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Last updated: 21 July 2010

 

Fifteenth Session of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology
(posted on 21 July)

About 120 representatives from 62 countries around the world and international organizations concluded a week-long meeting of the Fifteenth Session of the WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology in Belo Horizonte, by pledging improved agrometeorological services to assist the farming community around the world to cope with the increasing impacts of climate variability and climate change. The Commission identified several priorities for the future work of the Commission from 2010 to 2014 and appointed 64 experts from 41 countries to various Expert Terms of the Commission, including 21 women, highest ever number of women experts serving in any of the eight Technical Commissions of WMO. The Commission elected Dr Byong Lee (Republic of Korea) as President and Dr (Ms) Federica Rossi (Italy) as Vice-President.

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Scholarships for climate science and research in developing countries
(posted on 8 July)

Developing countries need to strengthen their scientific and technical capability to contribute to climate science and research, and to develop and implement climate change policies and measures at the domestic and international levels.  To help meet that need, the UNEP/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established a Scholarship Programme, with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  The Programme has now issued its first call for proposals, to be submitted by 31 July 2010.  Special attention will be given to applications from candidates from the Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States, and the regions worst hit by droughts, floods, famine and changed patterns of precipitation.

 

Meteorologists and Farmers Meet in Brazil to address Weather and Climate Challenges
(posted on 7 July)

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Meteorologists and farmers from different regions of the world are gathering in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, (12-14 July) to address climate challenges related to agriculture and food production. While discussing weather and climate-related risks in agriculture, they will address the livelihood crisis of the 450 million smallholder farmers around the world. Recommendations from this international workshop will be considered by the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology of WMO which holds its 15th session from 15 to 21 July also in Belo Horizonte.

Enhancing satellite imagery for the media
(posted on 6 July)

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WMO participated in the 6th press officers workshop organized by Eumetsat and hosted by Météo-France in Toulouse, France, on 30 June - 1 July. The workshop launched a project which should result in enhanced imagery for the media. The project is scheduled to be finalized by the next Eumetsat workshop, to be held concomitantly with a meeting of communicators of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Europe, which will be hosted by Poland in early 2011.

 

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