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The WMO's Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) fosters international coordination and partnerships between scientific and operational communities with the goal of meeting the cryosphere data and information need of Members adn partners, in support of Earth system monitoring, modeling and prediction. GCW operates under the remit of the Infrastructure Commission (INFCOM).
The Executive Council Panel on Polar and High Mountain Observation, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) is the body of WMO tasked by EC-73 to ensure that WMO continues to play a meaningful role on overseeing, coordinating and monitoring how polar and high-mountain observations, research, services and policies are developed and implemented within and externally to WMO, in response of significant changes in the polar and high mountain environments.
Publish Date: 16 June 2021
WMO’s Global Cryosphere Watch community is supporting a new international project to strengthen observing systems in the Arctic in the face of rapid climate and environmental change.
Publish Date: 11 June 2021
Above normal air and sea-surface temperatures are expected over the majority of the Arctic regions in June, July, and August 2021. Lower to near normal ice cover is the predominant forecast while early to near normal break-up of sea ice is expected for most regions. This is according to a new seasonal climate outlook produced by the Arctic Climate Forum.
Publish Date: 2 June 2021
The Caribbean is gearing up for yet another active Atlantic hurricane season, compounded by the continuing challenges and constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of a major volcanic eruption.
Publish Date: 21 May 2021
Another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year, even as many communities in the Caribbean, Central America and United States of America are still recovering from the record-breaking 2020 season, compounded by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Publish Date: 20 May 2021
New observations show that the increase in Arctic average surface temperature between 1979 and 2019 was three times higher than the global average during this period – higher than previously reported - according to the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).
Publish Date: 17 March 2021
The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee has retired Dorian (2019) and Laura, Eta and Iota (2020) from the rotating lists of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction they caused. It also decided that the Greek alphabet will not be used in future because it creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing.
Publish Date: 15 March 2021
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hurricane Committee annual session will review the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic season, fine-tune coordination for 2021 and discuss what names should be withdrawn from, and added to, the rotating lists.
Publish Date: 10 December 2020
Climate change continues to disrupt the Arctic, with the second-highest air temperatures and second-lowest summer sea ice driving a cascade of impacts, including the loss of snow and extraordinary wildfires in northern Russia in 2020.