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Atmospheric Research and Environment (ARE)


Within the United Nations, it is the responsibility of WMO to provide the authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the atmosphere and climate of the Earth. To this end, the Atmospheric Research and Environment Branch (ARE) of the Research Department co-ordinates and stimulates research on the composition of the atmosphere and weather forecasting, focusing on extreme weather events and socio-economic impacts. ARE supports global research initiatives under programmatic guidance from the Commission for Atmospheric Science (CAS). It does this through two programmes: the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). WWRP supports research to develop improved and cost-effective forecasting techniques and their application for socio-economic benefit and in decision-making. Activities are conducted related to synoptic forecast verification and linking forecast products to societal benefit areas. ARE leads the WMO Sand and Dust Storm Warning System.  It also supports sound science practices in weather modification research.  CAS is closely linked to the World Climate Research Programme with which it shares support of the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) and through the WWRP, a growing number of joint research initiatives.  GAW   focuses on the coordination and application of global observations of atmospheric greenhouse gases, ozone, ultraviolet radiation, aerosols, selected reactive gases, precipitation chemistry and the GAW urban meteorology and environment project (GURME). It supports international conventions on ozone depletion, climate and long-range transport of air pollution.  With community support it issues WMO Ozone Bulletins and Greenhouse Gas Bulletins.




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