Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Colloquium on Seasonal Forecasting: Current Challenges and Potential Benefits for Decision Making in the Water Sector [viewed]

This colloquium aims to demonstrate the current state of seasonal forecasting, and will lay the groundwork and contribute to the development of guidelines for operational
 applications within the framework of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Commission for Hydrology. Colloquium participants and presenters will include representatives of scientific organizations, water authorities, and national hydrological and meteorological services (NHMSs). In addition, operational water management bodies will provide an overview about the current skills and developments of meteorological seasonal forecasts, statistical methods in pre- and post-processing, and hydrology applications.

The colloquium is targeted towards the scientific community, water authorities, NHMSs, potential users in the water sector and engineers, and is being hosted by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology –Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG), the WMO and the IHP/HWRP Germany Secretariat.  

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Event: Climate Symposium 2014: Climate Research and Earth Observations from Space [viewed]

This symposium is expected to contribute to the development of an efficient and sustained international space-based Earth observing system. It will bring together international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modeling, with a particular emphasis on the role of space-based Earth observations, in order to advance knowledge of the current climate at global and regional scales, and in assessing climate models. The symposium will discuss the current state of climate science and climate observations in order to evaluate recent achievements, determine objectives to be realized with satellite-based climate information, and identify gaps in the current space-based component of the climate observing system. A proposed architecture for sustained climate monitoring from space will be discussed.

The conference will also consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection, and is expected to contribute to climate-related risk management, and affordable mitigation and adaptation options. The symposium will create a joint action plan for an enhanced international space-based climate observing system, which will respond to current and emerging needs in climate research, modeling and services.

Other key themes to be discussed include: clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity; the changing water cycle; cryosphere in a warming world; ocean circulation and regional sea level rise; prediction and attribution of extremes; and regional climate variability and change. The symposium is being sponsored by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the City of Darmstadt, among others.  

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CBD Secretariat Releases Synthesis of Ocean Acidification Research [viewed]

CBD8 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has compiled recent research on ocean acidification into its Technical Series No. 75, titled 'An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity.' The report synthesizes the best available knowledge on acidification, explaining that while the globe has experienced acidification before, the changes happening today are occurring faster than at any time in at least the last 66 million years.

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WMO, Oman Build Cyclone Forecasting/Warning Capacity [viewed]

WMO7 October 2014: The Sultanate of Oman and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through the provision of training for forecasters using the most current techniques.

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Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation [viewed]

World Bank29 September 2014: The 11th meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC), hosted by the World Bank, discussed the latest research on the economics of water management, focusing on the theme “Efficiency and Water Conservation.”

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COMIFAC and FAO Review MRV Progress in the Congo Basin [viewed]

FAO - COMIFAC4 October 2014: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened a regional meeting on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for Central Africa.

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CCAC Launches Partnership to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions [viewed]

CCAC30 September 2014: A voluntary, industry-driven partnership that will enable the oil and gas industry to address climate concerns was launched by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) during the UN Climate Change Summit on 23 September. The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership is designed to support corporatations in reducing methane emissions, and includes some of the world's largest oil and gas companies, such as PEMEX (Mexico), BG Group (UK) and Southwestern Energy (US).

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CCXG Forum Addresses Climate Policy Linkages, Energy and Land Transformations [viewed]

oecd.iea17 September 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) held its second Global Forum in 2014, bringing together country delegates and experts for an informal dialogue on, inter alia, streamlining the UNFCCC process, enhancing coordination and linkages, financing mitigation and adaptation, transforming the land and energy sectors and stimulating clean energy research and development (R&D).

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Loss and Damage Excom Agrees on Two-Year Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The resumed initial meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (Excom) under the UNFCCC agreed, inter alia, on a two-year workplan for implementing the Mechanism's functions as outlined in decision 2/CP.19 (Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage).

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WMO Meeting Focuses on Global Framework for Climate Services Implementation [viewed]

gfcs2 October 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hosted a meeting on coordination of implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The event brought together experts from meteorological and research organizations, donors and service users from the water, food security, health and disaster risk reduction (DRR) sectors, with the objective of accelerating progress, coordinating plans and identifying gaps and stumbling blocks in implementing climate services.

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