Volume 58(3) — July 2009

World Climate Conference-3
(31 August—4 September 2009)

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zillman
 

A history of climate activities 
by John W. Zillman

The third WMO (World Meteorological Organization)-convened World Climate Conference, which will be held in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2009, should be viewed both as an end and as a beginning.

 

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busalacchi

 

World Climate Research Programme: achievements, activities and challenges
by Antonio J. Busalacchi and Ghassem R. Asrar

In the wake of World War II, owing to advances in our observing and understanding of the dynamics of the atmospheric circulation, together with nascent digital computing and telecommunication technologies, the new field of numerical weather prediction was ushered in.

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gfcs

 

World Climate Conference-3: towards a Global Framework for Climate Services 

The climate challenge is enormous and requires a comprehensive and coordinated response from the world community.

 

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wahlström
 

Disaster risk reduction, climate risk management and sustainable development
by Margareta Wahlström 

Disaster risks have risen over recent decades, and more extreme weather conditions in future are likely to increase the number and scale of disasters.

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giorgi
 

Addressing climate information needs at the regional level:
the CORDEX framework
by Filippo Giorgi, Colin Jones and Ghassem R. Asrar 

The need for climate change information at the regional-to-local scale is one of the central issues within the global change debate.

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ogallo
 

Climate information in decision-making in the Greater Horn of Africa: lessons and experiences
by Laban Ogallo and Christopher Oludhe

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) is a specialized regional centre charged with the responsibility of climate monitoring, prediction, early warning and applications for the reduction of climate-related risks, including those associated with climate variability and change in support of national/regional poverty alleviation and sustainable development strategies.

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martinez
 

Climate risk management in western South America: implementing a successful information system
by Rodney Martínez Güingla and Affonso Mascarenhas

Six years after opening, in January 2003, the International Centre on “El Niño” Research (CIIFEN) has succeeded in consolidating its presence in Central and South America by providing climate information services designed principally for users and decision-makers.

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calver
 

Water and climate: issues, examples and potential in the context of hydrological prediction
by Ann Calver

The interplay between hydrological and climatological information and analyses offers a maturing capability to assess expected terrestrial water regimes.

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kanamaru
 

Food security under a changing climate
by Hideki Kanamaru

Human beings have learned to live with climate variability on various timescales, from daily to decadal.

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zillman
 

Adaptation to a variable and changing climate: challenges and opportunities for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services
Scientific Lecture delivered to the 61st session of the WMO Executive Council (EC-XLI), Geneva, 11 June 2009

By John W. Zillman

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