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Supporting and standardizing climate services in Europe and beyond


Project timeline
September 2022
54 months
February 2027
General Information
Timely delivery and effective use of climate information is fundamental for a green recovery and a resilient, climate neutral Europe, in response to climate change and variability. Climate services address this through the provision of climate information for use in decision-making to manage risks and realise opportunities. The market and needs for climate information has seen impressive progress in recent years and is expected to grow in the foreseeable future. However, the communities involved in the development and provision of climate services are often unaware of each other, and lack interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge. In addition, quality assurance, relevant standards, and other forms of assurance (such as guidelines, and good practices) for climate services are lagging behind. These are needed to ensure the saliency, credibility, legitimacy and authoritativeness of climate services, and build two-way trust between supply and demand. Climateurope2 aims to develop future equitable and quality-assured climate services to all sectors of society by: 1) Developing standardisation procedures for climate services, 2) Supporting an equitable European climate services community, and 3) Enhancing the uptake of quality-assured climate services to support adaptation and mitigation to climate change and variability.
The project will identify the support and standardisation needs of climate services, including criteria for certification and labelling, as well as the user-driven criteria needed to support climate action. This information will be used to propose a taxonomy of climate services, suggest community-based good practices and guidelines, and propose standards where possible. A large variety of activities to support the communities involved in European climate services will also be organised.

Hereon leads work package 4 on market development. The main contributions to Climateurope2 are related to business model development and to quality assurance of climate services. In order to increase trust in and transparency of climate services, both activities are embedded in an extensive stakeholder consultation process.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaHORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-06
Project TypeCoordination and Support Action (CSA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101056933
Co-ordinatorBarcelona Supercomputing Center (ES)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Jörg Cortekar, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Phone: +49 40 22633 8445
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (ES), Centar Za Promocuu Nauke (RS), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici SCARL (IT), CLIMATE-KIC Holding BV (NL), Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DE), Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DE), Ecologic Institute GmbH (DE), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (UK), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (DE), Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ (DE), Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (NL), LGI Consulting SARL (FR), Mariene Informatie Service "MARIS" B.V. (NL), Met Office (UK), Ramboll France SAS (FR), RAMBOLL Management, Consulting (BE), Republicki Hidrometeoroloski Zavodsrbije (RS), Societe Civile CERFACS (FR), Stichting Deltares (NL), Stichting Wageningen Research (NL), Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SE), Technical University of Denmark (DK), Tecnalia Research and Innovation (ES), The Climate Data Factory (FR), The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (CH), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UK), Universität Bremen (DE), University of Leeds (UK), Weblyzard Technology GmbH (AT), Wyzsza Szkola Bankowa w Poznaniu (PL)
Last Update: 03. November 2022