Funded by the NERC Knowledge Transfer scheme, RECIPROCATE (REgional Climate International: PRoviding Online Climatological Applied Training and Education) is a joint project between the Department for Continuing Education (CPD and TALL), the Department of Physics' Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics group and the UK Met Office's PRECIS (Providing REgional Climates for Impacts Studies) team.
The project aims to directly address the knowledge gap in developing countries about climate change, and the risks associated with it, by developing innovative online learning materials. These will enable scientists, climate practitioners and policy makers in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry and governments to understand and exploit regional climate predictions. As a result, they will be better informed about the importance of climate and climate change and how they can engage in the mitigation of behaviour which could cause dangerous climate change and adapt to the effects of climate changes which have already been set in train.
Coupling climate prediction expertise from the University of Oxford and the UK Met Office's PRECIS team with the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education's expertise in developing innovative and effective education and training solutions, the project will:
- Create an online learning programme and community for sharing knowledge and practice for personnel working in government, industry and NGOs to understand and use regional climate prediction models and data;
- Develop a global community that will provide support, information exchange, training updates and a communication network on climate modelling and the use and interpretation of climate model outputs in the developing world context;
- Provide climate prediction training to more than 1,000 individuals worldwide over three years;
- Build capacity for sustainable climate prediction communities of practice in both the UK and the developing world.
The project commenced in May 2009. Further information, including access to the online community and a freely available online course, is available from the project website at: http://climateeducation.net, or by contacting:
Marion Manton, Principal Investigator