Decades of investments and development progress in agriculture, infrastructure, human health, and the environment could be put at risk by changes in temperature, precipitation, and the frequency and magnitude of floods, droughts, and coastal storms. By providing timely, tailored, decision-relevant information to those who need it, climate services help developing countries manage current climate variability and build resilience to future climate change.
Just as weather services provide us with forecasts of daily temperatures and the chance of rain or snow, climate services provide information about longer-term weather conditions. Climate services deliver data, statistical analyses, tools, and other information resources about historical weather patterns and expected future climate conditions—including temperature and precipitation scenarios, sea-level changes, and glacier coverage—and their potential impacts on agriculture, infrastructure, health, and other sectors.
Last updated: January 25, 2014