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The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3), hosted by Cabo Verde from 10 to 14 February, coordinated and accelerated regional efforts to strengthen resilience to severe weather hazards and adaptation to climate change.
The South Asian Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF), held from 20 to 22 April, issued a seasonal outlook ( https://goo.gl/MfnIAc ) predicting below average rainfall over large tracts of South Asia during the forthcoming summer monsoon.
The WMO Technical Conference on Climate Services – Building on CLIPS Legacy was held from 30 June to 2 July in conjunction with the 16th session of the Commission for Climatology (CCl-16) and the 35th annual meeting of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
Some 220 scientists attended the WCRP Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo from 17 to 21 March in cooperation with the Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay.
Reliable climate information is vital for the design of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies.
The 16th session of Regional Association V (RA V-16), held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2 to 7 May, identified the challenges and high priority areas for the Region for the next years, based on the outcomes from the survey and subgroup discussions during the Regional Conference prior to the Session.
The idea of making meteorological and other scientific atmospheric measurements from aircrafts is nearly as old as aviation itself, but it is only in the late 1980s that the Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) observing system commenced as an operational programme sanctioned by WMO.