The Climate Services Academy (CSAT) is a new initiative to train producers of climate information and other data across different sectors (such as disaster, water, agriculture, health and energy) in how to synthesise evidence. It provides practical real-world experience of the synthesis of information into evidence to inform policy and business decision-making, giving participants the opportunity to gain the skills needed to successfully do this.
The focus of this training is on the synthesis and interpretation of climate information to strengthen resilience and reduce the risk of extreme events on a number of different sectors. The approach to the training is to provide knowledge and tools from a range of disciplines which can be applied to real situations.
Building a true dialogue between key actors, CSAT can help participants to gain a deep understanding of managing risk in a range of real situations as well as climate services, their uses and the context in which they are applied. Graduates from this programme will have gained the tools and experience in which to be able to synthesise evidence in very complex situations, and to understand the implications of this for their own work.
"The best training programme I have ever participated in."
"Like taking a masters course within 1 or 2 months – very intense, but incredibly valuable."
"It has had a huge impact on me personally."
"[I have gained] skills and experience that will help me work at the interface between policy/practice and research in the future."
"I feel that I have learnt so much that would benefit my future career that it was worthwhile. I think it has made a huge difference to my future plans and sparked many new ideas for me."
"The teaching was very helpful for me. It showed me a very different aspect of analysing information and the role of different stakeholders in decision making."
CSAT encompasses a period of intense training with an optional immersive placement. The content of each programme is tailored to the needs of the participants involved, however topics typically covered include disaster resilience, environmental pollution, health agriculture, and water resource management.
As well as tailoring the content, we are also able to structure the course in the best way to suit your needs, with lengths of programme varying from 3 days for a foundation level course up to 5 weeks for the advanced level course.
All CSAT courses include a very practical approach to learning where skills learnt 'in the classroom' are applied to real scenarios. The optional immersive placements provide a chance to extend work done on the scenarios, and experience how climate-related information and data is used for decision making in real-life contexts.
We are also able to include optional SAFE (Safety Awareness in Fragile Environments) training as a component of the course for those who travel as part of their work.
Just before Christmas last year I was offered a place on the first Climate Services Academy Training (CSAT) programme. As someone who has been interested in the science-policy interface for a long time, particularly around climate issues, I was delighted with my early Christmas present from the Walker Institute...