Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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UNFCCC Draws Lessons from Adaptation Planning Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a ‘Synthesis report on methods and tools for, and good practices and lessons learned relating to, adaptation planning processes addressing ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health, and good practices and lessons learned related to processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.'

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WMO Releases GCOS Programme Review [viewed]

GCOS WCRP logosOctober 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced a Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) programme review, which concludes that the GCOS programme is indispensable and should be continued. The report summarizes the main outcomes of the review, which was carried out by a Review Board, and recommends redrafting the GCOS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reflect recent developments and commitments by GCOS sponsors, such as the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Event: Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will continue its work toward developing: options and recommendations for the Panel to consider on future IPCC products; an appropriate structure and modus operandi for producing these products; and ways to enhance the participation and contributions of developing countries in future work. This process is expected to be completed at IPCC 41 during the first half of 2015 when the Panel will have to agree on size, structure and composition of the next IPCC Bureau. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27-31 October 2014. The IPCC will approve the Summary for Policymakers and adopt the Synthesis Report.  

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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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