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Publish Date: 17 March 2016
Just over a month after launch, Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation, has produced its first complete science map of global sea surface height, capturing the current signal of the 2015-16 El Niño. The map was generated from the first 10 days of data collected once Jason-3 reached its operational orbit of 1,336 kilometers on Feb. 12. It shows the continuing evolution of the ongoing El Niño event that began early last year.
Publish Date: 20 May 2016
Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak in the 137-year record of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA ). Overall, 13 out of the 15 highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred since February 2015. NOAA said the combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2016 was 1.10°C (1.98°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F) - the highest temperature departure for April since global records began in 1880. This value surpassed the...
Publish Date: 8 June 2016
“Health Oceans, Healthy Planet” is the theme of World Oceans Day on 8 June, reflecting the vital role of oceans in sustaining life on earth. “We don’t need to be reminded of the challenges we currently face with a changing climate: the impacts on the ocean are clear: sea level rise, eroding coastlines, warmer waters and ocean acidification,” said World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “We are currently witnessing unprecedented coral bleaching, which may be endangering some of the world’s best-known coral reefs. The powerful El Niño event and long-term global...
Publish Date: 23 August 2016
The fourth meeting of the UNESCO/IOC PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation in the Southwest Pacific got under way in Honiara, Solomon Islands today (22 Aug’ 2016).
Publish Date: 21 April 2016
Planet sends powerful message on Paris Agreement A prolonged run of record global temperatures and extreme weather, the rapid melting of Arctic ice, and widespread bleaching of ocean coral reefs underline the urgent need to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said that 2016 has so far overshadowed even the record-breaking year of 2015. “The magnitude of the changes has been a surprise even for veteran climate scientists. The state of the planet is changing before our eyes,”...
Publish Date: 3 June 2016
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has become the first UN specialized agency to formalize its relationship with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). By signing its accreditation master agreement with GCF, the WMO can now receive financial resources for climate action programmes and projects. This development represents an important milestone for both GCF and the UN system, signaling the role of the Fund in supporting international organizations to advance low-emission, carbon-resilient and adaptation programmes and projects through GCF in developing countries. Press release also available...
Publish Date: 8 November 2016
Extreme weather increasingly linked to global warming The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015 – the hottest five-year period on record - and the increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental glaciers and northern hemisphere snow cover.
Publish Date: 1 November 2016
The weather seems to be getting wilder and weirder. People are noticing. What are the connections to human-caused climate change? And how can we best communicate what the most recent...
Publish Date: 1 November 2016
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which provides policymakers with scientific information about climate change, made a big contribution to the Paris Agreement to tackle global warming. The Agreement in turn has major implications for the work of the IPCC. This article examines these implications and what the IPCC is doing to help implement The Agreement.
Publish Date: 3 November 2016
Efforts to reduce fuel burn and thus carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions in aviation over the past four decades have been impressive. Operational measures in line with new air traffic management systems, as well as new technological concepts, all have the potential to continue reducing these CO 2 emissions. The Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) supports aviation stakeholders in their efforts to operate under changing climate conditions.