Upon the conclusion of the Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project, the Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs), promoted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS), regional institutions and other international organizations have completed twenty years of successful operations in several regions around the world.
Responsible for the production and the dissemination of regional assessment of climate for the upcoming season, the RCOFs aim to gain substantial socio-economic benefits in climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, health, water management, climate change and climate watch. This innovative concept extended and reached the number of 19 to date and will continue with its momentum in the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
Once or several times a year, the RCOF brings together experts from a climatologically homogeneous region and provides consensus-based climate prediction and information, usually for a target season, which has critical socio-economic significance. This information has been applied to reducing climate-related risks and supporting sustainable development.
Click on a RCOF of the interactive map below to explore it and discover its role in the region.