National Climate Services in Norway

09:00 Thursday 30 May

OC240

Room S8

 

Inger Hanssen-Bauer (Norway) 1; Hege Hisdal (Norway) 2; Hans Olav Hygen (Norway) 1; Stephanie Mayer (Norway) 3

1 - Norwegian Meteorological Institute; 2 - Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE); 3 - NORCE research

The Norwegian Centre for Climate Services (NCCS) was – in its present form – established in 2013. In this presentation, we will sum up experience and results gained during the last six years.

Climate Services are organized rather differently in different countries. NCCS is a virtual centre, organized as collaboration between well-established Institutions (the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research). The Norwegian Environment Agency is represented on the Board. NCCS’ main purpose is to provide decision makers in Norway with information relevant for adaptation to climate change. Important user groups are governmental authorities from the national level down to municipality level, directorates/authorities with responsibility for critical infrastructure, selected industries and sectors, and climate impact researchers. The needs for climate services are rather different for some of these groups. We will briefly present a few examples of products tailored for different groups of users. Finally we will discuss the role of national climate services vs. international services (e.g. COPERNICUS) and private/commercial services. We will also discuss weak and strong points of the organisation of national climate services in Norway.