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The Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 5 to 18 November, focused on the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries pledged to accelerate global climate action across a broad range of areas and set a deadline of 2018 to complete the rulebook for operationalizing the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November.
During the 44th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 17 to 20 October, the IPCC agreed on the outline of two new reports that will help governments implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Technical Conference of the WMO Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observations (CIMO) in Madrid, Spain, from 27 to 30 September, carried the theme “Ensuring sustained high-quality meteorological observations from sea, land and upper atmosphere in a changing world”.
The WMO Commission for Basic Systems (CBS), which oversees the development, implementation and operation of integrated systems for observing and data processing, communication and management, held a recent session in Guangzhou, China, from 23 to 29 November where it elected a new President and Vice-President.
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.
Climate change projections show us a future where temperatures and variability in precipitation are likely to be higher, resulting in more extreme events such as floods and droughts. This poses immense challenges to the agricultural sector, which will need to adapt their practices to climate extremes.
The 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop, held in New York City from 21 to 22 September, highlighted the need for increased in situ ground-based soil moisture measurements. The workshop brought together users and developers of satellite soil moisture data to discuss methodology advances in validation and application of such data. They also focused on the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from both passive and active microwave satellite missions and mangers of ground-based soil measurements networks.
WMO fellow, Nguyen Thanh Tung, a forecaster from Vietnam’s National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, began a 12-month WMO-sponsored placement in October at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)...
Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The initiative, turned global movement, aims to heighten the influence and impact...
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.