This World Meteorological Day, WMO is announcing a Web-based appeal to the wider meteorological community for contributions to the WMO Fellowship Fund, Building Capacity, One Fellow at a Time. Contributions will support the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students from least developed countries, developing countries, and Small Island Developing States in the fields of meteorology, hydrology and climatology.
Qualified and well trained meteorological personnel are the backbone of national weather services.
While weather services in developed countries can have a staff compliment numbering in the hundreds, including specialists in various related fields (agrometeorology, severe weather, transport etc), their counterparts in developing countries are often minimally staffed and lacking expertise in specialised areas.
This situation compromises their capacity to effectively service their communities with the information needed to make informed decisions that concern not only their daily lives, but often their economic survival and resilience to natural disasters.
The Appeal duration will last from World Meteorological Day (23 March) to 31 December 2011. It encourages the WMO community to be an advocate and help foster existing practitioners and young talent. More details at: http://www.wmo.int/appeal