Science, Assessment & Monitoring

WMO Holds Symposium on Universal Thermal Climate Index [viewed]

© WMO16 April 2009: A symposium on the development of the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) was held from 15-16 April 2009, at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The event focused on findings and accomplishments of the EU Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research (COST) Action 730 on UTCI.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions on Examples of Methodologies and Tools for Increasing Economic Resilience [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.6) on examples of measures, methodologies and tools on increasing economic resilience to climate change and reducing reliance on vulnerable economic sectors, including through economic diversification.

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CPF Study Warns About Damage to Forests from Climate Change [viewed]

April 2009: The Global Forest Expert Panel of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), has released a report entitled “Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment Report.” The report presents current knowledge about the impacts of climate change on forests and people and options for adaptation.

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Conference to Synthesize Research on Human Security and Global Change [viewed]

© GECHSApril 2009: The Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) Project will hold its Synthesis Conference, “Human Security in an Era of Global Change,” from 22-24 June 2009, at the University of Oslo, Norway. The GECHS conference will synthesize the results of 10 years of research on the human security theme and gather researchers, policy makers and stakeholders from different fields to discuss interactions among various processes of change and their implications for human security.

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GCOS Releases Progress Report 2004-2008 [viewed]

© GCOSApril 2009: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Secretariat submitted the Progress Report on the Implementation of the GCOS in Support of the UNFCCC 2004-2008 to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 8 April 2009, in response to a request of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 23rd session held in 2005.

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UNESCO's Executive Board to Discuss Strategy for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO15 April 2009: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding its 181th session from 14-30 April 2009, in Paris, France. During the meeting, participants will consider approving the report by the Director-General on a detailed plan of action for the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change for 2009 and 2010-2011 (181 EX/15).

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WMO, UNEP and FAO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

April 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture, which will take place from 27-30 April 2009, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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WMO to Hold Workshop on Weather and Climate Products and Services for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

© WMOApril 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the University of Southern Queensland, the South Australian Research and Development Institute and a number of other co-sponsors, are organizing the International Workshop on the Content, Communication and Use of Weather and Climate Products and Services for Sustainable Agriculture, from 18-20 May 2009, in Toowoomba, Australia.

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UNEP Warns of Collapse of Antarctic Ice Bridge [viewed]

© UNEP7 April 2009: According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the collapse of an ice bridge linking the Wilkins ice shelf to two Antarctic islands may indirectly influence sea level rise, as the decay of the ice shelf will reduce the stability of the glaciers that are feeding it.

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CIFOR Releases Working Paper on Climate Scenarios in Adaptation Planning [viewed]

© CIFORApril 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), released a Working Paper titled “Climate Scenarios: What We Need to Know and How to Generate Them.” The paper provides an overview of the role of climate scenarios in adaptation planning and outlines what should be considered when they are generated and used.

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