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Dr Antonio Divino Moura of Brazil was nominated for the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize for his outstanding work in meteorology and climatology and scientific research. He will receive the award at a ceremony in 2019.
WMO is intensifying its scientific support and advice to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who has made climate action one of his top priorities and convened a climate summit for September 2019.
The WMO Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM) held its sixteenth session from 24 to 27 July in Exeter, United Kingdom. Hosted by the Met Office, the session focused on reviewing progress over the last four years and setting priorities for the next intersessional period.
Each year, over 100 000 forecasts and warnings are transmitted to ships at sea through the International Maritime Organization and World Meteorological Organization (IMO/WMO) Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS). This service provides vital weather, wave and ice warnings that improve ship safety and protect the welfare of seafarers.
At the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 20 to 23 August, WMO showcased its observations-based tools to identify greenhouse gas sources and support emission reductions, as well as activities to build resilience to the impacts of climate change. The event was co-organized by a partnership of UN agencies, multilateral banks, a regional energy organization and a private sector association, and was sponsored by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It featured a high-level segment with UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa; Brazil...
Over the past decade, the number of centres responsible for generating real-time operational climate prediction products, with dedicated computing and information delivery mechanism, has significantly increased. Demand of various types of users for climate predictions on timescales of weeks to decades has also been accelerating, as decision-makers in different sectors recognize their relevance for longer-term decisions and planning, including for adapting to and mitigating climate change impacts.