Improving China’s Resilience to Climate-Related Risks: The China Framework for Climate Services

Wang, Yujie and Song, Lianchun and Hewitt, Chris ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4718-4009 and Golding, Nicola and Huang, Zili (2020) Improving China’s Resilience to Climate-Related Risks: The China Framework for Climate Services. Weather, Climate and Society, 12 (4). pp. 729-744. ISSN 1948-8327


Abstract

The primary needs for climate services in China, in the form of climate information for decision-making, are to better prepare for and manage meteorological-related disasters, adaptation to climate change, and sustainable development. In this paper, the vision, structure, content, and governance of the China Framework for Climate Services, which is designed to respond to these primary needs, is described. This paper reflects on practice, lessons, and experience developing and delivering climate services in China for disaster risk reduction, agriculture, water, energy, urbanization, and major engineering projects. Four key aspects of successful climate services are highlighted: the transition of climate research to operational climate services; delivering relevant, tailored, and usable climate information; effective engagement between users and providers of climate services; and building interdisciplinary professional teams. Key challenges and opportunities for climate services are recognized in this paper: a growing gap between climate science and services capability and societal need, a lack of awareness in user communities of the climate service value for their activities, and the important need for closer and more meaningful interactions between users and providers of climate services. The delivery and uptake of high-quality, relevant, usable, and effective climate services will facilitate climate-smart decisions that will reduce climate risks and improve Chinese societal resilience.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 03:27
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2021 06:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia; climate change; climate prediction; climate variability; climatology; climate services
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410199 Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-19-0121.1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41540

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