Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNDP and France Create ClimSat Partnership [viewed]

UN Development Programme (UNDP) 10 December 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Government of France and the regional government of Brittany, has created the ClimSat partnership. This new regional initiative – a network of public and private satellite providers – aims to offer satellite images free of charge to communities in 50 regions across the world to improve the monitoring of deforestation, desertification, changing rainfall patterns and other phenomena.

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WMO Releases MeteoWorld December Issue [viewed]

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World Bank Releases Report on Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Climate Weather Data 6 December 2008: A new report released by the World Bank suggests that forecasting improvements in Europe and Central Asia can play a critical role in improving the economy and mitigating the impacts of disasters in the region. The report “Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Review” explains why improving weather monitoring systems can help mitigate damaging economic impacts of weather disasters, support increased productivity of agriculture, conserve energy, and promote safe aviation and transport by road and rail.

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WMO and Oman Co-Sponsor International Conference on Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change [viewed]

Nargis approaches Myanmar on 1 May 2008 (Image: NASA) December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Government of Oman are co-sponsoring the International Conference on Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change, which will take place from 8-11 March 2009, at the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

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UN-REDD and NORAD Call for Proposals on REDD [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has opened a funding window for civil-society and non-governmental organizations involved in projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The call is issued under UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme. Support will be granted for two categories of projects: analysis, strategy and policy development for REDD; and demonstration projects on the ground that contribute to REDD in developing countries.

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GCOS Releases Report of the 16th Session of its Steering Committee [viewed]

December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the report of the 16th session of its Steering Committee (SC), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-17 October 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Publication on the Use of Gap Analysis for Identifying Potential REDD Sites [viewed]

3 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has recently published material regarding the relevance of its Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) gap analysis, which guides parties in identifying gaps in protected areas systems and in participation of indigenous and local communities, in relation to reducing emissions for deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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WMO International Polar Day to Focus on Research above the Polar Regions [viewed]

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 2008: The seventh quarterly International Polar Day, focusing on research above the Polar Regions, will be marked on 4 December 2008. The Day will include polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

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WMO to Organize South American Workshop on Implementation of Climate Watch Systems [viewed]

December 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing the First Workshop for South American Region on the Implementation of Climate Watch Systems, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 8-11 December 2008.

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WMO Releases Publication on the Impact of Aerosol Pollution on Precipitation [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 26 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will release, on 28 November 2008, a new international scientific review entitled “Aerosol Pollution Impact on Precipitation,” published jointly with the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics. The book examines the state of scientific knowledge on the way air pollutants, particularly tiny particles called aerosols, affect global weather and climate patterns.

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