February 2010

Recent events

Adopting a universal drought index / Enhancing meteorological services for aviation / Addressing societal needs for climate services / Action plan for improved climate products and services / First meeting of high-level Taskforce for climate services

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Adopting a universal drought index

Experts participating in the Inter-Regional Workshop on Indices and Early Warning Systems for Drought, held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (8-11 December 2009) agreed that the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) should be used to characterize meteorological droughts by all National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world. The SPI will help more effective drought monitoring and climate risk management.

Read WMO press release no. 872

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Enhancing meteorological services for aviation

Some 150 representatives from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, including aeronautical meteorologists and representatives from aviation organizations, met in Hong Kong, China (3-10 February 2010) at the fourteenth – quadrennial - session of the WMO Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology. They reviewed a number of areas where improvements can be made for greater safety and efficiency. Three quarters of significant air traffic delays in regions with high traffic density are related to weather and nearly half of aircraft accidents occur during operations in adverse weather.

Read WMO press release no. 873 

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Addressing societal needs for climate services

International experts from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), climate research institutes, universities and environmental monitoring organizations participated in the Technical Conference on “Changing Climate and Demands for Climate Services for Sustainable Development” in Antalya, Turkey. Organized jointly by WMO, its World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Turkish State Meteorological Service, the conference of more than 150 scientists from over 80 countries  discussed decision-makers could be assisted in integrating climate in sustainable development strategies.

Read WMO press release no. 875

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Action plan for improved climate products and services

The Fifteenth Session of WMO’s Commission for Climatology (CCl), brought together representatives from 84 countries, including those from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services as well as experts from academia and international organizations, in Antalya, Turkey from 19 to 24 February 2010. They discussed an action plan for providing improved climate services to the global community, which includes the establishment of Open Panel of Experts that will focus on thematic areas including climate data management, global and regional climate monitoring and assessment, climate products and services and climate information for adaptation and risk management. 

Read WMO press release no. 876

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First meeting of High-level Taskforce for Climate Services

The first meeting of the High-Level Taskforce for Climate Services was held at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva. The newly set up Taskforce will follow up with recommendations for proposed elements of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), as decided by World Climate Conference-3 in September 2009.  Its report will be published before the next quadrennial World Meteorological Congress in May 2011. Jan Egeland of Norway and Mahmoud Abu-Zeid of Egypt were selected as co-chairs of the Taskforce at the Geneva meeting. 

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