Climandes aims to develop user-tailored climate services and improve science-based decision making in the Andean region. MeteoSwiss and SENAMHI initiated the Climandes project in 2012 with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and under the umbrella of the WMO-led Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). For us, this is the time of the year to look back at what we have achieved over the last few months and team up for the future activities of the Climandes project. Curious? Please find our latest Climandes Newsletter.
News from Members
Offenbach, 29 December 2017 – The prevailing westerly wind, which had already dominated in November, also continued in December. This brought generally wet, cold and cloudy weather with frequent precipitation. In the mountains, it fell mainly as snow whereas, in lowland areas, it snowed only occasionally. During the weeks of Advent, this produced a thick blanket of snow in some areas. Christmas then coincided with the arrival of considerably milder air, causing a rapid thaw at altitudes below 1,000 metres. Overall, December was relatively mild, with plenty of pre-cipitation and very little sunshine. This is what the initial analysis by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) of data from its around 2,000 weather stations shows.
In 2017, meteorological support for Belt and Road Initiative has kick-started the strategic layout, marching into a conscientious and dedicated journey. May 14, 2017 is undoubtedly a landmark date. Ms Liu Yaming, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA), and Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed Letter of Intent between the World Meteorological Organization and the China Meteorological Administration to Promote Regional Meteorological Cooperation and Co-build the Belt and Road. Since then, this Letter of Intention, coupled with initiatives such as Nanning Initiative on China-ASEAN Cooperation in Meteorology and Urumqi Initiative in disaster prevention and reduction and addressing climate change in Central Asia, has established a comprehensive cooperative mechanism and operational framework for serving Belt and Road Initiative.
Offenbach, 29 December 2017 – In 2017, temperatures in Germany were again significantly warmer than the long-term climate average. It has only been too cold twice in the last 30 years. Furthermore, precipitation and sunshine was slightly higher than normal. This is what the initial analysis by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) of data from its around 2,000 weather stations shows.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA successfully launched the Global Changing Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C) and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite "TSUBAME" (SLATS) on December 23 from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center.