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The WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Cities held a series of user-oriented webinars in May, during the corona virus lockdown, for cities committed to a healthy urban life. The World Wildlife Fund Cities hosts the One Planet City Challenge, a friendly competition to mobilize cities to deliver on the Paris Agreement.
In response to the COVID-19 lockdown, which did not permit gatherings, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly launched Sharing Geoscience Online. Over 26 000 geoscientists came together in 721 live text chats where over 200 000 messages were posted during the event. Among the many contributions by WMO, the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) organized one of the live sessions: a Great Debate where panellists were asked “Are forests a solution to climate change?”
In December 2019, WMO issued a third call for nominations for recognition as Centennial Observing Stations and has since received the candidature of 119 stations from 30 Members. The list includes some notable candidates and the Advisory Board for Recognition of Long-term Observing Stations will give them further consideration even though they do not fully meet all recognition criteria.
Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, having recently completed assessments of their early warning systems, agreed in February, together with other countries and regional organizations, to move forward with the establishment of a Southeast Asia-wide framework for meteorological and hydrological disaster risk reduction and capacity development.
A new online WMO Course on Education and Training Innovations was launched on 25 May and is scheduled to run until 30 July 2020. It comes at an opportune time during the global COVID-19 quarantine. This course offers a new way of learning and is based on an upcoming publication, WMO Global Campus Innovations .
Italy and Greece are the only states in Europe in which the National Hydrometeological Services are not civilians, but military. The Italian Military Air Force (Servizio Meteorologico dell’Aeronautica Militare Italiana) is responsible for all meteorological and climate activities, including public forecast and warnings on television, radio, in the press, etc.
The summary of the fourth edition of the Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report (OSR4), highlighting key findings and major impacts of climate change, is now available online.
The second publication in the series marking the 70 th anniversary of WMO – The Establishment of the Joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology: A Personal History – is now available for download. The publication presents the history, including the background, driving forces, key elements and players, of the establishment of the Joint WMO/IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology – otherwise known as JCOMM. It is based on Peter Dexter’s 30 years or so of personal involvement, perspective and recollections, and provides a reliable account...
Maersk, a Danish shipping company, has committed its fleet of 300 vessels to operating within the global Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) scheme of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Approximately half of its vessels are already operating within the VOS scheme and the remaining half should be active by the end of 2020.
A recently updated Indian moored buoy system in the northern Bay of Bengal (at 17.5° N/ 89.1° E) was implemented on 19 May during the passage of Cyclone Amphan. The newly installed Hrudaya data acquisition system transmits data every three hours under normal conditions and hourly during cyclones.