News Letter July 2022

The full version of HIWeather News Letter July 2022
July 2022
July 2022

Dear colleagues,

        As many of us acclimatise ourselves to the “new normal” it has been great to meet some of you face-to-face albeit most of our meetings will continue to be remote. Sally and I were privileged to attend the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali at the end of May. Over 7000 delegates were registered with most attending in person. As an inter-governmental event, on a par with the COP meetings for climate change, the health and security arrangements were very evident – including negative COVID tests and masks required for entry to all sessions. The conference was opened by the President of Indonesia, followed by a short presentation of Balinese culture.

Prior to the main meeting we attended the third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference convened by WMO and UNDRR. This consisted of a mix of panel discussions, posters and practical workshop sessions on key aspects of early warnings. The “hot topic” of the conference was the announcement by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, that every person should have access to early warnings within five years. Given the number of countries that currently do not have warning systems, this is a major challenge, which WMO has been given the task of providing a plan for at COP27. On the first evening, we organised a value chain workshop, attended by about 50 people. Following my introduction, Sally formed participants into line according to their position in the warning chain. Then we all split into groups for each of the value chain “bridges” to think about needs and gaps in each part of the chain. This was followed by a poster reception in which our HIWeather “value chain” poster was well received.

The Global Platform itself had the main task of reviewing progress towards the targets of the Sendai Framework. Sadly, progress has been limited and the targets look increasingly challenging, not least because climate and socio-economic change is increasing the numbers and severity of the hazards people face. I gave a short talk on the ignite stage, on the subject of “preparing for the unprecedented” which reviewed disasters in 2021 that were associated with hazards that exceeded recorded history. Unfortunately, I was upstaged by the Bali weather, which threw a thunderstorm at the time, flooding the access to the stage area. There were several successful workshop sessions on aspects of “early warning - early action” which attracted considerable interest.

Since Bali, I have been in Geneva attending the WMO urban workshop and the Standing Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Public Weather Service of the Services Commission. Both were valuable opportunities for promoting HIWeather work. The workshop had a particular focus on the use of high (sub-km) resolution models for urban prediction. My presentation was on the distinctiveness of urban impacts, emphasising that their variability was dominated by variations in vulnerability rather than the weather.

Meanwhile, I am impressed by the enthusiasm and progress in our flagship projects, with concrete plans emerging for writing events both for the value chain review and for the new impact-based warning project. Also, watch out for the autumn webinars planned on impact-based warnings and more citizen science examples appearing on our web site.

Finally, I am delighted that our HIWeather book: “Towards the ‘Perfect’ Weather Warning: Bridging Disciplinary Gaps through Partnership and Communication” is finally published and can be downloaded free from https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-98989-7. Congratulations to all those involved in its production and thank you to the trust fund contributors who enabled Open Access so that it can be available to everyone involved in the warning chain, worldwide.

Brian Golding

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PROCESSES & PREDICTABILITY

AEOLUS CAMPAIGN WILL TAKE PLACE IN SEPTEMBER 2021

After two postponements, the Aeolus Tropical Campaign will finally take place inSeptember 2021 on the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa. The German (German Aerospace Center, DLR) and French (Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement, SAFIRE) Falcon aircraft will fly out of Sal airport, while the US American DC-8 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA) will be stationed on the US Virgin Islands and visit Cape Verde for intensive measurement periods. The research flights will be accompanied by radiosonde launches operated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and by ground-based dust remote sensing measurements from the island of Mindelo (ASKOS: https://askos.space.noa.gr). In addition to Cal/Val activities for the space-borne wind and aerosol lidar on the Aeolus satellite, scientific investigations will target African Easterly and other Equatorial Waves, tropical cyclogenesis, dust outbreaks from the Sahara and mesoscale convective systems.


Preparing equipment for an Aeolus overpass in Mindelo

After two postponements, the Aeolus Tropical Campaign will finally take place inSeptember 2021 on the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa. The German (German Aerospace Center, DLR) and French (Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement, SAFIRE) Falcon aircraft will fly out of Sal airport, while the US American DC-8 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA) will be stationed on the US Virgin Islands and visit Cape Verde for intensive measurement periods. The research flights will be accompanied by radiosonde launches operated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and by ground-based dust remote sensing measurements from the island of Mindelo (ASKOS: https://askos.space.noa.gr). In addition to Cal/Val activities for the space-borne wind and aerosol lidar on the Aeolus satellite, scientific investigations will target African Easterly and other Equatorial Waves, tropical cyclogenesis, dust outbreaks from the Sahara and mesoscale convective systems.

After two postponements, the Aeolus Tropical Campaign will finally take place inSeptember 2021 on the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa. The German (German Aerospace Center, DLR) and French (Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement, SAFIRE) Falcon aircraft will fly out of Sal airport, while the US American DC-8 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA) will be stationed on the US Virgin Islands and visit Cape Verde for intensive measurement periods. The research flights will be accompanied by radiosonde launches operated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and by ground-based dust remote sensing measurements from the island of Mindelo (ASKOS: https://askos.space.noa.gr). In addition to Cal/Val activities for the space-borne wind and aerosol lidar on the Aeolus satellite, scientific investigations will target African Easterly and other Equatorial Waves, tropical cyclogenesis, dust outbreaks from the Sahara and mesoscale convective systems.

After two postponements, the Aeolus Tropical Campaign will finally take place inSeptember 2021 on the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa. The German (German Aerospace Center, DLR) and French (Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement, SAFIRE) Falcon aircraft will fly out of Sal airport, while the US American DC-8 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA) will be stationed on the US Virgin Islands and visit Cape Verde for intensive measurement periods. The research flights will be accompanied by radiosonde launches operated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and by ground-based dust remote sensing measurements from the island of Mindelo (ASKOS: https://askos.space.noa.gr). In addition to Cal/Val activities for the space-borne wind and aerosol lidar on the Aeolus satellite, scientific investigations will target African Easterly and other Equatorial Waves, tropical cyclogenesis, dust outbreaks from the Sahara and mesoscale convective systems.

After two postponements, the Aeolus Tropical Campaign will finally take place inSeptember 2021 on the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa. The German (German Aerospace Center, DLR) and French (Service des Avions Français Instrumentés pour la Recherche en Environnement, SAFIRE) Falcon aircraft will fly out of Sal airport, while the US American DC-8 (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA) will be stationed on the US Virgin Islands and visit Cape Verde for intensive measurement periods. The research flights will be accompanied by radiosonde launches operated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and by ground-based dust remote sensing measurements from the island of Mindelo (ASKOS: https://askos.space.noa.gr). In addition to Cal/Val activities for the space-borne wind and aerosol lidar on the Aeolus satellite, scientific investigations will target African Easterly and other Equatorial Waves, tropical cyclogenesis, dust outbreaks from the Sahara and mesoscale convective systems.