Earth Observation to Support Hydrometeorological and Climate Services
European Space Agency, World Bank Group
March 2014 – March 2015
To enhance national Hydrometeorological & Climate Services capabilities, the World Bank and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) supported a series of capacity building projects, which included:
- Improvements to the Climate Change Knowledge Portal to provide users with a central hub for data, reports, tools, country dashboards and information about climate change around the world; and
- The development of an e-learning tool on “Hydrometeorological and Climate Services: A Value Chain Approach to Project Design” developed in partnership with the World Bank Institute to guide future planning and investments in national Hydrometeorological & Climate Services.
The European Space Agency supported activities under this project which aimed to directly support these two World Bank activities, including:
- Integrating European Earth observation (EO)-based datasets into the Climate Change Knowledge Portal using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard protocols; and
- Adding an EO module into the Hydrometeorological and Climate Services e-learning tool.
Hatfield provided overall management, communication, and reporting for the Project. Hatfield worked with Terradue Srl (Italy) to integrate EO datasets into the World Bank’s Climate Change Knowledge Portal using OGC-standard protocols (WMS, WFS, OpenSearch and WCS).
Hatfield designed and implemented an EO e-learning module that integrated with the World Bank’s existing Hydrometeorological and Climate Services e-learning system. The idea underpinning the EO e-learning module is that it will enable World Bank staff and decision makers in general to mainstream EO information use by Hydrometeorological and Climate Service institutions, and integrate EO information into climate resilience practices and climate smart planning.