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Climate Monitoring and Assessment
(OPACE 2), Expected deliverables

  1. Review report on the existing indices and provision of peer-reviewed guidelines on new climate indices;
  2. A new strategy for climate indices workshops of the Joint CCl/CLIVAR/JCOMM Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices considering the requirements of the Global Framework for Climate Services and the contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
  3. Guidelines on methodologies and standards for defining extreme weather and climate events that are of major societal impacts and assessing their attribution and return periods in the framework of a changing climate, such as for drought, heatwaves, extreme precipitation anomalies and wind storms;
  4. Project proposal for developing standards for creating global, regional and national databases on extreme weather and climate events;
  5. Updated WMO Website on the world records on weather and climate extremes;
  6. Guidance/advice on best practices in the use of satellite products for climate monitoring and climate change detection and provide an assessment of the most current level of suitability of these products to climate monitoring applications;
  7. Recommendations for improving WMO Climate System Monitoring including real-time identification of extreme weather, methodologies and datasets for assessing climate trends and variations; and dissemination mechanism for timely informing on extreme weather and climate events;
  8. Review report on the implementation of climate watch systems at the regional and national levels, with provision of guidance on the content, dissemination and related alert systems, taking into consideration the recommendations from various regional workshops organized by the World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme on climate monitoring and implementation of climate watch systems;
  9. Improved collaboration and working arrangements with other WMO Programmes and cosponsored programmes, such as the WMO Space Programme, WMO Integrated Global Observing System, WMO Information System Disaster Risk Reduction, Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme, Education and Training Programme, Global Climate Observing System, World Climate Research Programme and the International Polar Year, which would benefit in developing climate monitoring knowledge, user requirements and standards.



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