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WCC-3
World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3)

31 August - 4 September 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

WCC-3HIGHLIGHTS FROM TUESDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER

On Tuesday morning, two plenary sessions were held on the economic and social benefits of climate information and on advancing climate prediction science. In the afternoon there were six parallel working groups on: climate and human health; climate and sustainable energy; seasonal-to-interannual climate variability; climate and water; climate, transportation and tourism; and climate observations. Two forum sessions were also held on gender and climate and climate and communities, as well as two sessions on implementing climate services, titled “from observations to predictions” and “research engagement”. The day ended with a roundtable on climate adaptation and the Copenhagen process.

During a plenary session on the economic and social benefits of climate information, Gordon McBean, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, noted that future work on climate information should be interdisciplinary. Don Gunasekera, CSIRO Centre for Complex Systems Science, noted that climate information is used in decision making under conditions of uncertainty. Holger Meinke, Wageningen University, said adaptation science is the knowledge component behind enabling technologies for adaptation. Matthias Ruth, University of Maryland, highlighted climate change as a threat magnifier. Mohammed Sadeck Boulahya, ClimDevAfrica, questioned how information could be communicated to final users, and how stakeholders could be effectively mobilized. Akimasa Sumi, University of Tokyo, stressed the importance of time scales in climate information. Vladimir Tsirkunov, World Bank, emphasized that those most affected by adverse climate events are often not able to receive climate information.

During a plenary session on advancing climate prediction science, John Mitchell, UK Met Office, highlighted the challenge of combining the science of long-term forecasting based on anthropogenic forcing with interannual predictions. Tim Palmer, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, noted that seasonal forecasting can act as an important tool for adaptation. Mojib Latif, IFM-Geomar, underscored challenges with climate models. Jerry Meehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA, said climate services are dictated by societal needs. Arun Kumar, National Center for Environmental Prediction, USA, elaborated on the current status, limitations and expected advances for climate predictions. Ghassem Asrar, World Climate Research Programme, highlighted the need for shorter transition times between knowledge development and use.

The conference hall was filled to capacity during the morning plenary sessions.

 
Plenary Session: Economic and Social Benefits of Climate Information
Session Chair Gordon McBean, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and Don Gunasekera, CSIRO Centre for Complex Systems Science
Holger Meinke, Wageningen University, Netherlands
   

Left to right: Discussants Vladimir Tsirkunov, World Bank, Akimasa Sumi, University of Tokyo, and Mohammed Sadeck Boulahya, ClimDevAfrica

Matthias Ruth, University of Maryland
A view of the packed plenary hall
 
 
Plenary Session: Advancing Climate Prediction Science
Left to right: Ghassem Asrar, World Climate Research Program, Arun Kumar, National Centers for Environment Prediction, Jerry Meehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research, US, Tim Palmer, European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, UK, and Session Chair John Mitchell, UK Met Office
 
Jerry Meehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research, US
Ghassem Asrar, World Climate Research Program
Mojib Latif, IFM-Geomar, Germany
Session Chair John Mitchell, UK Met Office
 
Tim Palmer, European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
 
     
Working Sessions
 
Lisa Goddard, IRI, during the working session on seasonal-to-interannual climate variability.
Participants during the working session
       
A view of the room during the working session on seasonal-to-interannual climate variability.
 
 
 
       
 
Implementing climate services: From observations to prediction
Working session on climate and sustainable energy
         
Working session on climate and human health
 
Working session on climate and human health
 
           
 
The working session on climate and human health was filled to capacity
Judy Omumbo, IRI
             
 
Roundtable Discussion on Climate Adaptation and the Copenhagen Process
A view of dais during the roundtable discussion.
Avinash Tyagi, WMO, Richard Muyungi, Office of the Vice-President, Tanzania, Ko Barrett, NOAA, US, Minoru Kuriki, Foundation of River and Basin Integrated Communications, Japan, and Session Chair Helen Plume, Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UNFCCC
 
Book Launch: From Weather Gods to Modern Meteorology: A Philatelic Journey
 
 
Edouard Dayan, Director-General, Universal Postal Union
Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO
           
 
Viewing the philatelic exhibit
Book distribution
             
 
Viewing the philatelic exhibit
Book distribution
               
Miscellaneous Photos
 
The NASA exhibition booth
Participants at the NASA booth
         
The overflow room
The overflow room
           
Posters calling for immediate action
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
 
Poster display
 
               
Related Links
WMO resources
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Informal Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly on Climate Change as a Global Challenge

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