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WMO is part of two multi-disciplinary consortia for research projects to increase coastal resilience : Preparing for Extreme And Rare Events in Coastal Regions (PEARL) , and Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISK-KIT).
2014 promises to be a busy year for WMO and the meteorological, climatologic and hydrologic community with several important conferences and events planned.
SPICE (Solid Precipitation Intercomparison Experiment) is a WMO/CIMO multi-sites intercomparison of instruments and systems of observation for the measurement of solid precipitation. One of the main objectives is the assessment of a wide range of instruments under various climates. For that purpose, around 20 sites worldwide are equipped and configured according to standards defined within the project, in order to allow comparison between the sites. The experiment started in October 2013 and is meant to last over two winter seasons.
The International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, has released a call for full proposals to host the permanent secretariat of Future Earth.
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”.