Scoping Workshop on Seasonal to decadal predictability of regional climate for decision making -23/25 October 2013, Goa India

Climate Services are generally understood as the provision of best possible information to facilitate decisions on climate adaptation, mitigation and risk management. This comprises information on the current and future climate conditions, for time horizons ranging from few weeks, seasons, decades and longer time. Information needs may include not only the mean climate but also the frequency and intensity of extreme events, a clear description of the associated uncertainty, and evaluation of the impacts of climate variability and change on economic, social and natural and managed systems.

The initial objectives of this Collaborative Research Action (CRA), joining JPI Climate and IGFA/Belmont Forum, was co-defining research priorities on societal issues related to seasonal to decadal variability of regional climate, ranging from monsoons to polar areas, with emphasis on two topics:

  • Bridging the gap between climate models and local knowledge, for adaptation decision making
  • Predictability of regional physical climate from season to decades

A scoping workshop held 23-25 October 2013 in India/Goa (see Brochure), attracted 50 participants from 12 nations (Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA) and representatives from the European Commission, the International Social Science Council and the World Meteorological Organization.

The participants discussed possible themes and topics, funding instruments, etc for a potential joint call. A draft proposal “CLIMATE SERVICES WITH RESPECT TO INTER-REGIONAL LINKAGES INVOLVING GLOBAL MONSOON SYSTEMS” will be discussed at upcoming IGFA/Belmont Forum in Cape Town 2-4 December 2013, and JPI Climate Governing Board meeting 12-13 December 2013 in Copenhagen.

This CRA should give high visibility on European research contribution to two major international initiatives: the Future Earth, Research for Global Sustainability and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).


Presentations during this workshop

Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action
P. Monfray, Co-Chair Belmont Forum, Vice-Chair European JPI Climate, Friday 25 October 2013
Bridging the gap - Social needs, social social sciences (and the humanities)
Asuncion Lera St.Clair Research Director-CICERO, Friday 25 October 2013
Climate prediction for climate services - predictability sources and forecast quality
F. J. Doblas-Reyes, ICREA & IC3, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 25 October 2013
Climate research priorities in the light of services and stakeholder needs
Chris Hewitt, Head of Climate Service Development, Met Office Hadley Centre, Friday 25 October 2013
CORDEX: An unprecedented opportunity (but for what?)
Bruce Hewitson, University of Cape Town, Friday 25 October 2013
Future Earth, Research by Global Sustainablity
Ghassem Asrar, GFCS, Friday 25 October 2013