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Water stress, water-related hazards and water quality pose increasing challenges to modern society. And yet, the capacity to monitor and manage this vital resource is fragmented and inadequate. Billions of people around the world also feel the impact of climate change through water.
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.
Through its Technical Commissions, Programmes, Projects 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 of weather, climate and water-related services worldwide.
Weather, climate and water impact on agriculture and fisheries, energy, transport, health, insurance, sports, tourism and many more socio-economic sectors. WMO promotes the application of meteorological, climatological, hydrological and oceanographic information in all human activities.
Publish Date: 11 January 2021
WMO is hosting a webinar as part of a technical review process of the draft statement on meteorological and air quality factors affecting the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar takes place on 12 January and the statement is open to scientific review until January 22 nd .
Publish Date: 21 December 2020
The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is to be restructured, building on its 40 years of successful fundamental climate research to face an era where there is an urgent need for solutions to climate challenges in order to address the impacts of climate change on society and all life on Earth.
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.
Publish Date: 30 November 2020
A virtual session of WMO Regional Association III took place from November 25-27, with the participation of 127 people. Yolanda Gonzalez Hernandez, Permanent Representative of Colombia, and Raul Rodas Franco, Permanent Representative of Paraguay, were elected respectively president and vice president of RA-III. A special side event was held on the ocean.
Publish Date: 25 November 2020
The World Meteorological Organization has welcomed the successful launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean-monitoring satellite . Its high-precision measurements of Earth’s oceans from space will provide crucial information about sea level rise and critical inputs for weather forecasting.