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WCRP Launches Polar Challenge [viewed]

WCRPlogo16 January 2015: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the Arctic or Antarctic sea-ice. The challenge will address under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It aims to stimulate the development of a monitoring tool for the Polar regions and expand scientific research capabilities and climate services.

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Event: 3rd Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology [viewed]

The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), organized by the the African Union Commission (AUC), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Government of Cape Verde, will comprise two segments: an expert segment from 10-12 February 2015; and a ministerial segment from 13-14 February 2015. The conference will seek to, inter alia: review and endorse the Draft Implementation Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; consider and adopt the AMCOMET Constitution and Rules of Procedures; and review progress made in the establishment of a Regional Climate Centre in Central Africa and the feasibility of developing an African Regional Space Programme.  

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Event: World Meteorological Day 2015 [viewed]

Celebrated annually on 23 March in commemoration of the entry into force, in 1950, of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and in celebration of the contribution of national meteorological and hydrological services to society, the 2015 World Meteorological Day will be held under the theme 'Climate Knowledge for Climate Action'. The Twitter hashtag for the day will be #WorldMetDay.  

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PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20 [viewed]

PROVIA5 December 2014: In 2015, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will launch an electronic tool (e-tool) to accompany its 'Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.' During the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which developed the Guidance and the e-tool, held consultations with potential users of the tool to garner feedback in the lead-up to its launch.

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AfDB, World Bank Partner to Improve Hydromet Services in Africa [viewed]

AfDB27 November 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank held a seminar on improving Africa's hydrological and meteorological systems in order to capture weather and climate data and disseminate information to assist in development planning. Discussions emphasized the critical role of hydrometeorological services in providing information to support economic development and build resilience in many sectors in Africa, including disaster risk reduction and management, water, agriculture, transport, energy, public health and aviation safety and security.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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Event: Regional Workshop for NENA countries on Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies [viewed]

The UN-Water Initiative is organizing a regional workshop for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries under its ‘Capacity Development to Support Drought Management Policies' Initiative. The initiative aims to increase the capacity of developing countries and countries in transition to develop risk-based national drought management policies. UN-Water and its partners are holding a series of regional workshops in drought-prone regions in 2013 and 2014, which will culminate in a final, international conference. The workshop is co-organized with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events [viewed]

WMO11 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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AMCOMET to Link WMO, African Space Programmes [viewed]

amcomet30 May 2014: At its Second Bureau Meeting, the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) decided to link the African Space Programme with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme. AMCOMET also agreed on an updated Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan and initiated the establishment of a Regional Climate Center in Central Africa.

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Event: Second Task Force Meeting and Bureau Meeting of AMCOMET [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will hold its Second Task Force Meeting on 26-28 May 2014, back to back with its Second Bureau Meeting on 29-30 May 2014, both in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Task Force and Bureau will discuss: the constitution and rules of procedures; the African Regional Space Programme; the draft Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; and the feasibility of establishing a regional climate centre in Central Africa. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of the African Union (AU), hosts the AMCOMET Secretariat, which is helping facilitate the meetings.  

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