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Event: 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme [viewed]

The 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-35) for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will convene in Heidelberg, Germany to discuss the implementation of Grand Challenges, including Grand Challenges on: Regional Sea Level Rise; Water Availability; Cryosphere in a Changing Climate; Regional Climate Information; Climate Extremes; and Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity. The meeting will also discuss Core Projects, WCRP Councils, Working Groups, Partnerships and Joint Initiatives. JSC-35 will also hold a joint session with the WMO Technical Conference on Climate Services. WCRP is a joint project of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).  

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Event: Global Climate Observing System Cooperation Mechanism Donor Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Coordination Mechanism (GCM), which coordinates multi-governmental efforts to fund high-priority climate observation needs, will hold its Donor Board meeting from 6-9 June. The Donor Board identifies deficiencies in observation and data management systems in developing countries and seeks to address these gaps through the GCM Donor Fund or other funding mechanisms. GCOS is a partnership among the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Council for Science (ICSU).  

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Event: 66th Session of the WMO Executive Council [viewed]

The 66th Session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council (EC-66) will discuss, inter alia: the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS); aeronautical meteorology, public weather services, the Tropical Cyclone Programme, marine meteorology and oceanography, agricultural meteorology, water management, disaster risk reduction (DRR), data processing and forecasting, WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and WMO Information System (WIS), strengthening good governance and capacity-building, partnerships, and research under the implementation of the WMO Strategic Plan 2012-2015; resource management; and communication and public affairs. The Council will also hear reports from a number of bodies, including: President of the Organization; Secretary-General; Financial Advisory Committee (FINAC); 2014 Meeting of Presidents of Regional Associations and reports by the presidents of regional associations; 2014 Meeting of Presidents of Technical Commissions and reports of presidents technical commissions; and EC Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services (EC-PORS).  

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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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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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WMO Takes Action on Storm Surges [viewed]

WMO21 May 2014: The 5th Meeting of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) Steering Group convened to discuss progress made in implementing projects that aim to strengthen flood forecasting and management and build integrated multi-hazard early warning and disaster response platforms. 

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WMO South West Pacific Meeting Addresses Strengthened Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

WMO8 May 2014: During the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association for the South West Pacific session, meteorologists discussed how to strengthen weather and climate services in a region that is particularly vulnerable to heatwaves, drought, tropical cyclones and flash floods, as well as rising sea levels caused by climate change. 

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Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Sets Quadrennial Priorities [viewed]

WMO16 April 2014: The Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) has determined its priorities for the upcoming four years. The Commission intends to focus on: increasing human and financial resources; building capacity; and encouraging cooperation among meteorologists and the agricultural sector.

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GFCS Consultation Reviews Status of Climate Services in the Pacific [viewed]

gfcs4 April 2014: The Regional Consultation on Climate Services for Pacific Small Island States and Related Meetings met with the aim of improving weather and climate services in small island developing States (SIDS) and ensuring that implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) meets their needs.

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