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WMO organized or co-organized eight different events and presented a statement at the key Plenary meeting of the 3rd United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016.

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The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has noticed an increase in regional reporting on its climate products and services since launching media workshops at its Barbados headquarters in 2015. 

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The International Workshop on Agromet and Geographical Indication System (GIS) Applications for Agricultural Decision-Making took place in Seogwipo, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea on 5–9 December 2016.

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The ocean carries more than 90% of world trade and sustains the 40% of humanity that lives within 100 km of its coasts. 

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The Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) has reconnected with the world in a move that will help to improve the country’s hydrometeorological hazard early warning systems.

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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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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.

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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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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...