ICCS 3 Side Events

Climate service ethics
Tuesday, December 3, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Many applications of climate services are likely to have high impact, often for multiple stakeholder groups that may have different or even competing interests. What should constitute good practice in climate services delivery in such circumstances? Climate services ethics engages the direct and indirect consequences of climate service provision. The workshop provided an opportunity to consider these and other ethics-related questions. Drawing on experience from other disciplines, and existing climate services activities, we debated the need for, and value in establishing ethics-related guidelines and principles to support climate services development.  Climate Services Ethics Side Event_0

Climate information needs for the large-scale agricultural sector
Tuesday, December 3, 9 am – 12 pm

This session provided an opportunity for discussion regarding the use and potential use of climate information for the large-scale agricultural sector. Specific goals included: making the climate services community aware of information needs of large-scale agricultural decision makers; increase awareness among decision makers of the benefits of climate information; build new avenues of collaboration between scientists and decision makers; identify new services to better meet the decision makers needs. More information is found in the attached PDF. LAS Side Event

World Climate Research Program Working Group on Regional Climate
Tuesday, December 3, 2 pm – 5 pm

This side event aimed to provide an opportunity to inform those in the climate-services community about the CORDEX initiative, and helped to set expectations and context for the data that is forthcoming.  How to build regional networks of climate modellers, climate service providers and users around CORDEX activities were a particular focus. Additionally, the session provided a space for dialogue and inputs from the climate services community to inform the design of subsequent regional downscaling experiments. More information on this side event is found in the attached PDF. CORDEX ICCS 3 Intro_0 Gutowski-CORDEX-Overview_0 Gutowski-NA+OtherRegions_0

Assessing the socio-economic benefits of hydrometorological information
Tuesday, December 3, 2 pm – 5 pm

The Economic Valuation Working Group of the Climate Services Partnership has teamed up with the World Meteorological Organization, the World Bank, and USAID in order to develop a book geared to help guide the assessment of socio-economic benefits of meteorological and hydrological services. This session allowed for discussion and feedback on this activity, including a presentation of current work and solicitation of feedback. More information on this side event is found in the attached PDF. SEB Benefits Presentation_0

World Meteorological Organization Regional Association IV: Task Team for the Global Framework for Climate Services 
Tuesday, December 3, 4 pm – 5 pm

The World Metoeorlogical Regional Association IV includes the Caribbean, Central America, and North America. This RA IV Task Team on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was established in 2013 to put in place a work plan for the implementation of the GFCS in RA-IV, and ensure coherence and integration of regional activities with GFCS implementation. Activities that will be discussed during this Task Team meeting include defining regional and national interests in the ongoing development of the GFCS including progress related to Regional Climate Centres and Regional/National Climate Outlook Forums. Task team members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Investing for successful climate services
Thursday, December 5, 6 pm

Successful climate services rely on a complex web of actors, all interacting to produce, tailor, distribute and use climate information, eventually informing decisions that affect the way we live our lives. The success of climate services will require all these elements be strengthened, supported and coordinated. This session aimed to advance discussion on climate services investment in a number of ways. First, we mapped current climate services investments to see where potential synergies may exist. We also heard from actors who have engaged in processes to coordinate different investments in climate services under a specific umbrella. Finally, we worked together to develop a typology of climate services investment that can be used to guide investments in developed and developing countries alike. Climate Services Investment ICCS 3_0

Climate Services Partnership: Recent activities and next steps
Friday, December 6, 1 pm – 3 pm

Founded at the first International Conference on Climate Services, the Climate Services Partnership is now two years old. This side session reported on recent activities of the Climate Services Partnership with respect to the three goals established at the first International Conference on Climate Services; it also articulated goals for the future and solicited feedback from conference participants on ways to continue to build a network that serves the needs of its members and contributes to the development of climate services around the world. Vaughan CSP Activities_0Zebiak Good Practice Guide_0