For our last Newsletter for 2016 I wish to look back at just some of HMEI’s highlights for the year. We are particularly delighted to welcome 13 new members to HMEI in 2016. We thank all our members for their ongoing confidence and participation in our Association.

Of particular note and interest to HMEI in 2016 was the WMO CIMO-TECO 2016 in Madrid, Spain in which HMEI was invited to participate. Alongside TECO was the Meteorological Technology world Expo (MTWE) Exhibition of which the vast majority of exhibitors were, I’m pleased to report, HMEI members. Certainly, an aspect that WMO and its members appreciate, and which also reflects the importance that WMO places on the manufacturers and service providers to hydro-meteorological community.

Also during MTWE, we held our 18th Sessions of our General Assembly: GA-18. The Minutes of this meeting are available on the HMEI website.

Other highlights included the election of a new Councilor for Website Development/Oversight, Mr Graham Johnson (UKIP Media and Events), replacing Mr Ashish Raval, (Sutron Corporation) who I would personally like to thank him for his efforts and Sutron’s commitment of time that allowed Ashish to serve on the HMEI Council. Certainly our website would not have improved to such a high level without Ashish’s integral role.

Finally, I would like to thank you again for your support during 2016 and wish you and you families every success in 2017.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Day
Chairman, HMEI

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HMEI welcomes the following New Members who have joined recently:

2545 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
Email: info@dropletmeasurement.com
Website: www.dropletmeasurement.com
Droplet Measurement Technologies (DMT) has been providing instruments to the international scientific and industrial communities since 1987 for the measurement of aerosols, liquid droplets, ice crystals and black carbon (soot) particles since 1987. DMT instruments are in use throughout the world in groundbased and airborne applications. DMT has developed an extensive line of optical particle counters for measureing in situ the size distribution of water droplets and ice crystals in cloud for both groundbased and airborne applications. Our sensors are used for fog monitoring and size distributions of precipitation. Every organization in the world that does cloud research and weather modification studies use our instruments. We provide routine calibration and maintenance service in our home office or in the field. The company’s scientists and engineers routinely participate in international field programs and give expert advice on measurement interpretation and evaluation.

EastAsia Solutions Technologies Corporation
Unit 401-402, 77 Visayas Avenue, Brgy. Varsa
Quezon City, 1128
Email: eastasiatech@gmail.com
Website: www.eastasia-tech.com
EastAsia Solutions Technologies Corporation is an engineering services and trading company founded by Gregg Cordova, a pioneer in water technology in the Philippines. EastAsia commenced operations in 2009 in the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) of the Department of Science and Technology at the Diliman Campus of the University of the Philippines, with a focus on technology solutions for water utilities. Initially starting with trading activities for water equipment, the company then branched out to meteorological projects with PAGASA. Later they ventured further into environmental and waste water projects. Today EastAsia continues to undertake projects for water technology (both clean and waste water) for water utilities, weather monitoring for PAGASA and environmental systems for both the public and private sectors.

GE Measurement & Sensing
Fir Tree Lane Trading Estate
Groby, LE6 0FH
Email : cornelis.j.bruijn@ge.com
Website : www.gemeasurement.com
GE Measurement & Sensing is a subsidiary of GE Oil & Gas. GE Oil & Gas is fueling the future of industry with our portfolio of smart, predictive and integrated digital solutions – serving customers worldwide across oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and many other industries.

Our innovative technologies include sensor-based measurement, advanced software, asset condition monitoring, controls, inspection technologies and radiation measurement solutions as well as global services and expertise. We recognize the potential of smart machines, advanced analytics and people collaborating, so we are continually developing innovative solutions that help connect machines, data and people. Resulting in more proactive decisions and optimized processes, and ultimately, a smarter, safer way to do business for our customers.

METER Group, Inc.
950 NE Nelson Court
Pullman, WA 99163
Email: sales.environment@metergroup.com
Website: www.metergroup.com
METER Environmental is a developer and manufacturer of tools and software for environmental research and monitoring. Their new ATMOS-41 sensor packages 12 weather sensors into a single, compact device,with no moving parts. Their product range also includes sensors for below-ground soil moisture monitoring, lysimeters, plant canopy analyzers for measurement of leaf area index and stomatal conductance, NDVI monitors, and soil hydraulic conductivity meters.

Ostim Organize Sanayi Bolgesi,
Kocasinan Sitesi, 1183.
Sok. No.: 37-39, Yenimahalle
Ankara 06370
Email: info@ortana.com
Website: www.ortana.com
Ortana was founded in 1992 and is a leading company in the international ITS market.

Ortana offers an extensive Meteorological Product Line called Meteos, which includes a wide range of sensors such as Air Station sensors, Precipitation sensors, Visibility sensors, Intrusive and Non-Intrusive Road Surface sensors and Non-Contact Temperature sensors, together with the accompanying Data Logger for data acquisition and the special IP66 Meteorology Station Control Cabinet.

The complete Meteos Meteorological Product Line is designed, developed, tested and manufactured by Ortana and has been installed in different climate conditions around the globe over the years.

Besides Meteorological Stations, Ortana also produces ITS products such as VMS, Radar Sensors, AID IP Cameras, LED Tunnel Lighting, Traffic & Railway Signalization and Traffic Management Control Center Software.

2 et 4 avenue de l’Europe
Vélizy, 78140
Email : sales@remtechinc.com
Website : www.remtechinc.com
REMTECH is a company with offices in France and the U.S.A. which manufactures and maintains the REMTECH DOPPLER SODAR, the R.A.S.S. (Radio Acoustic Sounding System).

Their DOPPLER SODAR systems measure remotely a vertical profile of wind speed, direction, thermal stratification and turbulence parameters (sigma W, sigma Theta) up to 400, 700, 2,000 and 3,000 meters average altitude range depending on Sodar model. They are ideally suited for wind energy site assessment, airport safety (wind shear detection), for air pollution control and forecast, site surveys (power plants). Military organizations are using the SODAR in programs for weapons development, parachuting, landing on aircraft carriers as well as flight tests in general.

Their RASS remotely measures temperature profiles in the atmosphere . It can be used in environmental studies and study of telecommunication network disturbances due to atmospheric conditions. It comes as an option to our long range SODAR and can provide measurements up to 1,500 meters above ground.

Runopolku 1b
Helsinki, 00420
Email: info@teconer.fi
Website: www.teconer.fi
The technology provided by Teconer gives road and runway winter maintenance personnel reliable mobile information on road surface conditions to assist in decision-making, in utilising the anti-ice agents in an optimal way and in the quality control of operations. The performance and the design of the road condition monitoring system have been optimized for mobile use, and its high performance is proven by several tests and customer testimonials. The valuable data on road conditions, layer thickness, dew point and friction complements the information provided by fixed weather stations and provides tools for improved road weather forecasts. The services include a user-friendly interface for viewing the data on a map basis on their website.

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HMEI General Assembly 19th Session (GA-18), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October, 2017
Date, time and venue to be advised

HMEI Council 26th Session (Council-26), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October, 2017
Date, time and venue to be advised

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

1. Tender Specification Project
The project jointly funded by The World Bank and HMEI has continued to progress. Our consultant has completed all but the final part of the undertaking. We look forward to being able to report by the next newsletter that all deliverables have been completed to the satisfaction of our partner.

2. Reminder of feedback survey for TendersInfo service
Following the 2,000th TendersInfo alert, the Secretariat deemed it was an appropriate time to request feedback to ensure further progress of this service for the benefit of our Membership. As such a request was made via email on 30 November, 2016 and again on 15 January, 2017 to the membership to provide comments and/or proposals on how to improve the quality of these tender notification alerts.

We encourage members to complete the feedback request as it to your benefit that this service is targeted to your needs.

3. Discounts for HMEI Members at Exhibitions
The Secretariat is pleased to report that we have negotiated or been offered discounts for HMEI members at the following upcoming Exhibitions:
• Meteorological Instrument/Services Exhibition-WMO Regional Association II, Abu Dhabi, UAE
• InterMet Asia 2017, Singapore
• Weather.Climate.Water/Earth Observations/Green Economy 2017, St Petersburg, Russia
• Meteorological Technology World Expo 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To members who are intending or have registered to exhibit at exhibitions where a discount is offered are reminded that only current financial members are eligible.

4. Future Direction of HMEI
Following the recommendation by the HMEI Council Advisory Panel (CAP), a Questionnaire was prepared to seek Members’ views on the future look and feel of HMEI activities. The results of this survey will be discussed at the upcoming General Assembly as regards the future direction for the Association.

Again, we encourage all members to complete the survey, emailed on 16 December 2016, to ensure that the future direction of the Association goes where it is of most benefit to our Members.

5. HMEI 2016 Membership contributions
Invoices for the 2017 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. The Secretariat has endeavoured to streamline the payment of membership fees such as with the introduction of credit card payment facilities. To avoid any interruptions in service, we would kindly request prompt payment. Please contact the Secretariat if you have any queries: hmei@wmo.int .

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184 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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MINUTES of the 2015 Annual GSICS (Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System) Joint Working Groups Meeting, New Delhi, India, 16-20 March, 2015

FINAL REPORT — Third meeting of Inter-Programme Expert Team on Metadata and Data Representation Development, subgroup on WMO Core Profile of the ISO 19115 metadata standard (IPET-MDRD), Geneva, Switzerland, 10-12 November 2015

Click on the link here and then click on the IPET- MDRD report

FINAL REPORT — Meeting on the Future Seamless Global Data-processing and Forecasting, Geneva, Switzerland, 10-12 February 2016
Participants to the meeting included representatives of Technical Commissions (except JCOMM and CIMO), Co-chairs of the OPAG-DPFS and representatives of some WMO departments. Essentially the move to Seamless data-processing is supported by the Commissions but there was a strong recommendation to consider Hydrology, Agriculture, Aviation and Climate needs in the development of Seamless Integrated GDPFS. A new proposal for a new relationship between CAgM and CBS/GDPFS was proposed to support the Global Early Warning and Outlook Services (GAMEO). Essentially, CAgM needs high resolution information production (downscaling of climate/observation/forecast and projection data) and coupling NWP with AgModels. The Commission for Hydrology and National Hydrological Services need meteorological and climatological services (data, forecasts) and climate and Meteorological information for water management. It was noted that there is no Regional specialized Hydrological Centre (RSHC) to support regional forecast programs. The Aviation sector highlighted the need to move from product centric to data centric service and to ensure interoperability of GDPFS with users systems. In addition the need for space weather services is growing and will need to be addressed by the GDPFS. The Commission of Climatology see major contribution of the GDPFS in the development of Climate service Toolkit for GFCS which will require the GDPFS downscaling/upscaling functions. In addition the GFCS Climate Services Information System (CSIS) and the User Interface Platform (UIP) will need GDPFS contribution. Training is seen a major gap. Primarily the training of front-line forecasters in, e.g. the use of RSMC products and guidance, in the proper interpretation of EPS data etc. The need to incorporate weather information with data from other sources (vulnerability and exposure data, crowd-sourced observations of weather itself or its impacts etc.) means that there is a need to develop visualisation platforms that allows all of this diverse data to be coherently presented and examined by forecasters (or consulting meteorologists, which is what forecasters may become).
Click on the link here and then click on the Future Seamless GDPFS report

FINAL REPORT — Sixth meeting of the Steering Group of the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project, Geneva, Switzerland, 14-18 March 2016
The Steering Group reviewed progress and provided guidance for further implementation of the SWFDP in Southern Africa, South Pacific Islands, Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia and Bay of Bengal. It also provided guidance to the future implementation of the SWFDP in Central Asia, Western Africa, Caribbean, Southeast Europe, Southern-south America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania, taking into account their different stages, approaches and requirements.
The Steering Group discussed the expansion of the SWFDP, synergies with other programmes and projects, and sustainability issues, including the mechanism to strengthen operational centres. It agreed on a clear definition for both the transition of mature projects to operations, and the engagement of other programmes and projects, as described in Annex III. The Steering Group also develop a strategy for addressing training, which should be implemented in collaboration with the Education and Training Department.
The Steering Group reviewed its documentation, including the overall project plan and guidebook. It agreed that the overall project plan should be a very short document for presentation to donor agencies, while the guidebook needed to be expanded to address all technical and management aspects of the SWFDP.
DRAFT REPORT — Task Team on the Development of Guidelines for Nowcasting Techniques, Beijing, China, 15-17 March 2016
The TT-DGNT discussed various nowcasting techniques including verifications and agreed that their work will focus on 0-6hrs for Nowcasting. In addition the Team identified weather parameters they will address, in line with the Terms of Reference. These parameters can be found in Annex III. It also developed the outlines of the Guidelines on Nowcasting and identified Lead Experts who will develop the sections of the guidelines with timelines for completion. The outlines can be seen in Annex IV. The team also considered the recommendations of the WMO 2009 Symposium on Nowcasting and agreed to adopt them with a few modifications. These modified recommendations are available in Annex VI. The team also agreed to complete the draft of the guidelines by Mars 2017 for approval by EC-69.
Click on the link here and then click on the TT-DGNT report

FINAL REPORT — Meeting of the Joint CBS-CCl Expert Team on Operational Predictions from Sub-seasonal to Longer-time Scales (ET-OPSLS), Beijing, China, 11-15 April 2016
The ET reviewed decisions of the WMO constituent bodies relevant to its work including those of Cg-17 (2015), CBS-MG (2016) and CBS-Ext (2014). In particular Resolution 11 of CG-17 was noted – which requests Members to move towards an enhanced integrated and seamless Data Processing and Forecasting System as well as recent changes to the manual on the GDPFS which allow, under certain conditions, research centres access to products from the Lead Centre for Long Range Multi-Model Ensemble (LC-LRFMME). Resolution 60 of Cg-17 regarding international exchange of climate data and products was also noted.
Other items covered:
• The status of the GPC and RCC network was reviewed as was the operational predictions systems operated by the GPCs
• The ET reviewed the compliance of the GPCs against the designation criteria
• The ET reviewed the status of its two Lead Centres: the Lead Centre for Long Range Forecast Multi-Model Ensemble (LC-LRFMME) and the Lead Centre for the Standard Verification System for Long Range Forecasts (LC-SVSLRF)
• The ET reviewed progress on the Global Seasonal Climate Update (GSCU)

The ET next reviewed the activities of its seven Sub-teams (STs):
• ST1 had organised and held the first WMO Workshop on Operational Climate Prediction
• The work of Sub-Team 2 on verification of GPC forecasts… providing hindcast information and associated multi-model products
• The ET was briefed on the pilot system for generation and display of real-time subseasonal multi-model forecasts developed by the LC-LRFMME as part of the work of Sub-Team 3
• The ET reviewed Sub-Team 4’s work to refine the roles and responsibilities of a proposed Lead Centre for Near Term Climate Prediction (LC-NTCP)
• The ET was briefed on the work of Sub-Team 5 on new approaches for distribution of GPC hindcast and forecast data, including use of OPenDAP technology
• The ET was briefed on the work of Sub-Team 6 on developing a guidance document on procedures for generating regional seasonal forecasts
• The ET was also briefed on the work of ST7 on revision of sections of the new Manual on the GDPFS relevant to the GPCs

FINAL REPORT — 18th Session of the GCOS /WCRP Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC-18) CIRES, Boulder, USA 25-27 April, 2016
The new Implementation Plan will address climate observation needs and actions over the next 5-10 years and so TOPC needed to consider actions for this timeframe. The new Implementation Plan will have an increased focus on meeting needs beyond climate science: e.g. adaptation to climate change and variability and climate indicators. Other issues for TOPC included taking a more proactive role in monitoring ECV observations and the coordination of terrestrial observations given the demise of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS).

TOPC also needed to consider detailed requirements for each ECV. GCOS needs to be able to say exactly what it is that we are asking to be observed in terms of frequency, resolution and uncertainties. It is against these requirements that the success of observations can be judged – this is currently being done for satellite observations. The GCOS satellite supplement gives requirements for satellite observations and these should be reviewed.

Requirements also need to be specified to in situ observations. There are some numbers available but their provenance is not known. There are also standards and best practises for some ECVs. The question of how to bring this together and specify requirements needs to be addressed. It may not be possible to complete this for the new Implementation Plan but a start should be made and this could also be a task for 2017.

FINAL REPORT — 6th Workshop on the Impact of Various Observing Systems on NWP, Shanghai, China, 10-13 May 2016
The workshop was attended by roughly 80 participants from 14 countries, and it included experts on data assimilation and observation impact, experts on climate change and seasonal forecasting, representatives from space agencies and from private industry, as well as managers of observing networks.

FINAL REPORT — Fourth Meeting of the Inter-Programme Expert Team on Data Representation Maintenance and Monitoring (IPET-DRMM-IV), Geneva, Switzerland, 30 May-3 June, 2016
The meeting reviewed the proposals already under validation or submitted at the meeting on GRIB edition 2 (GRIB2), BUFR and CREX in the Manual on Codes (WMO-No. 306). It agreed 17 proposals have been duly validated or non-controversial. These proposals are to be forwarded to the appropriate formalities (fast-track or adoption between CBS sessions), which are as summarized below:
– GRIB2 for tropical cyclone forecast, unbalanced components, pollen forecast, wildfire-driven pollution, new compression method, GRAPES model products and negative forecast time,
– BUFR/CREX for dropsonde parachute, VOS observation data and radiosounding metadata reporting, and
– Common code tables for radiosonde identifiers, and satellite and instrument identifiers.

In addition, the meeting confirmed that some proposals will be validated by centres concerned urgently after the meeting and to be forwarded to the next fast-track procedure (FT2016-2), which are for post-processed NWP output, new ensemble products (GRIB2), C-band synthetic aperture radar instrument data, DWD radar products, geographic coordinate and coordinate reference systems (BUFR).

The meeting also agreed the amendments to the Attachment II-5 of Manual on the GTS (WMO-No. 386) for fast-track, which are to introduce new designators for XML representation of tropical cyclone, volcanic ash and AIRMET report.

Click on the link here and then click on the IPET-DRMM report
FINAL REPORT – 11th Session of the Commission for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS) Management Group, 1 June, 2016
The purpose of the meeting was to review the programmes, to discuss relevant scientific issues, to review the resource situation, and plan how to mobilize additional resources, and to plan what to address during the 2017 CAS session and related TECO.

FINAL REPORT — ICG-WIGOS/WIGOS Editorial Board (WEdB), Geneva, Switzerland, 13 — 15 June 2016
WEdB completed an aggressive process of broadly assessing and shaping the material to fit together as the initial Guide for further development of the WIGOS Regulatory Material
Click on the link here and then click on the WEdB report
FINAL REPORT — Joint meeting of the CBS OPAG/PWS Task Team on Impact of Multi-hazard Prediction and Communication (TT/IMPACT) and the Expert Team on Meeting User Needs in Reducing the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards (ET/DPM), Shanghai, China, 27 June — 1 July, 2016
The Meeting was informed of the decisions of CBS-MG-16 and EC-68 that were relevant to the work of ET/DPM and TT/IMPACT, and discussed how best those decisions could be addressed through the work of future ET/IMPACT. The key conclusions arising from the various reports, presentations and discussions are summarized below:
• Merger of TT/IMPACT and ET-DPM
• Promotion of Multi-Hazard Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services (MHIBFWS) and encouraging National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and stakeholder engagement
• Engagement of stakeholders to establish more concrete requirements
• Integration of social sciences throughout the entire end-to-end service delivery process
• The need for two-way collaboration between research, technology and science communities and NMHSs to ensure that user requirements are conveyed and acted upon
• Review of PWS competencies to ensure requirements for the delivery of IBF are included in the Framework and formulate training accordingly
• Fundamental role of Partnership in success

FINAL REPORT — Meeting of the CBS/OPAG-PWS Expert Team on Services and Products Innovation and Improvement (ET/SPII), Exeter, UK, 11-15 July, 2016
Under its Terms of Reference (TORs) and associated deliverables, the Expert Team (ET) had to work on several areas, which were associated with improved service delivery in accordance with “The WMO Strategy for Service Delivery”.

The key conclusions arising from the various reports, presentations and discussions are summarized below:
• Nowcasting services
• Big Data
• Application of new and emerging technologies
• Formalization of collaboration with OPAG/DPFS
• Future of WWIS and SWIC
• Public-private partnerships
• Terms of Reference
• Future Deliverables

Click on the link here and then click on the ET/SPII report

FINAL REPORT – Meeting of the CIMO Expert Team on New Remote-Sensing Technologies, First Session, Geneva, Switzerland, 22-25 August, 2016
The aim of the expert team is the sharing of knowledge of best practice in the use of new remote sensing technologies by developing guidance material for WMO Members.

The meeting considered how the CIMO Testbeds and Lead Centres had been formed in recognition of the pockets of particular expertise that exists in certain technologies. But how can WMO better ensure the sharing of that knowledge? It was suggested that ET-NRST should take a lead role in this process. It was noted that there are currently five Testbeds of relevance to ETNRST: Lindenberg, Payerne, Izaña, Hohenpeissenberg and Cabauw and that one of the agenda items for discussion during the current session concerns how to best strengthen the flow of information from these Testbeds to WMO Members. How can the Testbeds themselves help, perhaps by organizing specific activities? And how should the expert team best link with other groups, such as GRUAN?

FINAL REPORT — First meeting of the Inter-Commission Coordination Group on WIGOS/ Task Team on WIGOS Data and Partnerships (TT-WDP-1), Geneva, Switzerland, 29-31 August, 2016
Based on the review of the discussion paper – Doc. 5.1 “Externally-Sourced Data in the WMO Integrated Observing System (WIGOS)”, the session developed the Draft outline of the Guidance on Data Partnerships.
Click on the link here and then click on the TT-WDP-1 report
FINAL REPORT — First Workshop of the WMO-IOC Centre for Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Climate Data (CMOC) in China (CMOC/China), Tianjin, China, 29 Aug-1 Sept 2016
The workshop recalled the importance of appropriate marine meteorological and oceanographic climatological data, and particularly long term climate monitoring, seasonal to inter-annual climate forecasts, for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and ocean climate requirements of Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
The workshop also revisited guidance from the WMO and IOC on the Marine Climate Data System (MCDS) and CMOCs. An open session was conducted to discuss data and metadata, historical data rescue, and the MCDS implementation. The participants acknowledged the need for high quality marine meteorology and oceanographic measurements of the world oceans, and received comprehensive information on the implementation of MCDS and CMOC/China.

FINAL REPORT — RA V Tropical Cyclone Committee — 16th session, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 29 Aug — 2 Sept 2016
The role of the Tropical Cyclone Committee (TCC) continues to grow as reflected in the contributions scheduled from a variety of organizations for this 16th session and as a focus for additional meetings associated with a variety of issues relevant to South Pacific NHMs. The SWFDDP continues to be most important to the ongoing work of NHMs in the Region in the provision of services for high impact weather and flooding.

FINAL REPORT — WIGOS Workshop for Regional Association VI (RA-VI) with Focus on Marine Meteorological and Oceanographic Observing Requirements, Split, Croatia, 5-7 September, 2016
The workshop was organized in the framework of the development of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) Pre-Operational Phase for 2016 to 2019 at the Regional Level (RA-VI) to follow up from WMO Congress and Executive Council decisions in this regard, particularly with regard to the development of Regional WIGOS Centres (RWCs) in RA-VI with focus on marine meteorological and oceanographic observing requirements at the regional level.

Noting that the Regional WIGOS Centres (RWCs) may be implemented either centrally, at an overall regional level where a Member or a consortium of Members provide support for the entire Region, or at sub-regional level, the workshop discussed the role of such centres with regard to marine meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) observing systems and investigate potential candidates for providing all or parts of the required functions (e.g. providing assistance to Members on what standards to follow, how to collect data using satellite data telecommunication systems, quality monitoring, collection and submission of observing platform metadata to the WMO Database OSCAR — oscar.wmo.int, vocabularies, etc.).

Another objective of the workshop for addressing the other priority areas of the WIGOS PreOperational
Phase was to better understand regional and sub-regional requirements for metocean observations in support of various WMO Application Areas, including weather prediction, climate services, and ocean applications and marine services. The workshop discussed how to enhance and develop partnerships nationally and in the region between national meteorological services and marine and/or oceanographic institutes in the view the further develop capacities in the region, and promote free and unrestricted data
exchange in compliance with WIGOS standards and technical regulations.

FINAL REPORT — CBS Lead Centres for GCOS Coordination Meeting 5th session, Cambridge, UK, 7–9 September 2016
The Coordination Meeting considered reports from individual Lead Centres’ activities and the GCOS Monitoring and Analysis Centres. It reviewed their activities, results of monitoring performance reports and their Terms of Reference. The relevant components from WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS ) were presented to the meeting, including areas for future collaboration and contribution.

This Meeting also incorporated members of the Advisory Group on GCOS Surface Network (GSN) and GCOS Upper Air Network (GUAN) (AGG), which is an informal group of the GCOS Atmospheric Observational Panel on Climate (AOPC) focusing on performance and technical issues in the networks.

FINAL REPORT — WMO Integrated Global Observing System & AMDAR Workshop for West Asia, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 November, 2016
The meeting acknowledged the importance of this workshop given that the region was currently a data-sparse area for aircraft-based observations and that the Air Transport Industry would be expected to benefit considerably from the development of new AMDAR programs with national and regional partner airlines.

FINAL REPORT — Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology Management Group 2016, Innsbruck, Austria, 8-10 November 2016
There has been in excess of 20 meetings on aeronautical meteorology since the last CAeM Management Group (MG) meeting held in May 2015, in particular those on the WMO side and on the ICAO side, and that there is a considerable amount of activity and progress to report, including the recent outcomes of the Second Meeting of the ICAO Meteorology Panel (METP/2).

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POSTPONED: African Conference on Meteorology for Aviation (ACMA – 2016), Libreville, Gabon 2-4 November 2016
There is an exhibition planned for this conference. More information will be forwarded as it comes to hand.
Details on the revised arrangements for ACMA will be announced by WMO in due course. The conference will, potentially, be rescheduled for 2017.

Steering Group on Radio Frequency Coordination (SG-RFC) meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 24-27 January, 2017

29th session of the GEWEX Scientific Steering Group, Sanya, Hainan Province, China, 6-10 February, 2017

2nd Meeting of the Task Team on the Development of Guidelines on Nowcasting Techniques (TT-DGNT), Langen, Germany, 7-8 February, 2017

Implementation of the project ‘South East European Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory System’ (SEE-MHEWS-A), Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 7-9 February, 2017

16th Session of WMO Regional Association II (RA-II 16) Asia, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 12-16 February, 2017
An invitation has been forwarded to HMEI members to attend the above session. There is an exhibition planned to be held alongside the meeting. Information has been emailed to members.

13th Session of the Clic Scientific Steering Group meeting, Wellington, New Zealand, 17-18 February, 2017

7th Meeting of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project Steering Group (CIFDP-PSG-7), Geneva, Switzerland, 20-22 February, 2017

6th session of the JCOMM Expert Team on Sea Ice (ETSI), Helsinki, Finland, 28 February — 3 March, 2017

5th Session of the JCOMM Expert Team on Maritime Safety Services (ETMSS), Helsinki, Finland, 28 February — 3 March, 2017

Seventh Session of the Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar and High-mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS), Ushuaia, Argentina, 21-24 March, 2017

39th Session of the RA IV Hurricane Committee, San José, Costa Rica, 23-26 March, 2017

17th Session of WMO Regional Association IV (RA-IV 17) North America and Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica, 27-31 March, 2017
Exact venue is unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

Ninth meeting of the Ship Observations Team (SOT-9), London, United Kingdom, 27-31 March, 2017

69th Session of the WMO Executive Council (EC-69), Geneva, Switzerland, 8-17 May, 2017

17th Session for the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS-17) incorporating TECO-CAS, Bali, Indonesia, 20-24 October, 2017
There is an exhibition planned for the back to back CAS and JCOMM TECOs. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

5th Session of the Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM-5) incorporating TECO-JCOMM, Bali, Indonesia, 25 October – 1 November, 2017
There is an exhibition planned for the back to back CAS and JCOMM TECOs. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

17th Session of WMO Regional Association V (South-West Pacific), Tonga, 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 (CAgM-17) incorporating TECO-CAgM, Korea, 14-20 April, 2018
Exact dates and venue are unknown at this time. More information will be forwarded when it comes to hand.

16th Session of the Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology (CAeM-16), Geneva, Switzerland, July, 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 Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO-17) possibly incorporating CIMO-TECO, Turkey, September, 2018

18th Session of WMO Congress (Cg-18) incorporating MeteoHydex, Geneva, Switzerland, 5-21 June, 2019.
The MeteoHydex exhibition is planned. 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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97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA, 22-26 January, 2017
“Observations Lead the Way”
In all issues facing the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the professions it serves, the first priority should always be to obtain the necessary observations and information. Whether to address numerical weather prediction, climate, situational awareness, economic value of forecasts, societal impacts, or any other need, data-driven, science-driven decisions move our community and society forward.

Workshop on Arctic Change and Its Influence on Mid-Latitude Climate and Weather, Washington, DC, USA, 1-3 February, 2017
The meeting is open to the science community interested in contributing to the discussion. The workshop is limited to 100 attendees, including invited speakers. Participants will be able to submit an abstract for a poster and be required to fill out a brief application to attend. The Organizing Committee encourages participation by scientists of diverse ethnicity, career stage, institution type, and gender and will make a final decision about attendees in September.

IACS Scientific Assembly 2017, Wellington, New Zealand, 12 — 17 February 2017
One of the primary goals of IACS is to promote the Cryospheric Sciences through scientific exchange. Thus, much effort goes into also promoting and sponsoring workshops and symposia organized by its Divisions, Working Groups as well as by other organizations.

Solar Middle East 2017, Dubai , UAE, 14-16 February, 2017
Solar Middle East is the most comprehensive gathering of solar technology suppliers in the region and provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to see the latest developments in Solar.

IFAT Eurasia 2017, Istanbul, Turkey, 16 – 18 February 2017
Eurasia’s Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies

World Water Tech Innovation Summit, London, UK, 20-22 February, 2017
The 6th annual World Water-Tech Innovation Summit 2017 focuses on building resilience and accelerating the adoption of commercially viable technologies to meet the demand for sustainable water and urban infrastructure management. 250 industry leaders will meet in London to explore how innovation can be harnessed to address the most urgent issues facing the world’s water supply.

World Ocean Summit 2017, Bali, Indonesia, 22-24 February, 2017
The fourth World Ocean Summit will bring a critical eye to the vital issue of how to finance a sustainable ocean economy.

2nd International Conference on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning, Paris, France, 15-17 March, 2017
Jointly organized by IOC-UNESCO (MPR) and the European Commission – Directorate General for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries, the Conference and Exhibition will be held in Paris, France at UNESCO Headquarters.

InterMET Asia 2017 and Extreme Weather Expo, Suntec, Singapore, 21-22 March, 2017

Extreme Weather Expo to co-locate with InterMET Asia in 2017 with focus on solutions to extreme weather hazards

EWEX will be co-located alongside InterMET Asia, the successful meteorology and climate services event from the same organiser, Media Generation Ventures Ltd. It will take place on 21 & 22 March 2017 at Suntec, Singapore, Extreme Weather Expo Asia (‘EWEX’) will be a unique event for the Asia, Africa and Pacific regions dedicated to the technical, engineering, financial and social solutions to mitigating and managing the huge risks posed to society and business by the increasingly intense and frequent extreme weather events that many scientists attribute to climate change.

The Asia-Pacific region continues to represent more than 25% of the global weather equipment market. InterMET gives companies direct access to influential buyers and claim your share of this important market. As the frequency of extreme weather events increases, national hydro-meteorological services and weather affected industries are investing heavily in the latest weather forecasting technologies.

The organizers are pleased to offer members of HMEI preferential rates for exhibition packages. HMEI members will receive a preferential early bird 10% discount for InterMET Asia. In addition new exhibitors will receive a 5% discount while loyal exhibitors have already been offered a further 10% early bird discount.

Please note there are deadlines to these offers so members should book early to secure these rates and as the floor plan is already filling up fast!

Flood & Coast 2017, Telford, UK, 28-30 March, 2017
The second edition of Flood and Coast is again led by the UK Environment Agency, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, infrastructure owners, consultancies, contractors, businesses, community groups and universities. Join more than 1500 fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in FCRM.

Gulf Environmental and Sustainable Development Forum – GEF 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 4-6 April, 2017
The GCC Environmental and Sustainable Development Forum, GEF, was originally launched in 2010. Since the first edition, GEF has grown in popularity and prestige over the years to assert its position as Saudi Arabia’s flagship environmental event.

The return of GEF in 2017, will be held under the initiative of The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection and will once again combine an international exhibition with a strategic conference as well as a prestigious awards ceremony.

IAIA17 — 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Montreal, Canada, 4-7 April, 2017
Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

WeatherTech Med, Casablanca, Morocco, 10-11 April, 2017
WeatherTech Med 2017 will provide a dedicated regional platform to facilitate interaction and knowledge-share between national meteorological services, weather stakeholders, authorities, scientists, meteorologists, research institutes and laboratories, insurances, consultants and technical specialist. This industry leading event will support optimisation of next-generation technology to revolutionise the collection, analysis and distribution of weather forecasting data in the Mediterranean region.

10th WESTPAC International Scientific Conference, Qingdao, China, 17-20 April, 2017
This Conference will offer an essential opportunity in the region for marine scientists, ocean institutions and their countries to advance marine scientific knowledge, catalyze multi- and cross-disciplinary collaborations with a view to addressing challenges that countries in this region are facing, including these in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the dedicated Goal 14 for the ocean: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23–28 April 2017
The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.

25th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Cadiz, Spain, 25-27 April, 2017
The Air Pollution conference in this series have discussed and considered many important air pollution issues and the international nature of the attendees has ensured that the conference findings and conclusions enjoy a wide and rapid dissemination amongst the air pollution science and policy communities. Air pollution issues remain one of the most challenging problems facing the international community. The series has demonstrated the wide spread nature of the air pollution phenomena and has explored in depth the impacts of air pollution on human health and the environment.

PAGES’ 5th Open Science Meeting (OSM), Zaragoza, Spain, 9-13 May, 2017
The OSM is an international and multi-disciplinary platform for sharing latest research results on past global changes and the venue for discussing and defining the role of past global change science in the coming years.

The theme of the OSM is «Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective.»

This meeting will fully reflect the PAGES structure and themes of climate, environment and humans, the strengthening of the connections between PAGES working groups and the increasing importance of an interdisciplinary approach.

Conference on Regional Sea-level Changes and Coastal Impacts, New York, USA, 10-15 July, 2017
The major outcome from the conference will be an assessment of the current state of the sea level science, an outline of future research requirements for improving our understanding of sea-level rise and variability and a description of the observational requirements (both experimental and sustained systematic observations). The outcome will specifically include a report specifying the information on coastal seal level change required by coastal communities for adaptation and decision making purposes. The report will consider traditional observational techniques (e.g. tide gauges), as well as recent observational techniques (e.g. radar and laser altimetry, satellite gravimetry). The organizers envision that the conference will serve as a basis for a new assessment of the state of the art on regional sea level research that will be input to the next IPCC assessment.

Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) — Ocean Outlook conference: Seeing under water, Woods Hole, MA, USA, 19-21 April, 2017

Weather Climate Water/Earth Observations/Green Economy 2017, St Petersburg, Russia, 14-15 June, 2017
A 10% discount is offered to HMEI Members
Forum & Exhibition will bring together professionals and decision makers in the field of hydrometeorology, hydrology and environmental monitoring from all regions of Russian Federation and CIS countries, as well as consumers of hydro-meteorological information in all of the weather dependent sectors of economy and related governmental agencies: transportation, industry, agriculture, energy, construction, forestry, ecology, natural resources, emergency services, military and law enforcement, municipalities, public health, tourism, and etc.

17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConferences SGEM 2017, Bulgaria, 27 June — 6 July, 2017
The International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConferences SGEM bring together researchers, educators and practitioners representing research and educational institutions, companies, government agencies and consulting organizations from all over the world to exchange ideas, to define the research priorities in the fields of geosciences.
The overall objective is to propose potential solutions of problems related to the global changes, to contribute to the integration of environmental consideration into the decision-making process — hoping to ensure that present consumption will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

IAPSO — IAMAS — IAGA joint Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August — 1 September, 2017

The International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) promotes the study of the physical sciences of the oceans and the interactions taking place at the sea floor, coastal, and atmospheric boundaries by organising international forums and publishing written materials for ocean scientists throughout the world. Commissions, sub-committees, and workshops encourage new and advanced international research activities. In addition, IAPSO provides basic services such as the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level and the IAPSO Standard Seawater Service. IAPSO collaborates closely with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and ICSU’s Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). The president of IAPSO is a member of the SCOR Executive Committee as is the president of IAMAS.

The International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) promotes research in all atmospheric sciences, especially programmes requiring international co-operation. IAMAS leads the Alliance for Capacity Transfer (ACT) — a joint activity of IUGG, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the U.S. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). IAMAS is composed of 10 International Commissions on the following topics:
• Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (ICACGP)
• Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE)
• Climate (ICCL)
• Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP)
• Dynamic Meteorology (ICDM)
• Middle Atmosphere (ICMA)
• Planetary Atmospheres and their Evolution (ICPAE)
• Polar Meteorology (ICPM)
• Ozone (IOC)
• Radiation (IRC)

The International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) welcomes scientists to join in research of magnetism and Aeronomy of the Earth, of other bodies of the solar system, and of the interplanetary medium and its interaction with these bodies. IAGA sponsors workshops, symposia, and research efforts through INTERMAGNET to modernize and standardize global observations of the Earth’s magnetic field.

European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: European Conference for Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Dublin, Ireland, 4-8 September, 2017
Serving Society with better Weather and Climate Information.
A key challenge for the meteorological and climatological communities is how best to harness the wealth of data now available – both observational and modelled – to generate and communicate effectively relevant, tailored and timely information ensuring the highest quality support to users’ decision-making.
This is relevant for the whole spectrum of users: from specific user groups such as the emergency management agencies, local planners and enterprises that are weather sensitive to individual members of the general public. Realising the value of meteorological and climate information to government, industry and all sectors of society is the focus of this conference.

Meteorological Technology World Expo, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10-12 October, 2017

A 10% discount is offered to HMEI Members
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 seventh year, this truly global exhibition attracts around 200 exhibiting companies and 4,000 attendees from over 100 countries.

Eco Expo Asia 2017, Hong Kong, 26-29 October, 2017
The fair is an international trading platform showcasing the latest innovations in environmental protection industries from around the world. Areas of specialty covered at the fair include Air & Water Quality, Eco-friendly Product, Energy Efficiency & Energy, Green Building as well as Waste Management and Recycling.

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

2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 11-16 February 2018
The Ocean Sciences Meeting will consist of a diverse program covering topics in all areas of the ocean sciences discipline.

99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Texas, USA, 6-10 January, 2019

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

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HMEI Members have their own newsletters and press releases which help to keep the public up to date. HMEI has recently received information on the publication of the following recent newsletters and press releases:

Press Release – 12 October, 2016: OTT Hydromet Treating Wastewater as a Resource
One of the major challenges facing the operators of landfill sites is the disposal of treated effluent. However, to improve sustainability and broaden treatment options, this wastewater can be used as a source of nutrients and water for a Short Rotation Coppice crop (usually Willow) planted upon the restored landfill. A number of UK landfill operators are utilising OTT monitoring and control systems to manage the irrigation of Willow crops with pre-treated effluent.

Press Release – 31 October, 2016: Biral Sensors used in Antarctic Climate-Change Research
Sensors from meteorological specialists, Biral, are currently being used in Antarctic Climate-Change Research mission, headed by a French research group.
The APRES3 campaign is a long term project with the aim of measuring precipitation in Antarctica, as well as monitoring climate change to understand the effect APRES3, Antarcticathis has on the ice sheets. Biral’s VPF-730 Visibility and Present Weather Sensors form a part of an extensive range of equipment being used by the group, to help draw conclusions on the rate at which snow falls on the surface of Antarctica.

Biral PR sensors-Antarctic research 31Oct2016
The group recognised the difficulty of measuring solid precipitation, given the extreme conditions and locations of the research, and therefore has deployed instruments, including Biral’s VPF-730, to receive the measurements at the French Antarctic Stations. They then use the measurements to calibrate and validate snow fall estimates by satellite and improve the building of climate models. It is these models that allow the group to generate better predictions over a century time scale and estimate the impact of climate on the sea-level.
The experiment takes place at the French station, Dumont d’Urville and is supported by the French Polar Institute (IPEV), French National Science Foundation (ANR), and French Space Agency (CNES).
Christophe Genthon, Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Glaciology and Environmental Geophysics commented, “The project uses Biral’s VPF-730 to measure in situ snow fall and blowing snow, and help us to differentiate the two. We hope that this will improve our knowledge and understanding of precipitation and blowing snow in Antarctica, which is the only continent where precipitation is still largely unknown because it is so difficult to measure. We found Biral’s design to be particularly rugged which is ideal for this project due to the extreme conditions.”APRES3, Antarctica

Biral PR sensors-Antarctic research 31Oct2016_2

Biral’s VPF-730 Visibility and Present Weather Sensors are designed to deliver high levels of accuracy, reliability and durability for a range of meteorological applications. The sensors come in a compact, robust package that is highly corrosion resistant with a hard coat anodised finish, making it particularly suitable for applications, like the Antarctic or offshore platforms, which see challenging weather conditions.
The sensors are designed with an open sensor head to allow the free passage of air to improve the accuracy of measurements, with the ability to receive measurements within a 10m to 75km range. The sensors also use a backscatter receiver to help distinguish frozen from liquid precipitation.
Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787 or contact us here  .
More information on the APRES3 project is available at www.apres3.osug.fr

Press Release – 31 October, 2016: New cable way system for OTT Hydromet

Safety for flow measurement in rivers and channels
A new cable way system for flow measurements using the vertical method has been added to the range by the manufacturer OTT Hydromet. The solid, maintenance-free equipment is designed for span lengths of up to 160 m. It has been DEKRA type approved, and ensures safe, smooth operation.

«The new OTT cable way system is the consistent, continued development of our system that has already been in operation worldwide for decades«, said Hannes Tietz, Product Manager at OTT. «Proven features have been retained. The new cable way system is, however, tailored even better to the demands of our customers, both with respect to stability and functionality. For example, there is a new, smooth-running brake/clutch combination for the winch. It is now possible to switch more smoothly and almost silently between horizontal movements and lowering or raising the trolley.» The modern three-phase motor with electrical winches works more energy-efficiently thanks to inverter technology. The start-up and speed performance have been optimised.

Because no station is the same as another, the equipment can be supplied in five versions. For large measurement cross-sections, the track and towing cables are tensioned with a gas pressure spring tensioner. It compensates for temperature changes and prevents slack during high temperatures and excess load on support posts during cold temperatures as a result. For span lengths up to 20 metres, the turnbuckle tensioner is sufficient. All cables are constructed for long-term use. The trolley that transports the measuring instrument along the track cable is a single-arm design. It thus requires only a single running wheel and continues to run quietly and smoothly even after years of use. The towing cable and current meter cable can optionally be driven mechanically or electrically. In the process, the winches can be operated from the right or left side and can be supplied for horizontal or vertical cable exit.

All components of the OTT cable way system are maintenance-free. In addition, the gearbox has lifetime lubrication, making lubrication or oil changes no longer necessary. Safety requirements are met in every respect, from the emergency-stop button of the controller to the overload protection.

OTT cable way system, shown with electric double winch and portable controller

OTT cable way system, shown with electric double winch and portable controller

The measuring instrument, here a floating current meter, hangs from the current meter cable and is transported by the trolley to the respective verticals

The measuring instrument, here a floating
current meter, hangs from the current meter
cable and is transported by the trolley to the
respective verticals

The single-arm trolley with only a single running wheel runs quietly and smoothly along the track cable

The single-arm trolley with only a single
running wheel runs quietly and smoothly
along the track cable

About OTT Hydromet GmbH:
The globally operating OTT Hydromet GmbH can look back on a more than 140-year history and has its
headquarters in Kempten in Germany. In Europe, it is the leading provider of complete hydrometric systems for performing hydrological and meteorological tasks. Its subsidiaries and agencies in more than 90 countries all over the world supply efficient solutions in hydrometrics, meteorology, and environmental technology. Through the fusion of three independent companies (OTT Hydromet, Hydrolab and Adcon Telemetry) in 2002 and 2011, as well as the expansion with the independent companies Sutron and Lufft in 2015/16, the OTT Hydromet Group has the expertise of a company growing internationally. With its trend-setting measurement and communication technology in the fields of water quality, water quantity, meteorology, data management and telemetry, the company contributes sustainably to protecting the environment.

Press Release – 25 November, 2016: Biral Wins Turkish National Visibility Sensor Project

Biral is pleased to announce that it has secured a national project in Turkey with the MGM (the Turkish meteorological authority) to upgrade 120 automatic weather stations (AWS) with the Biral SWS-250 present weather sensor.
Last year the MGM procured 75 SWS-250 visibility and present weather sensors for the first roll-out of this upgrade program to add visibility and present weather data to their extensive network of AWS. This second phase extends this very successful initial project and will give the MGM an extensive national monitoring network across Turkey.
After rigorous evaluation and field testing, the Biral SWS-250 visibility and present weather sensor was selected to be used as part of the MGM’s plans to update their national measurement network.

Biral's SWS-250 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor in situ

Biral’s SWS-250 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor in situ

Nathan Neal, Marketing Director for Biral, commented “We are very pleased that the initial phase of this project went so well and has given the MGM the reliability and accuracy of the data they required, that they have decided to extend it nationally. We are proud to have won this significant tender and will build upon this with the MGM over the coming years.”

Biral SWS-250 present weather sensor

Biral SWS-250 present weather sensor

The SWS-250 present weather sensor is a highly specified unit, supplied with a class leading 3 year warranty and renowned for its rugged design and long life making it ideal for deployment in national networks where reliability and accuracy are paramount.
Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787 or contact us here.

Press Release – 7 December, 2016: Biral Releases New Brochure for Aviation Market
Leading meteorological specialists, Biral, has recently released a new 4-page brochure covering the various different product options and their benefits to the aviation market.

Biral Aviation catalogue_7Dec2016

Available to request directly from the company, or download at http://bit.ly/2eXe3H6, the Biral Aviation brochure displays Biral’s best-selling forward scatter meters for the market, including the VPF and SWS Visibility and Present Weather Sensor ranges and how they can be used to aid the safety of airports, whilst complying with the stringent needs of ICAO.

Biral recognises the importance of maintaining a safe and efficient operating environment, as air traffic is continuously increasing across the world. With unpredictable weather conditions in particular, it can often be difficult to plan and address issues related to this, which can lead to lengthy delays and cancellations. With the latest technology from Biral, accurate weather information is reported to give a clear indication of the current conditions and keep disruptions to a minimum.

The brochure highlights the many ways in which Biral’s sensors are applied on airfields, including for Runway Visual Range (RVR) and aviation meteorological systems. The product application and configuration is adapted to the nature and size of each airfield to give a solution that is suitable for the specific needs of each airport.

Biral’s VPF and SWS Visibility and Present Weather sensors are designed to offer outstanding reliability and accuracy, with corrosion-resistant finishes to ensure the products are able to withstand the constant, challenging conditions on airfields. Coming in a compact package, the sensors can report visibilities from 10m to 75km, reporting back real-time results for an efficient process. Once installed the forward scatter meters require very little maintenance.

In aviation applications, forward scatter meters such as Biral’s VPF and SWS sensors are a popular choice against transmissometers, which are considered to be particularly expensive and large in comparison. Biral’s forward scatter meters have proved to be suitable and reliable in all applications when faced with a range of conditions including rain, fog, haze, smoke and many others, given their ability to efficiently detect the small particles of each condition. Studies have proved Biral’s forward scatter meters to be equally as successful as a traditional transmissometer in all applications, whilst offering significantly reduced system and installation costs.

To request a copy of the Aviation brochure, contact Biral on +44 1275 847787 or complete our enquiry form.

Press Release – 13 December, 2016: Ailes Marines deploys AXYS WindSentinel to provide wind resource assessment for Bay of St. Brieuc site in France

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) is pleased to announce that the FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy has been deployed in Brittany, France as part of the energy assessment for the Bay of Saint-Brieuc commercial offshore wind farm development managed by Ailes Marines.

The FLiDAR WindSentinel system is equipped with dual LiDAR sensors to measure the wind resource and expected energy production at the offshore wind farm.

FLiDAR WindSentinel on the dock ready for deployment

FLiDAR WindSentinel on the dock ready for deployment

AXYS is delighted to work with Ailes Marines to support the development phase of this offshore wind farm in France,” says Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO. “This WindSentinel system, equipped with fully redundant LiDAR systems, enables us to meet the projects’ high data availability and reliability requirements and ensure project success.”

Ailes Marines selected the AXYS WindSentinel based on its innovative technology and proven track record of providing reliable data from offshore systems,” says Ailes Marines Wind Engineer and Project Manager, Jerome Dumont. “We also consider that the high load capability of the WindSentinel is potentially advantageous in allowing accommodating various device options and redundancies in measurement systems (LIDAR, etc.). Thus it may help adapting to specific requirements of developers so as participate in reducing risk levels on data recovery during the Wind Assessment Campaign”.

The WindSentinel system will be deployed for a minimum of 12 months to gather comprehensive wind speed and wind direction data up to heights of 200m, along with metocean data including directional waves, ocean currents, tide, salinity, water temperature, atmospheric pressure and air temperature.

The WindSentinel is a rugged wind resource assessment system that uses LiDAR to accurately measure wind speed and wind direction offshore. With this deployment AXYS continues to grow its position as the world leader in offshore wind assessment, having supplied 18 commercial floating LiDAR systems around the world that have recorded more than 200 months (17 years) of offshore data.

About Ailes Marines
AILES MARINES won the government tender for the Bay of Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm. It is responsible for developing, building, installing, and operating it.
AILES MARINES is a simplified joint-stock company (“SAS”). IBERDROLA and AVEL VOR hold respectively a 70% and 30% stake in AILES MARINES. AVEL VOR partners with RES and the group CAISSE DES DEPOTS, which in turn hold respectively a 22.5% and 7.5% stake in AILES MARINES.

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 .

October, 2016 – Plair Newsletter
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October, 2016 – Kipp & Zonen Newsletter 38
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October, 2016 – Developments Newsletter
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October, 2016 – Latest Industry News
See the latest news from the publisher of Meteorological Technology International Magazine

November, 2016 — LufftPost
See the November edition of LufftPost

December, 2016 – LufftPost
See the December edition from Lufft

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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

MicroStep-MIS — Introducing New Accessories

MicroStep-MIS_Multipass Multipass
Multipass is designed for connecting buses RS232 industry, RS485 / RS422,
SDI-12 and USB. It is suitable to connect industry buses with different communication speed and data frames.
SDI-12 Interface Dongle is
a handy device enabling the user to talk with any SDI-12 sensor simply using a PC and a terminal program. SID is designed for use by AWS network maintainers and calibration laboratories.
The USB-SDI / SDI-SIM serves as a converter between the SDI-12 bus and the USB bus.
It is a communication standard for interfacing a data recorder with sensors.
It can act either as a data recorder or as a sensor.

OTT Hydromet — Direct and digital: the OTT netDL Data Logger integrates hydrological measurement systems with process control engineering

Diagram of the connection of water level sensor technology to the control system, using the Lübeck municipal works as an example.

Diagram of the connection of water level sensor technology to the control system, using the Lübeck municipal works as an example

The safe management of large quantities of data is no problem with the IP-enabled OTT netDL 500/1000 Data Loggers. They can be flexibly deployed as they have high memory capacity, diverse transmission options and standardised interfaces

The safe management of large quantities of data is no problem with the IP-enabled OTT netDL 500/1000 Data Loggers. They can be flexibly deployed as they have high memory capacity, diverse transmission options and standardised interfaces

The OTT netDL 1000 can be connected to an Ethernet LAN or a DSL router through an integrated Ethernet interface

The OTT netDL 1000 can be connected to an Ethernet LAN or a DSL router through an integrated Ethernet interface

OTT Hydromet has extended the OTT netDL IP Data Logger with special functions for industrial communication. These enable seamless integration of hydrological measurement systems in process control engineering. To do this, the Hydrological Logger transfers its data to the operation unit, which then takes it over and feeds it into the control system, thus creating a continuous measurement chain – direct, digital and prompt.Integration is required in water management or industrial monitoring tasks, as in the management of weirs, valves or pumps – or wherever control systems are deployed. With the OTT netDL IP Data Logger, hydrological measurement stations can be incorporated as part of the whole system.

The Data Logger and Station Manager for hydro meteorological measurement stations uses standard interfaces for the industry and manages the connection to all current control systems and PLC controllers. That is how it enables the direct data transfer to the Simatic S7 via TCP/IP (Ethernet), the connection to various fieldbusses (Profinet, Profibus and Modbus) and to OPC clients from SCADA systems.

One advantage of digital transfer, as opposed to analogue signal transfer, is that only a single connection is required for the transmission of numerous parameters. All the measurement values of a device – such as all the parameters that the OTT Pluvio2 precipitation gauge records – are taken over directly. Users also benefit from more precise data, as the continuous digital signal transmission from sensor to centre ensures clear, undistorted measurement values even with large measurement ranges.

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WMO Publication: WIGOS Newsletter, October, 2016

WMO Publication: MeteoWorld, December, 2016

CLIVAR October Bulletin, 2016

WMO Publication: WMO strategic plan 2016–2019
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WMO Publication: Use of Climate Predictions to Manage Risks, 2016
Demand for climate information to inform decision- and policymaking is growing as the private and public sectors increasingly recognize the relevance and value of such information for building climate resilience and in mitigating and adapting to changing climate. Various types of users are seeking tailored and actionable climate information on a wide range of timescales, from past, current and future climate. Their needs are broad, including long-term decisions and planning, early warning of potential hazards and managing risks arising from climate variability and change. A focus for collaboration within the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) is to ensure that providers of climate prediction products interact more effectively with users to meet this demand by developing climate services. The purpose of this publication is to provide an understanding and examples of the range of currently available operational climate prediction products and services and climate products that are still under research and development with the potential of transitioning into operations. It is intended for all audiences from policymakers to practitioners and users. In particular, it should help National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) which are not currently providing climate services to visualize the possibilities and, perhaps, start creating services in their own environments and countries. Much of the content is based on WMO publications and contributions from the WMO Global Producing Centres of Long-Range Forecasts (GPCLRFs). The figures shown should not be used as actual predictions; they are intended to illustrate products and services.

WMO Publication: Executive Council — Sixty-eighth session: Abridged final report with resolutions and decisions, 2016

WMO Publication: Guidelines on Best Practices for Climate Data Rescue, 2016
Abstract: This technical document is an update of WMO/TD-1210, WCDMP-55, Guidelines on Climate Data Rescue (2004). It builds on the original Guidelines, while taking into account both changes in technology that have occurred in the intervening 12 years and lessons learned in more recent climate data rescue activities around the world. An overview of data rescue is presented with chapters on its importance, archiving original media, imaging, digitization and archiving digital images and digital data. Twelve appendices provide supporting information.
The Guidelines on Climate Data Rescue are intended to provide guidance in the form of recommended best practices. Because of the diversity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) with respect to the size and stage of technological development, along with the variability of weather types and climate, some practices may not be useful for every WMO Member. That being said, the Guidelines cover a wide range of guidance that should provide assistance on how to organize and implement data rescue and provide generalized technological solutions for every Member. More specific technological information, as well as informative illustrations and photos, may be found at the International Data Rescue (I-DARE) portal that is maintained by WMO with the assistance of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and the WMO Commission of Climatology Expert Team on Data Rescue.
While specific to weather and climate data, these best practices could also be applied to the rescue of data in other scientific fields, both within the remit of WMO and beyond. In particular, the rescue of hydrological, marine and other environmental data follows similar overall principles and practices and is basically considered to be within the scope of these Guidelines. Specificities of such data, however, need to be identified and taken into account in close collaboration with the respective communities, including, for example, the WMO Commission for Hydrology and the WMO–Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO) Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology.

WMO Publication: Regional Climate Outlook Forums, 2016
A Regional Climate Outlook Forum is a platform that brings together climate experts and sector representatives from countries in a climatologically homogenous region to provide consensus based climate prediction and information, with input from global and regional producing centres and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, with the aim of gaining substantial socio-economic benefits in climate sensitive sectors.


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