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The WMO Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services, held in Geneva from 5 to 7 November, formulated desired steps to provide equal access to weather and climate services to women and men in order to help them make better decisions in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, water resources management and public health.
Following on the World Meteorological Congress lead, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary and Ministerial Summit in January (see MeteoWorld Issue 1/2014) highlighted the need to preserve the 5350-5470 MHz frequency range, which is of high importance to the Copernicus Sentinel-series satellites and other Earth observation missions of WMO Members.
WMO and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) – which supports the continuing education and career development of scientists from developing countries to conduct research in various domains at the highest standards – signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a conference, marking the Centre’s 50th anniversary, in Trieste, Italy, on 6 and 7 October.
The report entitled “ Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective ” addresses the causes of 16 individual events that occurred on four continents in 2013.
The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) hosted a “Learning by Doing” training of trainers Climate Field School from 26 to 29 August.
The calibration and maintenance of observation instruments is of paramount importance for weather forecasting and climate monitoring services and activities. WMO regularly organizes courses to hone the skills and knowledge of the staff responsible for instrument maintenance and calibration.