Joseph Daron of the University of Cape Town looks at ways in which local decision-makers might be able to deliver more effective climate services. Over the past few years many climate research centres, government institutions and consultancies across the world have been part of a rebranding exercise. In essence there is nothing new in the establishment of climate services. The provision of expertise, data and guidance, as well as work on informing climate risk management, has grown steadily as the issue of climate change has become better recognised across sectors of society. Yet, with increased interest in this area, and with the acknowledgement of the global community for the need to support climate change adaptation efforts, the age of “climate services” has arrived… Read full article here.