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Media Advisory - WMO at COP 16

The World Meteorological Organization has been instrumental in facilitating and coordinating the contributions of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to assist Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to fulfil their obligations under the Convention. >> full text

No. 63— Experts to recommend institutional models for national climate services

Geneva/Kuala Lumpur, 19 April 2010 (WMO) – Experts from different regions are meeting in Malaysia, from 19 to 21 April 2010, to develop guidelines for the establishment of national climate services. Adaptation to climate variability and change requires a policy framework to adjust to expected changes, supported by relevant climate information and proper dissemination. >> full text

Media Advisory - African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology in Africa - Nairobi, Kenya, 12 to 16 April 2010

The African continent is especially vulnerable to climate change, which affects all sectors of activity, from agriculture to food security, public health and water resources management, and therefore poses serious threat to development. While it is up to African leaders to assess the situation and decide on ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and protect the population, African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services are the major players to provide critical information to decision-makers and main users. >> full text

For background, see WMO Press Release No. 879: English French Arabic

No. 62— WMO Experts issue update on the impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones

GENEVA – 23 February 2010 (WMO) – The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Expert Team on Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Cyclones (i.e. hurricanes, typhoons) concluded that, if twenty-first century warming occurs as projected, there will likely be an increase, on average worldwide, in the maximum wind speed of tropical cyclones of +2 to +11 % and in rainfall rates of approximately 20% within 100 km of the storm centre. The experts concluded that the total number of tropical cyclones worldwide will likely either decrease or remain unchanged. However, a likely increase in tropical cyclone intensity means that the frequency of the strongest tropical cyclones will more likely than not increase under the projected warming scenarios. >> full text

No. 61— WMO research advances the prediction of winter weather through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Geneva, 23 February 2010, Geneva (WMO) - Prediction of winter weather in the mountains is always a challenge for meteorologists since conditions can change rapidly with time and with altitude. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are especially demanding with some events requiring minute-by-minute monitoring and prediction of a wide variety of weather variables. An international team of scientists from nine countries assembled by the World Meteorological Organization and Environment Canada, Canada's National Meteorological and Hydrological Service, is conducting a weather research and development project called the Science and Nowcasting of Olympic Weather for Vancouver 2010 or simply SNOW-V10. Nowcasting and very short range prediction are the terms that capture the SNOW-V10 emphasis on forecasting weather conditions up to 6 hours in advance. >> full text

No. 60 — WMO and International Consortium to collaborate on Geospatial standards

Geneva, 27 January 2010 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), to enhance the development and use of geospatial standards. It is anticipated that this collaboration will support the implementation of the WMO Information System which aims at providing a single coordinated global infrastructure for the collection and sharing of information in support of all WMO and related international programmes. >> full text

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No. 59— Global Cryosphere Watch to support needs for weather, climate and water information and services

Geneva, 20 January 2010 (WMO) - The international community is working within the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) towards the establishment of a Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) to serve societal needs for weather, climate and water and related environmental information and services. At its next quadrennial session in 2011, the World Meteorological Congress – WMO’s supreme governing body – is to consider ways and means of developing and implementing a GCW. >> full text

No. 58— World Record Wind Gust: 408 km/h

Geneva, 22 January 2010 (WMO) - According to a recent review conducted by a panel of experts in charge of global weather and climate extremes within the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) the record of wind gusts not related to tornados registered to date is 408 km/h during Tropical Cyclone Olivia on 10 April 1996 at Barrow Island, Australia. The previous record was of 372 km/h, registered in April 1934 across the summit of Mount Washington, USA. >> full text

 

11-12 January 2010: Intergovernmental meeting on the GFCS high-level taskforce

From 11 to 12 January 2010, the Intergovernmental Meeting for the High-Level Taskforce on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) will take place at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) in Switzerland. The meeting is convened in accordance with the Declaration adopted by World Climate Conference-3 (31 August to 4 September 2009). Its purpose is to approve the terms of reference and endorse the composition of a high-level taskforce of independent advisors, on the basis of proposals made by the WMO Secretary-General. This taskforce will follow up with recommendations for the development of the GFCS.

 
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