efforts to promote the products and services delivered by these entities through the Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project. All of these efforts are directly relevant to the three-tiered structure recommended by the HLT, particularly in the context of CSIS.
In order to develop a systems approach that will incorporate all the global and regional CSIS entities in the most efficient way to support to NMHSs’ climate service provision, an international workshop was organized, from 5 to 7 April 2011 at WMO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, to develop a strategy for an effective implementation of the CSIS as an integral component of the GFCS. The workshop helped to bring greater clarity on the roles of each of the components as well as their linkages. The workshop also facilitated the development of the CSIS presentations made at during the 16th World Meteorological Congress (May-June 2011) to inform Members on the effective roles they can play in the establishment and functioning of the CSIS as well as outline how they will be able to make use of its products to provide better climate services to users at the national level.
The final report of the workshop is available here.
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