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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 Technical Conference on Climate Services – Building on CLIPS Legacy was held from 30 June to 2 July in conjunction with the 16th session of the Commission for Climatology (CCl-16) and the 35th annual meeting of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
Some 220 scientists attended the WCRP Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo from 17 to 21 March in cooperation with the Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay.
Reliable climate information is vital for the design of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies.
The 16th session of Regional Association V (RA V-16), held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2 to 7 May, identified the challenges and high priority areas for the Region for the next years, based on the outcomes from the survey and subgroup discussions during the Regional Conference prior to the Session.
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 idea of making meteorological and other scientific atmospheric measurements from aircrafts is nearly as old as aviation itself, but it is only in the late 1980s that the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) observing system commenced as an operational programme sanctioned by WMO.