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Seminar: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room
NOTE: THIS SEMINAR IS CO-SPONSORED BY ISP AND RAL
Abstract: There are several activities underway at the national level and at the international level relating to climate services. At theinternational level the main activity is the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) which arose from the World Climate Conference 3 in 2009 and is being developed now for implementation from the end of the year. This talk will present some of the international activities, including the GFCS, which cover many of the important aspects relevant to climate services, such as observations and monitoring of climate, underpinning research, modelling and prediction, availability of climate information, development of products, user engagement, collaboration, and capacity building. At the national level this talk will showexamples of climate services provided by the UK Met Office.Bio: Dr Chris Hewitt is Head of Climate Service Development at the Met Office in the UK. He is responsible for developing strategic relationships to improve and maximise the use of climate service capabilities. He is part of the core writing team for the GFCS Implementation Plan and part of the core team (along with colleagues from NCAR) of the newly formed International Climate Services Partnership.