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

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.

The workshop will address the implementation of climate watches in the

region, based on the existing infrastructure and expertise at national

and regional levels. The event aims to ensure that National

Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and regional climate

institutions make use of best practices in delivery, provision and

evaluation of climate watches, and implement best practices in managing

the interaction among the three involved parties, namely: regional

institutions, NMHSs and end users.

Specifically, the workshop's

objectives include: addressing the need for climate watches in the

region; reviewing the status of climate monitoring and long range

forecasting capabilities at regional and national levels; reviewing and

discussing climate watch showcases from the region and from abroad;

working on tailoring the WMO guidelines on climate watches to the

region's needs; recommending best practices for the region in issuing

climate watches; recommending best strategies towards users of climate

watches; developing an action plan to implement climate watches at the

national and regional level; and recommending a follow-up mechanism on

the implementation of climate watches. [Workshop Presentation]