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Publish Date:
26 April 2017

A new report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) on Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic highlights the rapid and widespread changes in the Arctic’s sensitive climate systems mostly due to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases.

 

One of the key findings of the report by AMAP, which is one of the six working groups of the Arctic Council, is that “the Arctic’s climate is shifting to a new state.”

 

Publish Date:
25 April 2017

Significant progress has been made over the past decade in improving understanding of droughts and their impacts. However, several questions remain, including the real costs to a country’s economy, and whether the price of preparing for droughts is worth it. A new study released by the World Meteorological Organization and Global Water Partnership seeks to answer these questions.

Publish Date:
25 April 2017

The Pacific Community (SPC) remains committed to assist Pacific Island countries with strengthening their early warning systems and weather forecasting mechanisms for sustainable development. As part of this effort, SPC is developing a coastal inundation forecasting tool for the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFPD) in Fiji.This tool will be demonstrated in the Coral Coast before being replicated in other areas within Fiji including the Nadi River catchment.This project has been established at the request of the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) and made possible with donor funding from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) in 2017.

Publish Date:
20 April 2017

A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia.

Heavy rain over a three-hour period combined with deforestation and unstable soils to reveal once more that human decisions often interact with extreme weather events to create disasters.

Publish Date:
12 April 2017

The World Meteorological Organization and International Telecommunications Union have  renewed their commitment to working together for the protection and optimal use of the radio frequency spectrum essential for the remote sensing of our atmosphere and exchange of information.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and ITU Director-General Houlin Zhao signed a memorandum of understanding to update the Handbook on the Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology.