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CLIPC: Constructing Europe's Climate Information Portal

CLIPC provides access to Europe's climate data and information.

CLIPC Dissemination and Evaluation workshop - Brussels, Thursday 20th October 2016


Date and location : Thursday 20th October 2016 - BRUSSELS

Marivaux Hotel, Congress and Seminar Centre, Boulevard Adolphe Maxlaan 98 B-1000 Brussels

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CLIPC in a few words

  • CLIPC provides access to climateclimate
    Climate in a narrow sense is usually defined as the average weather, or more rigorously, as the statistical description in terms of the mean and variability of relevant quantities over a period of time ranging from months to thousands or millions of years. The classical period for averaging these variables is 30 years, as defined by the World Meteorological Organization. The relevant quantities are most often surface variables such as temperature, precipitation and wind. Climate in a wider sense is the state, including a statistical description, of the climate system.
    and climate impactclimate impact
    See Impact Assessment
    information from satellite and ground-based data and modelling.
  • CLIPC offers data and information that is credible, legitimate and salient for a broad range of users. It provides direct access to authoritative data sources, harmonized metadatametadata
    Information about meteorological and climatological data concerning how and when they were measured, their quality, known problems and other characteristics.
    and post-processing tools, and indirect access to additional data sets
  • CLIPC provides guidance for using the portal components for those who need it, makes it possible for users to combine the available datasets, and provides guidance on how to interpret those combinations.

CLIPC is supported by the European Commission and is one of the FP7 projects designed to support the development of a Copernicus Climate ChangeClimate Change
Climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use. Note that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: 'a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods'. The UNFCCC thus makes a distinction between climate change attributable to human activities altering the atmospheric composition, and climate variability attributa
Service (C3S).

Brussels event in brief  

During the event, the final CLIPC Climate information portal will be presented and the different features tested "live" by participants in various breakout sessions. The usefulness and future opportunities of the climate information portal and the impact indicator toolbox will be discussed.
A panel session of key people in European climate research and policy will broaden the discussion to challenges for the next generation climate servicesclimate services
Climate services involve the production, translation, transfer, and use of climate knowledge and information for decision making, policy and planning. The provision of climate information (observational, forecasts or projections) in a way that is relevant to climate-sensitive users, can inform decisions and can reduce the risk of misinterpretation.
, and define the steps required to further improve climate data access and use. Users and providers of climate and impact data are encouraged to participate.


Objectives of the final workshop

  • To present the CLIPC portal and discuss its usefulness
  • To discuss opportunities to put the CLIPC climate information portal and impact indicator toolbox into wider use
  • To identify challenges for next generation climate services (projects), discuss the required steps to further improve data access and use


We propose to target

  • Users of climate data and impact indicators, including climate scientists, impact researchers, boundary workers, policy makers
  • Organizations that produce, disseminate and/ or finance climate services, including EEA, ESA, ECMWF/Copernicus, DG Research

Overview of the program

Registration from 9am

9.30 - 9.40

Welcome and General Introduction (Martin Juckes, CLIPC)

9.40 - 10.00

Introduction to CLIPC portal main features (Peter Thijsse, CLIPC)

10.00 – 10.45

ROUND TABLE 1 - Developing a climate information portal to serve the needs of a broad range of users

“What are the major challenges, success factors and/or pitfalls of developing a portal that serves the needs of a broad range of users?”

  • Daniela Jacob from the Climate Service Center Germany: the shift towards 'users oriented climate information portals'
  • André Jol from EEA: the boundary organisation perspective - what kind of needs do boundary workers have to serve end-users ?
  • Maria Noguer: University of Reading / SECTEUR: the business perspective - what do businesses need in terms of weather and climate data to support decision-making?
  • Lars Bärring from SMHI/CLIPC: the provider perspective - what does the shift towards 'user-oriented climate information portals' imply for providers?
10.50 - 11.15

Introduction to breakout sessions and coffee break

11.15 - 12.45

Breakout sessions: Presentation and try out of the CLIPC portal version 2.0 - 3 sessions in parallel:

 1 - Scientific content: exploring data sources, uncertaintyuncertainty
Lack of precision or unpredictability of the exact value at a given moment in time. It does not usually imply lack of knowledge. Often, the future state of a process may not be predictable, such as a roll with dice, but the probability of finding it in a certain state may be well known (the probability of rolling a six is 1/6, and flipping tails with a coin is 1/2). In climate science, the dice may be loaded, and we may refer to uncertainties even with perfect knowledge of the odds. Uncertainties can be modelled statistically in terms of pdfs, extreme value theory and stochastic time series models.
, application of standards

2 – My CLIPC: user individual management of datasets and indicators processing

3 – Use cases: trying out the CLIPC impact indicators toolkit: from forestry to heat stress

12.45 - 13.45

LUNCH BREAK                                              

13.45 - 15.15

Breakout sessions: Presentation and try out of the CLIPC portal version 2.0 - 3 sessions in parallel

1 - Scientific content: exploring data sources, uncertainty management, application of standards

2 – My CLIPC: user individual management of datasets and indicators processing

3 – Use cases: trying out the CLIPC impact indicators toolkit: from forestry to heat stress

15.15 - 15.30


15.30 - 16.30

ROUND TABLE 2 Dissemination of CLIPC and reflections on CLIPC's achievements

What are the main challenges for the future generation of climate services? How can the CLIPC accomplishments be consolidated in Europe and worldwide?


  • Claus Kondrup (DG Climate, AdaptationAdaptation
    The process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects. In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. In natural systems, human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects.
    Unit) - How can climate services help Europe to face new policy challenges after COP21?
  • Jean-Noel Thepaut (ECMWF, C3S) - What are the main challenges for the future generation of climate services and how can CLIPC help Copernicus to address these challenges?
  • Janette Bessembinder (KNMI, JPI Climate CS) - How can we achieve effective and sustained interactions with a growing number of users, e.g. in cities and companies?
  • Mikolaj Piniewski (Warsaw University of Life Sciences / PIK) - What are the main challenges for developing national and European climate services in Eastern European countries?
  • Ana Bucher (World Bank) - What are the main challenges for future generation climate services in the world and can CLIPC services be useful in a global context?
  • Ghislain Dubois (TEC / PROCLIM) - How can private consultants work with public institutions to grow a market for climate services?