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RA VI Newsletter No.2
November 2012

(covering the period April - October 2012)

The Regional Office for Europe initiated a regular RA VI Newsletter, which will be issued twice a year. The objective is to raise the awareness of RA VI Members of the numerous activities taking place in the Region. The Newsletter will provide information about the work of the RA VI subsidiary bodies - working groups and task teams, regional events in hydrometeorology, as well as, interesting activities conducted by Members and other partners. We would like to encourage all RA VI Members to send us information about important developments, projects, weather extremes and other interesting stories from the daily life of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. You may submit such materials (including photos) to: divanov[at]

First RA VI Hydrology Forum, 8-10 May 2012, Koblenz

hydro_forumFollowing the recommendation of the Working Group on Climate and Hydrology (WG-CH) for the establishment of a RA VI Hydrology Forum, WMO organized, in collaboration with the Federal Institute on Hydrology, Germany, a regional meeting to debate in detail the scope and operation of the Forum, gather ideas on its organization and working methods and set a plan for its implementation. The meeting was held from 8 to 10 May 2012 in Koblenz, kindly hosted by the Federal Institute on Hydrology, Germany. The main objectives of this meeting were:

  • Identify challenges and weaknesses and collect the needs and wishes in the topic of hydrometry (statements from members)
  • Definition of content, terms of reference, structure and mode of operation of the forum
  • Develop an implementation road map.
The presentations and other materials of the First Forum can be accessed here .
RMDCN Workshop, 14-15 May 2012, Geneva

A Workshop on the Regional Meteorological Data Communication Network was held on 14-15 May in Geneva at WMO followed by the meeting of the RA VI task teamon RMDCN. The Workshop discussed the role of the RMDCN in the GTS and for the WIS, the new RMDCN contract and accession agreement and the related migration plan

More information and workshop documents can be accessed here

Sub-regional workshop on Marine Meteorological Centre for Adriatic Sea in support of WIS-WIGOS implementation, 17 - 18 May 2012, Zagreb

ZagrebThe workshop was hosted by the Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia (DHMZ) on 17 and 18 May 2013. Conducted as a follow-up of the decisions of the WMO 16th Congress (2011) the Workshop addressed the WMO Strategic Plan (2012-2015) Priority Area on WIS / WIGOS implementation and the related capacity building of NMHSs. WIS and WIGOS implementation has also been established as one of the major priorities for the WMO Regional Association VI (Europe), therefore, the goal of the Workshop was to facilitate the establishment of a Marine Meteorology Centre as a sub-regional facility for Adriatic Sea area to support the WIS and WIGOS. The Centre would be regarded as a pilot project for sub-regional cooperation in the provision of marine services over relatively small sea basin.

More information and workshop documents can be accessed here

South-East European Climate Outlook Forum (SEECOF)
The seventh session of SEECOF was held on line, and focused on summer season. It was facilitated by the South-East European Virtual Climate Change Centre (SEEVCCC), hosted by the Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RHMSS). It started in April 2012 with the qualitative verification of the SEECOF-6 Winter forecast (December 2011 – February 2012) (Step 1), continued with an assessment of the current state of climate (Step 2) and ended with the consensus statement for Climate outlook for Summer 2012 (Step 3), released on 31 May 2012. All communication was carried out over the SEECOF Forum ( nd final results of Steps 1 to 3 were posted on the SEEVCCC’s web page:
North Euro-Asian Climate Outlook Forum (NEACOF)
The NEACOF-2 was conducted as a virtual forum at the end of May 2012 (May 28, 2012). The on-line collaboration between the NEACOF members was facilitated by the special electronic Forum created on NEACC-RCC webpage:
6th Meeting of RA VI Management Group, 19 - 20 April 2012, Offenbach

MG6_smThe 6th Meeting of the RA VI Management Group (MG) was held on 19 and 20 April 2012, at the DWD in Offenbach, Germany. The Management Group reviewed the progress made by its subsidiary bodies, working groups and task teams, vis-a-vis their work programmes. Proposals for improving the coordination mechanisms between the Regional Associations and the Technical Commissions, as well as, for increased efficiency and effectiveness of the RA Sessions have been made for submission to relavant WMO bodies.
The documents and report of the sixth meeting of MG can be accessed here.

Meeting of the Task Team on WIS Development and Implementation (WG-TDI)
A meeting of the Task Team WIS-DI, which reports to the Working Group on technology Development and Implementation (WG-TDI), was hosted by Roshydromet in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 5 to 6 June 2012. The main task of the meeting was to review the status of implementation of the WIS in RA VI and to prepare the final draft of the RA VI WIS Implementation Plan.
Meeting of the Task Team on Warning Services (WG-SDP)

TT-Warn_smIn October 2012 the Task Team on Warnings Services (TT-WARN) gathered at FMI in Helsinki. One of the main goals for the TT-warn was to encourage and implement bilateral exchange of warnings between neighbouring countries. This part of the goal became quite successful within the Central Europe region and between the BeDeNeLux countries. A strong impouls of this exchange was given in 2007 when the EUMETNET Meteoalarm website became operational. Since then more and more NMHSs, nowadays over 31 countries, became an input partners for this European multihazard awareness system. Thus, the targeted goals of TT-WARN shifted towards: How to extend Meteoalarm to the other WMO Members in RA VI. A set of best practice recommendations for “new entering countries”, together with a procedural notice on applying for entering Meteoalarm is part of the TT-WARN deliverables. During its meeting in October 2012, the TT focused on finalizing its 8 working papers. These papers, each on different topic, intend to give guidance and recommendations (all based on good practice examples) for the next subjects:

  • How to improve national warning systems through a semi-objective system of impact orientated warnings based on collaborative decision making
  • How to join Meteoalarm, e.g. “A set of minimum standards recommended to enter Meteoalarm”, together with the EUMETNET approval procedure
  • For those RA VI countries not ready to join Meteoalarm, guidance on setting up a bilateral exchange of warnings between neighbouring countries
  • Best practice recommendations on co-operation with National Civil Protection Authorities
  • Best practice recommendations on co-operation with the Media
  • Best practice recommendations on communication means suitable for delivering warnings to the users
  • Recommendations on the use of severe weather guidance products from ECMWF and ideas on future possibilities for the use of severe weather guidance products from other NMHSs
Disaster Risk Reduction in South East Europe Project (DRRSEE)

kick-offFollowing the successful implementation between 2009 and 2011 of the DRRSEE Project funded by the European Commission DG Enlargement, WMO, in collaboration with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) started in May 2012 the joint implementation of the project “Building Resilience to Disasters in the Western Balkans and Turkey” (IPA Project 2012/290-552). The project is financed again by the European Commission DG Enlargement through the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA). The beneficiaries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) and Turkey. The project will last 24 months until May 2014.
The overall objective is to strengthen the resilience of the IPA beneficiaries to disasters. The Government of Finland, through the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), supported the Project by setting up a Project Coordination Office in Skopje.
At the kind invitation of the Government of Croatia, the project kick-off meeting was held in Zagreb, Croatia, from 30 to 31 August 2012. The meeting approved an implementation plan and raised awareness about the expected outcomes through a media event . A press release is available at:
Further information about the project could be found on:,
and on the project website:



Prof. Marenglen GJONAJ
Director of the Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment

PR of Albania with WMO

PR AlbaniaGraduated at Polytechnic University of Tirana. He has earned the PhD in mechanical sciences and presently holds the academic title Professor. Prof.Gjonaj holds the title “Palmes Academiques” of the Republic of France. He has a four decade academic experience at the Polytechnic University of Tirana serving as Dean of Engineering Faculty, Head of Department and Head of Post-university School of Doctorate. Prof.Gjonaj is presently the head of Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment. Prof Gjonaj. teaches at the Politechnic University of Tirana the following disciplines: mechanics of materials, experimental mechanics and machine construction. Prof.Gjonaj has participate in various europian scientific programs and research networks and has been “Guest Professor” at some europian university. He is member of Scientific Comities in Conferences that deal with “Fatigue and Fracture” theme in France, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Check Republic, Ukraine etc.


Col. (A.M.) Luigi

Aeronautica Militare -
Ufficio Generale Spazio Aereo e Meteorología -
Reparto Meteo

PR of Italy with WMO

PR ItalyCol. Luigi De Leonibus (born in 1955 in Rome) has a graduate degree in Physics. On 30 May 2012 he was appointed Head of Meteorological Department of Italian Air Force HQs. Since 1983 he occupied several positions in the Italian Air Force Meteorological Service. He was committed professor on Synoptic Meteorology at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. He is author of several publications. His international activities were mainly related to the meteorological satellite area, where he served on several bodies and groups of EUMETSAT. Col. De Leonibus was Science Manager and, since 2010, is the Project Manager of the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility in Support To Hydrology. Since 2012 he is head of the national delegation to the Councils of EUMETSAT and ECMWF, as well as to the EUMETNET and ECOMET Assembly. He was committed by EUMETNET to develop A Study on Automatic Weather Stations. Col. De Leonibus is a member of the WMO Executive Council.


Dr Mohammad Mfadi
Director-General of the Jordan Meteorological Department

Permanent Representative of Jordan with WMO

JordanMr Mohammad Mfadi Samawi (born on 27 August 1957 in Jordan) is graduated in Mathematics & Computer sciences at the Jordan University. He started his career in 1981 as Forecaster at the National Forecasting Center. In 1986 he was promoted to the position of Senior Forecaster. From 1995 to 1999 he worked as Head of Climate and Computer Division, and then he was promoted to the position of Director of Applied Meteorology Directorate. Last five years he had the role of the Deputy Director – General of the Meteorological Department of Jordan, and this year, in September, 14 he has been nominated as Director – General and Permanent Representative of Jordan with WMO. Mr Samawi is the author of several publications on climate extremes; he is the Member of National Committee for Climate Change. He is the member of the WMO Commissions on Climatology and Hydrology. He is also Focal point on WMO CLIPS and WMO GCOS Networks.



PR of Kazakhstan with WMO

PR KazakhstanMr Aibek MENDIGARIN (born in 1966 in Atyray region) has a high degree in mechanical engineering in the Railway Transport at Aktobe Branch of the Almaty Institute. He has also an MBA Degree in Strategic Management at the International Academy of Business. He made his career in oil industry until April 2012, when he was appointed as a Deputy General Director of the State-owned Enterprise “Kazhydromet”. He was appointed as Director General of Kazhydromet in July 2012. He is fluent in English and Russian.


Prof. Dr Jorge Miguel Alberto DE MIRANDA
Presidente do Conselho Diretivo do IPMA, I.P.
Instituto de Meteorologia

PR of Portugal with WMO

PR PortugalProf. Jorge Miguel Alberto de Miranda, Full Professor of Geophysics at the University of Lisbon, former director of Instituto Dom Luiz (Associate Laboratory) from 2004 to 2011. CEO of the Instituto de Ciência Aplicada e Tecnologia, from 2009 to 2011. Executive Officer of the Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences from 2004 to 2009. Member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon since 2011. He studied at the University of Lisbon, where he graduated in 1981 in Physics. His research activity is focused on Geomagnetism, Marine Geophysics and Natural Hazards, in particular tsunamis. He is author or co-author of more than 80 articles published in ISI journals, with more than 800 citations. He also published a number of digital books and articles dealing with Geophysics, Climate and Natural Hazards.


President of the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET)

PR of Spain with WMO

SpainDr. Cano (born in 1973 in Madrid) is a graduate in Physics, Master in Management of Information and Communication Systems and Technologies and European Ph.D. in Physics. On 30 March 2012 he was appointed President of AEMET. Before that he was Head of Section in the Meteorological Education Centre of AEMET. After entering the weather service in 1998, he occupied several positions in AEMET such as Head of the Canary Islands Weather Watch and Forecasting Unit, Acting Director of the East Canary Islands Regional Office and Programme Manager of Education and Training. Dr. Cano has participated in many seminars, congresses and workshops and also is author of a number of publications. He is a member of the WMO Executive Council.


Mr Mykola I. KULBIDA
Director of the Hydrometeorological Centre of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine

PR of Ukraine with WMO


UkraineMr Mykola I. KULBIDA (born in 1955, in Severinovka village of Kiev Region) received its Degree in Meteorology at the Kiev National University in 1977. He is qualified as Geographer-Meteorologist and is Master of Geographical Sciences. He started his career in 1977 at the Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Weather Bureau of Ukraine with the position of an Engineer Forecaster, then being promoted to the position of the main engineer of the Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Centre, he continued working for the Centre as the Main Forecaster, to be then re-promoted to the position of the Chief and finally, to get the position of the Director of the Hydrometeorological Centre. He has been granted numerous awards for his work and merits.

Coming events in RA VI
  • 7th meeting of RA VI Management Group - 5-6 Feb 2013, WMO, Geneva
  • 3rd meeting of RA VI WG Technolgy Development and Implementation - 26-27 Feb 2013, CHMI, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 3rd meeting of RA VI WG Climate and Hydrology - 12-14 Mar 2013, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Helsinki, Finland
  • 3rd meeting of RA VI WG Service Delivery and Partnership - 25-26 Mar 2013, IMGW, Warsaw, Poland
  • RA VI WIGOS Workshop - 6-8 May, AEMET, Madrid, Spain
  • RA VI Regional Conference - 10-11 Sep 2013, Helsinki, Finland
  • XVI Session of RA VI - 11-17 Sep 2013, Helsinki, Finland





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