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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 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...
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 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 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.
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.
The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) is now providing 24-hour marine weather forecasts for fishermen and other small craft operators in the Tanzanian region of Lake Victoria through the High Impact Weather Lake System (HIGHWAY) project.
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.
A new working arrangement has been put in place between the European Commission and WMO to highlight priority areas of cooperation in operational and research fields related to the atmospheric environment, weather, climate, hydrology and water resources.
Meteoworld : December 2019
The high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) opened on 10 December with renewed warnings from WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate...