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Publish Date: 22 December 2020
David Grimes, who was WMO President from 2011 to 2019, has been recognized with one of Canada’s top civilian honours. Mr Grimes was named as 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.”
Bulletin nº Vol 69 (2) - 2020
Publish Date: 18 November 2020
http://www.icos-cp.eu/event/917 Humanity is going through a health and a related economic crisis due to COVID-19. The impacts of the measures taken by governments are far and wide. The restrictions imposed on population mobility and commercial activities have resulted in changes in anthropogenic emissions and in the atmospheric chemical composition. These changes were especially pronounced in urban areas and observable in air pollutants as well as in greenhouse gases.
Publish Date: 21 December 2020
The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is to be restructured, building on its 40 years of successful fundamental climate research to face an era where there is an urgent need for solutions to climate challenges in order to address the impacts of climate change on society and all life on Earth.
Publish Date: 21 December 2020
From December 9 to 11, the Fifth International Training Course on Tropic Cyclone Monitoring and Forecasting was held online by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). The training course focused on enhancing the operational capabilities of tropical cyclone forecasters from ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (TC) and Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) Members. This training has enrolled 92 participants who came from Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Yemen, Qatar, Pakistan, Somali, Oman, and so on. Read more >>
Publish Date: 17 December 2020
En los últimos diez años, todos los otoños han presentado temperaturas superiores a lo normal. 2020 es, hasta mediados de diciembre, el año más cálido en España de la serie histórica. Los récords cálidos han sido 18 veces más frecuentes que los fríos a lo largo del decenio que ahora termina. En Europa se ha vivido el otoño y, muy probablemente, el año más cálido en el continente desde 1880. El invierno astronómico, que comenzará el 21 de diciembre a las 11:02 hora oficial peninsular, será probablemente más cálido de lo habitual en España, y más seco de lo normal en Canarias y la península...
Flash floods are among the most dangerous of natural hazards. They can change the course of rivers, bury houses in mud and sweep away or destroy whatever is in their path in a very short time after an observable causative event. The Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) was developed for interactive use by meteorological and hydrological forecasters around the world. The system provides easily accessible, quality-controlled precipitation estimates based on data gathered from weather radar, satellites, measuring instruments, and Numerical Weather Prediction models.
WMO is greatly saddened by the tragic and untimely loss of Konrad “Koni” Steffen. He was one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change and the Greenland ice sheet. He fell to his death, aged 68, in one of the many crevasses that have appeared because of melting ice.
In mid-2018, WMO Members were invited to participate in the trial phase for the monthly reporting of daily climate data (DAYCLI) via the WMO Global Telecommunication System (GTS). Some 20 Members volunteered, and the trial started in January 2019.
The first meeting of the Executive Council (EC) Capacity Development Panel, held virtually from 26–27 August, agreed on the modality of work and set approaches and timelines for delivering its mandate. Participants included members of the Panel, some observers, and staff of the Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by its newly elected Vice-Chair John Ogren, on behalf of the Chair, Dr Agnes Kijazi.
The United in Science 2020 report, the second in an annual series, is coordinated by WMO. This year, it includes input from the Global Carbon Project, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme and the UK Met Office. It presents the very latest scientific data and findings related to climate change to inform global policy and action.