Volume 57(1) — January 2008

Observing our planet for a better future

Feature articles


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World Meteorological Day 2008—Observing our planet for a better future
Message from the Secretary-General

Over the year that has elapsed since the previous World Meteorological Day, a number of crucial events have occurred, all of which have strongly emphasized the vital and unprecedented relevance of global observations.

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The World Weather Watch today

Since 2002, there have been a number of initiatives and accomplishments having a significant impact on the World Weather Watch. Indeed, not since the 1960s has there been so much emphasis and worldwide attention on the knowledge of the environment …

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Observational needs for climate prediction and adaptation

The non-uniformity of change highlights the challenges of regional climate change that has considerable spatial structure and temporal variability. A foundation of climate research and future projections comes from observations.

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Space-based Earth observations for societal benefit

This article discusses some aspects of strategies for enabling the practical use of space observations of weather, climate and water resources for societal benefit.

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Observing the climate—challenges for the 21st century

Scientific progress has equipped mankind with tools that can possibly reduce the adverse impacts of natural hazards, enabling some capacity to predict in advance what will happen so that, potentially at least, some kind of preventive action can be taken.

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Implementing the Global Ocean Observing System

Safety at sea has been a primary driver for internationally coordinated marine observations since the foundation of WMO. Over the past two decades, demand has steadily grown for expanding marine observation systems to support other applications that require global observational datasets and prediction products for both the ocean and the overlying atmosphere.

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Aircraft observations

How aircraft observations benefit the safety, efficiency and environmental footprint of international civil aviation and contribute to the Global Observing System.

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Global atmospheric ozone monitoring

More than 70 agencies in some 50 WMO Member countries contribute ozone observations to WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch providing data essential for understanding the state of, and changes to, the ozone layer.

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Challenges to hydrological observations

Hydrological observations are inseparable from the uses to which they are put. They are central to addressing water resources problems related to floods and droughts, agricultural sustainability and global climate change.

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