EGU24-21161, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Regional Information for Society within the World Climate Research Programme

Naomi Goldenson1, Bruce Hewitson2, Sara Pryor3, Silvina Solman4, Lincoln Alves5, Paul Block6, Dragana Bojovic7, Louis-Philippe Caron8, Alessandro Dosio9, Luke Harrington10, Kevin Horsburgh11, Morten Larsen12, and Jemimah Maina13
Naomi Goldenson et al.
  • 1WCRP RIfS International Project Office
  • 2University of Cape Town
  • 3Cornell University
  • 4University of Buenos Aires
  • 5INPE -- Brazilian Space Research Institute
  • 6University of Wisconsin
  • 7Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • 8Ouranos
  • 9European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC)
  • 10University of Waikato
  • 11Green Climate Fund
  • 12Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)
  • 13International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs (ICHA), Kenya Red Cross Society

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has created a new core project: Regional Information for Society (RIfS), which has begun to plan its inaugural activities. Recognizing a gap between core disciplinary projects of WCRP and societal impact, RIfS seeks to foster community exchange around the practices of creating and utilizing climate information. The members of the Scientific Steering Group and International Project Office see this as a collaborative process with stakeholders from various sectors of society. Rather than reproducing more climate services, we are focused on identifying best-practices, building worldwide capacity and equity, and contributing to existing projects at the regional scale, particularly in regions where there are limited resources for such services. This RIfS presentation will focus on the identification of best-practices, particularly in the assessment of climate information. Currently there is no systematic, consistent, or accepted approach to assessing which climate information is robust and actionable, at regional or global scales. This recognizes the multiplicity of non-congruent data and information sources that may be used, the choice of which depends often on subjective selections that can lead to different decision outcomes and the commensurate consequences. At the same time, the volumes of data and demand for information are only growing, and new organizations are emerging offering products to decision-makers with varying levels of transparency about methods. Decisions are being made that affect the global distribution of resources, for example in finance and the insurance sectors. No professional organization has so far managed to establish widely accepted standards and guidelines for what constitutes robust information appropriate for various types of decision-making. This is the central challenge of the moment for the community of climate researchers interested in societal applications. RIfS will begin a process of consensus-building with an expert meeting on robustness of climate information just after the EGU meeting this year, to be followed by additional opportunities to come together around these questions.

How to cite: Goldenson, N., Hewitson, B., Pryor, S., Solman, S., Alves, L., Block, P., Bojovic, D., Caron, L.-P., Dosio, A., Harrington, L., Horsburgh, K., Larsen, M., and Maina, J.: Regional Information for Society within the World Climate Research Programme, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-21161,, 2024.