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The joint WMO/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) met in Bahrain from 10 to 14 September to review and update the Tropical Cyclone Operational Plan for the region. The Plan delineates regional coordination mechanisms in tropical cyclone forecasting and warnings.
The WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has been extended to West Africa to help improve related services in the region. Initiated in 2015 with seed funding from the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA), the new subproject held its first meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 4 to 8 September.
In August, WMO opened a new office for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore aimed at improving coordination and strengthening meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors such as air and marine transport. Hosted by the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), the new Office will serve as the nerve centre for WMO programmes in the region.
Since 1992, the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has been operating to ensure that information needed to address climate-related questions are obtained and made available to all potential users. Now, this is more important than ever and GCOS is adapting in order to fulfil the growing demand for robust climate observations.
At the beginning of the year, the Government of Canada, through Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), granted 10 million Canadian dollars (US$ 7.5 million) for Building Resilience to High-Impact Hydrometeorological Events through the Strengthening of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Southeast Asia . While the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative’s multi-donor trust fund provided US$2.5 million for Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological and Early Warning Systems in the Pacific . With these funds, WMO and its...
The policies and practices of radar maintenance have not been widely discussed in the international radar community. Thus, the members of the European radar project – Operational Programme for the Exchange of Weather Radar Information (OPERA) – have shared their experiences an article published in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).
The European Commission has issued a call for proposals for “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement.” This call falls under Horizon 2020, the largest European Union Research and Innovation programme with close to €80 billion in funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).
MeteoSwiss and the University of Bern co-convened a session at the 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) from 5 to 8 September to exchange experiences on how to enhance climate resilience of for the poorest in our societies who are often unprepared for and have limited possibilities to cope with the impacts of climate change and variability. Such climate services could also provide financial benefits to the stakeholders in question. A study within the Climandes project, which is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), demonstrated that...
The Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO) initiated a comprehensive climate information services project in 2104 called TAHAK, which focuses on farming communities. The project aimed to minimize quantitative and qualitative losses of agricultural products, to reduce damages due to weather and climate hazards, to fill gaps in information systems, and save time, energy and financial resources. TAHAK was implemented using the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery.
WMO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) established a new Working Arrangement on the Operation of the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Programme in July. It commits the two organizations to develop a business case and framework for future collaboration on the operation, expansion and enhancement of AMDAR.