Coordination of Europe’s climate-related knowledge base: Networking and collaborating through interactive events, social media and focussed groups

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Hewitt, Chris, Bessembinder, Janette, Buonocore, Mauro, Dunbar, Tyrone, Garrett, Natalie, Kotova, Lola, New, Stacey, Newton, Paula, Parfitt, Rebecca, Buontempo, Carlo, Doblas-Reyes, Francisco, Guglielmo, Francesca, Jacob, Daniela, Kjellstrom, Erik, Krzic, Aleksandra, Martins, Helena, Pietrosanti, Alessia and Terrado, Marta. 2021. "Coordination of Europe’s climate-related knowledge base: Networking and collaborating through interactive events, social media and focussed groups." Climate Services. 24, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2021.100264
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Coordination of Europe’s climate-related knowledge base: Networking and collaborating through interactive events, social media and focussed groups

ERA Journal ID212081
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHewitt, Chris (Author), Bessembinder, Janette (Author), Buonocore, Mauro (Author), Dunbar, Tyrone (Author), Garrett, Natalie (Author), Kotova, Lola (Author), New, Stacey (Author), Newton, Paula (Author), Parfitt, Rebecca (Author), Buontempo, Carlo (Author), Doblas-Reyes, Francisco (Author), Guglielmo, Francesca (Author), Jacob, Daniela (Author), Kjellstrom, Erik (Author), Krzic, Aleksandra (Author), Martins, Helena (Author), Pietrosanti, Alessia (Author) and Terrado, Marta (Author)
Journal TitleClimate Services
Journal Citation24, pp. 1-11
Article Number100264
Number of Pages11
Year2021
PublisherElsevier BV
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN2405-8807
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2021.100264
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405880721000522
Abstract

Knowledge of the climate is essential to manage climate-related risks. Underpinning this knowledge is a huge range of climate research and climate service activities. There has been a marked expansion of such activities and while the numerous and diverse funding streams, activities and organizations involved means that climate service development is relatively well resourced in places, there is a risk that the landscape becomes fragmented, duplicative, confusing, and inefficient. To mitigate this, the European Commission established the Climateurope project to bring coordination to Europe’s climate-related knowledge base. Climateurope created a managed network to share knowledge, improve synergies and reduce fragmentation among the stakeholders. As the network evolved, we proactively strove for equality, diversity and inclusion, for example for gender, under-represented regions, and under-represented stakeholder groups. Climateurope explored and adopted innovative approaches to engaging the network members, including face-to-face networking events (Festivals), virtual networking events (Webstivals and webinars), use of arts, social media, expert groups, publications, and an active website. The mix and integration of the traditional communications, such as website, publications and expert groups, with more innovative and varied approaches, such as the Festivals, Webstivals, social media and arts, proved popular and successful in making the network active and attractive. We describe how the network and collaboration was established and managed, and we offer some recommendations for others based on our experiences, including consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion, consider strategies for growing, managing and sustaining the network, and consider a mix of virtual and physical networking events.

KeywordsClimate services; Climate research; Climate modelling; Networking; Collaboration; Inclusion
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410199. Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
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Copyright © 2021 Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsMet Office, United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute, Netherlands
Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, Italy
Climate Service Centre Germany, Germany
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom
Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
Helmholtz Munich, Germany
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden
Republic Hydrometeorological Institute of Serbia, Serbia
European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, Belgium
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