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WMO Reports a Decade Summary of Climate Extremes

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a Report on 2001-2010 Decade called “The Global Climate 2001–2010 A Decade of Climate Extremes Summary Report”.

2000-2010 extreme weatherWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO) based in Geneva, Switzerland is the world’s premier scientific collection agency for the United Nations about: Weather, Climate and Water. The WMO is the sponsor or co-sponsor leading research and observation programmes, notably the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch, the World Climate Research Programme, the Global Climate Observing System and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The WMO plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment through its Programmes and provides valuable data and forecasts relating to weather, climate and water-related hazards, which account for nearly 90% of all natural disasters.

The “Global Climate 2001–2010 A Decade of Climate Extremes Summary Report”
is part of a global push to deliver climate information and services, which is spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization in partnership with other United Nations agencies, the World Bank and partners such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

Report Highlights:

“The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest decade recorded since modern measurements began around 1850.” says M. Jarraud WMO Secretary-General.

The world’s glaciers lost more mass in 2001–2010 than in any decade since records began. As a result of this widespread melting (and the thermal expansion of sea water), global mean sea levels continued to rise over the decade 2001–2010. The observed rate of increase was some 3 mm per year, about double the observed 20th century trend. If this trend
continues, ice sheets will contribute more to sea-level rise in the 21st century than any other source.

WMO Video:

Other highlights of the decade include: “above-average precipitation, including one year – 2010 – that broke all previous records. It was also marked by dramatic climate and weather extremes such as the European heatwave of 2003, the 2010 floods in Pakistan, hurricane Katrina in the United States of America (USA), cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and long-term droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa”.

A decadal perspective makes it possible to assess trends and anticipate the future. It can also inform efforts to develop operational climate services that provide information and forecasts for decision-making in agriculture, health, disaster risk, water resources and other sectors.

The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes Report was released to coincide with the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services meeting being held July 2nd to 5th 2013 to discuss implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which is a country-driven initiative to provide accurate and accessible climate services to users such as disaster management authorities, water and energy utilities, public health agencies, the transport sector and farmers. The report focus is on an analysis of global and regional temperatures and precipitation as well as extreme events and their impact on economies and loss of life.

Some weather related highlights of the 2001–2010 WMO Global Climate Report (Photo Gallery)

References:
http://www.wmo.int/pages/about/documents/WMO990.pdf
http://library.wmo.int/pmb_ged/wmo_1119_en.pdf

Detailed results of the WMO survey of countries is available in the complete technical report (WMO-No. 1103), which can be found online at the WMO website (www.wmo.int).

 

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