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Perspectives from Climate Services in Europe

Dr. Jana Sillmann, Research Director, CICERO
August 29, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Room 002, University House 1, UVic
2489 Sinclair Rd.
Victoria , BC
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Climate Services have gained more and more attention in the past decade as the impacts of climate change are felt more vigorously and the public and private sectors are realizing that measures for adaptation and mitigation of climate change will be crucial to avoid major economic losses. While often seen in relation to weather services, climate services emerge as a new and much more inter- and transdisciplinary field with a variety of natural and social sciences challenges. Climate service providers face a range of issues when striving for providing robust and reliable climate change information that is relevant to various decision-makers. This presentation will give an overview on the current arena of climate services from a global scale (e.g. Global Framework of Climate Services) to a European scale and outline current climate services approaches and European research projects on climate services. Specific examples from climate services as provided in Norway will be discussed.


Dr. Jana Sillmann is Research Director at the Center for International Climate Research – Oslo (Norway) and leads the Climate Impacts group. Her expertise is in the analysis of climate extremes in a changing climate. Her work focuses on relating physical aspects of weather and climate extremes to socio-economic impacts and questions related to risk assessment and decision-making. She is co-leading activities of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grand Challenge on Weather and Climate Extremes and is part of the scientific steering committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme. She is also a Lead Author of Chapter 12 “Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment” in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1.