About the CST

The Climate Services Toolkit (CST) provides a conduit for sharing data, software tools, guidance, and training resources for climate services development.

It aims at improving efficiency and raising the capacity of service providers by facilitating the production, communication and application of high-quality, reliable and consistent climate information products.

The toolkit facilitates climate services standards in support of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and provides training to help develop operational skills.

Climate Services Information System (CSIS)

The Climate Services Information System (CSIS) is the core operational pillar of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), designed for producing and delivering authoritative climate information and services through appropriate operational systems, practices, technical standards, authentication and communication.

The primary high priority functions of the CSIS include:

  • Climate data rescue, management and mining
  • Climate analysis and monitoring
  • Climate prediction
  • Climate projection
  • User-targeted climate information

These functions include processes for data retrieval, analysis and assessment, re-analysis, diagnostics, interpretation, assessment, attribution, generation and verification of predictions, generation of projections, estimation of uncertainties and communication (including exchange/ dissemination of data and products) that will be carried out over a global-regional-national system of interlinked producers and providers.

The CST is one of key enabling mechanisms for the implementation of the CSIS, particularly at regional and national levels.

CST Introductory Video

In this video, Maxx Dilley (former Director of the Climate Services Branch) introduces the Climate Services Information System (CSIS), which is part of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The CSIS aims to deliver climate information to individuals in various sectors to aid in decision-making.

Historical overview of the CST