RA IV Expert Team on Climate Services

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Regional Association IV Expert Team on Climate Services
Terms of Reference:
(1) Foster development of climate services across all climate timescales: sub-seasonal, seasonal, multi-annual, decadal, and climate change.
(2) Provide guidance on updating data management practices, including quality criteria and specifications based on evolving - and requirements of - climate policy and services at all time scales, including for regional and national levels.
(3) Guide in use of the standardized and user-targeted approaches for the systematic generation and exchange of climate data, climate monitoring, analysis of high impact events climate prediction and objective forecast products and climate projections that are required for the operational functioning of the Climate Services Information System (CSIS) at the regional (RCCs) and national (NMHS) levels.
(4) Provide technical advice on the further development, improvement, implementation and sustained operations of Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs)/Regional Climate Forums (RCFs), provision of the relevant data/product exchanges in light of ongoing and evolving user needs and requirements for climate services.
(5) Support country-level delivery of climate services under the umbrella of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) through effective user engagement through the User Interface Platform (UIP), generation of associated service delivery related methodologies, good practice guidance on national implementation of the CSIS focused on tailored products and services facilitated and co-produced through National Climate Outlook Forums (NCOFs)/National Climate Forums (NCFs) and national/regional climate projection programmes, and promote the establishment of National Frameworks for Climate Services (NFCSs) to consolidate capacities at the national level and sustain collaboration.
(6) Provide guidance and technical advice on good practices for producing tailored climate information, communication and delivery of tailored products and services, and implementing Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and assess existing studies for evaluating socio-economic benefits of climate information and services.
(7) Keep under review the competency requirements for quality management standards for climate services, including the definition and promotion of the relevant criteria for climate services provision as well as the monitoring of their implementation.
(8) Assist in providing capacity building support on climate prediction, including the use of regional climate models and ensemble climate forecasts; and on basic climate understanding for users including as part of the GFCS UIP.

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