Bangladesh Academy for Climate Services (BACS)
"The well-known adage 'climate is what you expect and weather is what you get' clarifies the difference between the climate and weather. Climate information services prepare users for the weather they will actually experience. Climate services provide climate information in a way that assists decision making by individuals and organizations. Such services require appropriate engagement along with an effective access mechanism and must respond to user needs."
-- World Meteorological Organization
Background of BACSThe Bangladesh Academy for Climate Services (BACS), part of the Gobeshona network, was founded in 2018 by the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB); International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University; the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT); and the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
FocusBACS is focused on transformational educational change in climate science, and convening stakeholders for trans-sectoral dialogue of climate services to meet the needs of decision makers across sectors in Bangladesh. Download BACS Flyer
BACS offers three functions:
- A convening role to open a trans-sectorial and multi-stakeholder dialogue on climate services (defined as the production, translation, dissemination and use of climate and weather data to improve decision making), in order to identify existing initiatives, challenges and opportunities;
- Develop tailored certification short courses for students and early- to mid-level professionals to help address identified needs;
- Create graduate level curricula to train a new generation of weather, climate and sector experts with the skills needed to face the uncertainties of the coming decades.