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The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3), hosted by Cabo Verde from 10 to 14 February, coordinated and accelerated regional efforts to strengthen resilience to severe weather hazards and adaptation to climate change.
The South Asian Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF), held from 20 to 22 April, issued a seasonal outlook ( https://goo.gl/MfnIAc ) predicting below average rainfall over large tracts of South Asia during the forthcoming summer monsoon.
The International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, has released a call for full proposals to host the permanent secretariat of Future Earth.
SPICE (Solid Precipitation Intercomparison Experiment) is a WMO/CIMO multi-sites intercomparison of instruments and systems of observation for the measurement of solid precipitation. One of the main objectives is the assessment of a wide range of instruments under various climates. For that purpose, around 20 sites worldwide are equipped and configured according to standards defined within the project, in order to allow comparison between the sites. The experiment started in October 2013 and is meant to last over two winter seasons.
2014 promises to be a busy year for WMO and the meteorological, climatologic and hydrologic community with several important conferences and events planned.
The Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, held in Uganda from 20 to 22 April, adopted the Kampala Declaration, which establishes the Regional Network of Farmers of Africa and South Asia (RENOFASA).