Priority Areas

Agriculture and food security

In an era of rapid population growth, food security remains a major concern. Agriculture is vulnerable not only to market fluctuations but also to climate variability and climate change and natural hazards. This exemplar illustrates how climate services can improve delivery and provides a set of actions that will improve, uptake and use climate services in this sector.

Disaster risk reduction

Most natural hazards are caused by weather and climate. This exemplar illustrates how user-friendly climate services can help countries and communities build greater resilience against floods, droughts, storms and other hydrometeorological hazards.


Energy systems are the engine of economic and social development. Energy generation and planning of operations are markedly affected by meteorological events and energy systems are increasingly exposed to the vagaries of weather and climate affecting both the availability and energy demand.


Climate variability and climate change have important repercussions on public health. Temperature and rainfall conditions influence the spread of communicable diseases while extreme weather events cause injury and death. This exemplar illustrates how demand-driven climate services can empower the health community to save lives.


Water is vital for life, but an over or under supply can threaten life, societies and economies. The amount and availability of water is strongly influenced by climate variability and change. As this exemplar illustrates, seasonal climate outlooks and other climate services and products can greatly improve water supply management.