Session 2.9: Climate Change Service for the water, agriculture and food sector – advancing the water-food nexus
This session will present the current state-of-the-art C3S, explore usability for the water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus and highlight applications for climate-change adaptation.Climate change affects agriculture in a number of ways, including through changes in temperature, rainfall, and climate extremes. To deal with uncertainty of future weather conditions, information is needed on when and where water shortages are to be expected. In order to safeguard present and future food production, farmers and agencies need information on crop relevant climate and water indicators under climate change to adapt their production strategies.
Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is building a Climate Data Store (CDS). As part of this, operational services with high-impact climate information aimed for the water (management), agricultural and food sector are being developed. These include not only climate indicators, but also specific water (e.g. river flow characteristics) and agricultural indicators (crop production and suitability) under present and future conditions.C3S will provide a CDS with fully public access to information for monitoring and predicting climate change at all relevant time horizons in support of adaptation and mitigation.