European Conference on Applied Climatology Focuses on Adaptation

3 October 2008: The seventh European Conference on Applied

Climatology and the eighth Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological

Society were held jointly from 29 September–3 October 2008, in Amsterdam, the


These two meetings brought together scientists, national weather

services, service providers, users, decision makers and manufacturers from

across Europe to discuss future strategies in climatology and meteorology and

the provision of climatological and meteorological services for society.

Adaptation was the main theme of the meetings, highlighting the growing need

for improved services that go beyond forecasting and warning systems and that

involve stakeholders and decision-makers alike.

The event was organized along a

new concept where sessions to discuss the understanding and prediction of

climate were twinned with sessions on adaptation to climate change and

variability in various societal and economic sectors. The World Meteorological

Organization co-sponsored the event. [Conference website]