Climate Science information for climate action
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have joined together to provide the international community with new climate information and tools on the latest climate science data. This can be used to inform decisions on climate change investments, particularly for adaptation.
The initiative was announced at the United Nations Climate Change conference, COP26 (Glasgow) on 3 November. It is one of a number of WMO activities to translate science into policy support to help tackle climate change drivers and impacts and to build resilience to increasingly extreme weather.
“Through this collaboration, WMO is supporting countries to make informed climate investment decisions based on the best available science. These resources will be valuable across a range of climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, coastal management, disaster risk reduction, energy, fisheries, forestry, health and water,” said WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas.
The Climate Science Information for Climate Action resource pack includes detailed technical guidance, case studies and two-online platforms:
- A Climate Information Platform that provides access to projections of over a dozen climate change indices for the globe, for example coupled atmospheric and ocean monitoring and regional climate modelling (Home - Climate Information).
- Online access to Climpact – for calculation of over 70 indices associated with climate impacts, from historical daily temperature and precipitation data (Climpact (climpact-sci.org)).
An accompanying guidance document explains how these tools can be used to recognize climatic and non-climatic factors contributing to socio-economic and environmental impacts, to guide the identification of effective climate actions.
These knowledge products are particularly useful for adaptation planning and in the development of proposals for climate finance. They were developed by WMO experts working with national and international partners in Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo and St. Lucia.
Through continuing collaboration, WMO and the GCF will use our mutual networks to support and engage with the stakeholder community to demonstrate their applicability and gather user feedback for further enhancement of these tools.
The side event in the COP26 Science Pavilion launched and showcased the knowledge products that have been jointly developed, and initiates an ongoing process of providing support, particularly to developing countries, with the aim of ensuring that all Parties can access the best available scientific information in support of national priorities for climate action.