A changing climate is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and access to reliable and relevant climate information is essential for decision-making across a wide range of sectors. In Europe, there is a growing need for climate information to support decision-making related to infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and public health, among other areas.
We are launching this call for evidence to better understand how climate information is currently being used and what user needs are in Europe. This will inform the development of seamless climate predictions covering the next 30 years as part of the Horizon Europe project ASPECT (Adaptation-oriented Seamless Predictions of European ClimaTe).
We believe that this call for evidence will provide valuable insights into how climate information is being used and what user needs are in Europe. We appreciate your participation in this important effort and thank you in advance for your contributions.
This call for evidence aims to gather information (in any language) on the current state of climate information use and user needs in Europe. We will then combine this evidence with other sources (peer-reviewed and grey literature, surveys) as part of a rapid assessment of climate information use and user needs in Europe which seeks to:
- Understand how climate information is being used by different stakeholders in Europe;
- Identify gaps in climate information provision and user needs that are not currently being met;
- Explore opportunities for improving climate information services and products.
We will publish our report on the ASPECT website in May 2023.
We are looking to hear from a diverse range of stakeholders who are either based in Europe or working in the European context.
Questions we are addressing
We are looking to respond to the following questions:
- What types of climate information are currently being used in Europe?
- How do different sectors use climate information in their work or decision-making?
- What additional climate information needs do European users have that are not currently being met?
- What improvements or changes would European users like to see in climate information services or products in Europe?
What evidence are we looking for?
Examples of the evidence we are looking to gather include the following:
- Evidence of climate information use;
- User needs surveys/assessments;
- Provider / user surveys of expectations or perceptions;
- Studies of barriers to accessing and using climate information.
Submissions & Deadline
The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 7th April 2023. Please send any evidence on this topic in any language to Dr Sam Grainger, or submit the evidence using this form. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
We will promote the call for evidence through social media, email lists, and relevant organisations and networks. We will also work with partners to ensure that the call reaches a diverse range of stakeholders.
All responses will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes of this study.