Socio-economic benefits of weather and climate services in Europe
- 1Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI, Erik Palménin Aukio 1, P.O. Box 503, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
- 2Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET, C/Leonardo Prieto Castro 8, 28040 Madrid, Spain
- 3Deutscher Wetterdienst DWD, Frankfurter Str. 135, 63067 Offenbach, Germany
- *formerly at: MeteoSwiss, Krähbühlstrasse 58, P.O. Box 514, 8044 Zürich, Switzerland
- **presently: private consultant (email@example.com)
Abstract. There is a rising interest around the world for a better understanding of the economic and social value added of weather services. National hydro-meteorological services and international cooperative bodies in meteorology have ever more to justify their use of public budgets. Furthermore, the development of hydrological and meteorological services is to a large extent steered by expectations regarding the eventual benefits of the envisaged new developments. This article provides a compact overview of the impediments for uptake of socio-economic benefit (SEB) studies, methods and results of SEB studies to date. It also discusses some pitfalls and crucial steps to enhance a broader uptake of SEB studies.