Welcome to the first HMEI Newsletter for 2016. Now that the New Year festivities have settled down we can concentrate on our endeavours for the coming year.

Looking back to the beginning of 2016, the HMEI Council (Council-24) met during the recent 96th American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans, USA. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the HMEI Councilors for their attendance and recognize their input to the activities of the Association.

We look forward in June to the coming WMO Executive Council (EC-68) where again HMEI will be in attendance and, in particular, to the anticipated 3rd HMEI/WMO High Level Consultative Meeting (HLCM-3) where topics of mutual interest and benefit to both organizations are discussed.

We also look forward to September in Madrid, Spain for the next major session of the WMO Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO-2016). HMEI as an Observer Member of WMO is invited to attend all sessions of TECO-2016 and as such, HMEI Members are also able to register to attend as HMEI Representatives.

In conjunction with TECO-2016 the Meteorological Technology World Expo will take place from 27-29 September with the second International Workshop on Metrology for Meteorology and Climate (MMC-2016). Of interest is the offer from the organizers of Meteorological Technology World Expo of a 10% discount on their stand space to members of HMEI. As the world’s largest exhibition in the meteorological arena, I hope that many of our members will take advantage of this generous offer.

During the above exhibition, HMEI will be holding the 18th Session of our General Assembly on 28th September (more information about the time and venue will follow closer to the date). I hope that many of our fellow members will join me in attendance.

Finally, I would like to wish all our members a year full of activity and prosperity.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Day
Chairman, HMEI

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MBW Calibration AG is a privately held Swiss company founded in 1963 that develops, manufactures, calibrates and supplies high precision dew point hygrometers and humidity generators. National standard laboratories around the world use MBW instruments as calibration transfer standards and for intercomparisons.

MBW dew point mirrors are used by manufacturers of humidity instruments as reference instruments for calibration of humidity sensors used in weather stations and radiosondes. Since July 2011 MBW’s calibration laboratory has been ISO17025 accredited for humidity and temperature calibration and in 2014 MBW became the Swiss Designated Institute for Hygrometry.

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

The Minutes for Council-24 have been published on the HMEI website www.hmei.org for access by HMEI Members only.


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
We are pleased to report that a number of candidates have been nominated for this year’s HMEI Award for Young Engineers. A distinguished panel of judges drawn from industry and the World Meteorological Organisation will shortly begin the selection process, with the winner being announced at the HMEI General Assembly during Meteorological Technology World Expo. The prize consists of a medal, certificate and cash award of 3,000 Swiss Francs.

2.  Third Session of the WMO-HMEI High Level Consultative Meeting (HLCM-3)
Preparations are underway for the next HLCM between the Chair and Executive Secretary of HMEI and the higher management of WMO, including the WMO President and Secretary General. The meeting is scheduled to take place during the WMO Executive Council in June.

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

The Secretariat is pleased to announce that HMEI has agreed to be an industry partner in the upcoming Polar Challenge. The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) are jointly promoting a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to complete a 2,000 km mission with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic. The WCRP-FPA2 Polar Challenge, with prize money totaling 500,000 CHF, is a global competition challenging teams to push the boundaries of polar ocean monitoring capabilities.

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4.  Joint WMO-OIC Satcom Forum to share HMEI booth at Meteorological Technology World Expo
WMO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) are proposing to hold a Satcom Forum at the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 from 27 to 29 September in Madrid, Spain. Satcom’s aim is to bring together users and providers of satellite based communication systems and related equipment. More information about their meeting can be found under Upcoming WMO Meetings and Workshops.

The Satcom Interim Executive Committee (Satcom IEC) proposes that HMEI are involved in this very important activity to facilitate the participation of HMEI members at their Madrid meeting and in the ongoing forum.

According to Satcom IEC there are two key parts to involving HMEI. One is to ensure that Hydro/Meteo industry is informed and has the opportunity to participate in their meeting. The second is to share the HMEI booth with Satcom representatives to enable Satcom to have a presence in the Expo hall and to facilitate the registering of participants in Satcom.

If you wish to be informed when the meeting is confirmed, please contact the HMEI Secretariat on hmei-org@wmo.int

5. Meeting with Management team from TendersInfo
It was our pleasure to meet with Mr Aditja Jha, CEO, Mr Varun Kushani, Associate Vice President, Business Development and Mr Prakash Yewale, Associate Vice President Customer Care. Ongoing discussions revolved around the service to HMEI members. TendersInfo assured us that they would be pleased to listen to any ideas from our members on anyway the service could be improved.

Please contact the HMEI Secretariat on hmei-org@wmo.int with your suggestions.

6. 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

Members who are intending or have registered to exhibit at Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 are reminded that only current financial members are eligible for the 10% discount on their stand.

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WHOS – WMO Hydrological Observing System

WHOS is a portal to the online holdings of National Hydrological Services (NHS) around the world that publish their historical (OBS) and/or real-time (RT) data without restrictions or cost. It represents the hydrological component of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS)..

Click here to access WHOS

Source: www.wmo.int


182 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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DRAFT FINAL REPORT – First meeting of the interim Satcom Executive Committee, Geneva, 23 February 2016
Of particular interest to HMEI members is the Satcom Executive Committee’s “Outreach strategy and action plan”.
The meeting agreed to work with HMEI as an important partner in this activity for equipment manufacturers in meteo/hydro fields. It also agreed that Satcom needs to have direct contact with known manufacturers from other groups, such as oceanography, and network operators. The meeting highlighted the need to tailor a message to each group so that their concepts of Satcom are clear. In addition to the formal outreach activities, Satcom committee members should reach out to each group in order to keep it personal.
Click here to access the meeting page and then click on Final Report

MEMBER REPORT – The Joint Meeting of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems Expert Team on Aircraft Based Observing Systems (ET-ABO) and the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observations, Casablanca, Morocco, 7-11 December, 2015

Our thanks go to Mr Bryce Ford, SpectraSensors, USA for his report on the joint meetings.

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The Joint Meeting of the WMO CBS Expert Team on Aircraft Based Observing Systems (ET-ABO) and the CIMO Expert Team on Aircraft-based Observations (ET-AO) was opened by the Chair, Mr Frank Grooters, on 7 December 2015 at the headquarters of the Direction de la Météorologie Nationale (DMN) in Casablanca, Morocco. The session was addressed by the Deputy Director of DMN, Mr Omar Chafki who welcomed all participants to the Joint Meeting on behalf of DMN and also welcomed the opportunity provided by WMO to host the session in Casablanca, Morocco. Mr Etienne Charpentier, Chief of the Observing Systems Division of the WMO Secretariat also welcomed participants on behalf of WMO and the WMO Secretary General.

The Chairs of the two expert teams reported on the progress made on work plans over the past two years, of which some significant achievements had been completed. The session was informed about and discussed the progress being made in each WMO region in maintaining and developing AMDAR programmes and increasing the availability of ABO through the planning and implementation process in collaboration with WMO Regional Associations, as established by ET-ABO and endorsed by CBS and Congress (Cg-17). A significant portion of the meeting addressed the individual work plans of the two expert teams. The meeting was also informed about and discussed the WIGOS Pre-Operational Phase being undertaken over the coming inter-sessional period of Congress and the various aspects of WIGOS development that would impact upon ABO. The session addressed recent ABO technical developments, improving the planning and implementation process, review and revision of respective work plans, and reporting to WMO. The closure of the meeting was addressed by the Director of DMN Morocco, Mr Abdalah Mokssit.

Click here to download the full report of the joint meeting

FINAL REPORT – The WMO Flood Forecasting Initiative Advisory Group (FFI-AG) Second Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-3 December, 2015
The objective of the WMO Flood Forecasting Initiative (WMO-FFI), established by WMO in 2003, is to “Improve the capacity of meteorological and hydrological services to jointly deliver timely and more accurate products and services required in flood forecasting and warning and in collaborating with disaster managers, active in flood emergency preparedness and response”.
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Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology, Joint Meeting of ET-ETC and ET-GOV, Wellington, New Zealand, 30 November – 3 December 2015
The meeting reviewed outcomes and discussed future directions of various WMO and ICAO bodies.
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FINAL REPORT – Eighth Tropical Cyclone RSMCs/TCWCs Technical Coordination Meeting, Miami, Florida, USA, 2-6 November 2015
The tropical cyclone warning programs are critical parts of a Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS). Following the Sendai, Japan Disaster Risk Reduction meeting, initiatives toward establishing MHEWSs will result in proactive contributions by members on improvements and expansions of existing systems. This committee will play a role in implementing the framework on DRR from the Sendai meeting. The role of the TCM needs to be strengthened in this global coordination and continue to work with Commissions like the CBS to assist in the implementation of improvements.
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FINAL REPORT – 6th meeting of the Volcanic Ash Scientific Advisory Group (VASAG), Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 23-24 October 2015
The meeting discussed areas of interest including:
• Global Volcano Eruption Source Parameter (ESP) database for restless volcanoes
• Infrasound
• Volcanic cloud thickness and stratification
• Next generation geostationary satellite applications
• Use of radar data for volcanic ash applications training
• Volcano risk and monitoring recommendations
• Benchmarking current and future satellite based retrieval schemes
• Appropriate methods for assessing aviation hazards and risk
• Visible / discernible ash and SO2 monitoring
• Future Space-based payloads
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WORKSHOP REPORT – 7th WMO International Volcanic Ash Workshop, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 19-23 October, 2015
The workshop, ‘Science into Operations, Now and into the Future’ was attended by nearly 100 delegates. The aim of the workshop was the improvement of the scientific aspects of the International Airways Volcano Watch including:
• The understanding and use of ground-based volcanic monitoring;
• Detecting, analysing and tracking volcanic clouds;
• Forecasting ash cloud dispersion.
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FINAL REPORT – WMO Polar Space Task Group SAR Coordination Working Group Fourth Session, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 8-9 October 2015
The meeting discussed: Review of achievements; Consolidate response activities and agree on an actionable Coordinated Imaging Strategy; Adoption of a 3-year Implementation Plan; and Discussion of Communications, Compendium and Data Access.

The Three Year Implementation Plan is to focus on the mandate, objectives, communications, activities and resources. The activities cover four science themes: permafrost, wet snow, floating ice and ice sheets.
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FINAL REPORT – Ad hoc Workshop on WIGOS Metadata for Space-based Observations, Geneva, Switzerland, 29 September – 1 October, 2015
As a major outcome the workshop concluded that the WIGOS Metadata Standard (WMDS) is applicable and should be used by the meteorological satellites community, after a few additions and small adjustments that were identified. Specific results of the workshop include the following: for space-based observations the WMDS should be applicable to both level one and level two data; a few additional metadata elements are needed in the WMDS to accommodate all the variables existing in OSCAR/Requirements and all the fields currently existing in OSCAR/Space database; some use cases should be developed and included in the WMDS, to illustrate the usage of the WMDS to space-based observations.
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FINAL REPORT – The Second Session of the Inter-Commission Coordination Group on the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (ICG-WIGOS) Task Team on the Plan for the WIGOS Pre-operational Phase (TT-WPP-2), Geneva, Switzerland, 15 – 17 September 2015
The session discussed each of the five key priority areas for the WIGOS Pre-operational Phase (2016-2019). Concise timelines with deadlines and deliverables for each of the priority areas were developed.
Based on these discussions, TT-PWPP-2 formulated the way forward for the WIGOS development work and agreed on a number of deliverables to be presented to ICG-WIGOS-5, with a view to subsequent submission to EC-68 for approval.
Finally, the session reviewed the linkages between WIGOS and other WMO priority areas and provided its recommendations on how to improve the exploitation of the synergies between them.
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MEMBER REPORT – Third meeting of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Maintenance and Monitoring (IPET-DRMM), Beijing, China, 20 – 24 July 2015

Our thanks go to Mr Marian Majan, IBL Software Engineering for his report of the above meeting

Attendees at the meeting:
Chair: Simon Elliott (EUMETSAT)
Co-chair: José Mauro de Rezende (Brazil)
Co-chair: Jitsuko Hasegawa (Japan; remote access)
Weiqing Qu (Australia)
Yves Pelletier (Canada)
Fang Zhao (China)
Enrice Fucile (ECMWF)
Kemal Rebai (France)
Sibylle Krebber (Germany)
Kentaro Tsuboi (Japan)
Sunghoi Huh (Republic of Korea)
Alexander Kats (Russian Federation)
Kemal Dokuyucu (Turkey)
Richard Weedon (UK; remote access)
Jeffrey Ator (USA)
Thomas Heinemann (EUMETSAT)
Marian Majan (HMEI)
Neil Halsey (ICAO; remote access)
Lianchun Song (China)
Chenghu Sun (China)
David Berry (JCOMM; remote access)
Stephen Foreman (WMO secretariat)
Atsushi Shimazaki (WMO secretariat)

IPET-DRMM III Meeting Photo

Discussion Items:
The team and corresponding task-teams are focusing on the one of the main team



activity which is the preparation of the new formats edition – BUFR edition 5 and GRIB edition 3. The meeting agreed to push forward with the next editions and to finish specification preparation for final approval during the next IPET-DRMM meeting (in year 2016).

The meeting approved multiple new GRIB2 parameters for fire modeling, climate study, hydrological modeling, templates for spatio-temporal changing tiles and ground surface conditions. New BUFR templates were introduced and approved for dropsonde, new satellite observations, high resolution radiosonde observations, multiple hydrological products, radar products and others.
The meeting also agreed to forward METAR and SPECI slight modifications based on the Amendment 77 to ICAO Annex 3 for adoption between CBS sessions.

The meeting closely discussed difficulty with regards to the migration of upper-air FM 35 TEMP and FM 32 PILOT bulletins to TDCF. Data processing NWP centres reports issues with the processing of converted upper-air BUFR messages that consist of four separated parts (as result of “reformating” TAC parts). The meeting came to the consensus that the reporting of multiple parts in BUFR reports is against the B/C 25 regulation (the regulation requests to report data up to 100 hPa first and entire observation when available).
It was noted that president of CBS has approved a letter on migrating upper-air reports to BUFR which was posted on 7 July 2015 and urges continuing transmission of TAC TEMP parts A, B, C, and D, if it is unable to produce upper-air BUFR reports that contain complete ascents.

IPET-DRMM III Meeting - Excursion to China Meteorological Administration

IPET-DRMM III Meeting – Excursion to China Meteorological Administration

The team discussed issues of reporting of upper-air data additional information, which differs in the bulletins produced by varied radio-sonde software. Moreover, reporting of additional information for upper-air data after the template 3 09 052 contradicts the BUFR syntax as coordinates should be listed prior descriptors they are applied for (in this case, coordinates should be listed prior sequence 3 09 052).
Meeting agreed to amend B/C 25 regulation, replace list of additional data in the Annex II of B/C regulation with a new template 3 01 028 (Additional information on radiosonde ascent) with extended list of descriptors that should fully cover needs of all producers.
Meeting also agreed to amend B/C 25 regulation by addition of Note (4) where it is requested that any additional information, if available, should be listed in the sequence 3 01 128 which shall precede the sequence 3 09 052.

To download the final report click here 

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Third Session of the HMEI-WMO High Level Consultancy Meeting (HLCM-3), Geneva, Switzerland, 15 June, 2016
By invitation only the meeting discusses matters of mutual interest to HMEI and WMO


HMEI General Assembly 18th Session (GA-18), Madrid, Spain, September, 2016
Hall 4, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón, 5, 28042 Madrid, España

HMEI Council 25th Session (Council-25), Madrid, Spain, September, 2016
Hall 4, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón, 5, 28042 Madrid, España

Date, time and room number of above meetings to be advised in due course.

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Seventh session of the JCOMM Observations Coordination Group (OCG-7), Esporles, Spain, 4 – 6 Apr 2016

Executive Council Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (EC WG DRR) 1st Session, Geneva, 4-7 April 2016
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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
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Ninth Session of the CBS OPAG-IOS Implementation/Coordination Team on Integrated Observing Systems (ICT-IOS-9), Geneva, Switzerland, 18-21 April, 2016
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Joint CBS Expert Team on WIS centres (ET-WISC) and Task Team on GISCs (TT-GISC), Melbourne, Australia, 18-22 April, 2016

18th session of the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC-18), Boulder, Colorado, USA, 25 – 27 Apr 2016

High Impact Weather (HIWeather) Meeting and WWRP Working Groups meetings, Exeter, UK, 25 – 29 Apr 2016

1st Workshop of the International Cloud Working Group (ICWG), Lille, France, 17-20 May, 2016
The goals of the workshop are to assess and enhance cloud retrieval schemes, extend their applicability in complex situations, and better characterize their validity. Experts working with cloud parameter retrieval schemes from passive imagers (e.g. METEOSAT, AVHRR and MODIS), passive microwave (e.g. AMSR), and active lidar/radar observations (e.g. CloudSat, CALIPSO) are invited to participate in the workshop and to contribute to the cloud parameter inter-comparison and validation activities.
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Fourth Meeting of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation, Maintenance and Monitoring (IPET-DRMM-4), Geneva, Switzerland, 30 May – 3 June, 2016
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WMO Executive Council – Sixty Eighth Session (EC-68), Geneva, Switzerland, 15 – 24 Jun 2016

CIMO TECO-2016, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), under the auspices of the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observations (CIMO), is organizing the 2016 WMO Technical Conference on Meteorological and Environmental Instruments and Methods of Observation (TECO-2016) with the theme: Ensuring sustained high-quality meteorological observations from sea, land and upper atmosphere in a changing world.

TECO-2016 will be held in Madrid, Spain, at the kind invitation of Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET), at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, from 27 to 30 September 2016.

The Conference will take place in conjunction with the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 (27-29 September 2016), which is being independently organized by UKIP Media and Events Ltd, and with the second International Workshop on Metrology for Meteorology and Climate (MMC-2016, 26-27 September 2016).

TECO-2016 is for experts in instruments and methods of observation from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, research institutes and the private sector. It promotes the exchange of information on the latest developments in instrumentation, methods of observation and related topics. All this in a changing society: assessing the quality and traceability of data sourced from partner and private networks, capitalizing on information provided by social media and crowdsourcing, and also adapting to the challenges and opportunities of big data. It provides an invaluable opportunity for training and capacity development, particularly for participants from developing countries, who are strongly encouraged to present their work at the Conference.

Those wishing to present an oral or poster presentation at TECO-2016 are kindly requested to complete the electronic version of the Abstract Submission Form, which is available on-line at:

There is an exhibition in conjunction with Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 and TECO-2016. Visit http://www.meteorologicaltechnologyworldexpo.com/ for more information

Joint WMO-OIC Satcom Forum, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016
WMO and IOC are proposing to hold a Satcom Forum at the Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016 from 27 to 29 September in Madrid, Spain. Satcom’s aim is to bring together users and providers of satellite based communication systems as well as industry that sell and support related equipment. This activity is being coordinated by the WMO/IOC Satcom interim Executive Committee (Satcom IEC).

If you wish to be informed when the meeting is confirmed, please contact the HMEI Secretariat on hmei-org@wmo.int

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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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2016 AMS Washington Forum, Washington , DC, USA 12 – 14 April 2016
As a member of the weather, water, and climate community meet with senior federal agency officials, congressional staff, and other community members to hear about the status of current programs, learn about new initiatives, discuss issues of interest to the community, identify business opportunities, and speak out about data and other needs.
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32nd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Juan, Porto Rico, 17 – 22 April 2016
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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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All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2016, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4-5 May, 2016
All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewable energy event, allowing the entire spectrum of the renewables industry to showcase their energy solutions. The free-to-attend annual conference and exhibition brings together the UK’s largest group of buyers from the bioenergy, solar, offshore and onshore wind and wave & tidal sectors, as well as those involved in energy storage, transmission and onsite generation. Since its launch in 2001, All-Energy has provided the industry suppliers, experts and thought-leaders from the renewable energy supply chain the opportunity to connect with new customers, increase their sales opportunities and expand business networks in this fast-changing marketplace.
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Sensor+Test 2016 – The Measurement Fair, Nürnberg, Germany, 10-12 May, 2016
Worldwide, there is no comparable platform that offers such an intensive innovation dialog between suppliers of sensors, measuring and testing technology and users from all major industries. The permanently increasing number of exhibitors from abroad is an impressive confirmation of this fact – and this trend to even greater internationality is also reflected by the highly qualified visitors.

Suppliers and users appreciate the short paths at the SENSOR+TEST, its clear structure, and its dense information content. The key to a successful presentation at the fair is not the size of the stand, but the degree of competence, technology, and innovation.

The SENSOR+TEST is a must for developers and engineers across all industries. As an exhibitor you can expect to meet exactly those potential customers, who need your expert knowledge to implement their innovative tasks. You can be sure that practically all of your discussions will be about their concrete projects, which in turn will give you many ideas for the further development of your products and services.
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International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)-CORDEX 2016, Stockholm, Sweden, 17-20 May, 2016
The International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)-CORDEX 2016 will bring together the international community involved in regional climate research focusing on high resolution climate information, and its applications to the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation community and the full spectrum of potential end users of regional climate information. It will further promote the CORDEX vision to advance and coordinate the science and application of regional climate downscaling through global partnerships.
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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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44th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology, Austin, TX, USA, 15 – 17 June 2016
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The Joint 8th China Exhibition on Technology and Equipment of Meteorology Science and Hydrology 2016 and The 10th China Exhibition on Lightening Protection Technology and Equipment 2016, Beijing, China, 19-21 June, 2016
A unique national-level professional exhibition in China and the largest meteorology and lightening protection exhibition in Asia, organized and supported by China Meteorological Administration and Chinese Meteorological Society, the China Exhibition on Technology and Equipment of Meteorology Science & Hydrology now in its 8th session and the China Exhibition on Lightening Protection Technology & Equipment in its 10th session, both experiencing great success in past years. In addition to users from China, merchants and agents from Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and the Middle East will also visit and trade at the exhibition.
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32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Third Conference on Biogeosciences, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 20 – 24 June 2016
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17th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Burlington, VT, USA, 27 June – 1 July 2016
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16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference & EXPO SGEM2016, Albena, Bulgaria, 28 June-7 July, 2016
Following tradition, SGEM considers matters concerned with Geology and Mining, Oil and Gas, Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GIS, Informatics, Geoinformatics, Micro and Nanotechnologies, Water resources, Air and Climate, Ecosystems, Soils, Renewable Energy, Environmental Protection, Environmental Economics, Nano and Bio Technologies, Green Buildings Design and Architecture.
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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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2016 AMS Summer Community Meeting – WATER IS LIFE: SOCIETAL CHALLENGES & ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITIES, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA, 19 – 21 July 2016
Demands for relevant, science based information continues to grow and it is clear to meet these information demands, the public, private, academic and NGO sectors will need to work closely together and with affected economic sectors as well as local, national and international government agencies.
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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 17th International Conference on Clouds & Precipitation, Manchester, UK, 25-29 July, 2016
The ICCP conferences are organised every 4 years by the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation, which is a commission of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS), an association of IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics).

The goal of the conference is to provide a venue for the presentation of scientific research in the area of clouds and precipitation and to encourage the exchange of ideas within the international community.
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Joint 21st Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology Conference and 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction, Madison, WI, USA, 15 – 19 August 2016
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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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CLIVAR Open Science Conference – “Charting the course for climate and ocean research”, Qingdao, China, 18-25 September 2016
The collective voice and expertise of the international climate community is essential in shaping the international research agenda on the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. The World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR – invites the international climate community to review the state of the science, to prioritize international research plans and to initiate new collaborations. In September 2016 CLIVAR will hold an Open Science Conference to engage the wider collection of scientists who work in this important area. A very limited number of exhibit booths are available during the conference.
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Meteorological Technology World Expo, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 September, 2016

Special Offer to HMEI members – save 10% on the cost of your stand

Meteorological Technology World Expo is the must-attend event for any company or organisation looking for more accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services. Now in its sixth year, this truly global exhibition attracts over 165 exhibiting companies and 2,500+ attendees from over 70 countries.

Meteorological Technology World Expo is a truly international exhibition of the very latest climate, weather and hydro-meteorological forecasting, measurement and analysis technologies and service providers for a global community of key decision makers within the aviation industry, shipping companies, marine/port installations, airports, military operations, off-shore exploration companies, wind farm operators, met offices, agriculture operations and research institutes.

Exhibition to be held in conjunction with WMO CIMO TECO-2016
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The 2nd Annual WeatherTech GCC, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 1-2 November, 2016
WeatherTech GCC will provide a unique platform in the GCC for specialists to share best practice, evaluate solutions and implement innovations in weather forecasting and climate change to ensure achievement of current and future development objectives. This innovative and specialised event will provide an opportunity for meteorologist, scientists, policy makers and creative thinkers to generate solutions to overcome challenges, develop future strategy and to guide improvement.

This event will build on the success of the 2015 event that brought together 120 attendees from seven nations over two days. The 2nd Annual WeatherTech GCC will facilitate accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services. WeatherTech GCC will support economic development, enable future sustainability and help to mitigate weather risk to industry and individuals.
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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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28th AMS Conference on Severe Local Storms, Portland, OR, USA, 7 – 11 November 2016
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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 at hmei@wmo.int.

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Press Release – 16 March, 2016 – TRIAXYS Wave Buoys selected for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

Sidney, BC Canada – AXYS Technologies Inc. has announced that three TRIAXYS Wave & Current Buoys were selected by Partrac Ltd as part of their recent metocean support services contract for the Rampion Offshore Wind farm. Partrac has been contracted to manage the supply, deployment, maintenance and delivery of metocean monitoring buoys throughout the wind farm’s construction phase.

The TRIAXYS wave buoys were selected because of their ability to measure both waves and 3D water column profile currents, meeting the requirements for reliable, robust data provision. Real-time wave, current and sea surface temperature data is transmitted to the secure cloud-based geo portal, AXYS-APS. The Rampion team accesses their data through the AXYS-APS website daily to inform safety critical operations, such as heavy lifts, vessel to vessel transfers, and operational planning on the Rampion construction site.

AXYS is very pleased to be supplying TRIAXYS wave and current buoys to Partrac so they can support safe operations during construction of the Rampion wind farm,” says Graham Howe, Director of Sales for Europe. “TRIAXYS buoys are designed and purpose-built to supply real-time operational data for large scale construction projects and they have a considerable track record over the last 15 years of accurate and reliable data delivery.

The Rampion Offshore Wind project is being developed by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank and Canadian energy company Enbridge 13 kilometers off the Sussex coast in the UK.

TRIAXYS Wave & Current Buoy deployed at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm construction site; credit: Partrac

TRIAXYS Wave & Current Buoy deployed at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm construction site; credit: Partrac

About Partrac Ltd.
Partrac is a survey company specialising in oceanographic, environmental, hydrographic and geophysical surveys. We have built a reputation for delivering high-quality data for complex engineering and environmental projects in challenging environments. We work with a range of clients including dredging companies, offshore renewable developers, utilities and environmental consultants worldwide.
For more information please visit the Partrac website: www.partrac.com

About AXYS
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 – 29 February, 2016 – AXYS Leads the Way to Commercial Acceptance of Floating LiDAR

AXYS Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce it has recently completed another two successful validation campaigns for its FLiDAR 6M wind assessment platform. This latest achievement marks the 9th and 10th independently reviewed offshore validations undertaken by AXYS to advance the commercial acceptance of its FLiDAR technology for offshore wind resource assessment in support of project financing.

The latest validation campaigns took place at FINO 1 in the North Sea and at West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea, adding 11 more months of validation data to AXYS’ already impressive body of evidence for commercial acceptance. Both validation campaigns achieved over 98% data availability through harsh winter storm conditions while meeting or exceeding the accuracy standards established by the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Roadmap.

DNV GL has carried out numerous independent validations of AXYS’ FLiDAR systems over the past 3 years, comparing over 20 months of FLiDAR Wind Assessment data against offshore met mast data from FINO1, NAREC and West of Duddon Sands,” said Detlef Stein, Global Head of Practice for Resource Measurements at DNV GL. “AXYS’ FLiDAR systems have consistently provided high data availability and accuracy under a wide range of harsh environmental conditions.”

Andy Oldroyd, Managing Director of Oldbaum Services commented, “In our experience, AXYS’ FLiDAR systems have proven to be highly durable and reliable with data accuracy and availability consistently meeting and often exceeding the stringent OWA Roadmap KPIs.”

Since the initial deployment of its flagship FLiDAR system in 2009, AXYS’ FLiDARs have successfully completed 17 offshore wind assessment campaigns and now 10 offshore met mast validations covering a range of operational, site and met ocean conditions in Europe, North America and Asia. This represents a total of nearly 12 years at sea.

AXYS produced the first FLiDAR system in 2009 by equipping our proven 6M met ocean NOMAD hull with a LiDAR,” said Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO. “AXYS has supported the operation and maintenance of a fleet of 6M MetOcean NOMAD buoys in extreme weather and sea state conditions off the coast of Canada for over 30 years, so it is no surprise to us that our FLiDAR system has proven to be so reliable for conducting wind measurement campaigns in the harshest of offshore conditions.”

AXYS now operates a lease pool of 8 FLiDARs worldwide with 2 backup systems available on short notice. AXYS FLiDAR systems have been designed and hardened over the past 7 years to increase survivability and maintain high levels of accuracy and data availability in extreme weather and sea states. Features such as dual-LiDAR, triple-redundant power supply and communications, and redundant data storage were all designed to continually improve system reliability and to ensure the success of our customers’ projects.

Watch a video of the FLiDAR buoy effortlessly navigating the rough seas off the coast of Germany from the campaign completed at the FINO 1 met mast as part of the NORCOWE consortium. With wave heights exceeding 8 metres and wind gusts over 38 knots (20m/sec), the ruggedized FLiDAR equipped with two LiDARs performed flawlessly, maintaining over 98% data availability through yet another winter storm in the North Sea.

AXYS Technology's FLiDAR buoy navigating the rough seas off the coast of Germany

AXYS Technology’s FLiDAR buoy navigating the seas off the coast of Germany

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

About DNV GL
Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. DNV GL, whose origins go back to 1864, operates globally in more than 100 countries with its 16,000 professionals dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. Learn more at www.dnvgl.com/energy

About Oldbaum Services
Oldbaum Services are experts in data acquisition, analysis and data management for the wind industry. With services ranging from Array design to Offshore met mast design and initial site data acquisition, Oldbaum can deliver a wide range of wind technical services offshore. Learn more at www.oldbaumservices.co.uk .

Press release – 2 March, 2016 Biral announces advanced new plug & play AWOS System

Biral, one of the leading manufacturers of high quality, reliable visibility and present weather sensors for the aviation market, announces today that it is in the final stages of testing a new fully integrated Automatic Weather Observation System (AWOS) instrument pack.

This new ‘plug & play’ AWOS system will be fully ICAO compliant and will incorporate the latest state of the art sensors from class leading manufacturers as well as Biral’s own sensors. The system will be available in multiple configurations to meet the needs of different sized airports and offer all of the measurement sensors required. In addition to the usual weather and visibility measurements, there will be options to measure cloud height, rainfall and thunderstorm (lightning) activity.

The instrument pack will be truly ‘plug & play’ with all of the sensors being fully integrated into a central data processing unit, allowing customers to simply add the software solution of their choice. Ruggedly constructed and rigorously tested, this new integrated AWOS instrument pack will offer high quality data from a very competitive package, whilst not being tied to a specific software package or vendor.

Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787 or email: enquiries@biral.com

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OTT Hydromet: introducing the newest member of the HydroCAT family of water quality Sondes – Sea-Bird Coastal HydroCAT-EP

Sea-Bird Coastal HydroCAT-EP

Sea-Bird Coastal HydroCAT-EP

Sea-Bird Coastal HydroCAT-EP
The newest member of the HydroCAT family of water quality Sondes can also measure pH, turbidity and chlorophyll. By plumbing the pH sensor inline with conductivity, temperature and optical dissolved oxygen the HydroCAT-EP is capable of deployments up to three months without requiring data processing to correct for drift.


Sutron Corporation – SatLink3 Logger/Transmitter SL3-1: the world’s first wi-fi enabled Multi-Communications Logging Transmitter

SatLink 3

SatLink 3

Sutron’s SatLink3 provides a cost-effective way to measure, log, calculate and transmit data from remote locations around the world. The unit monitors 32 independent measurements of most hydrological, meteorological, environmental or related sensors. SL3 has built-in support for all CGMS satellites including GOES, Eumetsat, Insat and MTSAT for operation anywhere. Most often used directly connected to sensors and transmitting data on a user-set schedule, the Satlink3 has options for cellular and Iridium communications.


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WMO Publication: Valuing Weather and Climate: Economic Assessment of Meteorological and Hydrological Services, 2015
From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of weather-, climate- and water-related disasters, collectively referred to as hydrometeorological disasters. In the last four decades, the number of reported hydrometeorological disasters has increased almost fivefold, from about 750 in the period 1971–1980 to about 3 500 during 2001–2010. Over the same period, cumulative economic losses have increased more than fivefold, from US$ 156 billion to US$ 864 billion2 per decade.

The World Bank Group, with a current hydrometeorological investment portfolio of around US$ 500 million, estimates that globally improved weather, climate, and water observation and forecasting could lead to up to US$ 30 billion per year in increases in global productivity and up to US$ 2 billion per year in reduced asset losses.
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WMO Guidelines on Multi-hazard Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services, 2015
Each year the impacts of severe hydrometeorological events around the Earth give rise to multiple casualties and significant damage to property and infrastructure, with adverse economic consequences for communities that can persist for many years. All this happens in spite of the fact that many of these severe events have been well forecast, with accurate warning information disseminated in a timely fashion by the responsible National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (NMHS).

The reasons for this apparent disconnect lie in the gap between forecasts and warnings of hydrometeorological events and an understanding of their potential impacts, both by the authorities responsible for civil protection/emergency management and by the population at large. Put simply, while there is a realization of what the weather might be, there is frequently a lack of understanding of what the weather might do.

If this gap is to be closed, then an all-encompassing approach to observing, modelling and predicting severe hydrometeorological events, and the consequent cascade of hazards through to impacts, needs to be developed. Tackling this problem will require a multidisciplinary and highly integrated and focused endeavour. This is essential to ensure access to the best possible science, and the optimum services, to manage multi-hazard events today, and to provide the best possible evidence base on which to make the costly decisions on infrastructure needed to protect the population in the future as climate changes.

Improving the understanding of the potential impacts of severe hydrometeorological events poses a challenge to NMHSs and their partner agencies, particularly disaster reduction and civil protection agencies (DRCPAs). These Guidelines establish a road map that identifies the various milestones from weather forecasts and warnings to multi-hazard impact-based forecast and warning services.
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WMO Bulletin volume 65(1) – Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future, March, 2016 

CLIVAR March Bulletin, 2016
(Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change) is one of the four core projects of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
CLIVAR’s mission is to understand the dynamics, the interaction, and the predictability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. To this end it facilitates observations, analysis and predictions of changes in the Earth’s climate system, enabling better understanding of climate variability and dynamics, predictability, and change, to the benefit of society and the environment.

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