High-performance computing (HPC) supplier Atos has been selected by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) to supply and install new computing and storage technology. Based on Atos’s BullSequana supercomputing architecture, the new system will provide almost 10 times more computing capacity than the current one, which was installed in 2014.
The updated computing cluster will, says AEMET, reinforce and expand its current capabilities to boost research in areas such as weather forecasting, climate change and wave prediction, and support its collaboration with international organizations.
Additionally, it will help the organization meet new strategic, technological and service provision challenges, such as preparing, supplying and disseminating meteorological information and forecasts, in its 2019-21 Action Plan.
The Typhoon Committee, an organizational cooperation between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), is to hold its 53rd annual session from February 23-25.
Participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and national Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) agencies will exchange information on achievements of the past session, review members’ activities, as well as operational and research collaborations, with a focus on reducing the number of lives lost and damage to property caused by tropical cyclones and typhoons.
On top of the disruption and catastrophic impacts caused by Covid-19, the Asia-Pacific region was hit by successive hazards in 2020, including tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, sand and dust storms and heatwaves.
Climate research at the University of Reading in the UK will support a new £10m (US$14m) research center that will advise lenders, investors and insurers on making environmentally sustainable decisions, in order to encourage a greener global economy.
The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) launched in mid-February and is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Scientists at the university and the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA), based on the Reading campus, will contribute the latest research on climate change and sustainability to financial institutions around the world, which currently struggle to access reliable information.
A short-lived resurgence in the emission of ozone-depleting pollutants in Eastern China will not significantly delay the recovery of Earth’s protective ‘sunscreen’ layer, according to new research published in Nature.
NASA computer models helped scientists identify an uptick in atmospheric emissions of an ozone-depleting gas called CFC-11. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) work together as part of a long-running research partnership to monitor emissions of stratospheric ozone and to support ozone scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Bristol.
In 1987, the Montreal Protocol – an international treaty enacted to protect the ozone layer from additional degradation – banned new production and trade of ozone-depleting substances like CFC-11, and 198 nations have since signed on to the agreement.
The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has invited interested parties to take part in a public review of the draft of the 2021 GCOS Status Report.
The report provides an overview of the adequacy of the observing system as a whole and considers the status of observations of each Essential Climate Variable (ECV). It covers atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial, cryospheric and hydrological variables.
GCOS says its publication will be followed by an implementation plan in 2022 that will address gaps and new and developing needs. The report will be considered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), sponsors of GCOS and other international observing systems.
NASA’s Perseverance rover, which is carrying scientific instruments including Finnish-made humidity and pressure instrumentation provided by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) with sensors supplied by Vaisala, landed safely on Mars last night (February 18).
The Perseverance, launched in July 2020, landed on the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater, which according to NASA is the optimal place to find traces of ancient life. To collect data and samples from the Red Planet, NASA is working together with a group of trusted scientific partners.
The FMI’s instrumentation is part of the Spanish-led consortium’s Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA).
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies – has launched a new focus group to contend with the increasing prevalence and severity of natural disasters with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).
In collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the ITU focus group on ‘AI for natural disaster management’ will support global efforts to improve our understanding and modeling of natural hazards and disasters. This will be achieved by distilling emerging best practices to develop a roadmap for international action in AI for natural disaster management.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) the 2020-2021 La Niña event has passed its peak but impacts on temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns continue. Despite the general cooling influence of La Niña events, the WMO expects land temperatures to be above normal for most parts of the globe in February-April 2021.
The WMO notes that La Niña appears to have peaked between October and November 2020, as a moderate strength event, but says there is a 65% likelihood that it will persist during February-April, with a 70% chance that the tropical Pacific will return to ENSO-neutral conditions by the April-June 2021 season, according to WMO’s El Niño-La Niña Update.