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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 ...
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.
The National Meteorological Service of Côte d’Ivoire will organize the Metagri Operational Project final technical workshop in Abidjan from 23 to 27 November. The Metagri Project covers 17 Western Africa Countries and, so far, has organized over 370 roving seminars, training around 15 000 farmers, fishermen, agricultural extension agents.
WMO marked its 70th anniversary on 23 March, World Meteorological Day. Members selected “Climate Change and Water” as the theme for this landmark year’s celebration to underline the impacts of climate change on water and raise the profile of water in the climate debate. One of the biggest impacts of climate change is on water, which in turn affects sustainable development and security.
The COVID-19 virus has led to localized improvements in air quality due to the reduction in economic activity from efforts to control the pandemic. But cuts in emissions as a result of the economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 will not substitute for concerted Climate Action.
The overall health and performance of WMO coordinated Global Observing System is under continued monitoring during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Large parts of the system, for instance its satellite components and many ground-based observing networks, are either partly or fully automated, and are therefore expected to continue functioning without significant degradation for several weeks, and in some cases even longer.