A new online climate service has been developed to help emergency planners and weather-dependent industries prepare for drought, floods and other extreme weather events. The European Union-funded S2S4E (Sub-seasonal to Seasonal climate forecasting for Energy) Decision Support Tool (DST) combines sub-seasonal to seasonal climate predictions with renewable energy production and electricity demand to offer reliable The operational climate service integrates sub-seasonal to seasonal climate predictions with renewable energy production and electricity demand. Source: Barcelona Supercomputing CenterThe operational climate service integrates sub-seasonal to seasonal climate predictions with renewable energy production and electricity demand. Source: Barcelona Supercomputing Centerforecasts for weather-dependent hydropower, solar and wind production.

The DST produces tailored climate information through energy indicators derived from variables such as wind speed, solar radiation, precipitation, temperature and sea-level pressure. The data are analyzed to determine expected variability in hydropower, solar and wind generation, and future electricity demand. Weekly forecasts from sub-seasonal climate predictions are generated for the next four calendar weeks as weekly averages, and monthly average forecasts for seasonal climate predictions are issued for the next three months.

The tool will be publicly accessible until late 2020 as researchers analyze its impact on a weekly basis to ensure forecast quality. The project partners are currently inviting interested professionals from energy companies to participate in testing the forecasting system.

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