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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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Dev Raj Sikka was a monsoon polymath. His auspicious and passionate affair with the Indian monsoon began in 1954, when he joined the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and ceased only with the end of his life on 18 March 2017. He was born in 1932, and spent his early childhood in Jhang Mighiana, in then undivided India, now Pakistan. From his earliest days in primary school, Sikka was an outstanding...

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Many Small Island Developing States and Island Territories are low-lying and highly vulnerable to weather extremes and climate change, including the increased severity of cyclones, storm surges, heavy rains, droughts, sea-level rise and ocean acidification. Investments in disaster risk reduction, including early warning systems and adaptation measures for critical sectors, are essential for building resilient island communities and facilitating sustainable development. Since 2015, the WMO Programme for WMO Small Island...

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WMO, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the Met Office (UK) took part in a joint side-event on 9 May during the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body For Scientific And Technological Advice (SSBSTA) in Bonn, Germany. The side-event highlighted changes to the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate (annual Statement) and in global observing requirements. It also offered an overview...

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The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), a long-standing partner of WMO in capacity building, is now applying its numerical weather prediction expertise to help assess operational capabilities in WMO Member States and Territories. In March, Anna Ghelli, ECMWF’s international liaison officer, joined the WMO on a visit to Saudi Arabia’s national meteorological service as part of a numerical weather prediction expert team.

The Saudi Arabia General Authority of...

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The WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) is now being extended to the Eastern Caribbean islands. SWFDP launched in 2006 in 5 Southern African countries, and now serves more than 50 countries globally, providing them with reliable forecasts of hazardous weather in support of disaster risk reduction. Its ongoing sub-projects cover Southern and Eastern Africa, the Southwest Pacific, the Bay of Bengal, Southeast and Central Asia and the Eastern...

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Significant progress has been made over the past decade to improve our understanding of droughts and their impacts. However, several questions remain, including the real costs to a country’s economy, and whether the price of preparing for droughts is worth the cost. A new study released by the WMO/Global Water Partnership (GWP) Integrated Drought Management Programme seeks to answer these questions. The working paper  – part of efforts...

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The winners of the Global Competition for Youth-led projects on Floods and Droughts – organized by the Water Youth Network in collaboration with the joint WMO/Global Water Partnership Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) and the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) – were announced at the Youth Forum for the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) on 22 May in Cancun, Mexico. Both projects were presented at the United...

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Low-cost air pollution sensors are an exciting opportunity for atmospheric chemistry research and are a potentially disruptive technology for air pollution monitoring. Mid June, the Scientific Advisory Group on Reactive Gases of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme issued an advisory note aimed at users considering adopting sensor approaches for air pollution measurements. It identifies some of the basic technologies, key operational factors and possible deployment scenarios.

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The Met Office has announced plans to publish its gridded climate monitoring products under an “open” license on 31 July. The United Kingdom believes that there is high value in making this move, which will enable national meteorological services and governments to use the gridded data for any purpose. For example, the data may be useful in producing climate adaptation and resilience strategy for sectors that are essential to society...