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Meteoworld : March 2019
Heat risks remain a silent disaster. The First Global Forum on Heat and Health, held in Hong Kong, China, from 17 to 20 December 2018, addressed that challenge and launched the Global Heat Health Information Network (the Network). Over the four-day event, 120 interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers from 33 countries provided fresh, real-world perspectives on heat health risk management across diverse fields, such as medical science, urban planning, meteorology, and economics.
In the central Andean high plateau, farmers in Peru’s Puno region are taking part in a pilot experiment entitled Talleres Climáticos de Campo – TCC (Rural Climate Workshops), in which climate data and communications from the regional office of the National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (SENAMHI) are used to manage their risks.
In addition to visualizing the emergence of meningitis cases in Africa and in Niger Health Districts, the vigilance maps produced by the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) also show how twinning activities are serving as an efficient means for building capacity at and transferring knowledge between global, regional and national levels.
Niger released its first Climate-Water Resource Bulletin in March 2018, developed by a working group set up through the country’s National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS). Since then, the bulletin has been distributed every two weeks to approximately 1200 recipients from state services, government institutions, town halls, water companies, farmers, breeders, and technical and financial partners. Following the release of the first bulletin, the National Irrigation Board issued a memo requesting their services to build awareness among and work with cooperatives to optimize water...
The winners of this year’s CCl Certificate of Excellence are Simon Mason, Chief Climate Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and Lisa Alexander, a Professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia. The WMO Commission on Climatology (CCl) awards the prestigious CCl Certificate of Excellence to two people every four years.
The first Coordination Meeting for SIGMET in Southeast Asia convened in Singapore at the end of March. The event, hosted by Meteorological Service Singapore, attracted representatives from the meteorological services of Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It offered an opportunity for aeronautical meteorological forecasters to come together and discuss issues related to SIGMET coordination.
WMO and the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC) organized a training course on Building Climate Services for the Energy Sector in Shanghai, China, in May, which brought together guest lecturers with in-depth knowledge of the current frontiers of the energy and climate nexus. The course was designed to foster dialogue between weather and climate experts and energy practitioners through practical exercises addressing major energy challenges in selected countries.
A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF) met for the first time in Ottawa, Canada, from 15 to 16 May to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season. The Forum is part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea-ice forecasts in a region that is undergoing rapid environmental change.
The World Weather Records database contains historical monthly climatic data from land surface stations worldwide, such as surface pressure, air temperature, precipitation amount and relative humidity. Since its first publication in 1927, the database has served as the foundation for operational climate monitoring, understanding of global and regional climate change and variability, and numerous other applications.