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Meteoworld : September 2020
Finding out whether there was a relationship between COVID-19 and meteorological, climatological and environmental factors became a pressing concern as the pandemic spread across the globe. WMO supports international COVID-19 research and control efforts in this area by engaging experts through two channels to interrogate the issue and identify where and how meteorological and environmental information can best support research and public health decision-making.
The first session of the WMO Infrastructure Commission (INFCOM), held from 9 to 13 November, adopted a number of key decisions and recommendations. Despite the challenge of the pandemic, which forced the Session to be held virtually, it was attended by 343 participants representing WMO Members and partner organizations.
Meteoworld : April 2020
MeteoWorld invites its readers to visit the multimedia WMO Chronology of Weather Science and fly through the history of weather research on the traces of the people and institutions that have supported the progress of Earth System Science!
Professor Laban Ayieko Ogallo, a pioneer in meteorological education and research, passed away on 19 November after a short illness. Born in Kenya on 20 January 1950, Prof Ogallo was devoted to the scientific community and contributed significantly to innovations in meteorology in Africa.
Dr Netatua (Neta) Pelesikoti, a respected environmental scientist, passed away suddenly on 11 November 2020 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Described as a true Pacific Warrior and “Queen of Disaster Risk Reduction”, Dr Pelesikoti was visionary, inspirational and dedicated to building the resilience of all Pacific countries.
FOCUS-Africa, a new climate services initiative launched in September, hosted its first internal stakeholder workshop from 30 November to 1 December and an external workshop on 9 December.
David Grimes, former WMO President (2011-2019), will become a Member of the Order of Canada for his outstanding leadership in meteorology and for his pioneering development of a global strategy on climate change and disaster-risk preparedness.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced WMO and the international community, to rethink its working methods and to adapt many capacity development, education and training activities to address the needs of Members and ensure business continuity.
WMO announced its new webpage that acts as a one-stop-shop for Members to access practical WMO polar information relevant to shipping at the fourth Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum organized by the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME).
Meteoworld : June 2020
The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) is now providing 24-hour marine weather forecasts for fishermen and other small craft operators in the Tanzanian region of Lake Victoria through the High Impact Weather Lake System (HIGHWAY) project.