World Needs Climate Forecasts

The World Climate Conference met in Geneva this week, discussing the need to create climate forecasting services to help the world adapt to global warming.

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), led the U.S. delegation of about 50 U.S. scientists and officials. She told the Associated Press that climate forecasters will help decision-makers ranging from farmers planning what crops to plant to city planners and national legislators.

Thomas Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, told the AP, "Climate services is a new concept. In the past there wasn’t a recognition that the climate community could provide information which you could base decisions on."

He continued: "You get a weather forecast and people count on it because they take action on it, plans, emergency management. We want to do the same thing for climate services."

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