October 2008

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A round-up of recent WMO activities in a variety of fields >> More

     
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Meteorological services in support of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were successfully held from 8 to 24 August 2008, at a time when the host and co-host cities can typically experience severe weather events such as high temperatures, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning and typhoons. >> More

     
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Olympic Games and weather forecasting—what’s next?

The Beijing 2008 project was part of a series of efforts focused on weather prediction during the Olympics. The first international Forecast Demonstration Project (FDP) for the Olympics was held in Sydney, Australia, in 2000 under the WMO’s World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). The goals of the Sydney Forecast Demonstration Project were to showcase and improve techniques for the nowcasts (0-3 h) of weather with a focus on rainfall and winds associated with summertime thunderstorms. >> More

     
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Catastrophic floods in Moldova in the summer of 2008

Floods are one of the most frequent and most common natural hazards, causing considerable human and material losses in both developed and developing countries. They represent 37 per cent of the total number of natural hazards (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). >> More

     
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The role of women in agricultural development: how agricultural deficiencies create social problems and the necessity of grass-roots market-based initiatives that lead to agricultural sustainability

As agriculture becomes increasingly globalized, concerns about women and agriculture revolve around issues of food security, social justice and sustainability. >> More

     
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World Climate Conference-3

Climate prediction and information for decision-making
Geneva, Switzerland
31 August – 4 September 2009
Geneva International Conference Centre

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