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Illustrate, demonstrate and disseminate information about Copernicus data and services for different application domains

The proposed action aims at 1) creating awareness and knowledge about Copernicus data and services (CAMS and C3S) among actual and potential German users from governmental and research institutions and business entities, and 2) stimulating cooperation, exchange of experiences and net-working among existing and potential users for a larger take-up of services across the country in the future.  

Users of climate information and services in Germany could benefit from new services provided at European level through the Copernicus programme. Their actual usage of European Copernicus services is still rare, esp. in public sector. Reasons are a general lack of awareness, language barriers, the still very limited availability and access to “real” C3S data and services, and a serious lack of understanding about how such information and services could support public sector users’ planning and decisions in view of adapting to changing climate and environment conditions.

Especially users from public service authorities in the German ‘Länder’ (Federal States), cities and local communities have strong needs in receiving more practical information about how Copernicus climate change and atmospheric monitoring services could be applied for their benefit. This request has been very visible and strongly communicated during meetings of DWD in the past months with representatives of these user groups.

The DWD provides climate and environment information and services to different groups of users in Germany since many years. Its services are enhanced with data and information collected and provided through the Copernicus program. DWD acts therefore as important facilitator and multiplier in disseminating information and knowledge about CAMS and C3S to different public sector user groups in the German Länder and cities in order to promote the uptake of CAMS and C3S services at a larger scale. Through existing resources and networks with experts from different disciplines and working at the regional/local level, the DWD is able to mobilise necessary expertise for demonstrating existing cases of good use.

The action will involve a set of activities to reach the objectives, including 1) a survey of user experiences and needs, 2) the compilation of relevant, user-oriented information and good practices, 3) the organisation of interactive working groups and 4) the publication of user-relevant online material and a brochure.

The German public sector users of C3S and CAMS will be involved in the action from the beginning. The first activity plans to circulate a questionnaire asking for input on existing experiences and specific needs. The feedback will be central for the preparation of the three big cooperation events which are planned to be held during the action. The compilation of user-relevant material will consider descriptions of existing web applications and C3S SIS related use cases from Europe. Moreover and in particular, the work will focus on compiling examples of Copernicus C3S/CAMS user experiences which could be of additional, specific value for others at the regional/local level to adopt. The working groups will be organised to allow a maximum of interaction and will integrate sessions on specific application areas. Participants will be able to learn from each other at the working groups. Key experts will act as additional speakers or demonstrators. The material to be published at the later stage will undergo a process of internal and external review to ensure adequate quality for other potential new users and the wider public. In particular, the brochure will be reviewed by an expert from journalism.

Outputs and Results

  • Production of user-friendly information material
  • Demonstration of use cases and good practices in the application of Copernicus services C3S and CAMS with focus on public sector users
  • Working groups involving different user groups, user-for-user presentations, cooperation

Wider dissemination of results and promotion of take-up by online and offline publications.