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Despite the El Niño-induced drought, farmers in Indonesia have harvested impressive yields of rice as a result of Climate Field Schools organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with support from WMO.
A workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) from 29 June to 2 July considered 22 algorithms using passive satellite imagery as part of a WMO Satellite-based Volcanic Ash Cloud Detection Intercomparison.
Many governments around the world are implementing contingency plans to limit the impact of the ongoing El Niño, the strongest since 1997-1998 and potentially among the four strongest events since 1950. WMO announced on 1 September that the El Niño is expected to peak sometime during October 2015 to January 2016. It is likely that surface water temperatures ...
Publish Date: 16 September 2015
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, an important milestone in the protection of the ozone layer. The theme for the celebration of the anniversary and this year’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, marked on 16 September is, “30 years of healing the ozone together.” The theme is supported by the slogan, “Ozone: All there is between you and UV.” The International Ozone Day is an annual event that commemorates the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone...
Publish Date: 21 September 2015
Mr. Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory presented the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Research Award for Young Scientists 2015 on behalf of WMO to Professor Tai Pui-Kuen of the Earth System Science Programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on 1 September. Professor Tai is the first Hong Kong scientist receiving the Award and his award-winning research is titled “Threat to future global food security from climate change and ozone air pollution” that he published in the Journal of “Nature Climate Change”. In the study for which Prof. Tai is receiving the...
Publish Date: 24 September 2015
On Monday, 28 September, in Cape Town, participants from South Africa as well as around the world will gather for a GCOS science day to discuss long-term climate observations of essential climate variables relating to the atmosphere and terrestrial and marine systems, as well as their integration into comprehensive climate models. The day will feature presentations from leading foreign and South African climate scientists as well as open-discussion sessions. The GCOS science day is being sponsored by the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) in collaboration with the South...
Publish Date: 1 September 2015
Current Situation and Outlook A mature and strong El Niño is now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The majority of international climate outlook models suggest that the 2015-16 El Niño is likely to strengthen further before the end of the year. Models and expert opinion suggest that surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean are likely to exceed 2° Celsius above average, potentially placing this El Niño event among the four strongest events since 1950 (1972-73, 1982-83, 1997-98). National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and other agencies will continue...