Wednesday, August 08, 2007

World Meteorological Organization

It's been a while since we have had a overview of an international organization, so today I thought I would take a look at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations and focuses on the "state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources" (from WMO in Brief). You can find information on weather, climate, water, oceans, environment, and much more from their web site.

There are a few resources on these pages that I find fun (and useful):
  • World Weather Information Service: Wish you were Paris? Well, maybe today isn't the day to jump on the plane since it is predicting thunderstorms for the rest of the week. (Although it is only supposed to have highs in the low 70s for the next few days)
  • Art Gallery: Tired of reading dry government reports? Why not check out some artwork that deal with weather and its effects.
  • Gateway to UN System Work on Climate Change: Ok, this is a main UN site, but WMO is a sponsor and it is nice to go to one central location for all the reports and press releases on climate change.
Want to know more specifics on some of the work of WMO? Check out this recent article from the Washington Post on the effects of climate change on weather "Across Globe, Extremes of Heat and Rain: In Another Warm Year, a U.N. Agency Sees Unusual Weather and More to Come."

Want more resources? Check out the library's guides to climate change and climate and weather.

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