Additional Information

Keep checking this space regularly for more updated additional information, including announcements on side events.

Call for OPACE nominations

WMO has given out a call for nominations to its Open Panels of CCl Experts (OPACEs), to contribute to its work during the forthcoming intersessional period (2014-2018). WMO has already issued circular letters to the Permanent Representatives (PRs) of all WMO Members, inviting nominations. 

For more information and the procedures for nominations, please visit:  

A number of nominations have been received in response to the above call, and a consolidated database has been created based on the nominations received so far.  Click here for the current version of the CCl-16 OPACE database.  Download the zipped archive and unzip on your computer for access to the spreadsheet, linked CVs, a blank nomination form and also a template for each Regional Association to submit their proposals for CCl working structure. (Last Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:57 )

Additional Experts  since Saturday 5 July 2014 : Download the database here (Last Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 15:50 )

The provisional list of the teams identified is available here. (Last Updated Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 17:00)
 

Sight-seeing tours in Heidelberg

  • Our local hosts are planning to arrange a dinner during a boat trip on the Neckar River in the evening of 3 July 2014 and they also kindly offer a guided half-day tour  on Sunday   to the old town and the Castle of Heidelberg for a larger group of about 100 people.  Both these tours will be at the kind invitation of DWD and are therefore free of charge for the participants
  • Other tours (at participants' own costs) can of course be booked through the Heidelberg Tourism Office. They will also provide some leaflets of possible tours etc. in the Congress Centre. 


Side events

Time and room: 3 July 2014 - 12:00-13:00 - Room: tbd

Title:

WMO Recognition Mechanism for Centennial Observing Stations

Description:

This side event aims at (i) informing of the outcomes of the WMO Scoping Meeting on a Potential WMO Recognition Mechanism for Centennial Observing Stations (11-13 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland) and (ii) attracting Members’ feedback on the proposed recognition mechanism. The Scoping Meeting was organised in response to the request of EC-65 to investigate an appropriate WMO mechanism for the recognition of centennial observing stations based on a minimum set of objective assessment criteria. The overall initiative aims at highlighting the extraordinary importance of long-term  observing stations for science, human knowledge and heritage as well as climate and other services; and intends to help the responsible entities to maintain respective observing sites in the future.

Format: 12:00 – 12:30 Presentations
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion
Expected outcomes: Consolidate Members’ requirements re centennial observations in general, and the proposed recognition mechanism in particular.
Secretariat focal point: Peer Hechler (phechler@wmo.int)
 
Time and room: 4 July 2014 - 12:00-13:00 - Room: tbd

Title:

Polar ARCtic regional Climate Outlook Forum (PARC-COF) and Polar Arctic Regional Climate Center (RCC)

Description:

Interest in Polar RCCs as well as PCOFs expressed and supported by EC Panel of Experts Polar Observations, Research and Services (EC - PORS) -1 and 2 encourage further development of the Polar RCC and PCOF concepts. Global Integrated Polar Prediction System (GIPPS) Concept strategy approved by Cg-XVI notes the useful role of Polar RCCs and RCOFs. Moving forward on establishing a Polar ARCtic regional Climate Outlook Forum (PARC-COF) a strategy for initiating an Arctic Polar Regional Climate Center (RCC) network has been recognized as a priority, and requires consultation amongst relevant parties. The objective of the side meeting is to initiate a discussion amongst interested CCl Members and key players to identify and plan further steps for a dedicated scoping meeting.

Format: 12:00 – 12:30 Presentations
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion
Expected outcomes: Facilitate the formal CCl consideration of the subject and decide on a future course of actions involving key Members.
Secretariat focal point: Anahit Hovsepyan (ahovsepyan@wmo.int)
 
Time and room: 4 July 2014 - 18:00-19:00 - Room: tbd

Title:

International Climate Assessment and Dataset (ICA&D)

Description:

The development of climate services, enabling nations to better manage opportunities and risks of climate variability and change, is dependent on the availability of long-term, high-quality observations, serving monitoring, assessing and projecting climate variability and change. The International Climate Assessment & Dataset (ICA&D) climate services concept aims at disclosing and accessing high quality station data sets with a daily resolution, and providing climate monitoring as well as climate change assessment information for as many stations in a region as possible. ICA&D builds on the knowledge, software and governance concept developed for the European Climate Assessment & Dataset (ECA&D), a service consisting of a regional web portal for daily station data (brought together through regional cooperation between NMHS’s) and derived climate information.

Format: 18:00 – 18:20 Presentation
18:20 – 19:00 Panel discussion

Expected outcomes:

Investigate the terms of reference of a dialogue and collaboration  between the ICA&D nodes ECA&D (Europe), SACA&D (SE-Asia), WACA&D (West Africa) and LACA&D (Latin America), focussing on application of ICA&D as a tool for the Members in the context of WCSP as well as GCFS/CSIS.

Secretariat focal point: Peer Hechler (phechler@wmo.int)
 
Time and room: 5 July 2014 - 12:00-13:00 - Room: tbd

Title:

Strengthening Climate Services in the Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Through CCl Initiatives

Description:

WMO in partnership with the regional key partners, i.e. Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) organized Regional Workshops on Climate Services in the Caribbean and the Pacific. These workshops helped to identify the needs for climate services in different user sectors, as well as capacity development requirements. The establishment of RCCs/RCC-Networks, Regional Climate Outlook Forums, sustaining the existing RCOFs, e.g. CARICOF, ASEANCOF, as well as promotion and implementation of National Climate Outlook Forums (NCOF) are recognized as main priorities for the regions. The proposed side event is aimed at summarizing the current status of climate services in the regions and identifying the further steps

Format: 12:00 – 12:30 Presentations
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion

Expected outcomes:

Recapitulate the state of climate related activities in the countries of the regions and discuss way forward.

Secretariat focal point: Anahit Hovsepyan (ahovsepyan@wmo.int)
 
Time and room: 7 July 2014 - 12:00-13:00 - Room: tbd

Title:

Climate Monitoring from Space

Description:

Properly utilising satellite data for climate monitoring has been a CCl priority for at least a decade. Significant progress has been achieved since, with relevant satellite-based data sets available nowadays that are suitable for climate monitoring. Increasingly, Members consider utilising satellite-based data sets to complement traditional in-situ observations and measurements. The aims of the side event are (i) to inform of most recent developments in the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility for Climate Monitoring and (ii) to further promote the integration of space-based remote sensing data into climate monitoring and climate services. This fits with CCl plans to consider establishing a Task Team on Climate Monitoring from Space.

Format: 12:00 – 12:40 Presentations
12:40 – 13:00 Discussion
Expected outcomes: Inform attendees of most recent developments. Facilitate CCl considerations of the subject. Provide input to a future course of action, including of the envisaged CCl Task Team on Climate Monitoring from Space.
Secretariat focal point: Peer Hechler (phechler@wmo.int)