The Global Framework for Climate Services

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A table explaining The High-Level Taskforce on the Global Framework for Climate Services defines ‰ÛÏclimate services‰Û as follows: Climate services encompass a range of activities that deal with generating and providing information based on past, present and future climate and on its impacts on natural and human systems. Climate services include the use of simple information such as historical climate datasets as well as more complex products such as predictions of weather elements on monthly, seasonal or decadal timescales. They also make use of climate projections according to different greenhouse gas emission scenarios. Finally, climate services include information and support that help users choose the right products for the decisions they need to make, that explain the uncertainty associated with the information, and that offer advice on how to apply the uncertainty in the decision-making process.

A schematic of four components (in rectangular boxes) and the capacity-building component (represented by a cloud that encompasses the other components) of the Global Framework for Climate Services proposed by the High-Level TaskforceA new report from the World Meteorological Organization lays out a framework for developing adaptation and mitigation measures in response to climate change. An international plan is to be established to build information capacity in developing countries, with up to $US 250 million in spending by 2021.

Getting a Handle on Global Carbon: A plan to scale up carbon observation needs financial backing

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Cropped image of research station in HelsinkiThe GEO Carbon Strategy is a sweeping plan to multiply measurements of carbon flows and facilitate their conversion into analysis and model-building. The goal is to determine carbon’s fluxes through the environment with enough accuracy to pin-point the regions that are carbon sinks and sources. But the plan needs to secure the resources required to address under-observed regions and ecosystems.