Shrinking Ice: Monitoring and adapting to change in the Cryosphere- European Space Agency (ESA)
The Director of World Climate Research program, Dr. Ghassem R Asrar, chaired a side event on “Monitoring and Adapting to Changing Cryopshere” sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 29 November 2012. Several distinguished speakers from Switzerland, Denmark, Canada and Italy provided overviews of current state of scientific understanding of rapidly changing mountain glaciers and polar ice caps due to the warming climate, and their implication for life style and activities of native communities in Arctic region. All presenters highlighted the seminal contribution of space-based observations in their research and applications and importance of continuity of these observations in the future through international coordination and cooperation by organizations such as WMO and its co-sponsored programs.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
As at previous COP conferences, WMO has set-up an exhibition booth in the area allocated to the UN agencies and other international organizations in the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) to distribute the most recent publications and materials, electronically on memory sticks. Visitors to the booth receive technical information from the WMO delegation on its role and mandate toward the UNFCCC and other climate activities. This year, WMO has enhanced its paper-smart policy to comply with the overall standards of COP 18.
Qatar Meteorological Department (QMD)
The Qatar Meteorological Department (QMD) has established an exhibition booth in Doha Expo Centre (DEC), which is dedicated to exhibitors from countries and the local government. The Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and President of COP 18, H. E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, the Minister of Energy and Industry H. E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, and Ms Cristiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with other dignitaries inaugurated the Qatar Sustainable Expo at the Doha Exhibition Centre on Monday 26 November. Qatar Meteorological Department participates in Doha Exhibition Centre by showcasing a Forecasts Mobile Unit and providing online weather information.
Integrated Spatial Data for Adaptation Planning United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Organised by UNFPA, the side event gathered speakers from WFP, IFAD, UNDP, UNU, UNESCO, World Bank, UN-Habitat and the WMO who showed examples demonstrating the wealth of activities these organisations are doing with spatial data for adaptation and the potential of what can be done. WMO representative, Mr Filipe Lucio presented the Atlas of Health and Climate as a concrete example of collaboration under the GFCS, based on the consideration that human health is profoundly affected by weather and Climate and that long-term climate change has the potential of exacerbating today’s health problems and undermining tomorrow’s health systems, infrastructure, social protection systems, and supplies of food and water, and other ecosystem products and services that are vital for human health. Thus, Climate services will contribute to protecting public health and achieve better health outcomes by enabling targeting and effectiveness of health interventions to deal with diseases and health challenges.
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