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The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1°C above the pre-industrial era.

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The Republic of Vanuatu has launched a new Framework for Climate Services, making it the first Pacific Island nation to reach this milestone. The successful provision of climate information and services remains a challenge for many Pacific Island nations due to financial and resource constraints. The Vanuatu Framework for Climate Services (VFCS) addresses these issues by helping its people to manage and adapt to climate variability and

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A new version of the WMO Space-based Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR/Space v2.0) is now available (http://oscar.wmo.int/space). It provides a wider range of information on satellite programmes, instruments, and the variables they can observe in the areas of weather, water, climate, the marine environment, land processes, and space weather. OSCAR/Space v2.0 features powerful search functions and gap analyses, by variables and mission types, for users...

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Kees Stigter passed away on 20 May 2016 in Indonesia.  He is survived by his wife Jaquie and his four children Joo-Yon, Fardo, Chaim and Tibor. As a husband and father, and as a passionate scientist who dedicated his life to noble causes, he will be greatly missed.

Cornelis Johan “Kees” Stigter was born on February 19, 1940 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was an experimental physicist by education (Phys....

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The energy sector has some of the most advanced users of weather and climate information, given the considerable effects of day-to-day weather and longer-term climate variability on energy supply, demand, transport, distribution and markets. As the transition to renewable sources and sector-wide resilience become key priorities for the energy sector, information on climate variability and change are increasingly needed to ensure energy security and efficiency. The industry’s rapid innovation, in...

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The African Drought Conference, “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent” in Windhoek, Namibia, from 15 to 19 August, concluded by adopting the Windhoek Declaration. 

Building on the 11th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP-11) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which was held in September 2013,  the conference also served as a follow-up, in many ways, to the WMO High-Level Meeting on National Drought...

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In 2012, the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) started providing free access to most of its real-time data and historical observations. This marked a dramatic change in policy for the organization. Until then, most of its operational budget, excluding salaries, depended on the generation of income by billing for data and services. The IMS experience – the benefits and challenges of moving to a free data model – will catch the...

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Climate services are a critical tool for improving food security, particularly in Cameroon, which has been adversely affected by natural and man-made disasters for the past three decades. Training farmers in the use of climate information to make well-informed decisions on crop and planting choices can help mitigate the effects of climate change and variability on the country’s food security.

A roving seminar held in the northern province of Pitoa,...

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Viktor Grigorievich Boldyrev died on 28 May 2016 at the age of 81 after a long and severe illness.

He was born on 19 March 1936 in the city of Grozny to a civil servants’ family. Upon completion of secondary education in 1953, he commenced university studies at the Physics Department of the Moscow State University n.a. M.V. Lomonosov and graduated in 1959.

Viktor Boldyrev commenced his professional activities at...

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1st AFRIGEOSS Symposium, © GEOEarth observations for the Africa We Want

The inaugural AfriGEOSS Symposium “Earth Observations for the Africa We Want” coordinated access to and use of Earth observations – from satellites, airborne and ground- and marine-based systems – across...