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Regional Climate Services Workshop 2011

Exploring Regional Climate Services: Meeting Stakeholder Needs for Practical Climate Information

Dates: November 21-23, 2011

Location: Michèle Pujol Room, Student Union Building (View Map), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Times: 8:00am - 6:00pm (Nov. 21, 22); 8:00am - 1:30pm (Nov. 23)

Documents: Workshop Program (PDF) Participant List (PDF)

Workshop Objectives and Format

The primary objectives of this workshop were twofold:

To bring together climate stakeholders, regional climate service providers, climate scientists and the media to discuss communication approaches, scientific tools, stakeholder needs and the role of mass media in shaping perspectives on climate variability and change.

To collectively author a draft manuscript that describes the factors and prerequisites that influence the effective delivery of regional climate services, informed by the various presentations and participant experiences.

The workshop was divided into five half-day sessions. Three or four invited speakers opened each session followed by a selection of contributed papers. After the speaking portion of the session, participants broke out into writing groups to prepare draft text.

Workshop participants were divided into five groups, one group corresponding to the five workshop session topics. Each group met five times as the workshop evolved. Each writing group had two participants whose responsibility was to “hold the pen” for their group. Each group produced ~3 pages of draft text on their topic as input to the paper (currently being drafted).

Keynote Addresses

Day 1 - Hans von Storch, a German climate scientist and Director of the Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany) presented Climate Service in a Postnormal Context".

Day 2 - Andrew Weaver, Canadian climate scientist and University of Victoria professor, presented "Climate Science Communication and the North American Media".

Day 3 - Canadian climate scientist, statistician and Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Francis Zwiers presented the final keynote address "On the Attributes and Challenges of Regional Climate Services".

Session 1 - The Stakeholder Perspective

Session 2 - Regional Climate Service Providers

Session 3 - Communicating Regional Climate Service

Session 4 - The Role of Mass Media

Session 5 - Regional Focus: The BC Perspective

Sponsor Information

This workshop was hosted by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany), with co-sponsors, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the University of Victoria, and the KlimaCampus Hamburg. The workshop was organized by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the North German Climate Office.

For More Information

For more information on this workshop please feel free to contact Cassbreea Dewis at PCIC.