EUPORIAS (European Provision Of Regional Impacts Assessments on Seasonal and Decadal Timescales)
EUPORIAS is a four year collaborative project funded through the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. It is developing usable and actionable climate services to help better decision making across a range of sectors.
EUPORIAS (European Provision Of Regional Impacts Assessments on Seasonal and Decadal Timescales) is a four year collaborative project funded through the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. It is led by the Met Office, and involves 24 partner institutions.
EUPORIAS is leading the way in the growing field of Climate services by developing usable and actionable climate information, involving users across different industry sectors, in order to make better decisions in building resilience to the climatic changes in the seasons and decades to come.
Throughout human history, we have learned to adapt to the day-to-day variations in our weather alongside longer-term, but perhaps less noticeable, changes in our climate. We have learned how to use weather records and climatic information to help us engineer bridges and hospitals, grow drought- and flood-tolerant crops and build our overall resilience to extreme weather.
Largely, we have assumed that the underlying climate isn't really changing. But we have been caught off-guard when shifts in our climate have altered the environment around us. We know today that our climate is not stationary; in fact it is changing rapidly. We need to create tools and share knowledge to help us deal with the emerging challenges these rapid changes pose to our societies - we need to create climate services.
The European Commission has invested heavily in a strategic plan to put Europe at the forefront of climate service development and delivery. This is the beginning of an exciting new field, but given the importance climate adaptation will have for our future, it is crucial we rapidly develop the ambition, knowledge and tools to deal with these new challenges.
EUPORIAS is leading the way in exploring with users to how to develop useful and operational climate information. Rather than creating another climate information portal, the EUPORIAS project has been visionary in working with users to identify their critical decision points and working with them in design of their own climate services to help them make better decisions while increasing societal resilience to climate variability and longer-term climate change.
EUPORIAS commenced on 1 November 2012 and brings together a wide set of expertise from academia, the private sector and the national met services. Since then, EUPORIAS has developed six semi-operational prototypes of climate services, a number of user-specific case studies as well as making some significant advancements in the science underpinning these services.
Read further information about EUPORIAS and each of the individual prototypes:
- Hydrological Seasonal Forecast System (HSFS) - HSFS provides seasonal forecasts of the spring flood onset and volume (1-5 months ahead) in support of hydropower reservoir regulation planning.
- Livelihood, Early Assessment and Protection (LEAP) - LEAP is the Government of Ethiopia's national food security early warning system. It provides estimates of the number of people who will be in need of food assistance due to drought, increasing the speed with which a humanitarian response can be triggered.
- Seasonal forecasts to support winter land management decisions (LMTool) - LMTool provides seasonal winter weather forecasts (1-3 months ahead) in support of decision making on cover crop planting, choice and management.
- Strengthening the efficiency and security of energy networks (RESILIENCE) - RESILIENCE aims to strengthen the efficiency and security of wind power supply within energy networks, by providing robust information of the future variability in wind power resources based on probabilistic climate predictions.
- River flow forecasts for water resource management in France (RIFF) - By providing river-flow forecasts at key period to anticipate the evolution of water-stocks, RIFF aims to help stake-holders for a best management of water resource reducing drought and flood risks.
- Seasonal Prototype: Risk of Impacts from NAO on Transport (SPRINT) - SPRINT provides information about the potential for weather impacts on UK transport ahead of (and during) the winter season.