Learning and teaching about seasonal climate forecasts: a Mediterranean educational experience toward operational climate services

Vieri Tarchiani, Massimiliano Pasqui, Patrick Parrish, Elena Rapisardi, Edmondo Di Giuseppe, Marina Baldi
2019 Advances in Science and Research  
<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> During the World Climate Conference-3, Capacity Development has been acknowledged as a transversal component underpinning all the other Pillars of the Global Framework for Climate Services. Within the Mediterranean basin, the interest of climate services based on seasonal climate forecasts is rising because they provide an opportunity for developing a proactive approach towards water management.</p> <p>In 2014, the Regional Training Center (RTC) in Italy, in
more » ... nt with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and member countries of Region I and VI, identified seasonal climate forecasts as a strategic subject of capacity development for the Mediterranean Region.</p> <p>Following design-based research methods, this paper presents the evolution of the training approaches adopted, from classroom lessons to a blend of practical and theoretical classroom and distance learning. This evolution, as well as the rising satisfaction of trainees' expectations encouraged WMO and the RTC to widen the spectrum of beneficiaries and to make the resulting course materials available for other regions and RTCs as a course package. The course package provides essential guidelines to facilitate adoption and adaptation of the course by different institutions and instructors, including those in other WMO Regions, based on regional or institutional learning needs and standards, while also serving the needs of individual learners.</p>
doi:10.5194/asr-15-257-2019 fatcat:spzp7bwg6fhnbcrvofkhpfszh4