Innovation in Climate Services Provision 

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The ERA4CS Call project INNOVA helps the society managing the impacts of climatic change and finding innovative climate risk management solutions, and extreme risk response options. This project emphasis on cutting-edge climate services research by a combination of social and economic innovation.


International Workshop Urban Water Supply on 17-18 October 2019 in Valencia, Spain
Urban water suppliers all over the world have to adapt to an increasing population and a growing economy. Climate change is expected to increase weather variability and extreme events, causing significant alterations in the water cycle that will challenge the reliability of urban water supply systems. Water quality is also affected by increasing pollution, overexploitation and other climate change impacts. This international workshop will show relevant selected cases that have successfully coped with severe drought episodes and other situations that might become more frequent in the future due to climate change. Through examples from the INNOVA project and others, the workshop will also discuss the potential of climate services for a more efficient adaptation of urban water supply systems to climate change conditions. Read more.

Announcement: Workshop on Coastal Climate and Earth Observation Services for Small Island States - 13-15 November 2019 in Guadeloupe and Martinique (pdf).

Latest Ezine: Experimenting to reducing the French West-Indies islands’ vulnerability to global change
INNOVA has published its fourth e-zine, highlighting the environmental and climatic challenges related to the agro-ecological transition of predominantly banana and sugar cane production to more sustainable and locally important crops for Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Wim Timmermans & Fokke de Jong (Wageningen Environmental Research), with Martine Collard, Harry Ozier-Lafontaine and Erick Stattner (Universite des Antilles, France) and Louis Celliers (Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany), Tuesday 23 April 2019.

The project contributes in an innovative way to understand the key role of business models; in enhancing adaptation innovation, market uptake and replicability of climate services. The INNOVA approach and findings are in the interest of public and private climate services providers, knowledge purveyors, (city) policy and decision makers, business representatives and scientists. In the end the project can contribute to generate employment opportunities and sustainable growth.   

The direct engagement of a broad range of relevant stakeholders that co-develop climate and risk management strategies in key economic sectors will ensure upscaling and uptake of the project outputs.

INNOVA is designed to build on proven innovation frameworks, called “innovation hubs”, connected across the project and to the wider world (Mediterranean, North European and islands; urban and peri-urban areas).

These hubs have been chosen based on areas in Europe that were identified as highly likely to be vulnerable in the IPCC 2014 findings, and including one location in the less outermost regions of Europe.

In each real-world innovation hub, three groups of people work together on innovative solutions to real problems: societal actors (private sector, citizen groups); public sector (government) & knowledge brokers. Read more.


Project Lead 
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH, Germany,
Dr María Máñez

Project partners
(read more about the partners)       

  • Ecologic institut gemeinnützige GmbH, Germany, Grit Martinez
  • Universitat politecnica de Valencia, Spain, Alberto García-Prats
  • Universite des Antilles, France, Martine Collard
  • Stichting Wageningen Research, part of Wageningen UR, The Netherlands, Wim Timmermans
  • Funding agencies

    BMBF, MINECO, ANR, NWO                                      

    The project is co-funded from the European Commission (Grant Agreement reference 690462)