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WP11/JRA5 - Bridging Climate Research Data and the Needs of the Impact Community



The central objective of JRA5 is to provide a prototype for a web service interface (the e-impact-portal thereafter) to bridge the gap between the climate modelling community, the climate impact community and decision makers (the users or stakeholders thereafter) for developing adaptation and mitigation policies. The e-impact-portal will be integrated in IS-ENES v.E.R.C.

The development process, based on participative user consultations, will provide valuable insights into the needs of the impact community and decision makers. For that purpose a number of selected and representative Use Cases for climate data will be selected in several EU member states and worked out and prototype services will be built. In addition, we will start a dialogue with the upcoming EU Climate Adaptation Strategy process (EU Green Paper on Adaptation), and will provide an input to climate data frameworks and trans-national networks which will be needed to support implementation of this strategy at pan-European scale. Similar types of activities are currently being developed in Europe for observational data in the framework of GMES but for climate model data, initiatives only exist at a national level in some EU countries. Because of the user diversity, it is important that the provided services comply with the European INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial information in Europe) directive to guarantee an optimal and transparent access to the data and associated metadata and related tools. Because policy makers as well as individual sectors often are interested in national/local climate effects, including climate extremes, the services will need to provide tailored products that can be either directly used or easily adapted to new studies and requirements. The process of employing Use Cases will guarantee this. We will cover a broad range of stakeholders and sectors with the selected Use Cases: water resources, agro- and ecosystems, forestry, spatial planning and energy management. In addition, we also want to identify and document a common set of e-ressources/tools and cross-cutting themes, including the key notion of uncertainty propagation. To achieve this objective, JRA5 will be phased according to:

Use Case description and user requirement definition: The partners will combine existing national Use Cases into a draft of selected Use Cases which will be presented to national stakeholders for review and feedback. The Use Cases will then be modified and validated following user requirements. This process will have the beneficial effect that impact communities and decision makers in different countries and sectors will share information on their own needs and working methods.

The European Green Paper on Climate Adaptation, which is expected to be adopted by the EU in 2008/9 as binding EU Climate Adaptation Strategy, will be a basis for our exploratory analysis of pan-European climate data needs for successful implementation of this strategy.

Transverse themes and general tools identification: the partners will work to implement sets of simple and general common tools tailored to the user needs as well as robust methodologies for the quantification and incorporation of the cascade of uncertainty, including those uncertainties related to climate data (in both observations and simulations), transfer functions and impact/decision model used, in order to construct probabilistic impact scenarios or projections.

Based on the user requirements, the detailed design, implementation, integration and test of the prototype services will take place using INSPIRE compliant standards and technologies. This implies that the services have to be developed according to the mandatory INSPIRE Publish-Find-Bind principle. These services will retrieve their information from the infrastructure developed in WP6 of SA2. The software will have a high degree of portability to make it easy to install in various countries. The services will be evaluated by the user’s community.

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Task 1: Impact community and decision maker consultation and dialog:

The final Use Cases document (deliverable) is available on IS-ENES website. The document gathers the use cases provided by the different partners. It covers a wide range of activities and reflects common practices in the different European countries.  Uncertainties aspects have been included, and information from Task 2 (common tools) has also been used within the Use Cases. Most of the cases considered cannot be simply treated though blackboxes and may require expert judgment to define if the analyses make sense. These critical point need to be considered for implementation on the e-portal. Work on the position paper has begun, with WU (Rob Swart) leading this action. A workshop has already been planned. A web based user-consultation has taken place ( Interaction between the partner was achieved though emails, a teleconference (Jan 11 2010) and during two specific meetings (Toulouse Nov 26 2009 and Barcelona May 26-28 2010)

Task 2: Setting a suite of e-resources/tools and guidance/expertise on transverse themes to foster interaction between climate and impact/decision maker communities:

The draft common tools list has been written, to prepare the work needed for the implementation of the Use Cases in the e-impact prototype (task 3). The comparison of the different use cases was an important aspect to identify common steps in the treatment of impact studies and to isolate the major steps that will be considered for the implementation. The use case template was revisited during the IS-ENES GA meeting to better account for the description of the common tools and of the treatment of uncertainties. These aspects were needed to prepare the August workshop in task 3 and the workflow for implementation on the e-portal

Task 3: The e-impact-portal prototype: design, implement, integrate and test of use case-related services:

Work on this task has just begun, with a workshop held at KNMI August 10-12, 2010. The upcoming work has been precisely planned and attributed to each partner, along with immediate actions. Many decisions were taken to define the main specifications and functionalities of the e-portal. This task will use the selected Use Cases from task 1, and common tools for implementation defined in task 2. All information prepared in tasks 1 and 2 is ready to be used by this task, as planned.




D11.1 Final description of selected Use Cases including user requirements specification


D11.2 Baseline documents on e-resources/tools and transverse themes



D11.3 The e-impact portal Software Requirements/Architectural Design/IO Specification




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IS-ENES3 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824084