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  • UN weather agency calls for improved climate observations

    The UN weather agency marked World Meteorlogical Day by calling for improvements to climate observation technologies to help people and economies adapt to climate change, climate variability and extreme weather. The Day – observed in Geneva – commemorated the entry into force on 23 March 1950 of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Convention, and the following year WMO was designated ...


    By United Nations

  • UCAR Joins Alliance for Earth Observations

     The University Corporation of Atmospheric Research is the newest organization to join the Alliance for Earth Observations.  With the backdrop of the record-breaking extreme weather events of 2011 and an already active 2012, the need to better monitor and understand the changing state of the Earth's resources and environment has never been clearer. "As demonstrated by recent experiences ...

  • CryoSat to observe Earth’s ice cover

    ESA PR 03-2010. The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated satellite ever to investigate the Earth’s ice fields and map ice thickness over water and land: lift-off scheduled for 25 February. ESA’s ice mission satellite CryoSat will be placed into orbit 700 km above Earth by a Russian Dnepr rocket to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Lift-off is ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • IPCC`s work vital to fighting climate change and to improving weather and climate observations

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s work is vital to world peace and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is committed to continue supporting its activities, WMO Deputy Secretary-General Prof. Hong Yan said today. Prof. Hong Yan praised the IPCC’s latest body of work on the impacts of climate change on water, saying it reinforced the need for countries, particularly in the ...

  • Indian Ocean pirates impede climate observations

    Australian scientists have sought the help of the United States and Australian navies to plug a critical gap in their Argo ocean and climate monitoring program caused by Somali pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean. "We have not been able to seed about one quarter of the Indian Ocean since the increase in the piracy and that has implications for understanding a region of ...

  • Global Weather Report – Extreme weather warning

    New research warns that longer, hotter and more frequent heatwaves than those that killed 55,000 Russians in 2010, or 72,000 in France, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK in 2003, will hit Europe in the next two decades. But, over the same period, Europe could also begin to get colder as a consequence of a drop in solar activity, and a century-long ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Researchers Recreate European Weather

    A comprehensive analysis project will recreate the weather across Europe for the past 30 years. Precipitation, temperature, wind and air pressure, etc. are described at ground level and 30 km up in the atmosphere. The result is highly interesting for research and climate adaptation alike. Satellite information, weather reports and many computing hours on powerful supercomputers are behind the ...

  • Improved marine and weather forecast

    NOAA, USA, is now using enhanced weather and marine forecast models for the Great Lakes that will extend forecasts from 36 hours to 60 hours into the future to better serve commercial and recreational mariners, the shipping industry, emergency responders, water resource managers and the private weather industry. The Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS) of NOAA's National Ocean Service, ...

  • Extreme Weather and Climate Change – They are linked!

    It is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change on some types of extreme events, such as heat waves, drought, and heavy precipitation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The relatively new science of extreme event attribution has advanced rapidly in the past decade owing to improvements in the understanding of climate and weather ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • WMO wins support for Global Observation System satellite plan

    A WMO strategy for the enhanced use of satellites to monitor climate change and weather has been endorsed by international space and meteorological agencies during annual talks that ended 16 January in New Orleans, USA. The WMO Consultative Meetings on High-level Policy on Satellite Matters dealt with a variety of key issues, including the future Global Observation System satellite ...

  • Columbia Weather Systems Adds Mac Interface for Weather Stations

    Columbia Weather Systems is pleased to announce a Mac platform for monitoring weather data. Capricorn 2000EX™ modular weather stations are now compatible with the popular WeatherSnoop™ Software. WeatherSnoop offers database, spreadsheet, graphing and data sharing with web-based networks such as Weather Underground and Citizen Weather Observer – all with the look and feel Mac ...

  • Better Arctic Observations Needed to Meet Climate Change Challenges, Opportunities

    WMO is participating in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 16-18 October to draw attention to the urgent need for better weather and climate observations and services in rapidly changing Polar regions. The temperature in the Arctic Circle is rising faster than anywhere else on Earth and the sea ice is shrinking at record levels. ...

  • Weather station data available to all

    The success of any meteorological observations and climate investigation depends upon the availability of reliable data. This task will be greatly assisted by the International Surface Temperature Initiative (ISTI), which has just released a databank of more than 30,000 station records, many with histories extending to more than 100 years. The ...

  • Climate Services, Observing Systems and Research in Focus at WMO Executive Council

    The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO)  Executive Council has agreed on measures to expand and improve research and observing networks to increase understanding of our rapidly changing climate and strengthen delivery of meteorological services vital to society and the global economy. At its annual session 15-23 May, the Executive Council also discussed enhanced disaster risk ...

  • Scientists observe first signs of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer

    Original story at MIT News Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer, published today in the journal Science. The team found that the September ozone hole has shrunk by more than 4 million square kilometers — about ...

  • In search of dark energy: Observing the expanding universe with SCHOTT specialty glass

    pecialty glass plays a key role in uncovering the far-reaching answers of space. For HEDTEX (Hobby–Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment) at Austin McDonald Observatory (University of Texas at Austin), 156 state-of-the-art spectrographs will serve as the eyes into the universe’s distant past to map the three-dimensional positions of one ...


    By SCHOTT AG

  • Ministerial summit on ‘Global Earth Observation System of Systems’ - ESA

    A new global Earth observation system, that could save lives in disasters such as the recent cyclone in southern Bangladash, is being reviewed at a ministerial-level summit in Cape Town this week. Representatives of 71 member governments, the European Commission, and 46 participating organisations, including ESA, of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) meet in Cape Town 28-30 November, to ...


  • Envisat makes first observation of CO2 from manmade emissions

    Using data from the SCIAMACHY instrument aboard ESA's Envisat environmental satellite, scientists have for the first time detected regionally elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide – the most important greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming – originating from manmade emissions. More than 30 billion tonnes of extra carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere annually by ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • Managing extreme weather events and risks

    A comprehensive international report on managing the risks of extreme weather events has confirmed what scientific evidence has already concluded; that climate change is a leading cause of dramatic weather extremes and without adequate preparation, the econnomic and social consequences could be dire. The 592 page Special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Weather Analytics Expanding Network for Global Climate Intelligence

    Weather Analytics announced today the integration of new content from 32,000 weather stations, gathered from 53 public and private networks, into its enhanced weather collection database. Weather Analytics is adding the quality-assured data, selected from the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS), for integration with the company’s online platform at ...


    By Weather Analytics

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