The challenges for meteorology are growing. Citizens, decision-makers, indeed all of society require information on the consequences of our changing climate, and especially on weather and climate hazards that seem to occur more frequently and to have a significant impact on humans, nature, and infrastructure. The essential role of meteorology since the start of operations remains unchanged – the provision to society of reliable forecasts and trustworthy warnings. However, in the 21st century impact predictions and long-term projections of climate change are also needed to support national strategic decisions aimed at saving lives and reducing the costs of natural hazards. All of these challenges place increasing responsibility on scientists and forecasters, as well as on meteorological companies, institutions, and organisations: the whole “weather and climate enterprise”.
Behind these challenges is a need to develop our understanding of the multiple and inter-twined processes of the atmosphere and related environmental components, such as the hydrosphere, the biosphere, the cryosphere, and the anthroposphere. There is a need to innovate tools which facilitate and enable a better service to all sectors of society, from the global through to the national, regional, and local scales. The primary focus of the conference will be to promote and facilitate these essential operational and strategic developments in the European weather and climate enterprise.
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