For our last Newsletter for 2015 I wish to look back at just some of HMEI’s highlights for the year. We are particularly delighted to welcome 17 new members to HMEI in 2015. We thank all our members for their ongoing confidence and participation in our Association.

Of particular note and interest to HMEI in 2015 was the 17th Session of the WMO Congress (Cg-17) in which HMEI was invited to participate. HMEI made two interventions during Congress that highlighted and identified where WMO and our Association could work more closely together. Alongside Cg-17 was the MeteoHydex Exhibition of which the vast majority of exhibitors were, I’m pleased to report, HMEI members. Certainly, an aspect that WMO and its members appreciate, and which also reflects the importance that WMO places on the manufacturers and service providers to hydro-meteorological community.

Also during MeteoHydex, we held our 17th Sessions of our General Assembly: GA-17. We were delighted to welcome Mr David Grimes, President of WMO, Prof. Bertrand Calpini, President, WMO Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO), Mr Frederick Branski, President, WMO Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) and Mr Jeremiah Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary General of WMO who all addressed our meeting. The Minutes of this meeting are available on the HMEI website.

We were very pleased to also be invited to be invited to hold an exhibition in WMO Regional Association I (Africa) in the Republic of Cabo Verde during February in which a number of HMEI members participated. HMEI members also participated in InterMET Asia in Singapore in March and in Meteorological Technology World Expo in Brussels during October.

Other highlights included the election of a new Councilor for HMEI representation at WMO Expert Teams, Mr Klaus Hirzel (Lufft), replacing Mr Zhang Yong, Future Weather (Beijing) who I would personally like to thank for his efforts serving on the HMEI Council.

Finally, I would like to thank you again for your support during 2015 and wish you and you families all the best during the Holiday Season and every success in 2016.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Day
Chairman, HMEI

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HMEI welcomes the following New Members who have joined recently:

199 Xiangzhang Street
High-tech Zone
Hefei, 230088
Email: xifan1216@126.com
Website: www.sun-create.com

Anhui Sun Create Electronics Co., Ltd, located in Hefei, a holding company under the No. 38 Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) employing over 1,500 people, is a leading Chinese high-tech enterprise in the field of radar electronics and security electronics. Sun Create is principally engaged in research, development, design, manufacture and integration of weather surveillance and security systems.

As one of the national enterprise technical centres in China, building on its expertise in sophisticated radar technology and cutting edge civilian electronic technology Sun Create has undertaken hundreds of projects on meteorological surveillances and security systems and delivered quality products and effective solutions to its global customers. As the partner of china Meteorological Administration and Civil Aviation Administration of China, Sun Create supplies them with products including weather stations, doppler weather radars, wind profilers, ATC radars, etc in airports around. China.

With our experience and capability, we have been granted the great honor to offer meteorological surveillance and security support to high profile events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China’s 2009 National Day Parade and 2010 Shanghai Expo, etc

P.O. Box 71,
Email: ehab.alshurafa@arabiaweather.com
Website: www.arabiaweather.com

ArabiaWeather is the leading provider of weather products, services, and solutions to consumers and businesses in the Middle East. Our web properties and mobile applications serve millions of consumers across the Middle East, providing them with timely, accurate, and localized weather information. We also provide weather solutions to businesses across the region, including those in the media, airline, insurance, oil and gas, agriculture, retail, and other sectors. These solutions help businesses save costs, enhance safety, and drive efficiencies in their operations.


  • ArabiaWeather SkyWatch: An online web-based aviation weather forecasting package
  • ArabiaWeather LandWatch: An online web-based weather forecasting package for Agriculture, Government, Logistics, Power, etc
  • ArabiaWeather SeaWatch: An online web-based weather forecasting package for Marine and Oil and Gas
  • ArabiaWeather Media Solutions:
    • Presenter Solution: A revolutionary broadcast system for televised weather
    • Weather Clips: Ready-made, pre-rendered weather clips for televisions.

ELDES s.r.l.
Via di Porto 2/B
50018 Scandicci
Email: info@eldes.it
Website: www.eldes.it

ELDES s.r.l. was founded in Florence in 1993 to provide hardware design services and software development in the field of automation and remote control; in particular ELDES is specialised in radar systems.

The previous experience of its founders gave ELDES strong capabilities in the areas of digital signal processing applied to radar systems, both for meteorology and defence, and to the remote control and monitoring of radar sites. Extensive domestic and international cooperation, together with the contribution of our US-based partner Lassen Research, thrust the rapid growth of ELDES in this market. ELDES is particularly active in the weather radar market, supplying products and OEM components to some of the biggest radar manufacturers in the world. ELDES offers technical upgrades and on-site maintenance for existing radar installations managed by the main national organisations in the fields of agro/hydro-meteorology and environmental protection.

The innovative X Band compact weather radars WR-10X and WR-25XP, designed and manufactured by ELDES, are sold directly to both private and governmental customers for a variety of different applications.

ELDES products are completed by the necessary operational software (Windows or Linux based) for Radar Signal and Data Processing, as well as for radar local and remote control and display.

Delftechpark 31
Delft 2628 XJ
Email: info@hukseflux.com
Website: www.hukseflux.com

Hukseflux is a leading manufacturer, both in market share and technology, of solar and longwave radiation sensors. Hukseflux sensors, systems and services are offered worldwide and are mainly applied in meteorological and solar energy applications.

Our range of pyranometers, pyrgeometers and net radiometers, with unique features for meteorological and solar energy networks, is compliant with the latest ISO and WMO standards, and passed validation and acceptance testing for a large, and increasing, number of national meteorological networks. Hukseflux takes measurement to the next level.

Customers are served through our office in Delft, The Netherlands and locally owned representations in the USA, Brazil, India, China and Japan.

Gilbert House
406 Roding Lane South
Woodford Green
Essex, IG8 8EY
Email: info@munroinstruments.com
Website: www.munroinstruments.com

Munro Instruments Ltd is a manufacturing firm based in London, UK. Founded in 1864, the company has designed and manufactured innovative products for a range of industries. It operates across two core product lines: meteorological/environmental and occupational health. Since its founding, Munro Instruments has established a truly global reputation, having supplied equipment to meteorological offices, civil aviation authorities, government organisations, ports, harbours and offshore riggs around the world. Its instrumentation is used for general weather monitoring, climate modelling, health-and-safety purposes, and to support other applications in agriculture, telecommunications, defence, aviation, etc.

32 Spartis,
Metamorfosis 14452
Email: infor@raymetrics.com
Website: www.raymetrics.com

Raymetrics is a manufacturer of aerosol LIDARs for atmospheric applications (note: not wind Doppler LIDARs).

The company started in 2002 selling backscatter, depolarization and Raman LIDARs to scientists. However over the past few years the applications for aerosol LIDARs have begun to become more widely recognized. Raymetrics now provides systems for operational applications, including meteorology (volcanic ash detection, remote humidity profiling, aerosol/pollution tracking, dust monitoring), aviation (remote visibility measurement, fog detection, 3D/remote cloud base) as well as commercial sectors such as mining (dust / pollution tracking).

With a background In LIDAR science and an excellent reputation amongst the LIDAR community, Raymetrics is now at the forefront of a new wave of technological solutions for a range of industries.

We welcome also the following Associate Member who joined recently:

(Korea Meteorological Industry Promotion Agency)
52, Songwol-gil
Seoul 110-062
Email: info@kmipa.or.kr
Website: www.kmipa.or.kr

KMIPA has taken on greater responsibilities as a specialised organisation to promote the national meteorological industry. We will create a synergy through bridging the research and development and industry promotion through conversions of meteorology and other industries by providing value added meteorological information. Furthermore, we also build a foundation for sound business environments for both domestic and global markets by providing a customised meteorological information service. We will support sustainably private meteorological service providers to transform themselves into complete exporters by expanding the meteorological service market and fostering exporting enterprises.

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24th Session of the HMEI Council (Council-24), New Orleans, USA, 12 January, 2016

Preparations are underway for Council-24 and preliminary documents have been prepared for review. The agenda includes priority activities of the Association, including the results of the elections for the vacant Council position, update on the Tender Specifications Project, future strategic direction of HMEI and changes to HMEI policies and procedures. The Minutes following the meeting will be available for the membership on the HMEI website.

The Minutes for Council-23 have been published on the HMEI website www.hmei.org for access by HMEI Members only.

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It has been an interesting three months since the last HMEI Newsletter and there are a number of items to report.

1. HMEI Award for Young Engineers 2016
The Secretariat urges the membership to nominate their candidates for the HMEI Young Engineers/Scientists Award for 2016. This award was established to promote and encourage the work and input of the younger members in the hydro-meteorological industry. Nominations close 29 January, 2016. The prize consists of a medal, certificate and cash award of 3,000 Swiss Francs.

Click here for the Award Guidelines or contact Dr Karpov at hmei@wmo.int for further information.

2. HMEI at AMS, New Orleans, USA, 10-14 January, 2016
HMEI will again be a presence at AMS. We are not having a stand but Dr Alexander Karpov will be in attendance. He hopes to be able to visit many of you.

On October 12 we will be taking advantage of having many of our Council members attending AMS to hold the 24th Session of the HMEI Council. The main item for discussion will concern the future direction of the Association.

Members will be advised when the Minutes of the meeting will be available.

3. Tender Specifications Project
The next step of the project is proceeding. Terms of Reference for a specialist technical consultant have been developed and, along with a timeline, are being negotiated with the World Bank and WMO.

4. Special request from the World Climate Research Programme


The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) are jointly promoting the so-called «Polar Challenge» (http://www.wcrp-climate.org/polarchallenge) to reward the first team able to complete a 2000km mission with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic. Bonus awards will be delivered for demonstration of regular measurements of sea-ice thickness or draft, and successful under-ice transmission of position and environmental data onto operational networks.

Registration for the Polar Challenge competition will open at the beginning of 2016 when the details of the prize will be announced and the competition itself will start.

The prize will represent a significant incentive for teams with adequate capabilities to attempt the Challenge missions, taking into account the costs of engineering developments, operations and the AUV itself.

Contributions from the private sector are most welcome to support this effort and to complement the Prize money award. Financial sponsorships will be recognised accordingly on the Polar Challenge web page and related outreach material.

For more information, please visit www.wcrp-climate.org/polarchallenge or contact us at polarchallenge@wcrp-climate.org.

5. HMEI 2016 Membership contributions
Invoices for the 2016 membership contributions were emailed to members during the month of November. We would like to remind all members that membership contributions were due as of 1 January 2016. To avoid any interruptions in service, we would kindly request prompt payment. Please contact the Secretariat if you have any queries: hmei@wmo.int.

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Guide to Participation in Radio-frequency Coordination

This Guide provides the general description of the main ITU processes related to radio-frequency coordination, regional structure and regulatory framework that govern the use of the radio-frequency spectrum globally and guide the national management of the radiofrequency spectrum as well as management of satellite orbits. More detailed information on which frequencies are important to meteorology and related activities is available in the joint WMO/ITU publication entitled Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction.

Click here to view the Guide 

Source: www.wmo.int

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190 notices of tenders, projects, procurement news and contracts awards from our tender information provider were sent to members during the last quarter.

Please contact the HMEI Secretariat at hmei@wmo.int if you require any further information about this service to members

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FINAL REPORT – The CBS Meeting of the Expert Team on Emergency Response Activities (ET-ERA) Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 November – 4 December 2015
The representatives of relevant international organizations (IAEA, ICAO and CTBTO) presented an overview of their activities and highlighted issues requiring assistance of WMO, in particular of the ET-ERA, in relation to their respective decision making processes. IAEA expressed its strong support for Time of Arrival products. For ICAO, the development of modelling guidance for the issuance of radioactive cloud SIGMET remains a key issue to be addressed by the ET-ERA. CTBTO expressed its interest for RSMCs’ backtracking for noble gases and sought assistance for the maintenance of the meteorological equipment at monitoring sites as well as the provision of weather forecasts and services to support its onsite inspection activities.

The meeting discussed various aspects related to global and regional arrangements for the nuclear ERA. It agreed on further developments and testing of the Time of Arrival products, the Transfer Coefficient Matrix method and on Ensemble modelling; maintaining and monitoring the RSMCs common web pages as well as continuing the regular tests between RSMCs, RTH Offenbach and the IAEA.

Click here for the full report

WMO Position Paper on 15th session of World Radiofrequency Conference (WRC-15) Agenda Items, Geneva, Switzerland, November, 2015
In describing the successful outcome of WRC-15, the Chair of the WMO Steering Group on Radio Frequency Coordination (SG-RFC), Jose Arimatea de Sousa Brito (Brazil) paid tribute to WMO’s longstanding radio frequency coordination activities, with the support of group members and WMO secretariat staff; the excellent preparation for WRC-15, and the coordinated participation of SG-RFC experts during the four weeks of discussions and decisions.
Click here to read position paper

FINAL REPORT – Tenth Session of the Expert Team on Satellite Systems (ET-SAT-10), Geneva, Switzerland, 17 November, 2015
The scope of the meeting was in developing a vision of the space-based components of the observing system in 2040.
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FINAL REPORT – WMO/ICAO Workshop on Future Requirements for Meteorological Aircraft Observations, Geneva, Switzerland, 28-29 October, 2015
The workshop seeks collaboration between WMO Aircraft Meteorological DAta Relay (AMDAR) programme and other sources of aircraft based observations (ABO) with the Meteorological Section within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the ICAO World Area Forecast Centres (WAFC) regarding the future requirements for ICAO Aircraft Observations by ICAO.
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FINAL REPORT – The thirty-fifth session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and WMO Argos Joint Tariff Agreement (JTA), Geneva, Switzerland, 26-28 October, 2015
The JTA scheme has served as a robust example of international cooperation for about 35 years. It continues to provide an effective, pragmatic, self-governing global forum through which users’ needs are presented, reviewed, and carried forward.
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FINAL REPORT – Joint meeting of the First Session of the CIMO Expert Team on Operational Remote Sensing Technologies (ET-ORST) and the Second Session of the CBS Expert Team on Surface Based Observing Systems (ET-SBO) Tokyo, Japan, 5 – 8 October 2015
ET-SBO and ET-ORST currently have several areas of mutual interest in operational remote-sensing systems and the joint meeting was an opportunity to discuss and clarify this in relation to the respective work plans of the teams. Additionally the important concept of the international and inter-commission coordination of weather radar systems was addressed and the teams jointly composed a recommendation for the terms of reference for such a team or group.
Click here for the full report

MEMBER REPORT – Common Alert Protocol (CAP) Jumpstart and CAP Workshop meetings, Rome, Italy, 22-24 September, 2015

Our thanks go to Mr André Weipert, Selex ES GmbH, Germany for his report on the CAP meetings.

CAP Jump-Start:
The “why” and the “how” of using the CAP standard was explained and demonstrated during the presentations and practical exercises. In a nutshell:

– CAP is an open digital message format for any kind of alerts and notifications.
– For the provision of the CAP service no huge investment is necessary. The CAP “form” is a universal adaptor using the XML notation.
– CAP is issued by authorized and registered organizations.
– The WMO alert hub supports only alerts of registered entities or official sources.
– The session included a detailed introduction to CAP in terms of message structure, examples of CAP alert sources, different dissemination options, introduction to Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and examples of CAP alert feeds and a hands-on training using Tomcat.

CAP workshop:
The workshop showed a growing interest in CAP though most of all participating countries have not yet implemented it. It was recognized that CAP offers great acceptance and potential to be an important vehicle to produce international/national public alerts on any threat. India for instance is currently executing an alert feed test; other nations such as Brazil, China, USA, Indonesia have already an operational alert feed on national level in place.

CAP training session


Actions will be provided after finalization the workshop action plan and findings. See below for the link to the final report.

As solution provider for integrated meteorological alert systems we deem any kind of standardized alerting method important, sustainable and valuable. The advantage of CAP is that the implementation on publisher site does not need significant investment; the format is clearly structured, it does not depend on the type of (e.g. environmental) threat and thus it can be used for any kind of alert. Important is that the event codes are harmonized since a common data protocol is crucial for any data exchange on national and international level. Since the workshop is not able to define binding actions but recommendations we –as industry- encourage the industrial community to support the CAP as an optional data output service.

Click here for the final report link and then click on the report

FINAL REPORT – Fourth Meeting of the Task Team on Aviation XML (TT-AvXML), Hong Kong, 22-24 September, 2015
The TT-AvXML is working towards the preparation for the transition to XML as per the requirement by ICAO.
Click here for the index to the reports and then click on the report

FINAL REPORT – The Sixth meeting of the Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) Reykjavík, Iceland, 8 – 11, September, 2015
The Panel facilitates advances in observations, understanding and prediction in pursuit of better and new services. Its activities focus upon improved situational awareness of the state of the cryosphere through, inter alia, the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) and seek to improve weather prediction and climate projection at the regional and global scales through the Global Integrated Polar Prediction System (GIPPS).
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FINAL REPORT – Third Session of the CBS OPAG IOS Inter Programme Expert Team on WIGOS Framework Implementation (IPET-WIFI), Exeter, United Kingdom, 1 to 4 September 2015
The work of IPET-WIFI comprises provision of technical advice, guidance, practices and procedures for WIGOS Framework Implementation by provision of detailed GOS-related input to ICG-WIGOS in specific areas of the WIGOS framework implementation plan, these being (i) WIGOS Regulatory Material, (ii) WIGOS Meta Data, (iii) WIGOS Quality Management, (iv) collaboration with CIMO on development of guidance for WIGOS standards and best practices, (v) WIGOS Information Resource (WIR), and (vi) capacity development, education and outreach strategy.
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FINAL REPORT – Sixth Meeting of the WMO RA I (Africa) Dissemination Expert Group, Darmstadt, Germany, 24-25 August, 2015
The purpose of the group is in providing requirements for and building upon the needs of the African user for a future satellite service.
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FINAL REPORT – Regional Subproject Management Team (RSMT) of the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) in Southeast Asia, Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 11-14 August, 2015
The ever-increasing precision, reliability and lead-time provided by numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems have led to increasingly skillful weather forecasting over the last two decades and will become even more relevant in the future. It is in this context that the SWFDP is intended to enhance the use and application of outputs of latest state-of-the-art NWP systems, available through WMO, to improve severe weather forecasting in countries where such NWP outputs are poorly used and to deliver timely warning services to the users.
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FINAL REPORT – Third meeting of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Maintenance and Monitoring (IPET-DRMM), Beijing, China, 20 – 24 July 2015
The meeting reviewed the proposals already under validation or submitted at the meeting on GRIB edition 2 (GRIB2), BUFR and CREX in the Manual on Codes (WMO-No. 306) and agreed that nineteen proposals have been duly validated (or non-controversial) and should be forwarded to the formality stage (fast-track procedure), which are in summary amendments to:
– GRIB2 for mountain wave turbulence, fire modelling, climate study, cloud related parameters, commonly exchanged post-processing products, hydrological modelling, templates for spatio-temporal changing tiles and ground surface conditions,
– BUFR/CREX for dropsonde, new satellite observations (NEdT), surface qualifier for AWS, radio occultation, high resolution radiosonde observations, SHIP or marine platform wind data, Argo profiling float and dual polarization radar, and
– Common Code tables for a sub-centre of Italy, a new satellite, JASON 3, and new sub-categories (radiation and acid rain).

Click here for the index to the reports and then click on the report

FINAL REPORT – Meeting on the Intercomparison of Satellite-based Volcanic Ash Retrieval Algorithms, Madison, WI, USA, 29 June – 2 July 2015
The volcanic ash cloud satellite-based retrieval intercomparison activity contributes to improved knowledge of satellite-based detection and quantification of volcanic ash. The activity aims to provide consistent ash products for aviation services, inform the international regulations established by ICAO and WMO. Its results are expected to be beneficial to other meteorological applications such as nowcasting and air quality forecasting.
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FINAL REPORT – WMO Conjoint Meeting of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on WIGOS Framework Implementation, Sub-Group on OSCAR Development (IPET-WIFI-SG-OD-1) and Ad Hoc Workshop on the Rolling Review of Requirements Gap Analysis Requirements for OSCAR (RRR-OSCAR), Offenbach, Germany, 6-8 July 2015
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FINAL REPORT – WMO Regional Workshop on AMDAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 25-26 June 2015
This was the first of two planned AMDAR workshops in the Africa region and aimed to provide participants with detailed knowledge about the establishment, requirements and operational aspects of the WMO AMDAR programme and to initiate and conduct discussions with and provide advice to participants on aspects of co-operation, leading to initiative to set up national or regional AMDAR programmes.
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FINAL REPORT – First meeting of the Ad Hoc Task Team on WIGOS and Climate Station Metadata, Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June, 2015
The purpose of the meeting is for setting the direction for data representations used by WMO, building on the work started through development of WaterML2 and IWXXM, and especially the need to ensure that future WMO data representations were consistent with data representations used in other communities. Particular challenges would be in describing the information in a way that allowed exchange of only a subset of the available metadata corresponding to the most relevant information for the task in hand, and in standardizing vocabularies and structures so that they were sufficiently tightly controlled for operational activities and long term data analyses, while retaining the flexibility to allow research activities to flourish.
Click here for the index to the reports and then click on the report

FINAL REPORT – Regional Association II (Asia) Working Group on Hydrological Services, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 14-16 April 2015
Click here for the report

FINAL REPORT – Thirtieth Session of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel, Weihai, China, 27-31 October 2014
The Panel discussed the operational status of the data buoy network. The inter-sessional period saw a 22% increase in the number of active drifting buoys in the array, compared with a decrease in 2012-2013, with the current number of operational drifters on the Global Telecommunication System (GTS) for August 2014 at 1532. The number of barometer buoys continues to hold at around 50%. For the moored buoys, the number dropped through the year but has been steadily rising since April 2014. The Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) array, in particular, has had a number of maintenance cruises during the year and has increased operations to above 80%, up from 50% at this time last year.
Click here for full report 

FINAL REPORT – Fourth JCOMM Marine Instrumentation Workshop for the Asia Pacific Region, Weihai, China, 21-23 October 2014
The workshop recalled the importance of ocean observations to achieve socioeconomical benefits at the global, regional, national, and local (e.g. Weihai city) levels by addressing the requirements of WMO and IOC Applications, including the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and working in the multi-disciplinary frameworks of the IOC-WMOUNEP-ICSU Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS).
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FINAL REPORT – The second session of the Commission for Hydrology Advisory Working Group, Prague, Czech Republic, 15-19 September 2014
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HMEI Council 24th Session (Council-24), New Orleans, USA, 12 January, 2016

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 342, 16:00 – 17:30

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Future seamless Global Data-processing and Forecasting Systems (GDPFS) meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-13 February, 2016

For more information click here

3rd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the OceanDataPortal project (SG-ODP-3), Oostende, Belgium, 15-17 February 2016
Click here for more information

First meeting of International Forum of Users of Satellite Data Telecommunication Systems (Satcom) interim Executive Committee, Geneva, Switzerland, 23 February, 2016
For more information click here

Meeting of the Task Team on the Development of Nowcasting Techniques Guidelines, Beijing, China, 15-17 March, 2016
For more information click here

Expert Team on Telecommunications Infrastructure (ET-CTS), Dakar, Senegal, 4-8 April, 2016

Second Session of the CBS OPAG-IOS Inter Programme Expert Team on Observing System Design and Evolution (IPET-OSDE-2), Geneva, Switzerland, 11-14 April, 2016
For more information click here

Ninth Session of the CBS OPAG-IOS Implementation/Coordination Team on Integrated Observing Systems (ICT-IOS-9), Geneva, Switzerland, 18-21 April, 2016
For more information click here

Joint CBS Expert Team on WIS centres (ET-WISC) and Task Team on GISCs (TT-GISC), Melbourne, Australia, 18-22 April, 2016

CIMO TECO-2016, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016
There will be an exhibition in conjunction with Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 and TECO-2016. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

Group on Earth Forum and Exhibition, 8-10 November, 2016
Venue is unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

16th Session of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems, November, 2016
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. Possibly Beijing, China. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

15th Session of the WMO Commission for Hydrology, Italy, December, 2016
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of WMO Regional Association IV (RA-IV) North America and Caribbean, April, 2017
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session for the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences, Indonesia, July, 2017
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of WMO Regional Association V (South-West Pacific), December, 2017
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of the WMO Commission for Climate, March, 2018
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology, Korea, April, 2018
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

HMEI Members who would like to represent HMEI at the above meetings please contact the HMEI Executive Secretary at their earliest convenience.

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96th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 10-14 January, 2016
Each year, more than 3,000 scientists, researchers, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community come together to share, learn, and collaborate.
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RMetS: Weather Climate Health, London United Kingdom, 20 January, 2016
Weather and climate can strongly influence health, from the ambient environment to extreme weather events to long term climatic change. Our surrounding environment can affect us through our day-to-day activities, such as respiratory diseases associated with increasing urbanisation, or our general well-being within rural and urban ecosystems. Changing environmental conditions, in particular extreme events, can cause sudden changes. For example heat waves, which in the worst case can result in death. Long-term climatic conditions may lead to more extremes, or shifts in present spatial or temporal disease patterns. This event considers how weather, climate and health are inter-related, and presents some of the latest research on the topic.

This is an Aerosol Society Focus meeting held jointly with the Royal Meteorological Society and the Environmental Physics Group at the Institute of Physics. It is co-sponsored by Imperial College London and is part of the National meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.
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Meteorology Expo Turkey, Ankara, Turkey, 21-23 January, 2016
Meteorology Expo Turkey is an event dedicated for companies and organizations specialized in weather and climate measurement, technologies, and services. The aim of this Fair is to enable the exhibitors to display their latest technologies, products and accomplishments to a specific audience that will be interested in what they are offering.
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Global Climate Observation: The Road to the Future, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2-4 March, 2016
Climate observations are essential for understanding the complexities of the global climate system and adaption to climate change. The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is developing its new GCOS Implementation Plan for the implementation of the global climate observing system in the near future. The conference Global Climate Observation: the Road to the Future is being held to allow key stakeholders the opportunity to give their views and inputs into this plan. This conference will be an opportunity to discuss current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and to highlight possible new ECVs. The discussions will be a key input into the new GCOS Implementation Plan.
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Sustainable Water Conference, Providence, RI, USA, 7-10 March, 2016
This conference showcases a combination of technical presentations and in-depth discussions on the critical matters facing the water sector today. Attendees will discover solutions for managing water resources, planning for sustainable utilities, designing integrated infrastructure, balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs and analyzing effective alternatives including stormwater and reuse.
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Air Quality 2016: Science and Application, Milan, Italy, 14-18 March, 2016
In its 20th year, the Conference continues to be the international dissemination hub of air quality research and its applications. Over the years, the topic of air quality has increased its prominence as a key issue for achieving sustainable development and to reduce health impacts in all regions of the world. Scientific research has revealed the complex nature of the impact of air pollution which spans multiple scales and involves numerous physical and chemical interactions including with climate change. As always, the conference brings together participants from the air quality, climate and health research and user communities to discuss the latest research advances, new applications and highlight important implications for policy and users.
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Oceanology International, London, United Kingdom, 15-17 March, 2016
The Oceanology International event offers the world’s leading forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine science and ocean technology communities.
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InterMET Asia 2016, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 16-17 March, 2016
The weather, hydrological and climate services event for Asia, Africa and the Pacific. InterMET Asia 2016 will be co-located alongside Asia Pacific Maritime, Asia’s largest maritime event.
For more information click here 

ENVIROTEC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20-23 March, 2016
The #1 Exhibition for Environmental Technology in the Middle East and a showcase for the latest Environmental Technology from around the World
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The 24th International Lightning Detection Conference (ILDC) and the 6th International Lightning Meteorology Conference (ILMC), San Diego, CA, USA, 18-21 April, 2016
The ILDC/ILMC (International Lightning Detection Conference/International Lightning Meteorology Conference) is a scientific conference focused on lightning detection topics and meteorological applications for lightning data. Organized every other year, the conference brings together global participants to present new lightning detection technologies, research findings, and new applications.
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RMetS: The Importance of Ocean Waves, London United Kingdom, 20 April, 2016
Ocean waves are very important for weather forecasting and climate modelling as well as for coastal communities, shipping routes and offshore industry. Recent studies of coupling atmosphere-ocean-wave models have shown improvements in the simulation of North Atlantic sea surface temperatures in climate models. Ocean waves are thought to play a role in weather forecasting such as improving hurricane intensity forecasts by regulating surface friction. Adding an ocean wave component to the ‘next generation’ of climate and weather models will provide an opportunity to address long standing biases. Extreme ocean waves continue to be a threat for coastal communities and the offshore industry. How ocean waves will change in the future will be of great interest to decision makers for coastal communities, shipping routes and the offshore industry.
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The 12th International Conference & Exhibition on Emissions Monitoring (CEM) 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, 18-20 May, 2016
The CEM event brings together the International emissions monitoring community to network, trade ideas and discuss technology, methods, applications, legislation and standardisation relevant to all atmospheric pollutants which include particulates, SO2, NOx VOC, trace elements and greenhouse gases.
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IFAT 2016, Munich, Germany, 30 May – 3 June, 2016
IFAT is a top showcase for strategies and new solutions in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management with a focus on careful use of resources in intelligent cycles in order to preserve them for the long term.
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RMetS/NCAS Conference 2016, Manchester, United Kingdom, 6-8 July, 2016
The theme of the conference is High Impact Weather and Climate and, through an integrated approach, aims to bring together academics, practitioners and industry to exchange knowledge and ideas in meteorology, climatology, atmospheric science and related fields. The conference will focus on strategic issues relating to High Impact Weather and Climate and will include a mixture of thought provoking plenary sessions, workshops, and poster sessions aiming to stimulate and foster new ideas around observing, predicting and responding to high impact weather and air quality issues in a changing climate.

Royal Meteorological Society and National Centre for Atmospheric Science are now seeking proposals from scientists, practitioners and industry for posters. Please submit your poster abstract before the 15th December 2015 through their website.

Singapore International Water Week 2016, Singapore, 10-14 July 2016

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices showcase the latest technologies and tap business opportunities. SIWW is part of the strategic programme of the Singapore Government to grow the water industry and develop water technologies.

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Meteo-Tech Expo Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 20-22 July 2016
“Meteo-Tech Expo Japan” will be a one-stop opportunity for visitors to find the meteorological solutions they need― tools and systems for measuring, forecasting, and analyzing climate and weather; technologies and services for providing information; communications and information systems prepared against natural disasters, including safety confirmation systems; and more.

“Meteo-tech Expo JAPAN”, Japan’s only trade show for meteorological Technology is now open for exhibitor applications. Early bird discount is available until February 12.
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The Water Expo 2016 (5th edition), Miami, FL, USA, 31 August-1 September, 2016
The Water Expo is the only event based in the USA providing access to the WATER related industries, targeting East USA, Latin America & the Caribbean markets.
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Meteorological Technology World Expo, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016
Exhibition to be held in conjunction with CIMO TECO-2016

HMEI members will receive a 10% discount on their exhibition space!

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7th International Conference and Exhibition on Water, Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring (WWEM) 2016, Telford, UK, 2-3 November, 2016
WWEM is the specialist event for the water, wastewater and environmental monitoring community. WWEM is focused on measurement, testing and analysis for the water and wastewater and environmental industry. From test kits to process measurement, laboratory analysis right through to fixed and portable gas detection, if your work involves Monitoring,testing or working with water you need to be at WWEM.
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AgWATEC Spain, Seville, Spain, 7-9 November, 2016
AgWATEC Spain 2016 is the International Exhibition & Conference on Agriculture and Water Technology taking place in Seville, Spain. The event is an initiative to promote cooperation between the Spanish and international companies. Spain in general and Andalusia region in particular are well established with world class infrastructure, organizations and technologies in Water, Agriculture technology and environmental control industries. The event will be a unique opportunity for companies to show case their achievements to potential clients and partners and for all professionals dealing with Water, Agriculture technologies and environmental control to discuss, create new joint ventures and partnerships.
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97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA, 22-26 January, 2017

98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, USA, 7-11 January, 2018

HMEI Members who would like to represent HMEI at the above meetings please contact the HMEI Executive Secretary at their earliest convenience.

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HMEI Members have their own newsletters and press releases which help to keep the public up to date. HMEI has recently received information on the publication of the following recent newsletters and press releases:
Press Release – 13 October, 2015 AXYS Technologies announces new European Office

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) has announced that it will now sell its’ TRIAXYS Wave Buoy directly through its new European office in Belgium and sales office in France. The TRIAXYS Wave buoy uses new, third generation solid state sensor technology to accurately measure and transmit full spectrum directional wave data in near-real time. This leading edge sensor technology has been proven to be accurate, reliable and less expensive to operate and maintain. This has been validated through hundreds of deployments in over 50 countries worldwide over the past 15 years.

As part of this new European Sales Campaign, the TRIAXYS Wave Buoy has been priced so that it is now the most competitive commercial wave buoy in the market at 30% less than competing products. It also features updates that dramatically reduce power consumption to enable longer deployments, increase survivability, and expand data output options in response to market needs.

AXYS is committed to continually improving our products to take advantage of new technology and to provide greater value to our customers” says Max Bottoni, AXYS Director of Product Services. “New updates to the TRIAXYS Wave Buoy include a binary compression tool that significantly reduces data file transmission size resulting in satellite telemetry cost savings of over 75% and a new power system that extends deployment periods.

Our European office is committed to placing the TRIAXYS Wave Buoy in the hands of offshore operators and developers across a variety of markets, including renewable energy, oil and gas, ports & harbours, and dredging operations, throughout Europe,” says Graham Howe, AXYS Sales Director for Europe. “The new office location allows us to offer much shorter delivery times and quick, efficient service.

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Press Release – 27 October, 2015 HMEI member AXYS Technologies Signs Cooperation Agreement with 3E

Canadian based AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) and Belgium based 3E NV (3E) are pleased to announce they have jointly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding future collaborations and cooperation activities. AXYS and 3E were first formally introduced in August 2015 when AXYS purchased FLiDAR NV, previously owned by 3E and OWA. Although AXYS and 3E have traditionally different geographical markets and commercial offerings, both companies work in offshore marine industries and believe that together they can offer more complete solutions to common clients.

Collaboration activities planned under the MOU include commercially driven research, development and demonstration as well as sharing market trend information and innovative problem-solving techniques to meet and exceed client requirements and expectations. AXYS and 3E expect to develop and jointly market several new solution offerings to their perspective clients as a result of this cooperation agreement.

We are pleased to be able to collaborate with 3E to develop new services and products that we truly believe will provide increased value to clients of both companies. This is an excellent opportunity that presented itself following our acquisition of FLiDAR 6 weeks ago,” said Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO. “Both of our companies have a culture of innovation,” added Geert Palmers, 3E CEO, “and by combining our efforts we plan to bring new innovative solutions to market very quickly.

The MOU officially became effective October 26, 2015.

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Press Release – 28 October, 2015 IBM Plans to Acquire The Weather Company’s Product and Technology Businesses; Extends Power of Watson to the Internet of Things

The Weather Company’s data platform hosts the fourth-most used mobile app in the U.S.; Cloud-based service handles 26 billion requests a day

IBM ramps up new Watson IoT unit with powerful cloud platform for cognitive business

ARMONK, NY and ATLANTA, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web properties, including WSI, weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The TV segment – The Weather Channel – will not be acquired by IBM, but will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM under a long-term contract. The combination of technology and expertise from the two companies will serve as the foundation for the new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform, building on a $3B commitment made by IBM in March 2015 to invest in related offerings and services.

The planned acquisition would bring together IBM’s powerful cognitive and analytics platform and The Weather Company’s dynamic cloud data platform, which powers the fourth most-used mobile app daily in the United States and handles 26 billion inquiries to its cloud-based services each day. The deal would extend the reach of IBM’s cloud data services capabilities and expand The Weather Company’s business capabilities and consumer reach on a global scale. The Weather Company’s cloud-based data platform will allow IBM to collect an even larger variety and higher velocity of global data sets, store them, analyze them and in turn distribute them and empower richer and deeper insights across the Watson platform.

The Weather Company’s extremely high-volume data platform, coupled with IBM’s global cloud and the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of Watson, will be unsurpassed in the Internet of Things, providing our clients significant competitive advantage as they link their business and sensor data with weather and other pertinent information in real time,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Solutions Portfolio and Research. “This powerful cloud platform will position IBM to arm entire industries with deep multimodal insights that will help enterprises gain clarity and take action from the oceans of data being generated around them.

Upon closing, IBM will acquire The Weather Company product and technology assets that include the world’s leading meteorological data science experts, precision forecasting capabilities and a high-volume cloud platform that ingests, processes, analyzes and distributes enormous data sets at scale in real time. The company’s sophisticated models analyze data from three billion weather forecast reference points, more than 40 million smartphones and 50,000 airplane flights per day, allowing it to offer a broad range of data-driven products and services to more than 5000 clients in the media, aviation, energy, insurance and government industries.

The Weather Company’s mobile and web properties handle seven times the volume of the world’s leading search engine, while serving 82 million unique monthly visitors. The Weather Company’s platform can ingest a wide range of data at massive speed and scale, supporting an incredible volume of queries at very low latency. IBM plans to advance The Weather Company’s digital advertising platform and skills, which have driven effective monetization of weather information through data-driven advertising, to build additional ad-sponsored consumer and business solutions.

We see the next wave of improved forecasting coming from the intersection of atmospheric science, computer science and analytics,” said David Kenny, Chairman and CEO, The Weather Company. “Upon closing of this deal, The Weather Company will continue to be able to help improve the precision of weather forecasts and further deepen IBM’s Watson IoT capabilities by enabling the integration of global atmosphere and weather insights with enterprise information to create disruptive industry solutions that optimize decision-making.

Cognitive insights derived from data generated by the Internet of Things are transforming the ways in which entire industries operate. For example, predictive weather analytics coupled with real-time analysis of social media chatter, detailed understanding of transportation flows and other related data can help retailers and distributors finely tune and maintain availability of vital goods in times of need. Airlines can save millions of dollars annually by tapping multiple real-time and historical data sources to optimize fuel consumption, reduce delays and airport congestion, and improve passenger safety during disruptive conditions.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Watson IoT Unit Builds on $3B Investment to Bring Cognitive Computing to the IoT

The planned acquisition of The Weather Company and the launch of the Watson IoT unit adds to the $3B investment that IBM committed earlier this year to build out IoT-related offerings and services. Since that initial announcement IBM developers and researchers have significantly accelerated work on new cloud-based technologies, solutions and services that will apply Watson’s cognitive computing power to the Internet of Things to uncover new patterns and correlations that help businesses, institutions and individuals make better decisions. It joins a growing portfolio of Watson-fueled businesses that includes the Watson Health unit announced in April 2015.

The Weather Company and IBM formed a strategic alliance earlier this year to integrate real-time weather insights into business to improve operational performance and decision-making. Through the alliance, IBM licensed The Weather Company’s cloud data platform and collaborated with The Weather Company’s B2B division to deliver joint industry solutions, data services packages and APIs that enable businesses and developers to integrate real-time weather insights into business. (Read more: ibm.biz/BdHsp5)

Earlier this year, The Weather Company announced plans to shift the massive weather data services platform that powers its B2B division to the IBM Cloud.

The Weather Company is owned by a consortium comprising the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, and NBCUniversal.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearance and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

For more information on IBM and The Weather Company, please visit: ibm.biz/ibmweather

Press Release – 16 November, 2015 Lufft wins Innovation Award of Baden-Wuerttemberg

The measurement and control technology company Lufft was selected as one winner of the “Dr. Rudolf Eberle Prize” at “Haus der Wirtschaft” in Stuttgart. The award includes prize money of 10.000 Euros. With the innovation of its new mobile road sensor MARWIS, the company from Fellbach triumphed over a field of 77 competitors. Peter Hofelich, the state secretary of the Ministry of Finance in Baden-Wuerttemberg, presented the prize to Lufft managing directors Klaus Hirzel and Axel Schmitz Hübsch. Since 1985, the Baden-Wuerttemberg innovation award has celebrated medium-sized companies in the region who have developed outstanding innovations in the fields of industry, trade, and technological services.

At the prize ceremony, Lufft manager Klaus Hirzel explained: “Being inaugurated into the line of exceptional and creative developers in this state with this award fills us all with pride. The MARWIS sensor is a result of exceptional engineering expertise and a business plan focused on innovation. In doing so, we followed our credo: global thinking, creative development, punctual and error-free availability.

Baden Innovation Award Winners Lufft
Photo courtesy of Tom Maurer – Photography & Artwork

The innovative road sensor MARWIS impressed the 12 members of the expert jury, who are elected by the Ministry of Finance from the fields of business and technology. The mobile sensor was introduced in 2014 and is a road weather information sensor that detects road conditions and environmental data reliably. Installed on vehicles, MARWIS records data in real time and straight from the car.

Besides road surfaces (dry, humid, frozen, snow-capped and critically or chemically wet), the sensor records data such as road surface temperature, water film height, dew point temperature, ice percentage, friction, and humidity. In doing so, the sensor increases road safety, offers evidence in the case of traffic accidents, aids route planning, and enhances the efficiency of winter service.

Latter will be investigated more precisely. The wholly Lufft owned subsidiary MICKS MSR GmbH which is specialized on meteorological all-in-one systems in the field of transport, is part of a leading edge project of the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt). The order serves the research and development of a distance-based prediction of slippery roads and thus the advancement of the winter road maintenance. The data will also be incorporated into the journey time calculation of navigation systems in future. In the course of this, the award-winning MARWIS sensor goes into action for the qualification of the data models. More information about the digital test field at the A9 can be found at: http://bit.ly/1MrVa4q.

About the Innovation Award of Baden-Wuerttemberg
The Dr. Rudolf-Eberle Prize is named after the former Minister of Economics. The prize committee chooses the winners based on the criteria technical progress, special entrepreneurial achievement and sustainable economic success. The winners will receive official certificates and prizes worth a total of 50,000 euros. Reason for the award is the recognition of innovations as one of the most important factors for attractive business regions. For this, Baden-Wuerttemberg, the region with the highest Innovation Index in whole Europe, fits particularly well. The country of the inventors should continue to develop new products and make business processes more efficient as in the past years to keep its high innovation standard.

About G. Lufft Mess‐ und Regeltechnik GmbH
Since its founding by Gotthilf Lufft in 1881, G. Lufft GmbH has been the leader in the production of climatological measuring equipment – always with the motto “tradition meets innovation”. Lufft’s capacity for innovation and precision has helped its products establish the solid reputation they enjoy around the world. The company’s products can be found in use wherever variables such as air pressure, temperature, relative humidity and other environmental factors need to be measured. Together with its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in China, the company has 100 employees. In November 2012, G. Lufft GmbH was awarded the German Standards Brand Prize and was named a “Brand of the Century”. More information at: www.lufft.com

Company contact:
G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH
Gutenbergstraße 20
70736 Fellbach,

Helena Wingert
E-Mail: pr@lufft.de
Phone: 0049 711 51822 0
Fax: 0049 711 51822 41

Press Release – 21 November, 2015 DeltaLINK-Cloud – a free new online data viewing and sharing service for Delta-T Devices loggers

Delta-T Devices Ltd has launched DeltaLINK-Cloud (http://www.delta-t.co.uk/datalink-cloud.asp) – a powerful free online service for use with Delta-T data loggers. It offers secure cloud-based connectivity, data management, and automatic data retrieval. Users can easily upload, store, view, and share their data.

The DeltaLINK-Cloud website makes it simple to monitor the status of devices, graph uploaded data in multiple visual styles, combine datasets, and export data. It also enables users to easily and quickly share access to reports (including live data) with project collaborators/stakeholders across the globe. All website functionality comes for free and is accessible from most modern internet capable devices (phones, tablets and computers).

Delta-T Devices GP2, GP1 and DL6 data loggers can all be connected to DeltaLINK-Cloud using a Delta-T Devices GPRS “gateway”. Data upload schedules can be customised from DeltaLINK-Cloud. Delta-T provides Smart SIM cards for the GPRS modem, providing an optimum user experience and support service. These Smart SIM cards can even connect to multiple network providers – helping to ensure a stable connection at all times.

Status (power level, signal strength, etc.) can be monitored and program-settings (feature coming soon) changed remotely. Reports can contain charts for data from one or more loggers. Charting is customisable and can be saved in report form for future use – which can be shared via a unique system-generated URL link.

Key features of DeltaLINK-Cloud:

• Free service – Use of the website is totally free. (Purchasing of a GPRS modem and data charges will apply if using that option).
• Collaborative – Enables online sharing of data via a shared link.
• Monitor all loggers in one place – With DeltaLINK-Cloud you can bring the management, monitoring and sharing of your data into one convenient free-to-use portal.
• Mobile devices (responsive website) – The website has been designed to work on the latest smart devices as well as desktops. It is compatible with smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop devices.
• Report creation and sharing – Users can add and remove charts, and create custom reports for their data (single or multiple datasets). These can be saved and easily shared with colleagues.
• Smart SIM card provided by Delta-T Devices – This makes the cost of the Smart SIM card lower, and enables easier set-up. Our Smart SIM cards will also be able to connect to multiple providers – increasing the reliability and availability of connections.
• Secure and encrypted – The latest best practices for security have been employed in the creation of DeltaLINK-Cloud and the website is only accessible through an SSL (encrypted) connection.
• Multi-language (French, German, Spanish, Chinese).

Visitors to www.deltalink-cloud.com can explore the features of the site, and instantly experiment with live demo data – to quickly understand the benefits that the service offers. In addition, a DeltaLINK-Cloud information page can be accessed at: www.delta-t.co.uk/deltalink-cloud.asp.

Press Release – 3 December, 2015 Biral Celebrates 40 years in business

Biral, one of the leading manufacturers of meteorological instruments, is this month celebrating its 40th anniversary in business.

The company’s products are used across a diverse number of applications in the aviation, oil, gas, marine and wind energy markets as well as for roads and highways.

Biral has a track record of designing and making innovative products including advanced weather sensors covering precipitation, wind, speed and direction, temperature, visibility and thunderstorm detection through to aerosol analysers. Biral also develops bespoke products to meet specific customer requirements and has a successful history in collaboration with leading universities.

The company name Biral is an acronym for Bristol Industrial Research Association Ltd and it is engaged in continuous research and development in the meteorological field to bring tried and tested products to market.

Biral has experienced strong sales growth over the last four years coming from an international client base stretching from Tokyo to Vancouver. The company continues to expand its team, recently strengthening this in engineering, sales and marketing.

Research and development continues apace and one of the most recent products to emerge is the new BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector which for the first time in the market is able to warn of imminent thunder and lightning up to 83km away. Nathan Neal, Biral’s Marketing Director comments, “Further products will come out of the company’s forward research and development programme and we have an ambitious growth plan based on increasing market share in our established markets where Biral is recognised for innovative, high specification products with proven reliability”.

Such is the quality and reliability of its products, that Biral has recently extended the warranty on many of its visibility and present weather sensors to 5 years as standard, with the option of extending this to 15 years. This is a testament to the precision engineering, high quality materials, quality control and the company’s extensive market experience.

When the company was founded in 1975, Biral was a leading UK distributor of scientific instrumentation in aerosol science, meteorology, fluid mechanics, filter testing and environmental monitoring. By 1993, Biral had moved into engineering and manufacture, leading to a series of contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence to develop specialist biological warfare agent detection equipment. The aerosol technology used in these contracts was developed in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and this brought about a range of commercial aerosol monitoring instruments. Four years later in 1997, Biral acquired market leading visibility and present weather sensor technology from the US company HSS Inc., and this in turn led to the manufacture of its own meteorological sensing devices which has gradually been expanded over the years to establish Biral as a leader in this market.

Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787, email: enquiries@biral.com or by visiting the website http://www.biral.com/

Press Release – 10 December, 2015 – MSI to Deliver 3 AXYS Buoys to Assist Safe Passage Through the Port of Melbourne – Australasia’s Largest Maritime Hub

Sidney, BC Canada – Metocean Services International (MSI) has signed a contract with Port of Melbourne Corporation for two TRIAXYS directional wave buoys and an AXYS WatchKeeper current, wave and met buoy. All 3 buoys will be built by AXYS Technologies in British Columbia, Canada, before being freighted directly to the Port of Melbourne.

The Port of Melbourne is Australasia’s largest maritime hub for containerized, automotive and general cargo. It is a key economic asset for businesses and people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia. With 2.6 million containers and 350,000 new motor vehicles handled each year, safe passage is paramount for the 3,000 ships that visit annually. The AXYS buoys will be a key component in providing real time current, wave and meteorological data to the port management system covering 100,000 hectares of port waters.

The TRIAXYS™ Directional Wave Buoy is a solar-powered precision instrument incorporating advanced technologies that make it an easy-to-use, reliable and rugged buoy for accurate measurement of directional waves. The sensor unit is comprised of three accelerometers, three rate gyros, a fluxgate compass, and the proprietary TRIAXYS™ Processor.

The AXYS WatchKeeper™ buoy is a 1.7m diameter polyethylene buoy specifically designed for deployments in coastal areas, lakes, reservoirs and rivers. The WatchKeeper™ hull is internationally proven as an aid to navigation (AToN) and can be deployed in water depths from 20 m to 500 m. Custom configurable with a wide range of sensors for monitoring meteorological and oceanographic parameters, it derives its wave data from the same sensor unit that is in the TRIAXYS™.

The systems being delivered to the Port of Melbourne Corporation will be fitted with radio and cellular telemetry systems as well as ISatPro for WatchCircle monitoring and terrestrial telemetry if required.

About MSI
Globally, MSI has successfully operated in 45 countries, conducting more than 150 measurement programmes, often in remote areas under challenging conditions. MSI’s success in efficiently planning and managing these worldwide projects can be attributed to an in-depth approach to individual projects, combined with extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, and its dedicated team of highly qualified and experienced engineers. For additional information visit www.metoceanservices.com or please e-mailinfo@metoceanservices.com.

About AXYS Technologies
AXYS Technologies (AXYS) is an ISO 9001 registered Canadian company with over 40 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of remote environmental monitoring systems worldwide. We apply our knowledge and experience to marine, freshwater, and offshore wind resource assessment systems that measure aquatic, oceanic, and atmospheric parameters specific to clients’ needs. AXYS has built and commissioned more than 500 meteorological and oceanographic systems of various types around the world, in over 50 countries. For further information contact AXYS at: info@axys.com or www.axystechnologies.com.

Press release – 14 December, 2015 G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH Agrees to be Acquired by Hach Company Affiliate

An agreement was signed whereby an affiliate of Hach Company, Ott Hydromet GmbH, will acquire G. LUFFT MESS- UND REGELTECHNIK GMBH in a share purchase agreement. The acquisition will take place following regulatory clearance.

Lufft will become a part of Hach Environmental, a group of companies including Ott Hydromet, Sutron Corporation and Sea-Bird Scientific, that serves customers with high quality, reliable instruments focused on environmental monitoring solutions for natural resource and oceanographic applications. The addition of Lufft to the group is expected to provide core technologies in a wide range of meteorological, precipitation and cloud height sensors and instruments that have high accuracy and low maintenance requirements.

Lufft’s Chief Executive Officer, Klaus Hirzel, said “Lufft management believes that it was the right time to become part of a group of excellent companies in a global network. This will make Lufft even stronger and will give us a real global reach. The environmental community worldwide is looking for sustainable solutions which require excellent sensing technologies. This is Lufft’s mission statement. Being part of Hach Environmental offers us the long-term ownership structure we need to provide the best benefits to our customers, employees and shareholders.

We are pleased to have Lufft join the Hach Environmental group of companies,” said Glenn Cruger, President of Hach Environmental. “Lufft has a solid reputation as the leading innovator in meteorology sensors and solutions. Lufft’s best-in-class products are a great fit with our other leading brands.”

Dr. Anton Felder, President and Managing Director of the Sutron/Ott Hydromet business, added, “We are excited that Lufft will become a part of the Hydromet business. Together, Ott, Sutron and Lufft will offer customers a greater ability to measure the meteorological and hydrological parameters that are critical to understanding our global environment.”

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16 December, 2015 – ArabiaWeather Raises $7.1 Million to Expand its Hyper-local Weather Offerings to Consumers and Businesses in the Middle East

Among largest venture capital deals inked in the region in 2015
Substantial investments in network of weather stations to further enhance accuracy of hyper-local weather information

ArabiaWeather Inc., the Middle East’s largest weather company, has announced a new round of funding totaling $5.0 million, following the $2.1 million it raised earlier this year. The round, one of the largest venture deals raised in the region in 2015, is led by Silicon Badia and Wamda Capital, and includes the founding investor Jabbar Internet Group and DASH Ventures.

The investment will be used to continue growing ArabiaWeather’s consumer and enterprise offerings in the region. ArabiaWeather serves millions of consumers across the Middle East and North Africa with weather forecasts, information, and content, delivered through its web and mobile properties. The company will invest in expanding the reach of its flagship mobile app, which is one of the most popular native Arab mobile applications on both iOS and Android. For its consumer business, ArabiaWeather is also expanding its video coverage and content, and launching new specialized mobile apps targeted at weather aficionados.

Finally, the company is launching a new digital monetization unit that will allow advertisers to create smarter digital ad products which leverage ArabiaWeather’s weather and consumer data.

On the enterprise side, ArabiaWeather will further invest in developing integrated industry-specific solutions for businesses in the Middle East. The decision-support solutions enables companies in sectors that are particularly affected by weather conditions – such as aviation, marine, oil and gas, agriculture, insurance and retail – to save costs, enhance safety and drive operational efficiency.

Commenting on the investment, ArabiaWeather CEO Mohammed Al-Shaker said: “We are happy with the continued growth of our consumer-focused properties, and we will continue to serve our millions of users with the most accurate and informative weather forecasts and content by enhancing our mobile offerings and expanding our original video content. We are also extremely excited to continue working with some of the region’s leading enterprises and to provide them with cutting-edge weather products and services. We are expanding our regional sales presence and have a range of exciting products in our pipeline which we will introduce to the market very soon.”

ArabiaWeather’s products run on proprietary algorithms and numerical models which transform raw and isolated weather data points into processed, organized, and packaged weather information. The company plans to invest a portion of the proceeds of the round in its weather infrastructure, including expanding the deployment of its own weather stations across the region and the unique weather forecasting technology. The company also has plans to utilize its 35 million strong user-base to crowd-source more accurate hyper-local weather observations.

Commenting on the investment, Badia Impact Fund Managing Partner Namek Zu’bi said “We were thrilled with the growth and progress the company had made since our initial investment in 2014 so we decided to lead the company’s Series A alongside Wamda capital, Jabbar, and DASH Ventures. We continue to be surprised by the demand for weather products in this market. This round is purely for growth; we want to own weather in the Middle East region.”

Khaled Talhouni Managing Partner at Wamda Capital added “The funding is fully dedicated to further growing the company, which has established an exceptional track record as a premier provider of highly useful weather information in the region. We believe there is a true opportunity to further build ArabiaWeather’s portfolio of decision-support weather solutions for the benefit of companies and consumers in the region.”

About ArabiaWeather Inc.
ArabiaWeather Inc. is the first and largest private weather company in the Middle East and aspires to be the premier provider of accurate weather information for businesses and consumers. Founded in 2006, ArabiaWeather provides its customers with high-quality and tailored solutions backed by an extensive network of automatic weather stations. With its innovative flagship products and hyper-local weather solutions, the ArabiaWeather has evolved into the weather service provider of choice for many major corporations and more than 35 million consumers in the region. The company is headquartered in Amman, Jordan, and has an office in Dubai, UAE.

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December, 2015 – LufftPost Meteorology Newsletter
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December, 2015 – InterMET Asia Update
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Delta-T Devices – DeltaLINK Cloud: a free new online data viewing and sharing service for Delta-T Devices loggers

DeltaLINK CloudDeltaLINK-Cloud is a secure cloud based connectivity, data management and automatic data retrieval solution. The website allows a user to monitor the status of their devices, graph and export the uploaded data and share access to data with project collaborators/stakeholders. All website functionality comes for free and is accessible from most modern internet capable devices (phones, tablets and computers).


Gill Instruments. – WindObserver: Industrial-strength Anemometers

 WindObserverThe WindObserver ultrasonic anemometer now measures wind speeds up to 90m/s, making it suitable for cyclonic regions around the world. Further improvements across the range include the WindObserver ISwith improved processing performance, new message formats and averaging options.Click here for more information about the WindObserver range


Lufft – Weather Sensor WS800: As fast as lightning: The new weather sensor with lightning detection

  Weather Sensor WS800The new module WS800 detects the radiated electromagnetic waves of a thunderbolt. By way of appropriate algorithms and filters it reliably detects the lightning discharges. Extensive tests with lighting simulators performed by Lufft engineers in the laboratory and in the field confirmed, among other results, the sensor’s resistance against electromagnetic radiation, which occurs, for example, on high speed train rails.


Seba Hydrometrie – GaugeKeeper: Optical Water Level Measurement and Intelligent Flood Alarm Management System

GaugeKeeperThe patented SEBA-GaugeKeeperby SEBA Hydrometrie GmbH & Co. KG is an innovative system for detecting and recording water levels using an intelligent image processing technology. In addition to the digitized measured values, it stores current images from the measurement site and transmits them via GPRS to any FTP server.The intelligent camera system consists of a high-definition camera, an illuminator, a data logger and data transmitter. The set-up can easily be mounted on a water gauge station or a mast. Due to its low power consumption the GaugeKeeper can be powered permanently autonomously by battery or solar panel. The programmable alarm management system immediately in¬forms the operator via SMS in case of floods or other critical situations (e.g in case the freely definable thresholds are exceeded/fallen below, low battery voltage or sensor drift).

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Satellites for Climate Services: Case Studies for Establishing an Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space, Geneva, Switzerland, 2015
The report describes case studies that demonstrate the direct or indirect value of Earth observation satellites for climate services. Climate services (climate information prepared and delivered to meet a user’s needs (WMO, 2011)) are recognized as vital for decision making in climate-sensitive societal sectors, such as food security, water management, disaster risk reduction and health. Against a backdrop of human-induced climate change and the need for adaptation and mitigation, reliable, quality-controlled climate information at a global level is essential to inform decisions. Satellites are uniquely placed to provide a global perspective on the climate system, to contribute to the monitoring of the 26 Essential Climate Variables (ECV) (GCOS, 2011), and to inform regional and local climate analyses.

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FINAL REPORT – JCOMM Pilot Intercomparison Project for Seawater Salinity Measurements, 2015
The Pilot Inter-comparison Project for Seawater Salinity Measurements is organized by The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and undertaken by the Regional Marine Instrument Center for the Asia-Pacific Region (RMIC/AP). As the first inter-comparison project under JCOMM framework in history, the purpose is of understanding the overall quality level of salinity measurements of JCOMM Members/Member States and observation programmes, identifying the differences and promoting the expertise of salinity measurements.
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JCOMM Ship Observations Team (SOT), Annual Report for 2014, Published 2015
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Associated Programme on Flood Management Newsletter, October, 2015
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DRAFT PUBLICATION – WMO Information System and WMO Space Programme Guide to the Direct Broadcast Network (DBNet) for Near Real-Time Relay of Low Earth Orbit Satellite Data, Geneva Switzerland, 6 October, 2015
The purpose of this Guide is to define the minimum standards applicable to the Direct Broadcast Network for Near Real-Time Relay of Low Earth Orbit Satellite Data (DBNet) and to provide guidance for implementing these standards. This Guide is primarily directed to the DBNet station operators and coordinating entities. It also contains provisions for consideration by providers of processing software and by satellite operators. Furthermore, it can be a useful reference for the users of DBNet products.

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