There is a growing availability of climate information offered to researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy makers through climate services. However, climate services are often not taken up effectively, neither by the policy-making and planning community, nor by businesses that increasingly realise that they are vulnerable to climate change impacts. One reason is that current practice is still strongly science-driven. To be effective, climate services should be user-driven, taking into account the specific questions and contexts of the users.
Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) researchers consider climate services from this user perspective, through for example the translation of climate data into policy-relevant indicators for public and private clients, offering support to municipalities and provinces in user engagement strategies, and complementing climate information with knowledge on adaptation options and the design of adaptation strategies. A strong emphasis is placed on the co-design and co-production of climate services with the users when and where meaningful and feasible, taking into account the diversity of climate service users and their diverse demands, knowledge purveyors and data providers and their products.
Climate Services for Business
Role Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra): Creation of an enabling environment that allows businesses to make use of extensive information, tools and instruments which are (or could be made) available to inform and support management practices and decision-making. Such as through:
- Analysis of barriers and enablers for the uptake of climate services
- Facilitation of dialogue within network organisations on the implications of the Paris agreements on the reducing the emission of greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change
Our Climate Services Activities
Climate Adaptation Services (website | pdf)
Climate Adaptation Services (CAS) makes climate information accessible and manageable for those who wish to take action on climate change adaptation. Contact: Hasse Goosen.
>> Read more: Climate adaptation services of local authorities in Flanders
Climate Adaptation Atlas (website (in Dutch) | pdf)
Could my area be flooded? Are there any hospitals or evacuation routes in the flood-prone area? Should I expect soil subsidence? How many days a year will I expect heat stress in the future? The “Climate Adaptation Atlas” is a tool that provides insights into these kind of questions. The interactive atlas shows (future) threats of coastal and river floods, drought and heat stress on a map. Researchers are working on such an atlas for Indonesia and Bangladesh.
Contact: Hasse Goosen.
Delta Ateliers, Touch Table and Delta Atlas (page | pdf)
Geo-spatial participatory planning tools to support the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. The Delta Atelier approach was used to jointly develop an adaptation strategy. During the ateliers, local stakeholder gave not only reflections and complemented the outcomes of the baseline studies (problem statement), but also worked together on potential (integrative) solutions. The Touch Table and the Delta Atlas were used to store and visualize spatial data on climate (change). More information on the Delta Atlas and Climate Adaptation Services (CAS), a spin-off of Wageningen UR, can be found on the CAS website.
Contact: Hasse Goosen.
CLIPC - Constructing Europe's Climate Information Portal
CLIPC provides access to climate formation of direct relevance to a wide variety of users, from scientists to policy makers and private sector decision makers. Information will include data from satellite and in-situ observations, climate models and re-analyses, transformed data products to enable impacts assessments and climate change impact indicators. The platform will complement existing GMES/Copernicus pre-operational components, but will focus on datasets which provide information on climate variability and decadal to centennial time scales from observed and projected climate change impacts in Europe, and will provide a toolbox to generate, compare and rank key indicators.
Contact: Annemarie Groot.
HI-AWARE - The Himalayan Adaptation, Water & Resilience
HI-AWARE will develop robust evidence on how to enhance the adaptive capacities and climate resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the mountains and floodplains of the glacier and snowpack dependent river basins of South Asia.
Read more in the HI-AWARE project flyer and watch the brief introduction on what HI-AWARE stands for.
Contact: Hester Biemans.
SWICCA - Service for Water Indicators in Climate Change Adaptation
The aim of SWICCA is to provide data for climate impact assessments. The main target group is consultants working in the water sector with climate adaptation of their clients business in water management. By using indicators, climate impact assessments can be done without having to run a full production chain from raw climate model results – instead the indicators can be included in the local workflow with local methods applied, to facilitate the decision-making and strategies to meeting the future. Alterra is coordinator of the Knowledge Brokerage work package.
Contact: Annemarie Groot.
SECTEUR: Sector Engagement for the Copernicus Climate Change Services: Translating European User Requirements
SECTEUR works with private and public sector organisations to understand their requirements, in terms of weather and climate data, aiming to deliver better-tailored information to support decision-making. The project also conducts a gap and market analysis to help understand the economic potential of such information.
Contact: Claire Jacobs.