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WMO is part of two multi-disciplinary consortia for research projects to increase coastal resilience : Preparing for Extreme And Rare Events in Coastal Regions (PEARL) , and Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISK-KIT).
2014 promises to be a busy year for WMO and the meteorological, climatologic and hydrologic community with several important conferences and events planned.
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.
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.
The implementation plan, The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs”, GCOS-200, October 2016 , of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) introduced lightning as a new Essential Climate Variable. Lightning is a proxy for severe storms and, therefore, relevant for climate monitoring. Measurements of lightning have, in recent years, become more extensive. New satellite instruments have also further enhanced their observation.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on 6 March at UN Headquarters in New York. Discussions centred around climate-related issues, including the upcoming WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 and the provision of meteorological early warning services to the UN Operations and Crisis Centre to help in contingency planning and emergency response.