Project Ukko: Introducing design in the development of effective climate services: Portfolio Output

Research output: Other contribution


In the last decades climate change has caused impacts on natural and human systems (IPCC, 2014). Advances in climate science are creating an unprecedented potential to provide seasonal to decadal (S2D) climate forecasts to enhance resilience. The design research study reported in the paper investigated how human-centred service and data design can transform the latest advances in probabilistic S2D information into usable form tailored to the requirements of specific users, in order to support the emergence of a S2D climate services sector. The research identified two challenges in the design of effective climates services – an informational challenge, and a domain challenge – and evaluated how design perspectives, methodologies and practices can address these challenges in the Climate Services domain. The Design Study Methodology (Sedlmair et al., 2012) was used to guide and reflect on novel solutions to these informational and domain challenges. The solution evaluated was the practice-based research output Project Ukko (, a visualisation interface designed to equip wind energy professionals to look at complex prediction data and manage future weather events. An accompanying art installation generated public engagement and debate around the research theme. The results were disseminated in Climate Services, EGU General Assembly 2016 (Vienna); Information+ 2015 (Vancouver); Adaptation Futures; European Wind Energy Association conference; FutureEverything; and international media (Guardian, BBC, Scientific American, Wired). Project Ukko formed the basis for the Resilience climate service (Barcelona Supercomputing Centre,, and was awarded the Kantar Information is Beautiful Award 2016 (Silver).
Original languageEnglish
TypePortfolio Output
Media of outputPrototype Climate Service, Journal Paper
PublisherProgramme of research
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • Visualisation
  • Data
  • Climate Services
  • Climate Change
  • Design Research


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