Weather-related disasters pose a major threat to society, the environment and the economy. As the vulnerability to weather related hazards increases due to climate change, growing population, urbanization and other factors it is imperative to coordinate weather research targeted towards improving forecasts and warnings at international level. The impacts resulting from the underpinning hydro-meteorological events such as heat waves, droughts, floods, landslides, wind storms, landfalling tropical cyclones or severe convective storms are regional or local in nature. Many of these disasters, however, exhibit global connections and interdependencies, not only from a meteorological perspective, but also from an economic perspective. Considerable progress has been made during the past decades in advancing our knowledge and understanding of high impact weather events, as well as in the development of weather prediction and early warning systems that also take into account societal and economic impacts. These advances resulted in lives being saved, damage avoided and economic impacts averted. The WMO World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) has contributed significantly to this achievement – through THe Observing system Research and Prediction EXperiment (THORPEX) and other activities. However, much more needs doing to focus and accelerate future research advances and to achieve the full potential of products and services.
Collection(s) and Series: WWRP- No. 2016-4
Format: Digital (Free)
ISBN (or other code): 978-92-63-xxx