Climate Service Centre
The Climate Service Centre unit at the Finnish Meteorological Institute was established in 2014 and currently employs approximately 40 persons. The Centre offers operational climate services, launches pilot projects and studies the socio-economic impacts of weather and climate. Our aim is to diversify our range of customer-oriented climate change services and to provide reliable and high-quality information regarding climate change.
In 2014, together with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the Climate Service Centre is coordinating a global survey on the usability of climate services and weather and climate data. The survey results will enable the identification of issues in sea, land and atmospheric observations, which, together with improving the processing of weather and climate models, can be used to improve the description of natural climate variability in atmospheric models and improve climate change monitoring.
The Climate Service Centre exploits a wide range of regional and global climate models and emission scenarios to study the occurrence of extreme weather events in a changing climate and their impacts on society.
The Climate Service Centre is working closely together with energy and nuclear power companies to study the weather and climate risks in these sectors. One challenge is to determine the future amount and intensity of hurricanes moving from the tropics into the higher latitudes, to Europe and Finland. This work is performed in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).
The Climate Service Centre invests in the development of new applications combining climate and ecosystems. Our partners in Finland are the LYNET network (consortium of environmental and natural resources research) and different universities. Furthermore, the centre is involved in education and training. The Climate Service Centre is actively involved in global climate issues, with a special focus on developing countries.
The Climate Service Centre is pioneering climate risk modelling and information dissemination on seasonal and decadal time scales. The primary objective is to study the usability of climate models for seasonal forecasting and to release new customer-oriented seasonal weather products. This is performed in close collaboration with others, for instance the MetOffice in the UK.