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In the Caribbean region, flash floods can occur at any time or place and account for a significant portion of lives lost and property damaged in disasters. Efforts to improve early warning capabilities urgently need prioritizing in order to enable national authorities to undertake necessary measures to protect populations at risk from the impacts of extreme weather events and to strengthen national and regional capacity to develop timely and accurate flash flood warnings.

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Kees Stigter passed away on 20 May 2016 in Indonesia.  He is survived by his wife Jaquie and his four children Joo-Yon, Fardo, Chaim and Tibor. As a husband and father, and as a passionate scientist who dedicated his life to noble causes, he will be greatly missed.

Cornelis Johan “Kees” Stigter was born on February 19, 1940 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was an experimental physicist by education (Phys....

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A new version of the WMO Space-based Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR/Space v2.0) is now available (http://oscar.wmo.int/space). It provides a wider range of information on satellite programmes, instruments, and the variables they can observe in the areas of weather, water, climate, the marine environment, land processes, and space weather. OSCAR/Space v2.0 features powerful search functions and gap analyses, by variables and mission types, for users...

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The African Drought Conference, “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent” in Windhoek, Namibia, from 15 to 19 August, concluded by adopting the Windhoek Declaration. 

Building on the 11th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP-11) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which was held in September 2013,  the conference also served as a follow-up, in many ways, to the WMO High-Level Meeting on National Drought...

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Climate services are a critical tool for improving food security, particularly in Cameroon, which has been adversely affected by natural and man-made disasters for the past three decades. Training farmers in the use of climate information to make well-informed decisions on crop and planting choices can help mitigate the effects of climate change and variability on the country’s food security.

A roving seminar held in the northern province of Pitoa,...

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The energy sector has some of the most advanced users of weather and climate information, given the considerable effects of day-to-day weather and longer-term climate variability on energy supply, demand, transport, distribution and markets. As the transition to renewable sources and sector-wide resilience become key priorities for the energy sector, information on climate variability and change are increasingly needed to ensure energy security and efficiency. The industry’s rapid innovation, in...

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In 2012, the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) started providing free access to most of its real-time data and historical observations. This marked a dramatic change in policy for the organization. Until then, most of its operational budget, excluding salaries, depended on the generation of income by billing for data and services. The IMS experience – the benefits and challenges of moving to a free data model – will catch the...

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WMO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have launched the Global Hydrometry Support Facility and Innovation Hub (GHSF). It brings together the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS) office, the World Hydrological Observing System (WHOS), the Hydrological Services Information Platform, and the global innovation hub.

The GHSF will expand the base of global hydrological data with the aim of developing a reliable and sustainable base of hydrological...

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The Republic of Vanuatu has launched a new Framework for Climate Services, making it the first Pacific Island nation to reach this milestone. The successful provision of climate information and services remains a challenge for many Pacific Island nations due to financial and resource constraints. The Vanuatu Framework for Climate Services (VFCS) addresses these issues by helping its people to manage and adapt to climate variability and

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A panel of judges from the industry and WMO selected Dr Denis Kiselev, co-founder of Plair SA, as winner of the 2016 Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI) Award for Young Engineers. He won the award for his work in the field of hydrometeorological and other environmental systems and services development in HMEI member companies.