Capacity building and Climate Services


Close cooperation with academia, research centers, policy makers, civil society and the business sector

This overarching objective of EPICC refers to the strengthening of national, regional and local capacities in order to adapt to the various weather and climate trends and risks in all partner countries. EPICC objectives require close collaboration between scientists (PIK, DWD, TERI and other scientific institutes, universities and meteorological services in the partner countries) as well as users (ministries, authorities, associations, civil society groups and commercial enterprises). This continuous process, also known as co-generation of relevant knowledge, is to be guided by the user in the need for information, whereas the results and products have to be adapted accordingly. Capacity building and climate services works through various means such as dialogues, workshops, trainings, study stays and guest expert visits, but also joint research, publications, visualizations and outreach. Last but not least: in line with creating an open-source platform that enables a strengthening of climate capacities for other regions too, the knowledge generated throughout the project will be distributed openly.


Capacity building and climate services is a two-way process. Co-generation of relevant information and products for climate adaptation (and mitigation), in the context of sustainable development, requires continuous dialogue between science and policy and decision makers. Therefore, the Knowledge Broker operates at the interface between science and practice and is responsible for the generation of relevant knowledge as well as its transfer from science to the application at the national, regional and local level (including feedback from practitioners to science for formulating relevant new research questions).

The starting point for matching information demand and supply is the respective national or local planning and management context, e.g. National Frameworks for Climate Services (NFCS), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) water, agriculture and energy strategies and policies. In this context, proposed pathways and interventions need to be assessed and compared under different climate, land and water use and management scenarios.

Approaches and tools include this Knowledge Broker as interface between information supply and demand, employing for example multi-stakeholder knowledge and communication platforms and dialogue events, exchange visits and trainings, social media and smartphone apps, participatory scenario development, multi-loop learning. 

Related information

  • Daniels E. et al. (submitted): Co-designing climate services “in context”: a process- and decision-led framework oriented towards users, submitted to Climatic Change Special Issue on Climate Services.
  • Hoff H. (2016): Climate Change Policy for a Resilient Water Sector, prepared for and adopted by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan.
  • Ensor, J. and Harvey, B. (2015). Social learning and climate change adaptation: evidence for international development practice. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(5), pp.509-522. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.348
  • Mauser, W., Klepper, G., Rice, M., Schmalzbauer, B., Hackmann, H., Leemans, R. and Moore, H. (2013). Transdisciplinary global change research: the co-creation of knowledge for sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5(3-4), pp.420-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2013.07.001

Contact persons

Mechthild Becker
Knowledge Broker


Visualization is the key technology for analyzing and communicating climate data. In order to better understand the user requirements in the target countries, the doctoral student Kanwal Nayan Singh under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Nocke carry out questionnaires with the EPICC user groups. The focus lies on the three groups (1) local scientists, (2) representatives of ministries and agencies and (3) climate impacted end users such as farmers. Later, based on these surveys, the tailor-made visualization solutions are provided to visualize both historic and future climate and climate impacts as well as seasonal prediction results. Potential solutions to be designed include professional visualization training courses for scientists, geo-visualizations integrated into established local decision making tools, interactive web visualizations, and climate information solutions for end users (e.g. a smartphone app).

Visualization of climate data for Peru, India and Tanzania
For the development of climate capacity in Peru, India and Tanzania, the research team that focuses on visualization within the EPICC project provides and evaluates various climate services and visualizations, integrating modules for seasonal forecast, climate and climate impact. The team provides interactive climate data and information tailored to different stakeholder groups, using advanced visualization techniques. In addition, the research group develops visual exploration tools for scientists to improve the analysis of regional data sets on climate and climate impact. The EPICC project is applying and improving state-of-the-art interactive visualization techniques for the exploration and communication of heterogeneous seasonal forecasting, water, agricultural and migration data. The visualizations are of various types, such as interactive maps, line charts, bar charts and scatter plots. These applications are integrated for Peru, Tanzania and India in the existing web solution "ClimateImpactsOnline", which has been completed in 2021. First, the web portal has been made available to local partners (such as the national meteorological services) and after a round of feedback it is now open to the general public.

About the “ClimateImpactsOnline” web portal
The "ClimateImpactsOnline" portal ( is a result of research on climate impact for different sectors (agriculture, forestry, hydrology, energy and tourism) developed at the Potsdam Institute for Impact Research Climate (PIK). Within the portal, parameters such as temperature, crop yields or forest fire risk can be selected and displayed for various time periods. The selected parameters are shown as a color map and detailed representations can be accessed via three integrated zoom levels. In addition, the portal provides teaching materials, background information and a glossary. PIK released the first version of the portal for Germany in 2013 and made available the versions for Peru, India and Tanzania by 2021.

Presentation "Visual Communication of Climate Data" recorded during EPICC Training in Lima, Peru, on the 22nd of November 2019

The video is accompanied by Spanish subtitles.

Contact person

Kanwal Nayan Singh

Visualization, PhD Student

Scientific advisors

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht
Socio-Ecological Processes

Dr. Maria A. Martin
Scientific Capacity Building

Dr. Thomas Nocke