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Climate Services as a Global Public Good: International Collaboration, Science, and Data Innovation
7 December, 2015
(Paris, France) On Monday December 7th, at 3:45pm-4:45pm Paris time, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will host a side event on at COP21 on “Climate Services as a Global Public Good: International Collaboration, Science, and Data Innovation.” Communities across the global are increasingly struggling to manage climate-related risks, such as floods, drought, heat waves, wildfires and storms. Many of these events are projected to intensify or become more frequent as global temperature continues to rise. In the face of these growing risks the provision of accessible, relevant, reliable and timely climate information (“climate services”) is essential for safeguarding health, property, and livelihoods. This event will explain what climate services are, explore the critical role of science, data innovation, and international collaboration in the provision of these services. It will also highlight the value of climate services as a global public good. Examples will be provided on how the U.S. is collaborating with international partners to build regional and national resilience through climate services. UN Global Pulse Director Robert Kirkpatrick will participate as an expert panelist. More information at http://www.state.gov/e/oes/climate/cop21/video/249846.htm. The event will be livestreamed at: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/climate/cop21/video/index.htm