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Commission for Climatology Circular Letter
January 2016

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

Another year has ended and we, the WMO Commission for Climatology, had a very active and productive year. This included some changes to the Management Group. Joseph Intsiful, one of the co-chairs of OPACE 5 on Capacity Development, stepped aside due his busy agenda. For his replacement, keeping the regional balance within the Management Group of at least two members from each WMO Region, we are happy to welcome Charlotte McBride from South Africa to co-chair OPACE 5. With her presence, the CCl Management Group now has five women out of 13 members, and two of our five panels are co-chaired by women.

At the end of October, the 2nd meeting of the Management Group was held in Madrid, Spain (see group photo below) warmly hosted by Agencia Estatal de Meteorología. The chairs of the regional Working Groups on Climate issues were invited to participate in the meeting, especially to help us understand the regional needs and their differences, and to bridge the gap between the CCl activities and the Regional Associations. With the chairs' help, we reviewed the activities developed during 2015, adjusted our plans, and set priorities for 2016 and 2017.

During the 17th session of WMO Congress, held in May and June, the Commission of Climatology had the opportunity to participate in various side events, where we highlighted some of our most important activities and demonstrated how CCl is helping the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. These included the launch of the International Data Rescue Portal (www.idare-portal.org), Volunteer Observing Networks, Centennial Stations, Climatological Standard Normals, Extreme Events and the Post-2015 International Policy Agenda, Closing CLIPS, and Meteorological Services for Energy.

But the big news out of WMO Congress is that it adopted a new policy on the international exchange of climate data. See page 545 of ttp://library.wmo.int/pmb_ged/wmo_1157_en.pdf for details. Basically this policy, now referred to as Resolution 60, states that data relevant to the Global Framework for Climate Services should be made accessible on a free and unrestricted basis. This is a major step forward in data exchange that will foster the growth of climate services, and one that the Commission has been encouraging for years.

All the activities and work developed during this year could not have been done without the effort and great dedication of all the CCl's volunteers. We really appreciate the contributions of their hard work, globally, regionally, and at national levels.

We are looking forward to continuing to work together during 2016.

Best wishes for the New Year,

Thomas Peterson (President) and Barbara Tapia (Vice President)