Brussels (BE) - 27/10/10
JRC Annual Lecture 2010: Climate services: fit for purpose?
The JRC annual lecture was given on 27 October by Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Speaking on the topic of "Climate services: fit for purpose?", Mr. de Boer explained the ingredients for their success. Such services have to be put in the context of citizens' local relevance - even if this means extrapolating data at local level - and their frequency has to be appropriate. Only then, they will be able to provide their crucial role of supporting the policy-making process, bringing business on board and contributing to the creation of a public understanding.
Addressing a select audience of about 350, including top European Institution officials, science and technology leaders, business executives, NGO leaders and students, de Boer stated that: "…the urge to build climate-resilient nations naturally brings with it a desire for more detailed knowledge of the changes that lie ahead. In response to this demand, the idea of ‘climate services’ has emerged, whereby detailed climate information will be tailored to the needs of specific end users and delivered on demand".
The information most urgently needed by decision-makers and resource mangers is how the climate will change in the decades ahead and on regional scales. Much of the new science that will be presented in the next International Panel on Climate Change Report, due out in 2013-2014, will be focused on this sort of decision-relevant science. But the scientific community recognises that here, climate science is still very much in its infancy.