This primer contains recommended practices, important considerations and information sources to help you make the best use of climate information. The primer is organized in three sections: Recommended Practices; Considerations for Conducting or Commissioning Assessments; and Information Sources.


Model projections of future precipitation tend to have greater uncertainty than projections of future temperature. Projections from some models may even indicate that a particular location will become wetter while other models indicate the same location will become drier.

Primer: Using Climate Information for Climate Risk Management

USAID's climate risk management (CRM) policy aims to enhance program impacts and safeguard investments. The policy requires USAID staff and partners to assess, address, and adaptively manage climate risks. Effective CRM requires staff and partners to access, digest, and apply (make design and project management decisions based on) climate information.

The universe of climate information, however, is vast and can seem overwhelming. Development experts charged with CRM may ask 'what is climate information?', 'what aspects of climate information should I use and how?', and 'what sources of climate information can I trust?'.

This Primer on using climate information answers these questions. The Primer aims to help development experts determine what climate information is appropriate to use for different contexts and development objectives. The Primer targets both experts who have not previously considered how climate variability and change may affect their programs as well as technical experts. The Primer adds to and complements the suite of tools and resources available to help with CRM.

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