Abu Dhabi to host the 16th Session of Regional Association II of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
The sixteenth session of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia took place at the National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, headquarters in Abu Dhabi from 10-12 Feb 2017.
A total of 35 countries across a variety of geographic and climatic zones ranging from the Arctic to the Equator come under the Regional Association for Asia.
The region is impacted by a wide range of natural hazards: tropical cyclones and storm surges; heat and cold waves; drought and wildfires; intense precipitation, flooding and landslides; and sand and dust storms. Air pollution is an additional major concern.
It emphasised that Member States need to work with each other and with other organisations to increase resilience to extreme weather and climate change and contribute to sustainable socio-economic development.
“In the last decades, the countries in the Asian region have been exposed to weather and climate events of increased intensity and frequency,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “The year 2016 was no exception.
Improvements in the global weather and climate observing and information systems, initiatives to improve hydrological data collection to improve water resource management, as well as drought and flood management and flash flood forecasting will also be discussed.