The High-Impact Weather Project (HIWeather)
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Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of high-impact weather events, exacerbating their social and economic blow on people and infrastructure, especially in areas experiencing rapid population growth and increasing urbanization. Significant progress and advances in scientific understanding, monitoring and prediction of weather have been made in recent years; however, statistics on weather-related losses show that there are gaps in the application of this knowledge to both the routine and complex weather-related problems faced by society. This motivated the WMO World Weather Research Programme in 2015 to launch a 10-year international research project, which will advance the prediction of hazards resulting from urban flooding, disruptive winter weather, wildfires, localized extreme wind and urban heat & air quality.