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MeteoWorld invites its readers to visit the multimedia WMO Chronology of Weather Science and fly through the history of weather research on the traces of the people and institutions that have supported the progress of Earth System Science!

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Climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water needed for basic human needs, thus undermining enjoyment of the basic rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for billions of people, warns the latest UN World Water Development Report. The authors call on States to make more concrete commitments to address the challenge.

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Seamless air quality prediction and forecasting are crucial, and in response, international efforts are underway to expand these capacities across Africa. Leading this effort is the Air Quality Prediction and Forecasting Improvement for Africa (PREFIA) project – a collaborative initiative of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch programme.

Experts and stakeholders came together on 7 to 12 October at the WMO Regional Training Centre in Nairobi for two events designed to...

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Strengthened agrometeorological services and early warning systems are needed to provide farmers and rural dwellers in Tajikistan with the capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate changes that will impact agricultural production.

With this in mind, a two-day workshop was held to advance the scaling up of the country’s pilot agrometeorological system, which is led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and funded by the...

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One of the key strategies of the WMO Global Campus Initiative is to “think globally, act locally”. As part of this strategy, in addition to launching a global learning events calendar and the Global Campus E-Library, the WMO Education and Training Office has now led two on-the-ground regional coordination meetings with WMO Regional Training Centres. The most recent took place in Cairo, Egypt from 28 October to 1 November and...

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Good institutional governance and management is one of the key elements of an efficient and sustainable National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS). In support of this, WMO and the South African Weather Service jointly organized the conference Leadership and Management of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Africa, which took place from 18 to 22 November in Boksburg, South Africa.

The conference addressed the increased demand across Africa, as elsewhere...

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In October, a new online training course, Integrating Climate Risks Information into National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), was launched by the Climate Coordination Activity under the Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch and the Global Framework for Climate Services in collaboration with UNITAR/UN CC Learn.

The e-course shows how to strengthen NAPs through appropriate climate information and coordinated policy action, enabling different types of institutions and actors to work together in a...

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Shared cross-cutting issues, challenges and opportunities emerged from the Joint Management Group Meeting for Asia and the South-West Pacific, held 29 to 31 October in Singapore.

Participants included the Permanent Representatives with WMO and high-level representatives from 16 WMO Members across the Asia-Pacific region. They identified key cross-cutting issues and challenges in the regions, including the need for enhanced forecasting and early warning systems – and capacity building and financial...

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The recovery of climate records from paper and obsolete electronic media is an important and ongoing task for WMO, national meteorological and hydrological services and other institutions. Those observations bolster the climate record and allow a better understanding of climate variability and change.

The Uzbek National Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Uzhydromet, has a valuable paper archive of hydrometeorological data with significant historical value going back more than 150 years to...

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The WMO HydroHub is collaborating with the University of Geneva and other partners to organize the next Open Seventeen Challenge (O17) leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI), under the theme “AI for the SDGs”.

Challenges on this theme will be published by O17 in early 2020, with students and young scientists worldwide invited to submit project proposals. The best proposals will be selected for implementation, with their developers receiving...