Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Pakistan, WMO Strengthen Flood Forecasting Services [viewed]

31 August 2011: The Pakistan Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have worked together over the 2010-2011 period on Pakistan's Integrated Flood Management Plan, following the flood disaster of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and caused almost 2,000 deaths.

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EEA Releases Report on Municipal Solid Waste Management [viewed]

29 August 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the mitigation potential of municipal solid waste management, emphasizing recycling to avoid emissions.

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Report by UNESCO and Partners Reviews Challenges in Managing Iraq's Marshlands [viewed]

25 August 2011: According to a newly released report by the UN Integrated Water Task Force, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), within the context of the first four-year UN Development Assistance Framework for Iraq, marshlands in Iraq must be managed by balancing the various benefits derived from their ecosystems.

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UNFCCC Publishes Estonia's Fifth National Communication Report Review [viewed]

UNFCCC24 August 2011: The UNFCCC has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/EST) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Estonia.

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CIAT Study Warns of Climate Impacts on Tea in Uganda [viewed]

August 2011: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released a new report suggesting that if temperatures increase as expected by 2050, some of Uganda's most productive areas will face significant declines.

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OECD Paper Recommends Improvements to Climate Risk Assessment Tools [viewed]

July 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper entitled “Harmonising Climate Risk Management: Adaptation Screening and Assessment Tools for Development Co-operation,” which analyzes and makes recommendations on methodological tools to screen for climate change risks in development projects.

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Event: Tenth WMO Scientific Conference on Weather Modification [viewed]

This World Meteorological Organization (WMO) conference is being organized in the following main areas: Weather Modification Research and the study of cloud and precipitation processes; and Weather Modification and the physical and socioeconomic environment. The presentations may report not only on scientific results but also on operational experience in weather modification supported with scientific studies/analyses.  

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IICA Forms Mesoamerican Climate Change Adaptation Network [viewed]

25 August 2011: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has reported that it is developing a Mesoamerican scientific-technical network on climate change and agriculture aimed at developing a regional strategy for adapting agriculture to climate variability. IICA is a specialized affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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SPREP Meteorological Meeting Recommends Increased Climate Activities [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)12 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the 14th meeting of the Regional Meteorological Services Directors (RMSD), which recommended that Meteorological Service Directors engage in other national climate change initiatives, in particular mitigation resource analysis, in order to contribute expertise and benefit from these new funding opportunities.

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Event: GEO-Carbon Conference: Carbon in a Changing World [viewed]

The meeting is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Coordination Action on Carbon Observation Systems (COCOS) of the European Commission. The meeting aims to: present the latest scientific developments in understanding the global carbon cycle; present an overview of the building and implementation of a Global Carbon Observing System for land, oceans and atmosphere; and identify progress and gaps in obtaining politically meaningful estimates of regional carbon budgets on land and ocean. Sessions will address: progress in observing techniques and methodology for land, ocean and atmosphere, including network design, space borne techniques and in situ observations; progress in data model fusion; development of regional carbon budgets for land and ocean; verification requirements in a post-Cancun world; and interfacing carbon cycle knowledge with society, needs, uncertainties and challenges.  

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