August 2014

Feature articles

line

GAW      
CO2 Crosses 400 ppm Threshold Throughout Northern Hemisphere

For the first time, observed concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped the symbolic 400 parts per million (ppm) monthly average threshold in March and April at all the Northern hemisphere monitoring stations belonging to the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch network.

>> More

         
line
         
Fisheries       Fisheries, Food Security and Climate Services

Fisheries, Food Security and Climate Services was the theme of the WMO Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) side-event co-organized with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO) at the fifteenth meeting of the U.N. Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) in New York from 27 to 30 May.

>> More

         
line
         
RA V       16th session of Regional Association V

The 16th session of Regional Association V (RA V-16), held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2 to 7 May, identified the challenges and high priority areas for the Region for the next years, based on the outcomes from the survey and subgroup discussions during the Regional Conference prior to the Session.

>> More

         
line
         
CLIPS       Building on the Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) Project

The WMO Technical Conference on Climate Services – Building on CLIPS Legacy was held from 30 June to 2 July in conjunction with the 16th session of the Commission for Climatology (CCl-16) and the 35th annual meeting of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). It reviewed the contributions and lessons from the CLIPS project, established by the World Meteorological Congress in 1995.

>> More

         
line
         
AMCOMET       AMCOMET: Second Task Force and Bureau Meetings

The Second Task Force and Bureau Meetings of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) in Harare, Zimbabwe, from the 26 to 30 May fleshed out the draft Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology. The Task Force further discussed the progress in the establishment of a Regional Climate Centre in Central Africa, the AMCOMET Constitution and Rules of Procedures and the feasibility of developing an African Regional Space Programme.

>> More

         
line
         
GEO       GEO - Tokyo Statement on Water Issues

The 7th Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Asia-Pacific Symposium “Benefits for Society from GEOSS Evolution Toward Addressing Sustainable Development Goals” concluded with adoption of the Tokyo Statement. The Symposium, held in Tokyo from 26 to 28 May, considered how Asia-Pacific societies are currently benefiting, and could benefit further in the next decade, from the GEOSS.

>> More

         
line
         
WCRP       Developing, Linking and Applying Climate Knowledge

Some 220 scientists attended the WCRP Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo from 17 to 21 March in cooperation with the Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay. The main goal of the conference was to define a research agenda to support the provision of effective climate services in the region.

>> More

         
line
         
haiti       Haiti Weather and Climate Programme

The Haiti Weather Systems Programme – Climate Services to Reduce Vulnerability in Haiti aims to rehabilitate and modernize the weather, climate and hydrology forecasting infrastructure that was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake.

>> More

         
line
         
Aircraft      

Aircraft-based Meteorological Observations Benefits to Aviation

The idea of making meteorological and other scientific atmospheric measurements from aircrafts is nearly as old as aviation itself, but it is only in the late 1980s that the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) observing system commenced as an operational programme sanctioned by WMO. This programme, using predominantly existing on-board sensors and systems, now produces nearly half a million observations per day of temperature, winds and, increasingly, humidity in support of the WMO Global Observing System (GOS).

>> More

         
line
         
CLIMANTES       Implementing Climate Services in Peru – The project CLIMANDES

Reliable climate information is vital for the design of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies. In developing and emerging countries, climate data are often of poor quality and do not meet the prerequisites for the provision of climate services for political decision-makers.

>> More

         
line
         

WMO Regional training Centres

     
WMO Regional Training Centres

WMO currently has some 38 institutions acting as 26 Regional Training Centres (RTC), offering short and long-term training to staff of WMO Member National Hydrological and Meteorological Services. The first RTC will be celebrating its 50th year in 2015 and the next issue of the WMO Bulletin will look at the history and achievements of RTCs in more detail. In the meantime, we highlight below some recent courses offered in four RTCs.

>> More

         
line
         

pACIFIC WAY

     

Learning about climate change the Pacific way

A new picture-based education resource, “Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way,” is now available for students, teachers and facilitators. The resource consists of 16 illustrated posters that depict the water cycle, climate in the Pacific islands and around the global, causes of climate change, interrelationships between different factors, how the climate is changing in five Pacific Island countries, and mitigation and adaptation measures that can be implemented through gardening, forestry and fishing activities and in a town centre.

>> More

         
line
         
Askthe expert       Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert is a new PreventionWeb initiative through which partners in the disaster risk reduction community and the public at large can get expert opinions. Each week, thematic experts and thought leaders invite people from all over the world to ask questions, share concerns and comments for their take on issues.

>> More

         
line
         
crop      

Global Crop Production Review, 2013

The following is an annual review of regional crop production, comparing 2013 with the previous year. For both the northern and southern hemisphere, these summaries reflect growing season weather for major commodities that were harvested in the calendar year of 2013, unless otherwise noted. Most statistics quoted are based on crop estimates released by the United States Department of Agriculture in March 2014.

>> More

         
line
         

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitations of its frontiers or boundaries. We welcome your comments about MeteoWorld and look forward to hearing from you: pwmu@wmo.int
More online: Get the latest updates on WMO news, delivered directly to your web pages, e-mail, Facebook or Twitter accounts. The WMO Facebook page, Twitter account and RSS feed are available from the WMO home page


back to top

 

Condensed version
 
cover
English


MeteoWorld archive
WMO Bulletin
 
Be notified of latest issue:
No spam by ChangeDetection
 


Contact: MeteoWorld Editor - WMO ©2014 Geneva, Switzerland

 

  .