EGU21-10924, updated on 08 Jan 2024
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Operational Water Service for Copernicus Climate Change Service: development at European scale

Christiana Photiadou1, Peter Berg1, Denica Bozhinova1, Anna Eronn1, Fulco Ludwig2, Maria del Pozo Garcia del Pozo Garcia2, and Ilias Pechlivanidis1
Christiana Photiadou et al.
  • 1SMHI, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrköping, Sweden (;;;; )
  • 2Wageningen University, (;

The Operational Water Service of C3S (developed by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)) aims to help a broad range of water managers with water allocation, flood management, ecological status and industrial water use, to adapt their strategies in order to adapt to climate variability and change. The aim is to speed up the workflow in climate-change adaptation by using seasonal hydrological forecasts and climate-impact indicators. This is done by offering an interactive web application with refined data, guidance and practical showcases to water managers across Europe. Policy makers will find a comprehensive overview for Europe with key messages and consultants can use the service for developing climate impact assessments and adaptation strategies.

The development of the current operational climate service for water management is based on the experience from two previous proof-of-concepts and will also be aligned with the hydrological model system of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS).  The service is uses data from the Climate Data Store and the operational hydrological seasonal forecasting system runs entirely in the European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) technical environment, although developed by SMHI.

The operational Water Service of C3S will be launched during the spring of 2021, and a series of activities and user interactions will be organised to ensure that the applications developed for the service fulfil the users’ needs. Here, we present the development process of the operational service and key outcomes from co-design interactions and resulting applications. The key issues identified by the user community were: i) clear visualisation and graphical representation of skill in seasonal forecasts and confidence in climate projections, ii) need of detailed documentation and process transparency in hydrological models and production of data, iii) user guidance and tutorials are needed for better understanding of the applications, and iv) workflows and scripts for indicator production in new applications for developers of information systems.

How to cite: Photiadou, C., Berg, P., Bozhinova, D., Eronn, A., Ludwig, F., del Pozo Garcia, M. P. G., and Pechlivanidis, I.: Operational Water Service for Copernicus Climate Change Service: development at European scale, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10924,, 2021.


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