Commission for Atmospheric Sciences faces the future

Commission for Atmospheric Sciences faces the future



26 November 2013

The WMO Commission on Atmospheric Sciences has concluded its 16th session with a series of decisions designed to respond to challenges such as rising greenhouse gases, air pollution and extreme weather events, and to maximize opportunities from scientific advances in forecasting and prediction.

Oystein Hov (Norway) and Jae-Cheol Nam (Republic of Korea) were elected as President and Vice President of the Commission.

At a meeting in Antalya, Turkey, 20-26 November the Commission discussed how to tailor the activities of the Global Atmosphere Watch and World Weather Research Programmes to meet the priorities of the 21st Century. The role of the Commission is to support research in atmospheric science; reduce and mitigate natural disasters; protect the environment and enhance understanding and response to environmental change.

The Commission issued recommendations for the ten-year future view. These include:

  • High impact weather and its socio-economic effects in the context of global change
  • Water: Modelling and predicting the water cycle for improved disaster risk reduction and resource management
  • Integrated Greenhouse Gas Information System to support policy-making
  • Aerosols: Impacts on air quality, weather and climate
  • Urbanization: Research and services for megacities and large urban complexes
  • Evolving technologies, including geoengineering

The outcome of the session will inform WMO decisions on investment in research and development to maximize scientific advances which can be transitioned into accessible services which benefit society.

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