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The WMO Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services, held in Geneva from 5 to 7 November, formulated desired steps to provide equal access to weather and climate services to women and men in order to help them make better decisions in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, water resources management and public health.
The report entitled “ Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective ” addresses the causes of 16 individual events that occurred on four continents in 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.
Following on the World Meteorological Congress lead, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary and Ministerial Summit in January (see MeteoWorld Issue 1/2014) highlighted the need to preserve the 5350-5470 MHz frequency range, which is of high importance to the Copernicus Sentinel-series satellites and other Earth observation missions of WMO Members.
The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) hosted a “Learning by Doing” training of trainers Climate Field School from 26 to 29 August.
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.
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.
WMO and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) – which supports the continuing education and career development of scientists from developing countries to conduct research in various domains at the highest standards – signed a Memorandum of Understanding at a conference, marking the Centre’s 50th anniversary, in Trieste, Italy, on 6 and 7 October.
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.”