Sector Engagement for the Copernicus Climate Change Services

The contract “Sector Engagement for the Copernicus Climate Change Services” works with businesses and other organisations to understand their requirements, in terms of weather and climate data to support decision-making in various sectors. Wageningen Environmental Research is leading the Agriculture sector.

Climate is changing and organisations are vulnerable to these changes. Climate change will have a wide range of impacts such as rising sea levels, increase risk of flood, drought and heat waves. Organisations need to plan for the impact and challenges that our changing climate will bring. Having the appropriate tools and data to make evidence-based decisions is essential.

Engaging with the contract will put businesses in the driving seat with tailored products to help make better decisions in an uncertain climate future.

From data and models to decision-making

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) provides information to help society and business sectors improve decision-making and planning regarding climate mitigation and adaptation. C3S is based on a combination of science and data and an advanced understanding of the market needs. The contract brings together 11 organisations across 6 European countries with vast expertise in climate and business to engage directly with end-users and analyse their requirements, identify gaps and deliver recommendations on future needs to support better decision-making. The Sectors covered are: Agriculture & Forestry, Coastal areas, Health, Infrastructure, Insurance and Tourism.

The approach

The contract is engaging and interacting with a wide number of stakeholders across six sectors through surveys, workshops and interviews to establish an inventory of existing policy needs and user requirements in terms of climate data and climate impact indicators. For example, information on future flooding and heat waves would be important for civil engineering firms when planning new infrastructure designs. Working with users in each sector will allow us to focus on technical feasibility, market needs and gaps that could be filled with additional research. The ultimate aim is to translate these user requirements into services for the C3S Sectoral Information System (SIS).