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The first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS-1), held in Geneva from 1 to 5 July, agreed on an operational road map for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). IBCS-1 approved the GFCS implementation plan and the definition of processes and substructures supporting its advancement, elected the Chair and two Co-Vice-Chairs, selected the WMO Members to sit on the Management Committee of the Board and approved the compendium of initial GFCS projects for implementation.
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 ...