Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Secretatriat Releases Review of Austria's National GHG Inventory [viewed]

March 2009: The UNFCCC has released the report of the individual review of the GHG inventory of Austria submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/AUT). The expert review team (ERT) finds that Austria has submitted a complete set of common reporting format tables for 1990-2006 and a national inventory report. The submission is complete in terms of geographical coverage, years and sectors, as well as in terms of categories and gases. The inventory is generally in line with Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, with the IPCC good practice guidance, with the IPCC good practice guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), and is generally complete and of a high quality.

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GEF-STAP to Hold Workshop on Climate Change Science and Technology Advice [viewed]

Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

March 2009: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold a workshop on Climate Change Science and Technology Advice for the GEF Fifth Replenishment (GEF5) on 30 March 2009, in Washington, DC, US. The objective of the workshop is to develop scientific and technical guidance for GEF5 programming on climate mitigation policies and technologies to respond effectively to recent scientific, technical and policy evidence.

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GEF-STAP to Hold Workshop on REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

Global Environment Facility-Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP)

March 2009: The Global Environment Facility-Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP) will hold a workshop on reducing emissions from  deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), forest conservation, and sustainable forest management on 31 March 2009, in Washington, DC, US. This workshop will constitute GEF-STAP's contribution to the GEF's fifth replenishment strategies for climate change, sustainable forest management, land degradation and biodiversity. 

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UNESCO to Organize Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development [viewed]

25 February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges.” The meeting will convene from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco.

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WMO Releases “State of Polar Research” [viewed]

25 February 2009: During a special ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Council for Science released a report titled “State of Polar Research,” which summarizes the results from the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

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IPCC Posts Documents for its 30th Session [viewed]

23 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat has posted documents in preparation for its 30th session, which will take place from 21-23 April 2009, in Antalya, Turkey. The meeting will focus on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report.

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WMO Workshop Recommends Developing a Drought Index [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

19 February 2009: The International Workshop on Drought and Extreme Temperatures, organized jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Administration, took place from 16-17 February 2009, in Beijing, China. The workshop brought together over 40 scientists from climate and agricultural research institutes, universities and environmental monitoring organizations, and concluded with the adoption of several recommendations to cope with increasing droughts and extreme temperatures on agriculture, rangelands and forestry.

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African Monsoon Conference to Discuss Climate Change Issues [viewed]

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA)

February 2009: The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA) will hold its third International Conference from 20-24 July 2009, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. AMMA is endorsed by the World Climate Research Programme and International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, both co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization.

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IPCC Sets Dates for Fifth Assessment Scoping Meeting [viewed]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

17 February 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat is organizing a scoping meeting for its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from 13-17 July 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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WMO-Sponsored New Radiosonde to Shed Light on Climate Change [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

9 February 2009: A new radiosonde will be developed under the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN) to allow more accurate measurements of temperature and humidity trends in the atmosphere. GRUAN is being developed by GCOS, which is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Environment Programme and the International Council for Science.

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