SECTEUR works with businesses and other organisations to understand their requirements, in terms of weather and climate data to support decision-making.
The contract – SECTEUR (Sector Engagement for Copernicus Climate Change Service; Translating European User Requirements) is funded by the Reading-based European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) on behalf of Copernicus, the European Commission’s Earth observation and monitoring programme.
SECTEUR is also conducting a gap and market analysis to help understand the economic potential of such information. Take part in the brief online survey here.
Climate is changing and organisations are vulnerable to these changes. Climate change will have a wide range of impacts such as rising sea levels, increase risk of flood, drought and heat waves. Organisations need to plan for the impact and challenges that our changing climate will bring. Having the appropriate tools and data to make evidence-based decisions is essential.
Engaging with SECTEUR will put businesses in the driving seat with tailored products to help make better decisions in an uncertain climate future.
From data and models to decision-making
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) provides information to help society and business sectors improve decision-making and planning regarding climate mitigation and adaptation. C3S is based on a combination of science and data and an advanced understanding of the market needs.
SECTEUR brings together 11 organisations across 6 European countries with vast expertise in climate and business to engage directly with end-users and analyse their requirements, identify gaps and deliver recommendations on future needs to support better decision-making. The Sectors covered are: Agriculture & Forestry, Coastal areas, Health, Infrastructure, Insurance and Tourism.
The SECTEUR approach
SECTEUR is engaging and interacting with a wide number of stakeholders across six sectors through surveys, workshops and interviews to establish an inventory of existing policy needs and user requirements in terms of climate data and climate impact indicators. For example, information on future flooding and heat waves would be important for civil engineering firms when planning new infrastructure designs.
Working with users in each sector will allow us to focus on technical feasibility, market needs and gaps that could be filled with additional research. The ultimate aim is to translate these user requirements into services for the C3S Sectoral Information System (SIS).
The SECTEUR Team
The SECTEUR Project is led by the Institute for Environmental Analytics
Agriculture & Forestry
Agriculture is directly affected by climate change, as farming activities depend on climatic conditions. Climate change can also significantly undermine the services that forest can provide. For example, extreme climatic events such as droughts and heat waves have negatively affected crop productivity during the first decade of the 21st century in Europe and this is expected to further increase yield variability under climate change.
The need for more and better climate information is increasing in this sector. The co-generation of knowledge can contribute substantially to bridging the gap between scientists and practitioners. Possible risk indicators for the sector are yield loss, land use changes, and fire risk.
Lead: Claire Jacobs, ALTERRA, The Netherlands
Coastal areas are of strategic importance for Europe’s economic, environmental and societal development. Coasts consist of multi-sectoral and multi-user environments often with users’ interests and strategies in conflict with each other. Warmer climate projections show a further increase of the risk of coastal floods in many areas worldwide and also in particular for cities along north-western European, northern Italian and Romanian coasts due to sea level rise in combination with storm surges.
Specific indicators and tools are needed for stakeholders to take relevant decisions and plan adaptation strategies. The main objective is to increase European citizens’ resilience to climate change and to facilitate the safe growing of coastal economy and industry in a balanced equilibrium with respect to the natural environment and sustainable exploitation of resources.
Lead: CMCC, Italy
Climate change endangers human health, affecting all sectors of society, from the local to the global level, and is becoming a central issue in public health and global political agendas. Certain adverse health effects could easily be avoided if informed decisions were made prior to certain events such as heat waves. This would protect vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly and ensure access to preventive measures well in advance. Collaboration between health and climate services is critical to implement these actions.
The health sector, whose primary purpose is to promote, restore and maintain health, would highly benefit from tailored-made climate impact indicators based on CS3 climate forecasts and projections, to support decision making from the local, regional, national and European level.
Lead: ISGLOBAL, Spain
The main threats to infrastructure assets due to climate change include damage or destruction caused by extreme weather events, which climate change may exacerbate; coastal flooding and inundation from sea level rise; changes in patterns of water availability; and effects of higher temperature on operating costs, including effects in temperate and/or permafrost.
Activities especially relevant for C3S include: Spatial planning, Civil engineering, Green and Blue infrastructure, Industrial engineering and technical standards, networks and interdependencies.
Lead: TECNALIA, Spain
Climate change will have a wide range of impacts (more severe storms, rising sea levels, increased frequency of drought and floods…) which are expected to have serious consequences on many different societal aspects (food scarcity, clean water shortage, devaluation of assets, flooding,…). The changing risks between the recent past and the not-so-distant future are of great interest to the insurance industry because even slight changes in climate characteristics can translate into large impacts on risk distribution/management and expected losses.
While insurance can be considered as a separate sector to others, it is, in effect, cross-cutting as it works with all sectors of the economy. It can therefore be an enabler of resilience across sectors.
Lead: BSC, Spain
The tourism sector is particularly sensitive to weather and climate conditions; seasonal risks are most commonly considered, but information on longer-term change may affect the viability of a destination.
The tourism system is complex, with a combination of public and private, tourism and non-tourism players at all scales. Due to this great variety of tourism stakeholders the potential demand for climate information is likely to be very different from one stakeholder to another. Although there are very few current users of climate services in this sector, there is a growing interest in these kinds of products.
Lead: TEC Conseil, France