Climateguide.fi

Submitted by Robin Hocquet | published 7th Dec 2020 | last updated 22nd Jun 2022
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Summary

Climateguide.fi pools practical, studied and reliable information on climate change into one web address to support society and citizens in mitigating climate change, and in adapting to it. The website helps understand phenomena related to climate change, and in structuring information. Climateguide.fi covers different aspects of climate change: the phenomenon, the changing climate in Finland, the impacts and mitigation of climate change, as well as adaptation to climate change.

The aim is to allow anyone needing information on climate change to find it rapidly and easily. The website also aims to enable Finnish research institutions, authorities and expert organisations to make their climate change information and services more easily available to society.

Host Organisation: The website is currently maintained by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the Natural Resources Institute of Finland (Luke).

Launch date: The Finnish language version of Climateguide.fi was launched in October 2011, the English and Swedish language versions were launched in June 2012.

Update status: The updating of contents on the platform is an on-going process - however depending on available resources. The user interface of the Climateguide.fi was upgraded in April 2022. 

Funding: Climateguide.fi platform is partly budget-funded and partly project-funded. The share of budget funding has decreased over the years and, therefore, the share and importance of project funding (research and/or communication projects) has increased.

Team: Climateguide.fi platform is renewing its governance model in 2022, and for example an editorial team will be nominated. The editorial team will cooperate with researchers in their own respective organizations to produce content for the portal. The objective is also to get more organizations involved in content creation & update as well.

Main functions:

  • Raising awareness on the need for climate change adaptation
  • Providing guidance on how to undertake adaptation
  • Providing quantitative data for adaptation decision-making
  • Providing decision-support tools for adaptation decision-making
  • Sharing adaptation solutions and case studies
  • Sharing scientific literature and research on adaptation
  • Providing the above mentioned for the need of mitigation (excluding a support service).

Intended audiences:

  • National-level decision makers / national government
  • City and regional-level decision-makers / local government
  • Communities / general public
  • Teachers / educators
  • Private sector / businesses
  • Civil society (NGO / charities)
  • Experts (e.g. storm water engineers)

Focus sectors for the platform:

  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Oceans / fisheries
  • Forests and other ecosystems
  • Transport
  • Infrastructure / built environment
  • Trade
  • Finance / insurance
  • Reindeer husbandry and game management
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Tourism and recreation
  • Social services
  • Environmental health care
  • Society

Why the platform was established

The aim was to build one place to host practical, studied and reliable information on climate change in one place and in a uniform format. The platform aims to support society and citizens in mitigating climate change, and in adapting to it. Another aim is to enable Finnish research institutions, authorities and expert organisations to make their climate change information and services more easily available to society.

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