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Publish Date: 21 October 2015
WMO is participating in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 16-18 October to draw attention to the urgent need for better weather and climate observations and services in...
Publish Date: 19 June 2015
The Norwegian Refugee Council has signed an agreement with the World Meteorological Organization to send experts into the field to increase the capacity of national institutions to develop climate information and products that will help vulnerable African countries to cope with climate change, extreme weather and uncertain rainfall patterns. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will loan meteorologists, hydrologists and other qualified personnel to help with the practical operationalization of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). This is a...
Publish Date: 13 January 2015
WMO has revamped the media centre on its website to centralize news and information in a more user-friendly format. The media centre provides details of WMO press releases, activities and publications as well as news from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world. It provides links to social media and multi-media content, including the acclaimed series of weather reports from the future. It is initially available in English, French and Spanish. The new media centre is part of continuing efforts at WMO to upgrade its website. This drive will be accelerated during 2015.
Publish Date: 16 January 2015
Geneva/Tromsø (19 January 2015) The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic. The aim is to stimulate the development of a sorely-needed monitoring tool for the Polar regions and ultimately to expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic. “The cryosphere is a major indicator of global climate change and plays a fundamental role in our climate system,” said WCRP...
Publish Date: 5 February 2015
The World Meteorological Organization has issued a report on the Climate in Africa 2013 , the first in what is intended to be an annual series. It examines temperatures, rainfall and extreme events on a continent which is especially vulnerable to natural climate variability and long-term climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions. The year 2013, was one of the warmest years on the continent since at least 1950, with temperatures above average in most regions. Precipitation at the continental scale was near average, according to the report.
Publish Date: 18 February 2015
Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa have renewed their commitment to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and endorsed a roadmap to strengthen service delivery. The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) was hosted by the government of Cabo Verde, in Praia, from 13th -14th February 2015. The session focused on strengthening resilience to climate change and extreme weather through improved weather and climate services. These are vital to food security, water resource management, disaster risk reduction and health, as well...
Publish Date: 24 February 2015
The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed on Tuesday, in accordance with its procedures, to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair. The designation of Gizouli follows the decision by Rajendra K Pachauri, PhD, to step down as Chairman of the IPCC effective today. The decision to name Gizouli was taken at a Session of the Bureau ahead of the 41st Session of the IPCC, which is being held on 24-27 February 2015.
Publish Date: 25 February 2015
Regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region is to be increased to build greater resilience to tropical cyclones and related hazards, which wreak a heavy economic and human toll. At a meeting hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, 9-13 February, representatives from 17 Member countries/territories from two separate – and active - tropical cyclone basins agreed to a series of new initiatives.
Publish Date: 27 February 2015
The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal predictions for the forthcoming March-May 1015 rainy season, which is important for agriculture and food security in a region vulnerable to both droughts and floods. It predicted an increased likelihood of near normal to below normal rainfall over central parts of Sudan, central Eritrea, eastern Djibouti, much of Ethiopia, much of Somalia, most areas of Kenya, much of Tanzania, southwestern and northeastern Rwanda, southeastern Burundi, northeastern Uganda and southeastern parts of South Sudan. Specifically, it said...
Publish Date: 27 February 2015
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has taken a series of decisions to make its reports more accessible and involve developing countries more closely in its work. The decisions, following a review of the future work of the IPCC over the past year and a half, pave the way for the IPCC to prepare its next cycle of reports, which will be initiated by elections for a new Bureau and Chair in October 2015.