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Developing Prototype Climate Services in CSSP China

Jennifer Weeks, Stacey New, Tyrone Dunbar, Nicola Golding, and Chris Hewitt
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  • UK Met Office, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (

There is an increasing demand for tailored climate information to feed into decision making. At the UK Met Office, we are responding to this need through work in the Climate Science for Services Partnership (CSSP) China, a scientific research programme in collaboration with the China Meteorological Administration and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. We are applying a full cycle of prototyping to a range of new and existing climate services for priority sectors in China, such as food security and urban hotspot satellite mapping, using leading climate research to co-develop useful and useable climate services.

Recent research in food security has produced a toolkit for risk to crop production across multiple regions in China. We are now evolving the accessibility and communication of this information with decision-makers to enable delivery of this service to the appropriate end-user groups. We are also working to tailor urban hotspot satellite data to specific users, for instance the health sector, to identify and inform vulnerable populations. Through appropriate user engagement, such as workshops, surveys and interviews, we are exploring specific stakeholder requirements to pull-through science to services. This work has wider implications in having the potential to feed into important adaptation decisions and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the cycle of prototyping.

How to cite: Weeks, J., New, S., Dunbar, T., Golding, N., and Hewitt, C.: Developing Prototype Climate Services in CSSP China, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-1624,, 2020.

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  • CC1: Comment on EGU2020-1624, Gaby Langendijk, 05 May 2020

    Dear Jennifer,

    I attended your presentation during the session.
    From other colleagues I got to know that e.g. CAS and the Chinese government have more direct relationships/ the government gives them direct assignments to advise them on policy. Did you have similar experiences during the development of CS in your project? How does the user engagment differ from your experiences in UK/EU? Thank you.

    • AC1: Reply to CC1, Jennifer Weeks, 05 May 2020

      Our project partners at CMA provide us with guidance on Chinese government policy requirements and they also put us in direct contact with government stakeholders so that we can speak with them about the services we are developing. Differences compared with the UK/EU include cultural and language barriers and the sharing of data, especially with regards to technology. Many of the apps and websites we use are not available in China (e.g. Google-based), and many of the apps and websites used in China are not available or used in the UK/EU (e.g. WeChat).  However we have found ways around these challenges and when we speak with users they are very interested to work with our scientists and engage with the climate services we are developing.