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CLIPC: Constructing Europe's Climate Information Portal

CLIPC provides access to Europe's climate data and information.

User Requirements Workshop, Feb 3rd, 2015

This user workshop took place on the 3rd of February, 2015 in the Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport, The Netherlands.

The workshop was organised for potential users of the CLIPC portal, including climateclimate
Climate in a narrow sense is usually defined as the average weather, or more rigorously, as the statistical description in terms of the mean and variability of relevant quantities over a period of time ranging from months to thousands or millions of years. The classical period for averaging these variables is 30 years, as defined by the World Meteorological Organization. The relevant quantities are most often surface variables such as temperature, precipitation and wind. Climate in a wider sense is the state, including a statistical description, of the climate system.
scientists, impacts researchers and intermediary organisations who will help to maximize the relevance of the CLIPC Portal for users across Europe. 

In the workshop we have tested and discussed components of the CLIPC portal from the perspective of user requirements for climate data and climate changeclimate change
Climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use. Note that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: 'a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods'. The UNFCCC thus makes a distinction between climate change attributable to human activities altering the atmospheric composition, and climate variability attributa
impact indicators. At the end of the workshop requirements have been consolidated and prioritized in terms of content and user interface.

Summary documents for participants and others

Inventory of user requirements  

In the first 9 months of the project, CLIPC has conducted a short survey and carried out  interviews with different users groups to identify their requirements for climate information and impact indicators. Results can be found in this summary document. The outcome of the inventory were used as input for discussion in the user requirements workshop