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Meteoworld : April 2020
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.
Currently, well over 10 000 manned and automatic surface weather stations, 1 000 upper-air stations, 7 000 ships, 100 moored and 1 000 drifting buoys, hundreds of weather radars and 3 000 specially equipped commercial aircraft measure key parameters of the atmosphere, land and ocean surface every day. Add to these some 30 meteorological and 200 research satellites to get an idea of the size of the global network for meteorological, hydrological and other geophysical observations.
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, WMO is dedicated to international cooperation and coordination on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources.
Bulletin nº Vol 69 (1) - 2020
Publish Date: 23 March 2020
The Volta River Basin covers a region of about 400 000 km2 with a population of approximately 29 million. The Volta Basin runs through the semi-arid to sub-humid areas of six countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. The Basin is highly vulnerable to meteorological and hydrological events. Baseline socio-economic issues in the region are today exacerbated by considerable changes in the climate over recent decades – a reduction in precipitation and temperature increase.
Publish Date: 19 March 2020
WMO and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) launched a new web-based interface on 17 March 2020 to help monitor the availability and quality of global meteorological observations within the WMO Integrated Global Observing System ( WIGOS) .
Through its Technical Commissions, Programmes and Regional Offices as well as by synergistic partnerships, WMO facilitates the maintenance and expansion of its Members' atmospheric, oceanographic and land-based observational networks; the free unrestricted exchange of the resulting data and information; and related capacity development and research in order to optimize the production weather, climate and water-related services worldwide.
Bulletin nº Vol 68 (1) - 2019
Publish Date: 17 April 2019
The vast majority of disasters are triggered by hydrometeorological hazards. Weather, climate and water impact society and all socioeconomic sectors. According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of...
Setting technical standards, quality control procedures and guidance for the use of meteorological instruments and observation methods in order to promote development documentation and worldwide standardization.