News from Members

Publish Date:
2 December 2016

GAWTEC, the Global Atmosphere Watch Training and Education Centre, that means 30 courses, 341 participants from 63 different countries.

On November 3rd we celebrated the 15th anniversary in the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus. Dr. Kratzer (Chief climate protection, Environmental Science and Technology, recycling economy Department; Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection), Dr. Holzmann (Vice president; German Environment Agency) and Dr. Tarasova (Chief, Atmospheric Environment Research Division, Research Department; WMO) pointed out the importance of atmospheric observations to predict future atmospheric states as well as to provide reliable scientific data and information for national and international policy makers. All participants agreed in proceeding the course in future years and ended the ceremony with balloons being started from the top of the Schneefernerhaus.

Publish Date:
2 December 2016

The Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVO), a WMO-GAW global station since 2009, celebrates its 10th anniversary in November.  The CVO (16° 52' N, 24° 52' W) is run as a partnership between the Cape Verde meteorological institute INMG (Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia e Geofísica), the University of York/National Centre for Atmospheric Science, UK (NCAS), the Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Jena, Germany (MPIB Jena), and the Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung, Leipzig, Germany (IfT).    The full name of the station is Observatório Atmosférico de Cabo Verde: Humberto Duarte Fonseca, named after a Cape Verdean scientist (1916-1983) who founded the local Meterological Observatory and was a chief of INMG.

The CVO is unique in being the only atmospheric monitoring station situated in the tropical Atlantic.  The strong and consistent trade winds arriving at Cape Verde bring well-processed background Atlantic air with origins mainly from North America, Europe and Africa; the latter bringing sporadic but significant dust deposition originating in the Sahara and Sahel regions in winter.  The station also benefits from a sister ocean site located upwind of the CVO, run as a partnership between the Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas (INDP) and the Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften, Kiel, Germany (IfM-GEOMAR Kiel).

Publish Date:
27 October 2016

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced plans to launch its cutting-edge Himawari-9 meteorological satellite on 1 November 2016.

Related preparations are proceeding well, and the satellite is expected to be launched according to schedule.

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Publish Date:
18 October 2016

The importance of aviation safety is often taken by granted, and concerns on aspects of safety are recognized when horrific accidents occur. But on daily basis, on thousands of commercial or military flights, the lives of countless passengers depend on the implementation of safety regulations adopted to protect the public’s interest. The implication of aviation safety not only secures the lives of people whose travel through the air, but ensures the safety of everyone on the ground as well. An airplane crash into a large metropolitan area that is densely populated would surely result in countless ground fatalities, and in retrospect it is noticeable that those types of incidents are so few in number.

In terms of the economy, the importance of aviation safety is staggering, and is understood by the general public. With each air traffic accident, a segment of the public maybe more hesitant to fly, resulting in a loss of revenue to the airline industry. Approximately 40 percent of all tourists travel by air, so a small decline in this area due to safety concerns can easily result in losses of hundreds of millions dollars. For this reason only, aviation safety is of equal importance to every country. 

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Publish Date:
18 October 2016

The World Bank (WB) Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR) has published a comprehensive report entitled “Modernization of Meteorological Services in Japan and Lessons for Developing Countries” with special focus on the services of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). As one of the best practices for NMHSs, the report is helpful source of information to modernize meteorological services in developing countries and to enhance services in developed countries.

 This report was collated by the Japan Meteorological Business Support Center (JMBSC)* under the supervision of JMA with a variety of constructive comments and suggestions from Director-General Dr. Toshihiko Hashida, Mr. Tatsuya Kimura (the former Head of the Office of International Affairs) and dozens of experts. The drafting team, headed by former JMA Director-General Dr. Mitsuhiko Hatori in collaboration with experts on observation systems, early warning services, institutional management, research and international cooperation, thoroughly reviewed the history of Japanese meteorological service modernization and compiled the report over a period of two years.

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