Many of you may recall receiving an e-mail from Alexander Karpov inviting nominations for a position on the HMEI Council. I would like to personally extend my invitation to members and encourage you to nominate candidates for each of the positions available. Our Association depends on its members and relies on the leadership and guidance of its Council in order that the Association may grow from strength to strength, especially in these times of Public Private Partnerships.


Over the past few months there has been a focused discussion on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as it pertains to the Global Weather Enterprise. This topic is of great interest not only to our Members but within the WMO and the World Bank. PPPs will be a major topic for discussion with WMO during the upcoming Executive Council (EC-70). It is also at this meeting where we hope to sign a Working Arrangement. The aim of this arrangement is to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations regarding matters of technology, service provision and delivery, related developments of standards and recommended processes and implementation guidance at national, regional and global levels. We will be posting more information on the progress of the PPP discussions along with a summary of the outcomes from our meeting with WMO during EC-70

I hope to see many of you in October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for the next Meteorological Technology World Expo. During the above exhibition, HMEI will be holding the 20th Session of our General Assembly on 10 October. This will be an important meeting for our Association and I hope that many of our fellow members will join me in attendance.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Day
Chairman, HMEI

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Aquobex logo AQUOBEX LTD
Unit 4 Genesis Building
Library Avenue
Harwell Campus
Oxfordshire OX11 0SG
Email: john.alexander@aquobex.com
Website: www.aquobex.com

Aquobex is a flood consultancy and specialist flood solutions provider, including everything from multi-hazard early warning systems through to flood prevention systems such as temporary flood barriers, passive flood barriers and ancillary products. Other solutions include innovative sustainable urban drainage, FOG alleviation and drought mitigation.
Aquobex employs a 7 step process to identify, mitigate and insurance residual risk. This involves the provision of Services from flood risk surveys, product selection, installation and maintenance services.

Such is the power of our approach that Aquobex is the approved supply to the UK’s largest insurer – Aviva.


Barani Design meteorological sensors

BARANI DESIGN Technologies s.r.o.
Klincova 35
Bratislava 82108
Email : sales@baranidesign.com
Website : www.baranidesign.com

A technological company in meteorology with roots in aerospace. Known for technologically advanced products like the patented helical radiation shield, elliptic anemometer and temperature sensors featuring industry’s lowest power consumption. Our sensors are known not only for their unique design but for measurement precision and value they provide. They are appreciated for their ease of use, simple installation, and reliability. Fields of use include Meteorology & Climatology, Wind Energy, Aviation Systems, Road Weather Information Systems, Marine Systems, Hydrology, Solar Systems and Industrial Systems.

Fronttech logo_2018 FRONTTECH LIMITED
8B21 Huajie Building
No. 13, Dazhongsi
Haidian District, Beijing, 100080
Email: qiu@fronttechltd.com
Website: www.fronttechltd.com

Founded in Year: 2007
Main Business: Manufacturer of meteorological and environmental equipment
Main Products: Compact Weather station, All-In-One sensor, Air quality monitoring, Dust particle monitoring, All-in-one sensor, Datalogger.
Certification: ISO9001, CE, ROSH, EMC, National official meteorological agencies.
Production Capacity: 100,000 sets per year.
Service Industry: Environmental protection / Meteorological / Transportation / Agriculture / Forestry / Power / Smart City / Smart Lighting / Hydrology
Export Countries: USA, Britain, Canada, Brazil, Turks, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, India, Korea, Singapore, Australia and so on.

Minimax-94 logo JSC “MINIMAX-94”
5 Building 18, Room 12a
Susalnyi Lane
Moscow 127287
Email: info@mm94.ru
Website: www.mm94.ru

JSC “Minimax-94” develops hardware and software, produces meteorological sensors and dataloggers for application on federal and regional roads in the Russian Federation and in NIS countries.

JSC “Minimax-94” develops project documentation for systems integration on installation sites. JSC “Minimax-94” provides equipment installation, service and maintenance of installed equipment.

Lorett logo_2018 “LoReTT” LLC
Bolshoy Boulevard,
Territory of Innovation Centre “Sholkovo”
Moscow 121205
Email: contact@lorett.org
Website: http://eng.lorett.org/

LoReTT – Local Real Time Tool
Innovative technologies of satellite imagery for Educational and Meteo markets. “LoReTT” LLC is innovative start-up, engineering company, founded in April 2017 with participation of Internet Initiatives Development Foundation (IIDF). Since 26 March, 2018 “LoReTT” LLC is the resident of “Skolkovo” Innovation Center.
The founders and employees of the company have almost 30 years of experience in the field of creating technologies for receiving, processing and using images of the Earth from Space.
They are experts in the Earth remote sensing systems and their applications. “LoReTT” LLC is the developer of the Laboratory complex for satellite monitoring “LoReTT”, which is the basis of an Interdisciplinary Laboratory “Earth from Space” for additional schooling.
Main Products and Services:
– Laboratory Complex for Satellite Monitoring “LoReTT”;
– Laboratory Satellite Meteo Complex “Lenticularis”
– X-band Ground Station for Remote Sensing of the Earth
– Providing meteorological data on cloudiness through the MODIS / Terra and Aqua data service in real time.

spectrafy-logo SPECTRAFY
Suite 204,
4 Florence Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0W7
Email: info@spectrafy.com
Website: www.spectrafy.com

Spectrafy manufactures state-of-the-art meteorological sensors and systems that make it easy and affordable to acquire the highest quality of solar irradiance and atmospheric data.

Spectrafy’s products utilize our proprietary SolarSIM technology, that packs a wide array of
measurement capabilities into just one or two small, robust, highly accurate, low-power sensors.

Whether it is broadband or spectral solar irradiance, UV irradiance, PAR, atmospheric aerosols, ozone, precipitable water vapour or temperature pressure and humidity, Spectrafy can provide a measurement solution like no other.

Spectrafy’s products are deployed all over the world by leading hydromet, research and commercial entities. Spectrafy’s head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, from where we maintain a worldwide network of resellers.

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HMEI General Assembly 20th Session (GA-20), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10 October, 2018
GA-20 will be held during Meteorological Technology World Expo. The exact location of the meeting is yet to be determined.

HMEI Council 27th Session (Council-27), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10 October, 2018
Council-27 will be held during Meteorological Technology World Expo. The exact location and time of the meeting is yet to be determined.

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

1. HMEI Membership subscriptions for 2018
Members have received their invoices for the 2018 membership subscription. We thank the members who have already paid and encourage those who may have overlooked this matter to pay, so that we may continue to provide the services you expect.

2. HMEI Elections
Members have recently been asked to send in their nominations for the upcoming vacancies on the HMEI Council. The following positions will be becoming vacant:

• HMEI Council Vice Chairman
• Council member responsible for Budget and OPEX oversight
• Council member responsible for Membership and recruitment oversight
• Council member responsible for CIMO guide
• Council member responsible for Projects oversight
• Council member responsible for Exhibitions oversight

HMEI Council positions run for a term of four years. The Council meet via teleconference each month and the average length of meeting is about one hour.

Anyone interested is invited to e-mail their nomination, accompanied by the candidate’s CV, to the HMEI Secretariat hmei@wmo.int no later than 25 June 2018.
3. WMO Expert Teams
The HMEI Executive Secretary continues to coordinate the involvement of HMEI members in the activities of WMO Expert Teams. WMO stresses the importance of industry involvement in their expert teams and encourages more active participation and input.

If any member is interested in the work of the WMO Technical Commissions, please contact the Secretariat on hmei@wmo.int

4. InterMET Asia 2018
HMEI was delighted to participate in the exhibition at InterMET Asia for the first time. We had a very successful exhibition and thank the many members and other delegates who visited us in our booth.
5. Public Private Partnerships
The Executive Secretary continues to coordinate with the WMO on the preparation of the agreement between HMEI and WMO on the PPP issue.

6. 2018 HMEI Award for Young Engineers
Unfortunately, the nominations received for the Award for Young Engineers did not meet requirements. The HMEI Council regrets that there will be no Award given in 2018.

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Members who would like to have their new products appear in the HMEI Newsletter, please send details and a photograph to robyn@hydrometeoindustry.org

Campbell Scientific offers new MesoPRO™ weather station

MesoPRO™ Weather Station

MesoPRO™ Weather Station

MesoPRO™ Weather Station
The MesoPRO™ is a highly accurate, durable, research-grade meteorological monitoring station, designed for a wide variety of demanding environmental applications. This 10-meter tower station is suitable for long-term installations common in large networks such as mesonets. Remote monitoring and data collection are implemented via an industrial 4G LTE cellular network modem..

Hukseflux – DR30 pyrheliometer – all-digital offering the highest accuracy and data availability

DR30 Pyranometer

DR30 Pyranometer

 DR30 pyrheliometer
Welcome to the next level in solar radiation monitoring! DR30 is a high-accuracy digital direct (normal incidence) solar radiation sensor. The scientific name of this instrument is pyrheliometer. DR30 complies with the first class specifications of the ISO 9060 standard and the WMO Guide. This next level pyrheliometer has superior window heating that leads to high data availability, and an internal tilt sensor to check tracker performance.

Lufft – Launches new CHM8K Cloud Height Sensor: suitable for every climate

CHM8K Cloud Height Sensor

CHM8K Cloud Height Sensor

The product innovation Lufft CHM8k complements the ceilometer family of the South German metrology specialist and is suitable for applications in which low-lying measurement ranges in up to eight kilometers are in focus.
Application examples are security-related monitoring tasks on airports or in the offshore market, as well as in studies about the particle distribution within the boundary layer (e.g. fine
dust and mixing layer height observations). Compared to the already well-established Lufft CHM 15k which has a measurement range of 15 Kilometers and has been successfully used by meteorological services such as the German Weather Service (DWD), the CHM8k has no constraints regarding accuracy, quality or sensitivity.

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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 – 16 January, 2018 Kipp & Zonen joins the OTT Hydromet
OTT Hydromet, a Division of Hach Company, and a global leader in hydrological and meteorological solutions integrates Kipp & Zonen, a leading manufacturer of solar radiation and atmospheric measurement instruments, based in Delft, Netherlands.

Press Release – 30 January, 2018 Biral Contributes to Another Chinese Approved Meteorological System
The VPF-730 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor from meteorological specialist Biral, has been successfully incorporated into Coastal Environmental Systems’ Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), which has recently received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Press Release – 31 January, 2018 Focus on: Weather Radars – Frame contract award to Selex ES by BoM
Selex ES GmbH has been awarded a major contract by the Bureau of Meteorology to deliver and install its state-of-the-art meteorological radars to Australia.

Press Release – 31 January, 2018 Snow Depth Detection: Comparison between Laser & Ultrasonic Systems
Are you faced with the decision to find a snow depth sensor that best suits your application? In general, two measuring principles are available for this purpose: laser and ultrasound. To help you take that decision, we’ve put together the differences in a technology comparison.

Press Release – 5 March, 2018 Baron Next Generation Radar Purchased by Bangladesh Air Force to Improve Flight Safety
First ever Doppler Weather Radar to be operated by the Bangladesh Air Force includes Baron’s processor and patented calibration techniques.

Press Release – 8 March, 2018 New expanded 2018 Soil Moisture Measurement Catalogue from Delta-T Devices
Delta-T Devices has decades of experience in creating premium-grade equipment for soil moisture measurement and recording. Our instruments are built to exacting standards – ensuring ruggedness, longevity, and optimum performance throughout their life. They are used and trusted by researchers around the world and are suited to a wide variety of applications and budgets.

Press Release – 12 March, 2018 EEC Wins Contract to supply first GOES-16 Ground Station in the Caribbean!
EEC’s TeleSpace division, in conjunction with our regional partner Aviation Communications Limited (AVCOM), continues its international dominance with this month’s competitive award of a 4.5m Capella-R
GOES-16 (GOES-East) ground station. This system, coupled with EEC TeleSpace’s flagship visualization and analysis software, PROTEUS, will be installed in the next two months at the Cayman Islands National Weather Service Facility at the Owens Roberts Airport in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Press Release – 15 March, 2018 50 Resources for Solar Energy Professionals provided by Lufft
Download this reference list to immediately access 50 resources in solar energy management. The list includes a brief description and a URL for convenience.

Press Release – 27 March, 2018 Baron Appoints Jack Hayes to Aid in Global Business Development Efforts
Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, proudly announces the appointment of international weather expert John L. (Jack) Hayes, PhD, who will help further expand Baron’s global business development initiatives. Dr. Hayes’ extensive weather industry experience includes a 28-year career in the Air Force, 12 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and 7 years in the private sector.
Press Release – 16 April, 2018 AMS Meteorological Radar Stations Purchased By Russian Federal Road Agency
First ever System of Stationary Meteorological Radar posts to be operated by the Russian Federal Road Agency* include AMS’s meteorological radar stations known as Monocle.

Press Release – 16 April, 2018 Baron components used in airport upgrade
Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport, the 10th Busiest International Passenger Airport Worldwide, Upgrades Weather Radar with New Baron Components.

Member Newsletters

February, 2018 – Harris Developments Newsletter – featuring: The Ground Truth, the Whole Ground Truth, and Nothing But… Introducing Helios

March, 2018 – EML’s Newsletter – featuring a recently published a paper in the internationally leading journal, Water Resources Research

April, 2018 – Campbell Update – featuring the new integrated cellular modules available as options on some of our dataloggers and how they can help your data communication needs now and for decades to come.

April, 2018 – Hukseflux Newsletter – introducing the new all-digital DR30 pyrheliometer

April, 2018 – LufftPost – April does what it wants! So you still have the weather under control…

May, 2018 – LufftPost – featuring the Detection of Sahara Dust with LIDAR Ceilometers.

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Guides to Writing Tenders

Writing the bid for tender submissions is time consuming, complicated and includes lots of documentation.

Our tenders information provider, TendersInfo, has created Blogs to assist with the tender process and how to avoid certain common mistakes.

Source: http://www.tendersinfo.com/blogs/

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The reports listed below my contain information that is of interest to HMEI members

FINAL REPORT – Expert Team on Satellite Systems (ET-SAT-11), Geneva, Switzerland, 4-6 April, 2017
The meeting reviewed the ET-SAT Terms of Reference and ET-SAT Work Plan for the period 2017-
2018. The meeting also reviewed the status of actions from previous meetings.

The main outcome of the session was to deliver a follow-up discussion of a Vision of the spacebased
components of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) Vision in 2040
(WIGOS/Vision 2040).

The meeting also discussed the progress of developments of the space module of the Observing
System Capability and Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR/Space), and its long-term maintenance
that should facilitate its use in support of future gap analysis studies.

FINAL REPORT – Eighteenth session of the Global Space-Based Intercalibration System (GSICS) Executive Panel (EP), Jeju, Republic of Korea, 8-9 June 2017

FINAL REPORT – Inter-Programme Team on Space Weather Information, Systems and Services First session (IPT-SWeISS-1), Geneva, Switzerland, 21-23 June 2017
The meeting reviewed the IPT-SWeISS Terms of Reference and IPT-SWeISS Work Plan for the
period 2017-2018. The meeting also reviewed the status of actions extracted from the Four-YearPlan.

It was decided to establish three task teams under IPT-SWeISS; TT-SYS (Task Team on Space Weather Basic Systems), TT-SCI (Task Team on Space Weather Science), and TT-APP (Task Team on Space Weather Applications).

It was also decided to establish an ad hoc Task Team on Aviation (TT-AVI), inter alia, to assist WMO in conducting, at the request of ICAO, of site assessments and audits of prospective space weather information providers with a concept of operations for space weather that would enable an operational global space weather information service for aviation in the 2018 timeframe.

FINAL REPORT – Third Meeting of the WMO Coordination Group on Satellite Data Requirements for RAIII (South America) and RAIV (North America), New York, USA, 16 and 19 July 2017

MEETING REPORT – The ad-hoc meeting for drafting the Space-based Weather and Climate Extremes Monitoring (SWCEM) Demonstration Project (SEMDP) Implementation Plan, Geneva, Switzerland, 25-29 September, 2017
The meeting focused on drafting an implementation plan for the project that will begin in 2018 with a duration of two years. The pilot study will focus on WMO regions II and V (Pacific regions) and will infuse satellite data sets into routine use by WMO Regional Climate Centres (RCC), and develop a value-added products for distribution and use by WMO National Meteorological Centres.

FINAL REPORT – WMO Workshop on Information Management, Geneva, Switzerland, 2-4 October 2017
The aims of the workshop were:
• To identify key climate-related data sources that should be promoted as reference sources and outline a project to enhance their visibility in the WMO Information System;
• To simplify user access to them and to provide guidance on the development of a WMO-wide guide on information management through a review of existing practices and guidance on information management used by WMO Programmes and other organizations.

Thirty-two talks were given by 30 speakers to inform breakout sessions that developed priorities and information to guide the work of the Commission for Climatology’s Inter-Programme Expert Team on Climate Data Modernization Programme and the Commission for Basic Systems’ Task Team on Information Management.

Key issues identified by the workshop included:
• Users of climate information needed assistance in identifying the data most relevant to their needs. The Commission for Climatology would investigate an objective approach to recognizing a limited number of climate related datasets as “best trusted” datasets as an interim measure to provide guidance while a maturity-based approach for assessing datasets was being developed and implemented.
• Areas for which guidance on information management were identified and would be used by the Commission for Basic Systems to prioritize development of standards and best practice to be included in the documentation of the WMO Information System.

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FINAL REPORT – First meeting of the Task Team on Information Management, Geneva, Switzerland. 5-6 October 2017
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FINAL REPORT – Sixth meeting of the Task Team on Aviation XML, Hong Kong, China. 13-15 October 2017
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FINAL REPORT – Proceedings of the 2017 WMO Aeronautical Meteorology Scientific Conference, Toulouse, France, 6-10 November 2017
The objective of AeroMetSci-2017 was to provide a forum where representatives of the research community, service providers, users of aeronautical and meteorological information and services could discuss and agree on the needs for science and research in support of the current and future aviation transport.

FINAL REPORT – Joint meeting of the Expert Team on WIS Centres and the Expert Team on Communication Techniques and Systems, Geneva, 13-17 November 2017
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FINAL REPORT – The Thirty-Third Session of the Data Buoy Co-operation Panel (DBCP-33), Brest, France, 14-17 November 2017
The meeting discussed the progress since the last meeting and agreed on its future work, including the establishment of the TT on EPS Post Processing, implementation of the new edition of the Manual (including new standard surface verification and designation and audit of RSMCs) and the related Guide.

FINAL REPORT – Polar Space Task Group (PSTG) Seventh Session, Innsbruck, Austria, 12-13 December 2017

FINAL REPORT – Implementation-Coordination Team on Information Systems and Services, Geneva, Switzerland, 16-19 January 2018
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FINAL REPORT – The Third Meeting of the Inter Programme Expert Team on Observing System Design and Evolution (IPET-OSDE) of the OPAG for Integrated Observing Systems (OPAG-IOS) of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS), Geneva, Switzerland, 29 January – 1 February 2018
The Team reviewed the current activities regarding observing system studies, with emphasis on the future design of observing systems contributing to WIGOS.
As part of the Rolling Review of Requirements (RRR) process, the Team reviewed the status of the WMO database of observational user requirements and observing systems capabilities, which has been integrated into the Observing System Capability Analysis and Review tool (OSCAR).

FINAL REPORT – Implementation and Coordination Team on Integrated Observing Systems (ICT-IOS) Tenth Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 5–8 February, 2018
The various representatives of WMO programmes, expert teams and other technical commissions provided input to the session on the status of the observing systems of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and reported on the progress made by the experts teams related to their operation and maintenance at the international level.

FINAL REPORT – The fourth session of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (IPET-SUP), Geneva, Switzerland, 26 February – 1 March 2018
The primary objective of the session was to advance the work programme defined by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) as concerns in particular the promotion of access and use of satellite data by WMO Members in support of all WMO programmes and WMO co-sponsored programmes.

FINAL REPORT – 50th Session of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee, Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 29 February – 3 March 2018
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MEETING REPORT – Project Steering Committee Meeting for High Impact Weather Lake System Project (Highway), Nairobi, Kenya, 2 March, 2018
There is a need for improved weather forecast products related to early warning systems, which is co-produced between scientists and users, to prevent deaths and damage due to severe convection and strong winds in the Lake Victoria Region.
In response to this need, the World Meteorological Organisation, in collaboration with the AMCOMET Secretariat, and under the agreement with the UK Met Office (MO), as Fund Manager of Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) Weather and Climate Information SERvices for Africa (WISER) Programme, will implement the HIGH impact Weather lAke sYstem (HIGHWAY) Project in the Lake Victoria region. The expected impact of the HIGHWAY Project is an increased use of weather information to improve resilience and reduce the loss of life and damage to property supporting sustainable economic development in the Lake Victoria region. This objective is in line with the overall objectives set out by AMCOMET’s Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services) and is an AMCOMET Flagship Programme.

FINAL REPORT – CBS Expert Team on Operational Weather Forecasting Process and Support (OWFPS) Beijing, China, 12-16 March 2018
ET-OWFPS discussed progress of its Task Teams on Development of Guidelines on High resolution NWP, Development of Guidelines for Nowcasting Techniques, and Surface Verification, as well as the Task Team on Revision of the Manual on GDPFS.
The meeting discussed the progress since the last meeting and agreed on its future work, including the establishment of the TT on EPS Post Processing, implementation of the new edition of the Manual (including new standard surface verification and designation and audit of RSMCs) and the related Guide.
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FINAL REPORT – 8th Session of EC Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services, Levi, Finland, 21-23 March 2018
The EC-PHORS-8 meeting focused on framing the Polar and High Mountain (P&HM) Agenda for the next WMO Financial Period (2020-2023), linking to societal benefits to be achieved. It provided guidance on improving the linkages between research results and operational services, currently still too weak: for example, how to apply the new knowledge from science and develop a service interface.
The meeting particularly addressed:
1. Antarctica and Arctic related progress and evolution, including refining and guiding WMO’s engagement with the Arctic Council;
2. Mainstreaming of the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW), and finalisation of recommendations to EC-70 and Cg-18 on GCW implementation roadmap, preoperational phase framework, and governance aspects;
3. Long term vision on High Mountain activities and associated resource implications, and plan to Organize a Global High Mountain Summit by the end of 2018;
4. Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), as it continues and the links with other research initiatives;
5. Services and progress on the network of regional climate centres and of regional climate outlook forums for polar and high mountain regions (Arctic, High Mountain, Antarctica), and roadmap for their future;
6. EC-PHORS panel membership (additional panel members to ensure the representation across relevant communities: high mountain, social sciences, indigenous communities, etc.).

FINAL REPORT – RA IV Hurricane Committee Fortieth Session, Fort de France, Martinique, 9-13 April 2018
There was a wealth of new information, but what is important is to share and apply the lessons learned for an even greater understanding of the environment around us in order to provide the best scientific support and most relevant information to the decision-makers.
Over the years, meteorologists have learned that warnings and predictions must have three key features: they must be timely, accurate and current. The credibility and prestige of a meteorological service depends on its capacity to provide not only useful, secure services to the public, adapted to the needs of each community and town, but also the best communication channels – social networks and the myriad digital platforms – and these must be increasingly more effective, personalized, modern and within the reach of every user. Today’s users no longer merely consume information; they have become information prosumers.
In the 2017 season, tracking the tropical cyclones affecting the Region was of vital importance. However, there was still much more to do; sometimes, the magnitude of the destruction cannot be comprehended fully until it was experienced first-hand. Every year, countries were under the constant threat of meteorological hazards, and meteorological services must continually improve their preparation. The work in the Committee was, and would continue to be, of vital importance. Services must remain eager to do more research, to dig deeper, to share the knowledge of the meteorological sciences, as shown in the search for a greater understanding of tropical cyclones. For example reconnaissance aircraft continue to play an extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical cyclones. During the very active 2017 season, the U.S. Air Force and NOAA Reconnaissance Hurricane aircraft flew a total of 134 missions, and provided valuable meteorological data not available from any other sources. These data
helped to determine the intensity, location and structure of hurricanes that threatened or impacted land.

MEMBER REPORT – Seventh Meeting of the Task Team on Aviation XML, Boulder, USA, 7-8 May 2018

The following meeting report is provided by Jana Lachova, MicroStep-MIS, who participates as an industry representative/expert on the Task Team on Aviation XML

Attendees at the meeting:
Dirk ZINKHAN (Acting chair), Germany, Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
Tero KOIVUNEN (Member), Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Siegfried FECHNER (Member), Germany, Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
Jan KOROSI (Member), HMEI (Slovakia), IBL Software Engineering
Jana LACHOVA (Member), HMEI (Slovakia), Microstep-MIS
Boon Leung CHOY (Member), Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong Observatory (HKO)
Aaron BRAECKEL (Member), United States, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Mark OBERFIELD (Member), United States, NOAA – National Weather Service
Bob BARRON (Interested expert), United States, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Discussion Items:
1. The Task Team on Aviation XML met at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, USA from 7 to 8 May 2018. Mr Zinkhan (Germany) agreed to chair the meeting.
2. Participants considered the requirements for representing information in XML that were expressed in Amendment 78 to Annex 3 of the Convention on International Air Navigation, and those that were discussed at the fourth meeting of ICAO’s Met Panel Working Group on Meteorological Information Exchange (WG-MIE) that had met the previous week.
3. Participants agreed the contents of release IWXXM 3.0 that would support Amendment 78. The first draft of this release should be ready for testing by 21 June 2018.
4. The operators of the World Area Forecast Centres had informed ICAO’s Meteorological Operations Group that they intended to issue significant weather forecasts in XML format from November 2021, and that they required a standard representation to be available by November 2020 in order to achieve this. Participants agreed that this facility would be built into IWXXM 3.1 in a flexible manner.
5. Noting that the requirement for Hazardous Weather Advisory Centres (HWACs) was not expected to be introduced until Amendment 80, participants agreed that the schema developed to support significant weather forecasts should be made flexible to enable it to include additional information required by the HWACs.
The complete report on the third session of the CBS ET-ABO may be found at:

A1 Choy would combine the contents of iwxxm 3.0RC1 into a single zip file that WMO secretariat could unzip and copy to schemas.wmo.int.
A2 WMO secretariat needed to approve changes to wiki pages that were in html format. Those editing the pages should notify wis-help@wmo.int that the changes needed to be approved.
A3 Mr Choy would coordinate updating of the examples and wiki pages.
A4 Mr Choy and Mr Zinkhan would identify current practices on SIGMET TC in different regions and propose changes to IWXXM conformant with those.
A5 The secretariat would ask all members of IPET-DD to assist in checking the IWXXM 3.0 schemas.
A6 Mr Koivunen would assist with the testing of iwxxm 3.0.0RC1.
A7 Aaron would create the pull requests to satisfy the identified issues.
A8 Choy would update the UML model and check the schematron, and coordinate testing of the pull requests.

The complete official WMO report from the 7th meeting of TT-AvXML may be found at:

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HMEI Members who are interested in attending any of the following meetings as an industry representative, please contact the HMEI Secretariat hmei@wmo.int for further information:

HMEI/WMO High Level Consultancy Meeting – Fifth Session (HLCM-5), Geneva Switzerland, 19 June, 2018
An annual meeting with the higher management of HMEI, WMO and the World Bank to discuss matters of mutual interest.

WMO Executive Council – Seventieth Session (EC-70), Geneva, Switzerland, 20-29 June, 2018
An invitation by WMO has been extended to HMEI members to attend EC-70. One of the main topics for discussion will be Public Private partnerships.

3rd annual meeting of the WMO GAW Modelling Applications Science Advisory Group (APP SAG), Ispra, Italy, 2-4 July, 2018

2018 Science Advisory Group Aerosols Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-11 July, 2018

16th Session of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM-16), Exeter, UK, 23 July, 2018

Seventeenth Session of the RA V Tropical Cyclone Committee (RA V TCC-17) for the South Pacific and the South-East Indian Ocean, Noumea, New Calendonia, 23-26 July, 2018

First Meeting of the Services and Forecasting Systems Programme Area Coordination Group (SFSPA CG), Geneva, Swizerland, 22-24 August, 2018

1st Meeting of the World-Wide Met-Ocean Information Warning Service Committee (WWMIWS1), Monaco, 27-31 August, 2018

Meeting of the Task Team on Global Information System Centres (TT-GISC), Casablance, Morocco, 10-20 September, 2018

Working Group on Tropical Meteorology (WGTMR) and Workshop on Total Warning System Concept, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-13 September, 2018

48th Session of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-48), Incheon, Republic of Korea, 1-5 October, 2018

Expert Team meeting on Emergency Response Activity (ET-ERA), Vienna, Austria, 1-5 October, 2018

ICT-ISS Task Team on Information Management (TT-IM), Geneva, Switzerland, 4-5 October, 2018

Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Development (IPET-DD), Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 October, 2018

17th Session of the Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO-17) (12-16 October, 2018) incorporating CIMO-TECO (8-11 October, 2018), Amsterdam, Netherlands
CIMO TECO will be held in conjunction with Meteorological Technology World Expo

Regional Conference of RA V (South-West Pacific), Nuku’alofa, Tonga, 12-13 October, 2018

Seventeenth Session of Regional Association V (RA V-17, South-West Pacific), Nuku’alofa, Tonga, 15-17 October, 2018

34th Session of JCOMM Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP-34), Cape Town, South Africa, 23-26 October, 2018

Regional Conference of RA III-17 (South America), Santiago, Chile, 19-20 November, 2018

Seventeenth Session of Regional Association III (RA III-17, South America), Santiago, Chile, 21-23 November, 2018

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24, CMP 14 and CMA 1) and side events organized by WMO during the Conference, Katowice, Poland, 3-14 December, 2018

Regional Conference RA I (Africa), Egypt, 18-19 February, 2019

Seventeenth Session of Regional Association I (RA I-17, Africa), Egypt, 20-22 February, 2019

49th Session of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-49), Kyoto, Japan, 8-12 May, 2019 (To be confirmed)

18th Session of WMO Congress (Cg-18) incorporating MeteoHydex, Geneva, Switzerland, 5-14 June, 2019
Dates subject to change. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

71st Session of WMO Executive Council (EC-71), Geneva, Switzerland, 17-19 June, 2019
Dates subject to change. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

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Arctic Observing Summit 2018, Davos, Switzerland, 24-26 June, 2018
The 2018 Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) will be held in Davos, Switzerland, 24-26 June, immediately following POLAR 2018. This is the 4th Summit since its inception in 2013. The AOS brings together a diverse community to continue the progress on the development, implementation and sustained support of a multi-purpose Arctic Observing System of Systems.

SENSOR+TEST 2018, Nürnberg, Germany, 26-28 June, 2018
SENSOR+TEST is the leading forum for sensors, measuring and testing technologies worldwide.

8th Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), Singapore, 8 – 12 July 2018
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.

Small Satellite Conference: Small Satellites – Big Data, Logan, UT, USA, 4-9 August, 2018
Small satellites are enabling an immense diversity of measurements and observations with clear prospects for developing a new, expanded, and timelier understanding of our world. Technological advances and market-driven applications are motivating broad government and commercial investment in small satellites. Before knowledge products can be extracted, the challenges of collecting, transmitting, managing, manipulating, and interpreting data streams must be overcome. The ability of small satellites to enable big data applications is fundamentally based on systems engineering that draws from the rich technology developed within the small satellite community.

30th Nordic Hydrological Conference – 2018, Bergen, Norway, 13-15 August 2018
The Nordic Hydrological Conference is a biennial event, focusing on improved understanding of the water cycle and the practical application of hydrological methods within applied science and national planning in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

World Water Week 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, 26-31 August, 2018
World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, 3-7 September, 2018
Conference theme: Weather and climate: global change and local hazards
The challenges for meteorology are growing. Citizens, decision-makers, indeed all of society require information on the consequences of our changing climate, and especially on weather and climate hazards that seem to occur more frequently and to have a significant impact on humans, nature, and infrastructure. The essential role of meteorology since the start of operations remains unchanged – the provision to society of reliable forecasts and trustworthy warnings. However, in the 21st century impact predictions and long-term projections of climate change are also needed to support national strategic decisions aimed at saving lives and reducing the costs of natural hazards.

2018 Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Annual Meeting, Plymouth, UK, 4-7 September 2018
Established in 1957, SCOR was the first permanent interdisciplinary body formed by the International Council of Scientific Unions, now called the International Council for Science (ICSU). Recognition that the scientific problems of the ocean require a truly interdisciplinary approach was embodied in plans for the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958, and the same approach was adopted by SCOR from its beginning. SCOR took the responsibility from 1957 to bring together ocean scientists from all parts of the world, through a variety of mechanisms, to advance ocean science and overcome barriers to understanding the ocean.

IAH 2018 Congress, Daejeon, Korea, 9-14 September, 2018
The Korean National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-KNC) looks forward to welcoming you at the 45th IAH Annual Congress. Nine technical sessions will provide a forum for original research related to the theme of the congress: “Groundwater and Life: Science and Technology into Action”.

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018, Tokyo, Japan, 16-21 September, 2018
The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition brings over 5,500 water, environment and related professionals from more than 100 countries and offers new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway.
4th International Conference on GIS and Remote Sensing, Berlin, Germany, 27-28, September 2018
The theme of the GIS Congress 2018 is “Mapping the Future with GIS & Advancement in Remote Sensing”.

MetroSea — 2018 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea; Learning to Measure Sea Health Parameters, Bari, Italy, 8-10 October 2018
The Sea is the medium that allowed people to travel from one continent to another using vessels and even today despite the use of aircraft. It has been acting also as a great reservoir and source of foods for all living beings. However, for many generations it served as a landfill for depositing conventional and nuclear wastes, especially in its deep sea beds and there is a race to exploit minerals and resources, different from foods, encompassed in it. Its heath is a very challenge for the survival of all humanity since it is one the most important environmental components targeted by the global warming: Tsunami and El Niño are consequences and indicators of bad development. As everyone may know, measuring is a step that allows major knowledge of a phenomenon or an asset. That is why METROSEA will serve as a forum for presenting recent advances in the field of measurement and instrumentation to be applied for the increasing of our knowledge for protecting and preserving the Sea.

Meteorological Technology World Expo 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 9-11 October, 2018
10% discount for HMEI members
The event for any company or organisation looking for more accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services – and in 2018 the world’s largest meteorological event hosts the World Meteorological Organization’s CIMO-TECO conference!

11th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change, Athens, Greece, 10-12 Oct. 2018
This event addresses to policy and decision makers on issues of green energy investments, market stakeholders, scientists, academics, project leaders and consortia.

COMECAP 2018 — 14th International Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics, Alexandroupolis, Gabon, 15-17 October 2018
COMECAP 2018 aims to bring together researchers in the areas of Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics, as well as to present methodologies, modeling tools and theoretical approaches which will attract scientists and researchers from the international scientific community.

IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO-2018), Guayaquil, Ecuador, 16-18 October 2018
Climate scientists wills review the progress on the science of ENSO with a focus on examining the range of ENSO “flavors”, assess the existence of possible, and distinct precursors, an examine how the different oceanic and atmospheric processes that drive the different ENSO flavors and impact their predictability would vary in a warming world.

The 23rd PIRATA Meeting and the 2nd TAOS REVIEW Meeting, Marseille, France, 22-26 October, 2018
The “Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic” (PIRATA) program provides in situ observations and data time-series since 1997. PIRATA is a major component of the Tropical Atlantic Observing System (TAOS). The 2nd TAOS Review Meeting is scheduled to happen back-to-back to PIRATA-23 meeting.

These meetings have to be an important opportunity to gather information on the Tropical Atlantic Observing System and PIRATA data use impacts from stakeholders, specialists in satellite measurements and products, oceanweather-climate operational prediction, ocean biogeochemistry and resources along with socioeconomic impacts of climate and environmental changes.

The Geological Society of America (GSA) 2018 Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, USA, 4–7 November 2018

2018 Ocean Salinity Science Conference, Paris, France, 5-9 November 2018
The conference intends to bring together communities working on all aspects of ocean salinity investigations, including analyses undertaken from in situ and satellite observations, numerical models, and data assimilation.The conference will review progress and ongoing work and will identify next frontiers in the fields of ocean salinity and freshwater cycle science.

Water, Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring (WWEM) 2018, Telford, UK, 21-22 November, 2018
WWEM is a focused Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring exhibition and Conference. WWEM 2018, The 8th in the Series of International Water and Wastewater Monitoring events is focused for companies and individuals who are involved with water, wastewater and environmental monitoring. WWEM comprises of a two day conference run with industry partners including SWIG (Sensors for water Interest Group) an exhibition of over 150 companies who provide instruments, equipment and services to monitor, test and analyse water and wastewater plus over 80 free technical seminar sessions on applications and case studies.

99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Texas, USA, 6-10 January, 2019
Join fellow scientists, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community.

ICMPO 2019 : 21st International Conference on Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Zurich, Switzerland, 14-15 January, 2019
Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography.

World ATM Congress 2019, Madrid, Spain, 12-14 March, 2019
Operated by the the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) in partnership with the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), World ATM Congress brings together the world’s leading product developers, experts, stakeholders, and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Aviation thought leaders gather for three days of conference sessions, product demonstrations and launches, contract closures and educational and networking opportunities.

SOLAS Open Science Conference 2019, Sapporo, Japan, 21-25 April, 2019
The International Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) project is an international research initiative aiming to understand the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere.

European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark 09-13 September 2019
The Annual Meetings of the EMS aim at fostering exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas in the meteorological, climatological and related communities, focusing particularly on strategic issues relevant to the future of meteorology in Europe.

World ATM Congress 2020, Madrid, Spain, 10-12 March, 2020

Intertraffic Amsterdam 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-24 April, 2020
The traffic industry is undergoing major changes and developments are on a fast track. Experience the latest solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges with all the experts in the field. Discover the latest trends in infrastructure, traffic management, smart mobility, safety and parking!

European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-11 September 2020

European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting 2021, Barcelona, Spain, 6-10 September 2021

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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WMO Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology Newsletter, February, 2018
The Magnitude and Impacts of Anthropogenic Atmospheric Nitrogen Inputs to the Ocean, February, 2018

CLIVAR February Bulletin, 2018

CLIVAR March Bulletin, 2018

CLIVAR April Bulletin, 2018

CLIVAR May Bulletin, 2018

CLIVAR June Bulletin, 2018

WMO Aircraft Observations and AMDAR Newsletter, Volume 15, April 2018

Issuance of an update to WMO Aviation Hazards publication, 9 May 2018

Article: UN forum to coordinate global efforts to address worsening water shortages: from data to decision “We cannot manage what we do not measure,” said Harry Lins, President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology.

Low-cost sensors for the measurement of atmospheric composition: overview of topic and future applications – Draft copy for public review
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A Guide for Integrated Urban Weather Environment and Climate Services – Draft copy for public review
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