Building a Framework for Process-Oriented Evaluation of Regional Climate Outlook Forums
AuthorGerlak, Andrea K.
Trotman, Adrian R.
Mason, Simon J.
Jacobs, Katharine L.
Buizer, James L.
Van Meerbeeck, Cedric J.
Baethgen, Walter E.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Geog & Dev
Univ Arizona, Udall Ctr Studies Publ Policy
Univ Arizona, Inst Environm
Univ Arizona, Sch Nat Resources & Environm
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PublisherAMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC
CitationGerlak, A. K., Guido, Z., Vaughan, C., Rountree, V., Greene, C., Liverman, D., ... & Jacobs, K. L. (2018). Building a framework for process-oriented evaluation of Regional Climate Outlook Forums. Weather, Climate, and Society, 10(2), 225-239. https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0029.1
JournalWEATHER CLIMATE AND SOCIETY
Rights© 2018 American Meteorological Society.
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AbstractIn many regions around the world, Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) provide seasonal climate information and forecasts to decision-makers at regional and national levels. Despite having two decades of experience, the forums have not been systematically monitored or evaluated. To address this gap, and to better inform nascent and widespread efforts in climate services, the authors propose a process-oriented evaluation framework derived from literature on decision support and climate communication around the production and use of scientific information. The authors apply this framework to a case study of the Caribbean RCOF (CariCOF), where they have been engaged in a collaborative effort to integrate climate information and decision processes to enhance regional climate resilience. The authors' examination of the CariCOF shows an evolution toward the use of more advanced and more diverse climate products, as well as greater awareness of user feedback. It also reveals shortfalls of the CariCOF, including a lack of diverse stakeholder participation, a need for better understanding of best practices to tailor information, undeveloped market research of climate products, insufficient experimentation and vetting of communication mechanisms, and the absence of a way to steward a diverse network of regional actors. The authors' analysis also provides insight that allowed for improvements in the climate services framework to include mechanisms to respond to changing needs and conditions. The authors' process-oriented framework can serve as a starting point for evaluating RCOFs and other organizations charged with the provision of climate services.
Note6 month embargo; published online: 19 February 2018
VersionFinal published version
SponsorsNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NA13OAR4310184]; U.S. Agency for International Development