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WMO has developed a book which will be published in late 2011 by Springer-Verlag entitled, Institutional Partnership in Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems: A compilation of seven national good practices and...
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was jointly established in 1988, by the WMO and UNEP, with the mandate to assess scientific information related to climate change, to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic consequences of climate change, and to formulate realistic response measures.
The first edition of the IAHR*-WMO Short course on Stream Gauging was held from 6 to 9 September at the University of Brescia, in Italy. The course was mainly based...
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.