"All people have a right to access climate services that will assist them to know how climate will affect them, and to know how to defend themselves from climate impacts".
Global Framework for Climate Services, World Climate Conference-3, Geneva, September 2009
Climate services facilitates the use of relevant climate information across different sectors, such as energy and water, to manage economic risk and adapt accordingly to future climates.
Changes in regional climatic patterns over time are already recognised, and climate variability is expected to increase with the near-term effects of global warming, which could result in unexpected changes to climate patterns or extremes.
With successful climate risk management, the economic and social sectors that can understand and adapt to the impacts of increasing climate variability will be best positioned for continued growth.
Recent advances in science and technology has significantly contributed to improve the ability to forecast climate over the coming seasons, years or decades. These timescales can now be modelled with increasing probability, or skill, to evaluate the vulnerability and manage the risks and opportunities from future climate variability.
By providing access to useful and clear climate information, climate services can facilitate timely, actionable and decision relevant outcomes to guide investment decisions, enhance productivity and increase safety and security across many different sectors at both local and global scales.