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ECMWF appoints new Director-General
posted on 17 December 2010

At its 74th session on 7-8 December 2010, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Council unanimously appointed Professor Alan Thorpe as the next Director-General. He will start from 1 July 2011 and he will succeed Mr Dominique Marbouty, ECMWF Director-General since 2004.

Since 2005, Professor Thorpe has been the Chief Executive of the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is the largest funder of environmental science research in the UK universities and institutes. NERC employs around 2700 people and operates research aircraft, ships and facilities like supercomputing and Antarctic bases. Prior to that he had a period as Director of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and a long career as an academic at the University of Reading.

For more information please contact Manfred Kloeppel at


Royal Society calls for award nominations
posted on 10 December 2010


The Royal Society's medals, awards and prize lectureships provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognise outstanding scientific achievement. The Royal Society invites submissions for nominations for medals, awards and prize lectureships that will be awarded in 2011.

The Royal Society Kavli medal and lecture for excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment or energy will be awarded for the first time in 2011. Further details.

To find out which awards are available in 2011 and to download nomination forms, please click here.

Anyone is able to nominate a candidate for a Royal Society medal, award or prize lectureship. Please note that the eligibility criteria for nominees are stated on the website for each award. Many are open to early-to-mid career scientists. To nominate a candidate, please fill in the appropriate nomination form available online. The Royal Society will then approach the proposed referees of that candidate for further information before a decision is made on the winner.

The closing date for returning completed nomination forms is Monday, 14 February 2011.

For more information, please contact: Emily Roberts at mail address
or mail awards.


Optima, un nouveau service pour les professionnels de la route - 120 000 kilomètres de routes sous surveillance météo
posted on 25 October 2010

A l’occasion du salon Interoute et Ville qui se tient à Metz du 26 au 28 octobre 1, Météo-France présente un nouveau service de météorologie routière : OPTIMA (Outil de production sur les tronçons d’informations météo routières), destiné aux exploitants et aux professionnels des routes (transporteurs…). >> full text


Les prévisions de Météo-France accessibles depuis la télévision
posted on 7 October 2010

Météo-France franchit une nouvelle étape dans la diversification de ses moyens de diffusion de l’information en proposant un accès "à la carte" à ses prévisions depuis la télévision. >> Full text


Meteorological information and road safety in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
posted on 6 October 2010

More than 1.2 million people die in road accidents and between 20 and 50 million people get injured every year around the globe. In Libya 50 000 people died in road accidents during the last forty years from 1969 to 2009. This unpleasant fact was revealed recently in the Global Status Report on Road Safety released in 2008 by the World Health Organization.

Weather conditions contribute beside many other factors in causing road accidents in Libya. Therefore, meteorological information has become important factors in road transport, once most benefits of meteorological information and meteorological services in transport sector are related to improved safety, better quality of service and improved efficiency of maintenance operations.

This paper highlights the standard meteorological services offered by the Libyan National Meteorological Centre (LNMC) to media and radio stations that may help and lead to reduce losses in both people and economy. >> Full text


Eulakes: European lakes under environmental stressors
posted on 6 October 2010

About 20 representatives from 4 partner countries, respectively: Austria, Hungary, Italy (Project leader) and Poland participated in the local EULAKES project opening in Charzykowy, Poland, 23 August 2010.

The EULAKES project is a new, integrated approach to improve lake governance in Central Europe. The Programme covers 4 European lakes, namely: Balaton (Hungary), Charzykowskie (Poland), Garda (Italy) and Neusiedl (Austria). EULAKES is mainly risk and vulnerability studies and environmental monitoring to provide scientific data to local authorities and support decision making processes. The overall objective of the project is to improve lake governance in order to mitigate the impact of the climate change. >> full text


WMO mourns passing of Salvador Alaimo
posted on 29 September 2010

WMO Second Vice-President (1987-1994) Salvador Alaimo passed away in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 19 September 2010, almost four months after undergoing pre-scheduled heart surgery from which he never fully recovered.

Commodore Salvador Alaimo was born in the city of San Juan (Argentina) on 2 January 1934. After graduating from the Argentine Air Force Academy, he was commissioned to the USA to study meteorology with the US Air Force, receiving a M.Sc. in Professional Meteorology from Saint Louis University (Missouri).

He served most of his career with the National Meteorological Service of Argentina, where he was appointed Director-General at the end of 1982.

During this period he often provided on-board meteorological support on Antarctic flights, including a 1973 transpolar flight to Antarctic Base Marambio, Australia and New Zealand which led to the establishing of a commercial transpolar regular service by the Argentine national carrier.

Commodore Alaimo was elected to the WMO Executive Council in 1983 by the IXth World Meteorological Congress. Subsequently, the Xth Congress elected him Second Vice-President in 1987 and he was re-elected as such in 1991 by the XIth Congress. Throughout this time he served in, and often chaired, a number of key WMO Executive Council working groups.

He retired from the NMS of Argentina at the end of 1993 but continued as Permanent Representative of his country and WMO Second Vice-President until mid-1994.

He was also a life-long philatelist who focused primarily on meteorological and polar issues. His specialized philatelic web page can still be accessed at:

On the Spanish version of his web page, he can be seen (on the right) launching the first ozonesonde at Base Marambio with the Finnish Ambassador to Argentina and the Permanent Representative of Finland with WMO, Erkki Jatila, in November 1988.

Those wishing to contact his family may do so through his son Rodolfo Alaimo:


Environment Canada Assists with Haiti’s Recovery
posted on 13 September 2010

Environment Canada (EC) recently joined forces with our international partners to help restore weather forecasting abilities within Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January. >>More



Nuevo sitio Web - Uruguay
posted on 2 September 2010

La Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Dirección Nacional de Meteorología (DNM), pone en conocimiento de todos que buscando optimizar la calidad de la comunicación y del acceso a la información que esta Dirección Nacional brinda así como también buscando adecuarnos a los tiempos que corren, a partir del día de la fecha la DNM contará con un nuevo sitio web cuya dirección será, tal y como hasta ahora.

Les transmitimos además que debido a la reciente implementación de esta nueva página web es probable que existan algunos inconvenientes durante un primer periodo de tiempo, en el cual paulatinamente se irá dando la adaptación de todos los involucrados en su uso y mantenimiento, razón por la cual les solicitamos de antemano que sepan comprendernos.


CMA Enhances Meteorological Service in Support of Disaster Prevention and Reduction
posted on 31 Augusut 2010

In 2010, weather and climate in China have been extremely anomalous. Meteorological disasters occurred in a sudden, extreme and concurrent manner, causing widespread impacts and serious damages. Since May 2010, 14 successive torrential rains have hit the South China and broad areas to the south of the Yangtze River, leading to concurrent floods and geological disasters. >> full text


"An Introduction to Meteorology"
posted on 20 Augusut 2010

The Hydro-meteorological Service of Macedonia has announced a new publication, entitled “An Introduction to Meteorology” (in English, 245 pages) by Vlado Spiridonov and Mladjen Curic. The book focuses on the atmosphere of our Planet. >> full text


NOAA: Second Warmest July and Warmest Year-to-Date Global Temperature on Record
posted on 17 August 2010

Note from the WMO Secretariat: Awaiting the final ranking of 2010, the first half of the year fits within the warmest trend compared to historical records for the same period of the year. The  WMO Statement on the status of the global climate in 2010 is due for early December. >> full text

Cooperation between the Economic Co-operation Organization (ECO) and the Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO) 
posted on 16 August 2010

IRIMO and ECO mark a new treaty in service os Human Security. His Excellency Mr Bahram Sanaei the Head of IRIMO and his Excellency Mr Mohammad Yahya Maroofi, the Secretary General of ECO signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 1st June 2010. >> full text


The 200,000 visitor to the MeteoWorld received a commemorative certificate and special gifts 
posted on 28 June 2010

In the morning of 21 June 2010, Miss Hu Xi, a Shanghai student who just finished her college entrance examination, became the 200,000th visitor to the MeteoWorld. She was presented by Mr. Feng Lei, Deputy Director-General of Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, and Ms. Liu Ouxuan, Deputy Director of the MeteoWorld pavilion, a commemorative certificate with signatures of Mr. M. Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, and Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA, as well as special gifts offered by the MeteoWorld – an elaborate crystal model of the MeteoWorld as well as Lanlan and Duoduo, the mascots of the MeteoWorld. >> More


Patterson Distinguished Service Medal Awarded to Bruce Angle 
posted on 24 June 2010

Mr. Bruce Angle, Manager Global Issues for Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service was presented with the Patterson Distinguished Service Medal on June 2nd at the Annual Congress of Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society of Canada (CMOS). >> More



Environment Canada provides support to help Haiti’s National Meteorological Service rebuild weather forecasting capacity
posted on 21 June 2010

Environment Canada, in coordination with our international colleagues at Météo-France, has helped the Government of Haiti launch their first public meteorological website. The website carries information on weather warnings, alerts, weather bulletins and a five-day weather outlook from the National Meteorological Centre of Haiti (NMC). >> MoreFrench


World Weather Information Service showcased in Shanghai World Expo
posted on 17 June 2010

The future version of the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) Website of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is showcased in the “MeteoWorld” Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 that runs from May to October 2010.

This brand-new version of WWIS is Google Earth enabled. It allows users to freely move around a virtual globe by changing the viewing angle and position, and has the additional capability of representing many different views such as geographical and man-made features on the surface of the Earth. It features a versatile "fly-over" function to any part of the world and a quick search function. This revamped version of WWIS will therefore provide users with more intuitive and flexible access to the official weather forecasts for more than 1 300 cities around the world. >> More






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