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WMO congratulates the three scientists leading the research teams that will share the US$ 5 million grant from the United Arab Emirates Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science.

  • Masataka Murakami, Visiting Professor from the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University (Japan), for his work on pre- cipitation enhancement in arid and semi-arid regions. Professor Murakami’s project focuses on innovative algorithms and sensors dedicated to identifying the clouds most

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Article published in Volume 51, No. 2, April 2002

For the first few months of its existence, the World Meteorological Organization utilized as its Headquarters the offices of its predecessor, the International Meteorological Organization, which were in Lausanne, Switzerland. On 10 December 1951, the Secretariat was moved to its temporary Headquarters at Campagne Rigot, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland. This building,...



There are no obituaries in the April 2008 Bulletin.


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Kofi Annan was the ultimate incarnation of a true Statesman, always looking at the big picture. His perspective would stretch as far as possible into the future and with a remarkable skill for linking complex issues in very different fields. Although there are innumerous illustrations of this, I shall always remember his decisive role in the development and adoption of the Millenium Development Goals, without which it would have been impossible to reach the universal consensus on the Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated SDGs a few years later. He was a true believer in multilateralism.

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Protecting people’s lives and property against weather, climate and water-related disasters has been, and continues to be, a critical task in global sustainable development. It is especially important to meteorologists because nearly 90% of natural disasters are due to or are triggered by meteorological hazards.

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The WMO Global Campus initiative has sparked action for increasing collaboration to support the capacity-development needs of Members. The two components of the WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) Argentina  – the University of Buenos Aires and the National Meteorological Service (SMN) – have taken a lead. How does a university and a National Meteorological Service collaborate at local, regional and global levels to stimulate a revolution in meteorology training?


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These and similar questions are frequently heard these days by the WMO Education and Training Office. The answers are simple, but they do require some explanation: “The WMO Global Campus is all around us, including all WMO Members that offer education and training services. You do not need to join in any official way. You will be a part of it whenever you use the resources it offers and make your own contributions to the initiative.”

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The middle decades of the twenty-first century will be a critical time for the meteorology profession. The effects of climate change will be clear and progressing in most regions (Hawkins and Sutton, 2012). The likely concurrent increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events (IPCC, 2012) will place meteorological forecasting in a critical societal position. There will be opportunities for meteorology to provide new and exciting benefits to society through continued improvements in the accuracy of weather forecasts (Bauer et al., 2015). The growth of an efficient renewable energy sector (Frei et al., 2013), for example, would require accurate forecasts for a range of timescales from days to seasons ahead.

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Weather is a key factor determining the success of the Winter Games. The next Winter Olympic Games will take place from 4 to 20 February 2022, in the municipality of Beijing and the neighbouring Hebei province, in China. The Paralympic Games will follow a month later, from 4 to 13 March. The scheduling of the outdoor events for the Games will rely on very short-term forecasting and nowcasting.

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A Love Poem in the Time of Climate Change
Sonnet XVII
by Craig Santos Perez

I don’t love you as if you were rare earth metals, diamonds,
or reserves of crude oil that propagate war:
I love you as one loves most vulnerable things,
urgently, between the habitat and its loss.
I love you as