Events - Monday, 12 November 2012

14th Session of the WMO Commission for Hydrology (CHy-14)

CHy-14 will meet in mid-November to undertake the regular business of the WMO CHy. The agenda includes: reports on the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP); decisions of the WMO Congress and Executive Council of relevance to the HWRP; the HWRP contribution to WMO priorities; quality management framework - hydrology; data operations and management; water resources assessment; flood and drought management; water and climate issues; capacity building in hydrology and water resources management; cooperation with water-related programmes of other organizations; future programme of work of the commission; and WMO strategic plan 2016-2019 and monitoring and evaluation of the HWRP.  

dates: 6-14 November 2012   venue: WMO Headquarters   location: Geneva, Switzerland  

International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation

This conference will examine the current state of cryospheric research and will also provide a forum to discuss ongoing research efforts and international cooperation, to explore future research projects and to define a general strategy for cryosphere studies and management. The cryosphere is that part of the Earth System consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean. It includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. The cryosphere is a sensitive component of the climate system, and provides key indicators of climate change. The conference is organized by the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences (SKLCS), CAREERI, CAS; Key Laboratory of Tibetan Environmental Change and Land Surface Processes; and the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS). It is co-sponsored by, inter alia, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO.  

dates: 10-12 November 2012   location: China   additional: Sanya  

REEEP/NREL Open Data Workshop

This workshop, co-organized by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will bring together 30 leading providers of clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate data to discuss "linked open data" in the field of clean energy. The goals of the workshop are: to introduce participants to the concept of linked open data, which is a growing movement focused on using up-to-date technologies to share relevant information from a wide variety of online sources, and to make data free for use and re-use; and assess how the concept can be used to promote cooperation among organizations in the field of clean energy.  

date: 12 November 2012   venue: Ronald Reagan Building, Oceanic Suite, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW   location: Washington, District of Columbia, US  

Fourth IRENA Council Meeting

The Council, which meets twice per year, will gather in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event will bring together members of the Council and other IRENA Member States to discuss the work of the Council and its Administration and Finance, and Programme and Strategy Committees, among other issues. The current Members of the IRENA Council are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates and the US.  

dates: 12-13 November 2012   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  

Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

dates: 12-15 November 2012   venue: Sede Boqer campus of Ben Gurion University   location: Israel   additional: Sede Boqer  

24th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 24th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 24) is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 12-16 November 2012   location: Geneva, Switzerland