Bulletin 62 (1) 2013 - The World Weather Watch at 50

Bulletin 62 (1) 2013 - The World Weather Watch at 50

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1 April 2013

Established in 1963, in the middle of the Cold War, the World Weather Watch is an outstanding landmark in international cooperation. In 2013 the Bulletin celebrates the World Weather Watch with articles outlining its history and offering a forward-looking perspective on its systems and programmes. In this issue, we introduce the Global Observing System (GOS) and the Instruments and Methods of Observation Programme (IMOP).
Some of the international partners in the World Weather Watch have also contributed items to the Bulletin to mark its 50th anniversary. This issue includes an interview of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Director-General Alan Thorpe and an article from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on environmental satellites. In addition, two newer international partnerships – the Tiksi International Hydrometeorology Observatory and  – which promise to deliver scientific insights that will contribute to the World Weather Watch, are highlighted. The development of human resources and the physical infrastructure of public weather services is key to the success of the World Weather Watch. The last two articles in this issue deal with these two important aspects. In the penultimate article, four WMO fellows provide insight into their fellowship experience at the China Meterological Administration. The final article highlights the Korean Meteorological Administration’s approach to the valuing of investments in data-processing and forecasting systems >> The Bulletin

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