April 2009

In the  news

New Universal Thermal Climate Index / World Weather Information Service in German / Web-based tool for climate prediction in developing countries / WMO pavilion at World Expo 2010 / Zou Jingmeng remembered / International Polar year: preliminary findings / News from the Antarctic / New German station

New Universal Thermal Climate Index

A symposium on the findings and accomplishments of EU COST ACTION 730, on the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI), was held 15-16 April 2009 at WMO headquarters. The symposium, co-sponsored by COST and WMO, brought together an international group of scientists that have been developing UTCI to review progress, identify remaining challenges and look forward to the further development of the concept.

This result will be a new tool with universal application potential to assist countries to provide improved information to their public and key decision-makers on the thermal environment and the implications of dangerous thermal conditions. This activity is timely and should contribute greatly to individual, corporate and institutional capability to better adapt to climate variability and change.

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World Weather Information Service in German

A German version of the World Weather Information Service Website was launched on World Meteorological Day (23 March). The Website is developed and operated by the Hong Kong Observatory, China, under the auspices of WMO.

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Web-based tool for climate prediction in developing countries

An online climate prediction service was recently launched by the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Climate Center (APCC) in the Republic of Korea to help climate forecasters and researchers worldwide and facilitate climate prediction in developing countries. The online Climate Information Tool Kit (CLIK) is designed to aid users in retrieving and utilizing climate prediction data and information available from APCC data servers in a user-friendly manner. Climate forecasters, disaster managers and researchers anywhere in the world can log in to this service to generate customized climate predictions on seasonal-to-interannual timescales for their regions of interest. The software can significantly contribute to early warning and management of climate-related disasters, particularly in developing nations.

APCC contributes to WMO activities and seasonal predictions (including El Niño/La Niña updates). Several of WMO Members are part of its governing structure.

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WMO pavilion at World Expo 2010

Construction has begun on the WMO pavilion at the World Expo 2010 site in Shanghai, China. With floor space of 2 000 m2, it will be the first meteorological pavilion in the 157-year history of the Expo.

pavilion Artist's view of the WMO pavilion

Expo visitors will receive updated weather forecasts free on their mobile phones. There will also be weather updates on a large screen in front of the pavilion and on the pavilion’s Expo Website.

Expo 2010 will be held from 1 May to 31 October 2010, a season of plum rain, flood and typhoons in Shanghai, with constantly changing weather, ranging from hot sunshine to heavy thunderstorms.

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World Expo 2010

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau

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Zou Jingmeng remembered

The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) held a ceremony in Beijing on 17 February to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Zou Jingmeng, former Administrator of CMA and President of WMO from 1987 to 1995. It was attended by a number of eminent personalities in Chinese meteorology and related fields. A statue of Zou Jingmeng was unveiled the same day at Beijing satellite ground station.

On 16 February, the first Zou Jingmeng Talent Prize in Meteorological Science and Technology was awarded in Beijing.

statue zhou   Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA and Permanent Representative of China with WMO, and Zhu Zhongying,
widow of Zou Jingmeng, unveil the statue.

 

Message from the Secretary-General of WMO

Message from former President of WMO

Former Presidents of WMO

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International Polar year: preliminary findings

Multidisciplinary research from the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 provides new evidence of the widespread effects of global warming in the polar regions. Snow and ice are declining in both regions, affecting human livelihoods as well as local plant and animal life in the Arctic, as well as global ocean and atmospheric circulation and sea level. These are but a few findings reported in State of Polar Research, released by WMO and the International Council for Science at a press briefing in Geneva on 25 February.

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State of Polar Research

IPY press briefing [mp3]

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News from the Antarctic

First carbon-free polar research station            

Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth station in the eastern Antarctic has become the world’s first carbon-free polar research station. It operates entirely on renewable energies, including a water-recycling system, wind turbines and solar panels. The geometry of the windows helps conserve energy.

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The station, which is run by the International Polar Foundation, was inaugurated on 15 February. It contributes important data to the programmes of International Polar Year.

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New German station

A new German polar research station was inaugurated on 21 February within the framework of International Polar Year. Neumayer Station III is located on the Ekstroem ice shelf in Dronning Maud Land in the Antarctic. Nine people ensure the year-round operation of the station, which serves as a base for scientific observatories, as well as a logistic centre for inland expeditions and polar aircraft. It was erected by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).

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Launch of the first ozonesonde from the outer deck of Neumayer Station III on 18 February 2009
(Photo: Ude Cieluch, AWI)

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