A WMO International Workshop on the Global Review of Regional Climate Centre (RCC) Operations was held from 12 to 14 November in Pune, India, and hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). The Workshop brought together technical/organizational coordinators from all RCCs/RCC-Networks. Also present were leads of subsidiary bodies on climate matters of WMO Regional Associations, experts from other institutions generating real-time global climate prediction products, and international and regional partners, such as Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).
Participants reviewed the current performance of RCCs and agreed on a number of important recommendations for going forward. These included:
- Further developing the RCCs/RCC-Networks products and services, including revisions/updates to functions, products and criteria
- Incorporating new “demand-driven” services
- Revising technical documents and updating RCC establishment criteria and functions accordingly
Participants also recognized the central role of RCCs in strengthening collaboration and feedback mechanisms between the operational and research community, and identified complementary roles of RCCs with other emerging sources of climate information.