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The SEI Initiative on Climate Services

This brief describes an SEI initiative focused on the emerging field of climate services – the production, tailoring, interpretation and transfer of high-quality climate information to support planning and decision-making – with a focus on adaptation and disaster resilience.


Davis, M., J. Barrott, S. Bharwani, Å. Gerger Swartling, M. Coll Besa, G. Vulturius and O. Johnson (2016). The SEI Initiative on Climate Services. SEI Initiative information sheet.

Knowledge and information are crucial for climate action. Vulnerable communities need to know how climate variables such as temperature and rainfall, and timing and severity of storm patterns and climate extremes may change, so they can adapt to protect themselves. This information needs to be timely, high-quality, relevant and accessible.

Meeting these needs is the focus of an emerging field called climate services, which aims to bridge the gap between climate science, policy and practice for adaptation decision-making and disaster resilience.

This initiative aims to strengthen SEI’s contributions to these fields by developing new approaches for the improved design, use and interpretation of climate services, from the local to the national level.

We will work in countries at all levels of development, focusing particularly on adaptation and disaster resilience. A key output will be a new Participatory Framework for Climate Services (PFCS), drawing on existing knowledge from external sources as well as new interdisciplinary research. The brief provides some background on climate services, then outlines the initiative’s four work packages.

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SEI authors

Åsa Gerger Swartling
Åsa Gerger Swartling

Head of Knowledge Management, Senior Research Fellow

Global Operations

SEI Headquarters

Sukaina Bharwani

Senior Research Fellow and weADAPT Director

SEI Oxford

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Julia Barrott

Impact and Learning Officer

Global Operations

SEI Oxford

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