Climate services in the water sector

How climate services can be used in the water sector

Climate change is impacting many of our resources, our water supplies being one of them. Using climate information for key indicators… such as predicted rainfall, temperature and hours of sunlight can help us make decisions about how our water gets used… ensuring we have adequate water supplies in the future, come rain or shine.

In regions such as Catalonia, climate change is increasing both the intensity and frequency of extreme events, such as droughts and floods. Policymakers and water sector experts are starting to turn to climate information services in hopes of minimizing the impacts. Using climate information can help them to better predict how the water resources in the area will be impacted. They can then better manage the existing resources to have more time to prepare for the events BEFORE the droughts or floods ever come.

That’s not all. Since many other economic sectors rely on water resources for their activities, climate impacts on the water sector have repercussions for the economy as whole. The use of climate information services can therefore help keep the economy afloat. If people are able to keep their taps running during droughts, or do not have to pay for flood damage to their properties, then the economic harm caused by extreme events can be constrained.

Climate information services are still far from being commonplace, but their use in the water sector and others is on the rise. This is essential to ensuring our future economic and environmental sustainability.