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Publish Date: 20 November 2017
The United States has launched the first of its new generation of highly advanced polar-orbiting meteorological satellites. Known as JPSS-1 (for Joint Polar Satellite System), the new satellite is the first in a series of missions that the US is contributing to the space-based component of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) through to 2038.
Publish Date: 24 July 2017
A new era in satellite meteorology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve Earth observations and understanding, but also poses big challenges for users worldwide. A top-level World Meteorological Organization delegation outlined WMO’s strategic perspectives at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Conference 2017 . The latest generation of satellites from China, Europe, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the USA and other countries is becoming operational, providing unprecedented advances in weather forecasting, disaster risk...
Publish Date: 12 May 2017
Thanks to the HimawariCast project led by WMO and the Japan Meteorological Agency, 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific can now access vital meteorological data from the Himawari-8 satellite. The project is sending teams to each of the countries to provide technical assistance for obtaining and using the data. As presented on the side lines of this week’s meeting of the WM Executive Council, the aim is to ensure that Himawari-8 data will continue to support improved preparedness in the face of natural hazards and disasters, which are occurring with increased frequency in the region. The Himawari-...
Publish Date: 26 March 2018
The WMO Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) is holding a special technical conference to brainstorm on future directions on data, infrastructure and service issues. This guidance is necessary because technology and science is advancing quickly, and WMO and its Members need to respond rapidly to changes in order to continue to improve weather, climate and water operations and services.
Publish Date: 22 March 2018
The theme for World Water Day campaign explores nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. This year marks 25 years of the annual global focus on water. To mark the event, WMO devoted its Bulletin to a special issue on water.
Publish Date: 22 March 2018
The World Meteorological Organization has appointed Pavel Kabat as its first chief scientist and research director. He will lead the overall strategic direction of the WMO science, and its underlying research activities, including the World Climate Research Programme, the World Weather Research Programme and WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch, which monitors greenhouse gas concentrations, air quality and the ozone layer.
Publish Date: 8 March 2018
WMO is marking International Women’s Day with a celebration showcasing the careers of female staff and with renewed commitments to gender equality. The UN theme for International Women's Day 2018 is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
Publish Date: 7 March 2018
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed at UN Headquarters in New York for talks which included the state of the global climate.
Publish Date: 27 February 2018
WMO’s Regional Association VI (Europe) met from 7 to 9 February to agree priorities for future work, including relations with the private sector and improving strengthening disaster risk reduction.