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Publish Date: 21 March 2016
Global observation of the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean and land is essential for identifying climate variability and change, and for understanding their causes.
Publish Date: 21 March 2016
by WMO Secretariat 1 Due to human-induced climate change, the planet is undergoing many changes. “We have had years of record Arctic sea ice minimum. We have lost a massive...
Meteoworld : September 2016
The WMO Regional Training Centre (CIMH/WMO-RTC) in Barbados organized a group training course on Instrument Maintenance and Calibration at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) from 15 August...
Bulletin nº Vol 65 (2) - 2016
Theme: Education and training
Publish Date: 1 November 2016
High costs and relatively low usage are major concerns for operational meteorological satellite systems. In the early 1990s, Tillman Mohr, then Director General of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), made a rough calculation that the operational cost of the constellation of meteorological satellites was in the order of US$ 2 million per day. However, a WMO survey conducted around the same time determined that many of its Members were not able to access and use satellite data and products in real time and were, thus, not able to reap the...
Publish Date: 24 October 2016
High greenhouse gas levels mark start of new era of climate reality Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records in 2016 on the back of the very powerful El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. CO 2 levels had previously reached the 400 ppm barrier for certain months of the year and in certain locations but never before on a global average basis for the entire year. The longest-...
Publish Date: 7 September 2016
The World Meteorological Organization co-sponsored an international workshop on forecasting emissions from vegetation fires and their impacts in human health and security in South East Asia. This was in response to the 2015 Indonesian fires, which were stoked by El Niño and drought and caused regional economic and social disruption and contributed to a spike in global greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting was aimed at improved forecasting, prevention and management of vegetation fire and smoke pollution, and better exchange of information on climate and air quality information. It also made...
Publish Date: 29 August 2016
Experts on tropical cyclones warnings are meeting in at the Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) Conference Room in Honiara, Solomon Islands to discuss further improvement of coordinating warnings of tropical cyclones among countries in the South Pacific and South-East Indian Oceans. The meeting which is referred to as the 16 th session of the WMO Regional Association V (South-West Pacific) Tropical Cyclone Committee for the South Pacific and South-East Indian Oceans is officially opened today at 10:00 a.m, 29 th August 2016 by Hon. Minister Samuel Manetoali, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change,...
Publish Date: 25 August 2016
The Pacific Islands Education, Training and Research (PIETR) Panel commenced its one-day discussion on 24 August 2016 with the ultimate aim to improving education, training and research in the fields of meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related fields.
Publish Date: 27 May 2016
The World Meteorological Organization wants to strengthen working relationships and partnerships with the United Nations Environment Programme and intensify mutual support on issues such as monitoring of air quality and greenhouse gas concentrations, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas discussed enhanced collaboration with incoming UNEP Executive Director Erik Stolheim during the UN Environment Assembly talking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
Publish Date: 20 May 2016
Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak in the 137-year record of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA ). Overall, 13 out of the 15 highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred since February 2015. NOAA said the combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2016 was 1.10°C (1.98°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F) - the highest temperature departure for April since global records began in 1880. This value surpassed the...