As Hurricane Sandy highlighted the force of nature, governments from around the world agreed on a detailed road map to improve and expand climate services essential to cope with weather, climate and water-related hazards several of which are expected to increase in frequency and/or intensity.
A historic extraordinary session of the World Meteorological Congress 29-31 October approved the governance structure and implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services. This is a sweeping initiative to capitalize on scientific advances and roll out user-driven services such as seasonal climate outlooks and El Niño watches, flood prediction and drought monitoring tools.
“We have finished the last kilometer of preparation and now we are beginning the many kilometers of progress to improve the livelihood of citizens all over the world,” said World Meteorological Organization President David Grimes.
“Hundreds of millions, indeed billions, of people are demanding better climate services to respond to reduce the risk of disasters and improve food security, water management and health outcomes,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “Together through the Global Framework for Climate Services we can turn these challenges into opportunities and make a very significant contribution to sustainable development.” >> Press release