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The Pan American and Parapan American Games are a regional international summer sporting event staged in the year prior to the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Pan American Sports Organiza¬tion awarded the 2015 Games to Canada in November 2009. Approximately 11 000 athletes, athlete support personnel and technical officials from 41 countries participated in the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games (Toronto Games). These were held in the Greater Toronto Area in the southern part of the province of Ontario from 10 to 26 July and 7 to 15 August 2015, respectively.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (formerly Environment Canada) was tasked to support the Games with enhanced weather monitoring and venue-spe¬cific weather warnings, watches and advisories, to ensure the safety and protection of athletes, staff, volunteers and spectators. The Games provided ECCC with an opportunity to showcase its innovations and technological capabilities. To fulfil its mission, ECCC designed a high-resolution state-of-the-art automated atmospheric monitoring network called the Games Mesonet. Data from the Mesonet informed forecast and numerical weather prediction systems, which produced Games-specific alerts (Advisories, Watches and Warnings), and forecasts at a fine temporal and spatial resolution.
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