Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Adv. Sci. Res., 10, 65–70, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-10-65-2013
Adv. Sci. Res., 10, 65–70, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-10-65-2013

  28 May 2013

28 May 2013

Socio-economic benefits of weather and climate services in Europe

A. Perrels1, Th. Frei*,**, F. Espejo2, L. Jamin3, and A. Thomalla3 A. Perrels et al.
  • 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 (thomas.frei1@bluewin.ch)

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.