Martin Visbeck, a marine scientist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany who was previously involved in the science programme for the WMO framework, agrees that some people providing climate services promise more than they can deliver. “That’s precisely why the Global Framework for Climate Services is needed. To put those ambitions into perspective,” he says.
Slingo admits that those involved in climate services have to be careful to manage expectations. But she says the work itself is vital. “This is the beginning of a very long road,” she acknowledges. “But a necessary road we must travel down.”