Volume 56(3) — July 2007

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Towards secure and sustainable living: outcomes of the WMO international conference

The International Conference on Secure and Sustainable Living: Social
and Economic Benefi ts of Weather, Climate and Water Services, organized by WMO, was held in Madrid, Spain, from 19 to 22 March 2007, under the gracious patronage of HM Queen Sofía.

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Human resources development at NMHSs—progress, challenges and opportunities

Capacity-building for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) is a priority for many developing and Least Developed Countries.

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WMO's strategic planning process

The overall purpose of the strategic planning process in WMO is to set
high-level and long-term objectives and strategies for the Organization.

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Adapting to climate change: a challenge and an opportunity for development

The recent release of the approved Summary for Policymakers reflecting
the Working Group II (WG I I ) contribution to the Fourth Assessment
Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has clearly laid before us the evidence that climate change and development must be intrinsically linked.

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Flood and drought management through water resources development in India

We know that water is necessary, both for sustainable human development
and for the healthy functioning of the planet’s ecosystem.

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Advanced technologies: opportunities and challenges for developing countries

Advanced remote-sensing technologies, complemented by improved computational and communications infrastructure and technical training, will continue to provide opportunities for developing countries to reap economic and societal benefits through improved environmental analysis and prediction.

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Tropical cyclones in a warmer climate

Tropical cyclones are among the most devastating of natural disasters,
frequently causing loss of human life and serious economic damage.

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Collaborative research at the intersection of weather and climate

Fundamental barriers to advancing weather and climate diagnosis and prediction on time-scales from days to years are partly attributable to gaps in knowledge and the limited capability of contemporary operational and research numerical prediction systems to represent precipitating convection and its multi-scale organization, particularly in the tropics.

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A new western hemisphere 24-hour rainfall record

In the heart of every meteorologist and climatologist beats the soul of a detective. We all appreciate a good mystery and, for those interested in weather, the elements of our atmosphere can often provide the most fascinating puzzles.

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The global climate system in 2006

The analyses made by leading climate centres indicate that the global mean surface temperature in 2006 was 0.42°C to 0.54°C above the 1961–1990 annual average.

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Global crop production review, 2006

The following is an annual review of regional crop production, comparing 2006 with the previous year. For both the northern and southern hemisphere, these summaries reflect growing-season weather for crops that were harvested in the calendar year of 2006.

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