March 2015

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        2015: Time for Global Action

2015 promises to be an historic year for the United Nations. As the Millennium Development Goals come to a close, a new, universal development agenda is expected to be adopted at a global UN summit in September, as well as a new climate agreement in Paris in December.

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      Disaster Risk Reduction Expert Forum

An Expert Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned took place in Antalya, Turkey, from 10 to 13 February.

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      Meteorological Radar at the World Radiocommunication Conference

At the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), to be held from 2 to 27 November, a number of studies will be presented on the use of various radio frequency bands, some minimizing the importance of the 2.7–2.9 GigaHertz (GHz) frequency to meteorology.

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      Mediterranean Climate Outlook Forum

Participants at the November 2014 session of the Mediterranean Climate Outlook Forum (MedCOF), held in Antalya, Turkey, agreed that it would operate as an overarching entity in support of two other Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs): SEECOF, the South-East European Climate Outlook Forum, and PRESANORD, Prévisions Climatiques Saisonnières en Afrique du Nord (the RCOF for North Africa).

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      The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project Gains Ground

From just five participating countries in Southeastern Africa in 2006, the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) now counts 22 participating countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.

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        Indonesia: Developing a Coastal Inundation Impact-based Service

On 17 January, 2013 water flooded into several Jakarta neighbourhoods, claiming over a dozen lives and causing the evacuation of 18 000 people.

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      Preparing for Floods in Malawi

Since the beginning of the year, devastating floods have killed 106 people and displaced 230 000 in Malawi.

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      Fighting Drought in West Africa

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, hosted a workshop on 28 and 29 January to launch the Integrated Drought Management Project in West Africa (known by its French acronym PROGIS/AO).

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      COMET AMDAR Module Produced for WMO

WMO, in collaborated with the National Weather Service (NWS) of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The COMET® Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), has produced an Introduction to Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR).

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      WMO Online Course for Trainers

The WMO Education and Training Office (ETR) is collaborating this year with The European Virtual Organisation for Meteorological Training (Eumetcal) on its second fully Online Course for Trainers, this time for the European Region.

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        WMO Unveils New Country Profile Database

WMO has unveiled its Country Profile Database, which consolidates information about its Members into a single web-based portal. The initiative is part of a wider drive towards improved data management procedures.

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      WCRP – New Polar Challenges

The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has launched a Polar Challenge to reward the first team to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2 000 kilometre mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

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      Polar Prediction School

The 2016 Polar Prediction School will be held in the Arctic at the Abisko Field Station in Sweden, from 5 to 15 April (next year).

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        Planning GEO’s 2nd Decade

Advocate. Engage. Deliver. – These are the strategic objectives of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) for its second decade, 2016 to 2025.

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      Météo et Management

Three international trainees arrived in Toulouse, France, in early March to participate in the four-month “Météo et management” course of Météo-France.

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      World Meteorological Day

The theme for this years World Meteorological Day, “Climate knowledge for climate action,” provides an opportunity to take stock of the climate knowledge built in the last decades as an essential base to The Abisko Field Station in Sweden will host the Polar Prediction School support the path towards more ambitious action to address climate change and climate variability.

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      Announcement

Obituary for Jean-François Geleyn, the French Numerical Weather Prediction pioneer and creator of the ALADIN Consortium.

In Memoriam Jean-François Geleyn [PDF]

         
         
        Forthcoming WMO Meetings

World Meteorological Day: Climate Knowledge for Climate Action, 23 March 2015

17th World Meteorological Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 25 May - 12 June 2015

• 67th Executive Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 15-17 June 2015

         
         
        Newly Issued

The Climate in Africa: 2013, WMO No. 1147, ISBN 978-92-631-1147-0. Availble in English. French and Spanish in preparation.

Climate Knowledge for Climate Action, WMO 2014
. Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.

Guidelines for Hydrological Data Rescue, WMO No. 1146, ISBN 978-92-631-1146-3. Available in English.

Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation - Sixteenth Session: Abridged Final Report with Resolutions and Recommendations, WMO No. 1138, ISBN 978-92-631-1138-8. Available in English, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and French.

         
         
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