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Last updated: 29 September 2010


Experts review global drought risks and recommend improved management strategies for drought risk reduction
(posted on 29 September)

Early, accessible and continually updated information is essential to improve drought risk management according to a group of international scientists at a conference this week. Case studies from different regions point to the importance of improved monitoring of droughts for effective early warnings. One important recommendation calls for implementation of policies to coordinate drought preparedness planning.  Services are needed to link to forecasts and impact assessments with decision-making so that communities benefit from early warning information systems and drought risk mitigation.

The recommendations were presented at a meeting organized from 27 to 29 September in Boulder, Colorado, USA, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), WMO and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).


WMO mourns passing of Salvador Alaimo
(posted on 29 September)

  Salvador Alaimo

WMO expresses its condolences at the passing away of Salvador Alaimo, WMO Second Vice-President from 1987 to 1994.

He passed away in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 19 September 2010.

He was elected to the WMO Executive Council in 1983 by the 9th World Meteorological Congress. The subsequent World Meteorological Congress elected him as Second Vice-President in 1987, and he was re-elected in 1991. He served in, and often chaired, many WMO Executive Council working groups.

Born in San Juan, Argentina in 1934, Salvador Alamo graduated from the Argentine Air Force Academy and was commissioned to the USA to study meteorology with the US Air Force, receiving a M.Sc. in Professional Meteorology from Saint Louis University. He served most of his career with the National Meteorological Service of Argentina, where he was appointed Director-General in 1982. >> More



Climate and water researchers and re-insurance experts seek to quantify risks associated with severe weather and climate
(posted on 22 September)

Climate projections point towards more frequent and intense heat waves, cold spells, droughts, floods and other extreme events in a warmer Earth. These projections, together with the recent sequence of extreme events, highlight the need for better risk assessments for decision-makers and the public.

The WMO co-sponsored World Climate Research Programme, in partnership with UNESCO, is bringing together researchers and re-insurance experts to discuss metrics and methodology of risk assessment for climate extremes. The workshop is in Paris, France, on 27-29 September 2010.

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New Website launched for World Statistics Day 20 October
(posted on 21 September)

  UNCTAD poster

A new Website  has been launched ahead of the first-ever celebration of World Statistics Day 20 October, marking the importance of official statistics for today’s economic, social and environmental agenda.

Because it has the world’s highest concentration of international organizations, Geneva will host a conference on World Statistics Day to provide an interface between statistical practitioners and policy makers, academia and civil society at the European headquarters of the United Nations.

WMO is one of the partners of World Statistics Day and will participate in the conference. WMO provides the international collaboration platform for collecting meteorological and hydrological data related to the various components of the climate system.

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Ozone Day: New report highlights two-way link between ozone layer and climate change
(posted on 16 September)

  sun & umbrella

International efforts to protect the ozone layer—the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays—are a success and have stopped additional ozone losses and contributed to mitigating the greenhouse effect, according to a new report.

The executive summary of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010 provides new information about the effects of climate change on the ozone layer, as well as the impact of ozone changes on the Earth’s climate.

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Message by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon


WMO Members assist Haiti’s hurricane warning system
(posted on 14 September)

As the hurricane season progresses, the new website of Haiti’s National Meteorological Centre (CNM) is disseminating regular information and, where necessary, warnings to all users about tropical storms.

This is thanks to support from WMO Members including Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America who joined forces to re-establish and reinforce operational meteorological services destroyed by the 12 January 2010 earthquake.

Haiti is regularly impacted by the hurricane season from early June until the end of November. It suffered significant losses in 2008 from four major hurricanes, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. In 2004 tropical storm Jeanne’s heavy rains caused massive flooding and landslides; 1998 experienced Hurricane George; 1994, Hurricane Gordon and 1963, Hurricane Flora.

It is hoped that the improved weather forecasts and early warnings from CNM will help national authorities, humanitarian and development agencies and the people with emergency contingency planning and recovery.

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