Climate Services: Taking values seriously.
Weather and climate are inextricably linked to some of the most fundamental determinants of human welfare and social stability. Recognising this, substantial efforts are underway to establish climate services – to provide climate-related information to facilitate individuals and organizations in decision making (e.g. The World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services and the UK Met Office’s Climate Service UK). These efforts aim to overcome significant gaps between climate knowledge production on the one hand and user needs on the other. In parallel with K4U’s general research on the role of values at the science/society interface, this study explores how the social, economic, and ethical values of users might influence methodological choices in knowledge production in a way that enhances the effectiveness of climate services. With Wendy Parker.