Each year, over 100 000 forecasts and warnings are transmitted to ships at sea through the International Maritime Organization and World Meteorological Organization (IMO/WMO) Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS). This service provides vital weather, wave and ice warnings that improve ship safety and protect the welfare of seafarers.
Farmers in remote rural areas of Peru and the Andean region face climate-induced hazards that threaten their livelihoods. Harvests lost to frost and drought directly translate into food insecurity. Since 2012, the Climandes project (Servicios climáticos para el desarrollo) joins forces to provide accessible and understandable weather and climate information to help exposed populations increase their resilience and thrive despite changing climate conditions.
WMO is intensifying its scientific support and advice to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who has made climate action one of his top priorities and convened a climate summit for September 2019.
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/wmo-regional-office-asia-pacific-opens-singaporeThe new WMO Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific has started operations in Singapore. Hosted by the Meteorological Service Singapore, the new office aims to improve coordination on hazards including extreme weather and air pollution and to strengthen meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors such as air and marine transport.
A new analysis released in July by the Food and Agriculture Organization and more than 100 collaborating scientists projects that by 2050 climate change will have altered the productivity of many of the planet's marine and freshwater fisheries, affecting the livelihoods of millions of the worlds' poorest people.
The WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) recently recommended the establishment of a High Quality Global Data Management Framework for Climate which was endorsed by the WMO Executive Council in June. An ad-hoc group of experts from various disciplines was then formed to develop an approach for endorsing and cataloguing trusted data sets for informing on key climate indicators. The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) provides a list of key climate variables suitable for this assessment.
Since becoming a World Meteorological Centre (WMC) in May 2017, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has substantially increased the amount of weather prediction data it makes available free of charge to WMO Members. The additional data enables a more comprehensive view of atmospheric conditions as predicted by ECMWF, including near-surface weather conditions, and will help users make better assessments of weather-related risks out to day 10.
In addition to visualizing the emergence of meningitis cases in Africa and in Niger Health Districts, the vigilance maps produced by the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) also show how twinning activities are serving as an efficient means for building capacity at and transferring knowledge between global, regional and national levels.
In the central Andean high plateau, farmers in Peru’s Puno region are taking part in a pilot experiment entitled Talleres Climáticos de Campo – TCC (Rural Climate Workshops), in which climate data and communications from the regional office of the National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (SENAMHI) are used to manage their risks.