Sixteenth session of Regional Association II (RA II-16)

Sixteenth session of Regional Association II (RA II-16)


Start date

12 February 2017

End date

16 February 2017
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Details of the Seventh Regional Conference on Management of NMHSs in RA II (RECO-7) and the Sixteenth session of Regional Association II (RA II-16) are available from the session website:

UAE hosts WMO Regional Association II meeting

WMO Regional Association for Asia closes four yearly session

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia (RAII) closed its four-yearly session on Thursday after discussing ways how to increase resilience to extreme weather and climate change and contribute to sustainable socio-economic development.

Abdullah Ahmed Al Mandoos, Director of the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology of the United Arab Emirates, which hosted the meeting, was unanimously elected Regional Association President for the next four years. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director-General of Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, is Vice-President. Read more

WMO Regional Association for Asia focuses on better services and early warnings

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia is holding its four-yearly session, amid warnings that the region – which stretches from the Arctic to the Equator over the Himalayas down into low lying coastal areas– needs to do more to prepare for extreme weather, climate change and water shocks. Read more.
WMO RAII management group meeting, UAE, 10-12 Feb 2017

WMO gears up for extreme weather, climate change in Asia

Climate change, environmental degradation, population growth and urbanization are putting pressure on water supplies in many parts of the Asian region, and exposure to extreme weather and other hazards is increasing. Read more

WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS)

Meteorology has made significant progress in the quality and diversity of services in the last few decades as a result of impressive advances in research, numerical modelling, observing capabilities (in situ and satellite) and computer and communication technologies. Further progress, however, depends on adopting a new and integrated approach in order to upgrade the global space-and surface-based observing systems in a fashion that optimizes knowledge of current environmental conditions and exploits the data they produce for predictive weather, climate and water products and services. Read more

Cascading Process to Improve Forecasting and Warning Services

The advances in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) in the last decades have been tremendous thanks to more, and better assimilated, observations, higher computing power and progress in our understanding of dynamics and physics. Read more

The Polar Prediction Project

Scientific and public awareness of the importance of the polar regions in the global weather and climate system is increasing. The popular use of the term “polar vortex” in the United States of America earlier this year is just one example of increased interest in rapid climate changes at high latitudes. The WMO annual reports on summer Arctic ice cover catch worldwide media attention every year. There is a high level of public interest – especially amongst youth – about how these factors might affect the weather and climate in the rest of the world. Read more

China's Implementation of Impact and Risk-based Early Warning

China is one of the countries most affected by meteorological hazards. From 1984 to 2014, on average per annum meteorological hazards caused 4 066 deaths and 192.2 billion Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY, US$ 30.5 billion) direct economic losses – 2% of the Chinese Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Read more


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