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A conference on the effectiveness and sustainability of investments in weather, climate and hydrological services was hosted at WMO headquarters in Geneva on 21 to 22 March in coordination with the World Bank and its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The theme – Beyond business as usual – closing the capacity gap – attracted 80 representatives from national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs), multilateral development banks and financing and technical institutions.
The 5th session of the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM-5), held in Geneva in October 2017, established a global network of National Marine Services Focal Points (here after referred to as Focal Points) with the aim of delivering improved marine services for shipping, fishing, recreational boating and coastal activities. This new network aligns with the WMO strategy to develop national capabilities and enhance Members’ status as the authoritative voice on services for mariners and coastal activities.
The WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) held its quadrennial session from 18 to 20 April in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Hosted by the Korea Meteorological Administration, the focus of the session was on improving weather and climate services for farmers and the agricultural sector in order to boost food security and sustainable development. Discussions centred on balancing the food needs of a growing global population while minimizing the impact of climate change on agriculture and reducing greenhouse emissions from agriculture.
The Permanent Committee for Meteorology held a meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, from 22 to 24 April to focus on developing an Arab Strategy...
In early 2018, the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM) in Senegal was able to improve its weather and climate information service thanks to the installation of new studio equipment and staff training provided by the United Kingdom Voluntary Cooperation Programme (UK VCP).
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the US National Weather Service International Activities Office has launched a 3D-Printed Automatic Weather Station (3D-PAWS) initiative with support from the USAID...
Since 2007, the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) has maintained the Archive of World Weather and Climate Extremes: wmo.asu.edu. This Archive contains the official records for global and regional extremes for temperature and other weather variables. When a new record extreme occurs, an international panel of experts evaluates the data associated with the extreme and recommends whether or not it should be included in the Archive.
The World Weather Records database contains historical monthly climatic data from land surface stations worldwide, such as surface pressure, air temperature, precipitation amount and relative humidity. Since its first publication in 1927, the database has served as the foundation for operational climate monitoring, understanding of global and regional climate change and variability, and numerous other applications.
A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF) met for the first time in Ottawa, Canada, from 15 to 16 May to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season. The Forum is part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea-ice forecasts in a region that is undergoing rapid environmental change.