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Community Spotlights: Weather and Climate Information and Services

By Katherine Cunningham, Joyce-Lynn Njinga

In April, Climatelinks highlighted the integral role weather and climate information and services play in building the resilience of people and communities to climate change impacts such as flooding and drought, as well as improving planning for water and natural resource management, agriculture and disasters.

We asked Climatelinks community members to share their work related to this topic, with a specific focus on tools and technologies that support the production, analysis, delivery and use of weather and climate information services, and approaches to improving the availability of and access to weather and climate services in vulnerable communities. 

Below you will find these resources, including a link to the open access academic journal Climate Services, a UNDP climate information communications toolkit, an article that reviews a sample of more than 100 climate service activities generating a snapshot of the state of the field, an open access e-book showcasing the burgeoning area of applied research at the intersection between weather, climate science and the energy industry as well as an upcoming training course on the topic in Shanghai from May 18-20, and a regional PRECIS modelling system developed by UK’s Met Office, which is accessible to those without climate modelling experience.

If you have related resources to share, please do so in the comment box below this blog! Also, check out the USAID-supported weather and climate information and services related resources in the Climatelinks library and blog

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Academic Journals, Websites & Projects

Climate Services Academic Journal (Elsevier, 2018)

The Climate Data Factory: Ready to Use Future Climate Information (The Climate Data Factory, 2018) 

Global Framework for Climate Services (World Meteorological Organization) 

UMFULA: Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications (Future Climate for Africa project, 2015-2019)

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Project in Bangladesh (Global Resilience Partnership, Practical Action)

Bangladesh Weather and Climate Services Regional Project (World Bank, 2016-2022) 

Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological and Climate Services Project for Democratic Republic of Congo (World Bank, 2017-2022)

The MARCO Project: Providing an In-Depth Look at the Climate Services Market (EU Horizon 2020 Project, 2018)


May 1-20, 2018 - E-Platform on Weather and Climate Services for Resilient Development: A Guide for Practitioners and Policy Makers (Facilitated) (World Bank)  

May 2, 2018 - Understanding Capacity Needs of African National Meteorological and Hydrological Agencies (Future Climate for Africa) 

May 18-20, 2018 – Training Course: Building Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Sector (World Energy & Meteorology Council) 


Does Climate Information Help People Address Current and Future Climate Risks? (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Project, 2017) 

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What You Always Wanted to Know About Central and Southern Africa’s Climate (Climate and Development Knowledge Network, 2017)

How Can Climate Models Be Improved Over Africa? Investigating Global Models with Local Knowledge (Future Climate for Africa, 2016)


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Applying Climate Information to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP, 2016)


Blogs & Articles

Weathering the Uncertainties of Climate Change in The Gambia (UN Environment, 2018) 

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Weather Ready, Climate Smart: Leveraging next-generation technologies, the Government of Liberia taps the private sector to build effective climate information and early warning systems (Climate Adaptation UNDP, 2018) 

Africa’s 20,000 Weather Station Plan (SciDevNet, 2018)

The Utility of Weather and Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making: Current Uses and Future Prospects in Africa and India (Chandni Singh, et al., ASSAR Project, Climate and Development Journal, 2017)

How to Help Farmers Prepare for Climate Change (Dian Spear, Chandni Singh, The Conversation, 2017)

A Coupled Human-Natural System to Assess the Operational Value of Weather and Climate Services for Agriculture (Yu Li, Matteo Giuliani, and Andrea Castelletti, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2017) 

Towards Implementing Climate Services in Peru – The Project CLIMANDES (G. Rosas, et al., Climate Services, 2016) 

Why Climate Change Adaptation in Cities Needs Customised and Flexible Climate Services (Jörg Cortekar, et al., Climate Services, 2016) 


Research, Case Studies, Reports & Tools 

Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Communications Toolkit (UNDP, 2016) 

PRECIS: A Regional Climate Modelling System (Met Office, 2017)

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Surveying Climate Services: What Can We Learn from a Bird’s-Eye View? (Catherine Vaughan, American Meteorological Society, 2018)

E-Book: Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry (Alberto Troccoli, 2018) 

Country Climate Brief: Future Climate Projections for Malawi (Future Climate for Africa, 2017)

Country Climate Brief: Future Climate Projections for Tanzania (Future Climate for Africa, 2017)

Fact Sheet: Building Transboundary Flood Resilience in Nepal and India (Global Resilience Partnership, Lutheran World Relief, 2017)

Case Studies from the DFID-funded Weather and Climate Information Services for Afirca (WISER) Programme (Met Office, 2017) 

Climate Models: What They Show Us and How They Can be Used in Planning (Future Climate for Africa, 2016)

Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Malawi (Future Climate for Africa – UMFULA Project)

Infographic: Climate Science for Service Partnership China (Met Office) 


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Katherine Cunningham

Katherine serves as the social media manager, content entry, and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She also assists with research and writing. Katherine has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a focus on environmental resources. She previously worked at Americans for Peace Now, a non-profit dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Katherine is committed to helping solve the climate crisis and is excited to apply her skills on the Climatelinks team.

Joyce-Lynn Njinga

Lyly is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. She has a background in and passion for addressing challenges at the nexus of climate change and international development. Lyly contributes her capacity building, technical content development, and community engagement experience to Climatelinks. She supports and grows the communities encompassed in Climatelinks, connects practitioners with valuable experiences to share, identifies themes for focused engagement and knowledge-sharing activities, and connects practitioners to germane resources. Lyly has an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London and a B.A. in International Studies from American University.

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