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WMO International Fire Warning Workshop Convenes in Edmonton, Canada

14

July 2008: An International Workshop on Advances in Operational Weather Systems

for Fire Danger Rating, organized jointly by World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Panel for Global Observation

of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), and Natural Resources Canada's

Canadian Forest Service, in collaboration with a number of other co-sponsors, is

being held from 14-16 July 2008, in Edmonton, Canada.

Workshop

participants are expected to review operational and prototype weather-based

Fire Danger Rating systems from around the globe. The workshop will further focus

on weather observations and networks, data management, weather analyses,

approaches to defining and evaluating fire danger levels, additional indices of

fire danger and smoke forecasting and monitoring. “Over the years WMO, with

partners, has been developing tools to evaluate and predict the effects of

weather and climate on fires and their potential. Our target is to produce

operational guidelines for fire weather agrometeorology by 2009,”

Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement delivered on his behalf.

The three-day workshop will be followed by a two-day meeting of the WMO

Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Expert Team on Agrometeorology for

Sustainable Development. [Workshop

website]