This contract brings together excellences in climate sciences, impacts modelling, and technical expertise to develop a new operational service together with a global user community. The aim is to ensure user uptake of relevant (and high-impact) climate information from the C3S Climate Data Store, addressing sectors such as health, agriculture and food security, transport, tourism, biodiversity, and natural hazards.
The main impacts are: (i) High visibility of C3S; (ii) Robust co-design through a large user community; (iii) Support to EU policies on global challenges (e.g. COP21 and UN Agenda 2030); (iv) New commercial potential for EU business in emerging markets.
More specifically, the contract project will extend the current C3S by providing:
- Global CIIs based on CDS data and co-design with committed users from around the world.
- Maps, graphs and downloads in an interactive web-based interface, fully interoperable with the CDS and its toolbox.
- User support by e-learning, twitter-based help-desk and training in communication tools.
- Best practices for tailoring of climate data and communicating climate impacts world-wide.
- Showcases from site-specific indicator production, merging global data with local data/tools.
The global service will build upon the experience gained from the on-going work with C3S. Proof-of-concepts (POCs), of which the contractor is leading two and participating in one. For instance, the successful approach of the SWICCA project will be recognised regarding: (1) engaging a broad and committed user community for co-design and high visibility; (2) using already established technology for quick implementation of the operational service; (3) addressing Knowledge Purveyors to facilitate communication between data providers and decision-makers, along with the philosophy to ‘train the trainers’ and ‘teach the teachers’ for successful and extensive outreach. Much of the technology for interface functionality and scripts for indicator production will be based on the PoCs SWICCA and Urban-SIS, which will ensure the contract implementation at speed. Furthermore, critical lessons learnt from SWICCA include the importance of substantial user support and guidance (e.g. practical training and key-messages) and that the users desire to produce their own CIIs. This will thus be the game-changing solution for the innovative global service provided by the contract. In contrast to the on-going SIS projects, data will almost entirely be received from the CDS by using its toolbox and the final Service will be integrated with the CDS and its toolbox.