|Volume 62 (2) 2013
In this issue
Meteorology has made significant progress in the quality
and diversity of services since the launch of the World
Weather Watch (WWW). Further progress depends
on upgrading the global space- and surface-based
observing systems and on adopting a new and integrated
approach that optimizes knowledge and better
exploits observational data. This is the promise of the
WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS),
which will supersede WWW. WIGOS will contribute to
an enhanced understanding of our Earth System and
facilitate the production of weather and climate services
The meteorological community is rapidly advancing its capacity to manage and distribute the growing amounts of data and information generated by Global Observing System. The WMO Information System (WIS) is at the forefront of that effort. Users are the winners as WMO Information System Comes Of Age explains how the expansion and strengthening of the management and distribution of the data of WMO Members benefit all, including other WMO and international programmes who can now also share and access that data.
Other technical and scientific communities have alreadz found solutions for processing, networking and handling massive quantities of data. Like WMO, they are tackling this challenge by taking advantage of the rise of the Internet, the accelerating power of computers, and the increasing sophistication of software. Finding a Higgs boson in a haystack looks at the case at CERN.
The recently translated “Radar for Meteorological and Atmospheric Observations“ is the subject of a book review, the last item in this issue.