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WMO is part of two multi-disciplinary consortia for research projects to increase coastal resilience : Preparing for Extreme And Rare Events in Coastal Regions (PEARL) , and Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISK-KIT).
The World Meteorological Congress endorsed an ambitious global initiative that will help all communities, especially the most vulnerable, to cope with the impact of climate change, reduce natural disaster risks, and safeguard food production, water supplies and health.
WMO contributed significantly to the Third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 8 to 13 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-ISDR) under the theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow: Increase investments in local action,” the forum gathered over 2600 high-level officials and experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
2014 promises to be a busy year for WMO and the meteorological, climatologic and hydrologic community with several important conferences and events planned.
SPICE (Solid Precipitation Intercomparison Experiment) is a WMO/CIMO multi-sites intercomparison of instruments and systems of observation for the measurement of solid precipitation. One of the main objectives is the assessment of a wide range of instruments under various climates. For that purpose, around 20 sites worldwide are equipped and configured according to standards defined within the project, in order to allow comparison between the sites. The experiment started in October 2013 and is meant to last over two winter seasons.
The International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, has released a call for full proposals to host the permanent secretariat of Future Earth.