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Meteoworld : September 2020
WMO and 20 partners held a kick-off meeting from 16 to 17 September to launch FOCUS-Africa (Fully Optimized User Centric Climate Services Value Chain for Southern Africa), a four-year € 7 million initiative funded by the European Commission. FOCUS-Africa aims to deliver tailored climate services to increase resilience and adaptation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in four key sectors: agriculture and food security, water, energy and infrastructure.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and WMO signed a new agreement on 26 October to increase and improve automated reporting of meteorological data by commercial aircraft in support of weather and forecasting.
WMO Regional Association (RA) VI (Europe) held its 18 th Session virtually on 20 November with over 227 participants, representing 48 WMO Members and 7 international organizations. RA VI president Dr Michael Staudinger opened the session with a progress report on the achievements since the last session and expressed appreciation for the support provided by the Secretariat despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A virtual session of WMO Regional Association III (South America) took place from 25 to 27 November with 127 participants, including representatives of three other international organizations. Ms Yolanda Gonzalez...
The WMO Hydrological Coordination Panel (HCP) adopted several key decisions and actions in support of the new WMO strategic priority on water at its virtual meeting on 23 to 26 November. A key outcome of the meeting was the agreement to finalize an Action Plan to support the WMO eight long-term ambitions related to operational hydrology in order to address the water challenge before it becomes a crisis.
A landmark WMO Data Conference has set the scene for an overall modernization of the roles, rules and requirements for the international exchange of observations and other data pertaining to Earth systems. The virtual event, which took place from 16 to 19 November, brought together more than 1 200 participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), the private sector, space agencies, global data providers and users, academia and international and development partner organizations. WMO convened the conference to review the requirements and arrangements for data...
Bulletin nº Vol 69 (2) - 2020
Theme: Education and training
Publish Date: 18 November 2020
The urgent response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the need to reduce in-person events, has required rapid conversion to distance learning delivery options to maintain capacity development goals. However, the WMO Education and Training Office (ETR) recognized the value of distance learning long before the recent dramatic changes to workplaces.
Publish Date: 24 December 2020
As 2020 draws to an end, it closes the warmest decade (2011-2020) on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. This year remains on track to be one of the three warmest on record, and may even rival 2016 as the warmest on record. The six warmest years have all been since 2015.
Publish Date: 23 December 2020
WMO congratulates all the winners of its 2021 calendar competition for simply outstanding photographs showcasing the theme The Ocean, our climate and weather. More than 1 100 photographs were submitted to the competition, which has become one of WMO’s most popular fixtures. Of these, 70 photographs – in keeping with WMO’s 70th anniversary – were selected for public voting on social media.