The WMO Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observations (CIMO) organized a Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO) in Madrid, Spain, from 27 to 30 September 2016.
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The Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO) initiated a comprehensive climate information services project in 2104 called TAHAK, which focuses on farming communities. The project aimed to minimize quantitative and qualitative losses of agricultural products, to reduce damages due to weather and climate hazards, to fill gaps in information systems, and save time, energy and financial resources. TAHAK was implemented using the WMO Strategy for Service Delivery.
The European Commission has issued a call for proposals for “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement.” This call falls under Horizon 2020, the largest European Union Research and Innovation programme with close to €80 billion in funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).
The policies and practices of radar maintenance have not been widely discussed in the international radar community. Thus, the members of the European radar project – Operational Programme for the Exchange of Weather Radar Information (OPERA) – have shared their experiences an article published in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).
MeteoSwiss and the University of Bern co-convened a session at the 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) from 5 to 8 September to exchange experiences on how to enhance climate resilience of for the poorest in our societies who are often unprepared for and have limited possibilities to cope with the impacts of climate change and variability. Such climate services could also provide financial benefits to the stakeholders in question. A study within the Climandes project, which is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), demonstrated that for coffee and maize the return on investments on an early warning system for high-impact weather and climate events would be more than US$ 100 million over 10 years in Peru.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas awarded a certificate to the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) on 18 October officially accrediting it as a WMO Centennial Observing Station. The certificate was presented to HKO Director Shun Chi-ming, at WMO headquarters in Geneva.
Leading hydrologists from around the world met in Entebbe, Uganda, from 26 to 29 September to discuss a four-year plan to implement the WMO Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS), which will be capable of assessing hydrological variability on a global scale. The group also looked at how HydroSOS can help deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which stresses the importance of attaining human health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity through access to safe water and sanitation, and sound management of freshwater ecosystems.
Over the last months, WMO has led sessions in a series of regional training workshops designed to support countries in advancing their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), key instruments for scaling up climate action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The WMO aims to help the countries to benefit from scientific information on climate variability, trends and extremes and to demonstrate how these can be imbedden in their sustainable development strategies, so that they serve as vehicles for implementing the climate services needed to achieve the best possible climate-related development outcomes.
WMO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) established a new Working Arrangement on the Operation of the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) Programme in July. It commits the two organizations to develop a business case and framework for future collaboration on the operation, expansion and enhancement of AMDAR.
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 6 November, the opening day of Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. The agreement aims to boost cooperation in a number of areas, including on research and evidence to support climate policy-making and climate-smart investment, and on technical development to improve climate...