A prerequisite for reliable climate services are high-quality climate observations. To support this, Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú (SENAMHI) is organizing the Data Management for Climate Services Workshop from 29 May to 1 June 2018 in Lima, Peru. The workshop is designed for national climate services communities in Ibero-America and aims at enhancing their capacities in data rescue, homogenization and gridded data methods. Abstracts for contributions to the workshop can be submitted until 15 January 2018 on: www.senamhi.gob.pe/workshop2018.
To automate the production of user-tailored climate information an R package (“ClimIndVis”) is being developed. The package includes functions for the calculation, verification and visualization of different indices relevant for the agricultural sector. It calculates for example past beginnings of rainy seasons as well as seasonal forecasts including their forecast skill. The release of the package on GitHub is scheduled for spring 2018. A small workshop using a trial version of the package was conducted at SENAMHI in November 2017 and an online course introducing the functionality of the package is planned to take place concurrent to its release.
A publication on summertime precipitation deficits in the Peruvian Highlands since 1964 has been submitted to the International Journal of Climatology. Further publications on the results elaborated in the second phase of Climandes are in preparation and will be submitted to international journals at the end of 2018.