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In its quest to Engage Youth on Weather and Climate as per the 2014 World Meteorological Day theme, WMO with financial assistance from the Government of Canada, updated its Careers in Meteorology booklet at the beginning of the year and organized several events encouraging young people to choose a scientific career.
The concept of a WMO Global Campus was introduced in September 2013 at the Twelfth WMO Education and Training Symposium in Toulouse, France. Initially there was some confusion about the meaning of the term and uncertainty as to how it could work, but there was also a lot of support for the idea of increased collaboration between training institutions to help overcome the gap between training demand and supply.
The WMO hurricane committee announced in April that it would no longer use the name Ingrid for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic, and the name Manuel in the eastern North Pacific, because of the death and destruction both storms caused in Mexico in September 2013.
Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) aims to enable a cascading of products and services from numerical weather prediction models from global to regional to national centres, thus ensuring that the best possible information is available to national forecasters (see Cascading Process to Improve Forecasting and Warning Services, WMO Bulletin 62(2), 2013).
The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) introduced two major enhancements to the World Weather Information Service (WWIS), namely, operation of the Data Collection or Production Centres for WWIS in May and a revamped WWIS website in June.
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.
Swiss Climate Research is inviting young scientists to join high-profile climate researchers for the 14th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2015. The theme will be “Extreme Events and Climate.”