Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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First Carbon-Free Polar Research Station to Contribute to WMO International Polar Year [viewed]

Princess Elisabeth station

17 February 2009: Belgium's Princess Elisabeth station in the eastern Antarctic has become the world's first carbon-free polar research station. It will contribute data to the programmes of the International Polar Year, a scientific endeavor organized by the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UNEP Executive Director Links Mercury Pollution to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP/GC.25

13 February 2009: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner linked climate change and mercury pollution in an open editorial in the UK Guardian. The editorial was published prior to the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council (UNEP GC-25), which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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World Climate Research Programme Workshop Discusses Regional Climate Projections [viewed]

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

10 February 2009: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) workshop on “Evaluating and Improving Regional Climate Projections” was held from 11-13 February 2009, in Toulouse, France, to discuss the way forward in producing climate information on regional, in addition to global, scales. The WCRP, sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, the International Council for Science and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aims to improve climate predictions and our understanding of human influence on climate through observations and modeling of the Earth system and the policy relevant assessment of climate conditions.

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WMO World Climate Conference to Establish a Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

13feb0-WCC3_girl_planet_small-tnFebruary 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) World Climate Conference-3 (WCC3), titled “Climate prediction and information for decision-making,” will take place from 31 August – 4 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will focus on services that enable decision-makers to better manage the climate opportunities and risks associated with extreme climate conditions and allow communities to improve their ability to adapt to long-term climate change.

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UNFCCC Posts Documents to REDD-Web Platform [viewed]

13feb09-cover0-tn11 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added new documents to its information-sharing web platform related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which was created in response to UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.13 (Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action). The new documents include information on remote sensing submitted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Global Forest Resources assessment (FRA 2010).

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WMO Distributes Climate Research Report [viewed]

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11 February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is distributing hard copies of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Accomplishment Report 2007-2008: Climate Research in Service to Society, which was completed in December 2008.

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WMO to Release New Evidence on Change in Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Year (IPY)

6 February 2009: A series of events marking the end of the International Polar Year (IPY) will take place on 24-25 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. The IPY is a large scientific programme organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic, from March 2007 to March 2009.

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