WMO Annual Report – 2016 Highlights

We have just received a print copy of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Annual Report (WMO No. 1190) which provides highlights for 2016.

Topics discussed include earth observation, data processing, forecasts systems, weather services, climate observations, flash flood guidance, global hydrological status, disaster risks reduction, ocean monitoring,development goals and drought.

Persons wishing to view this document can either send me an email or visit me at my desk.


WMO Annual Report 2016 Highlights

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Nonpotable Water Reuse in Urban Environments – An EPA Webinar

Through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program webinar’s are provided on a monthly basis.

Please see the information below and the relevant registration link for one of their upcoming webinars.



Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4824850919878465538


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NGWA Virtual Conference – “After the Drought”

This virtual conference titled “After the Drought”, carded for the September 6th, 2017, will  provide insight into mitigating efforts used across the United States in recent drought situation. Thus, participants will learn about measures that were used to manage both surface water and groundwater resources during the drought periods.

Clicking on the link will provide relevant pricing for members (who are offered discounted prices) and non-members.

Persons conducting research in this area are also invited to submit abstracts for video clips that would be used in the conference. You can find such guidelines here.

I do hope that some members of staff will be to register for this conference and take advantage of the information provided.

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Free Articles from Wiley On World Environment Day

To celebrate World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5th, Wiley has made available a wide range of journal articles (free to read for two weeks) on topics such as environment, water, water resources, groundwater, irrigation and drainage, sustainability, restoration and remediation.

You can see the list of journal articles here.

Happy reading guys 🙂

P.S. Happy World Environment Day!


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Responding to Climate Change Deniers with Simple Facts and Logic

With many persons insisting that climate change is not actually taking place, (I’m hoping none of our staff are included in that group, but if you are this article is for you too) this article digitally published by Dork Sahagian on 30 March, 2017, provides five questions and answers that can be used to change the minds of those “climate contrarians” (Sahagian, 2017).

Source: Responding to Climate Change Deniers with Simple Facts and Logic

Sahagian, D. (2017, March 30). Responding to Climate Change Deniers with    Simple Facts and Logic. Retrieved June 02, 2017, from    https://eos.org/editors-vox/responding-to-climate-change-deniers-with-    simple-facts-and-logic

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EOS Earth, Space and Science News June 2017

A new issue of the Eos Earth, Space and Science magazine (Volume 98 Issue 6) is now available for viewing.

EOS June 2017

Eos Earth, Space and Science News Volume 98 Issue 6

This issue highlights topics such as finding career fit, microwave maps and spatial resolution, tracking wildfires with satellite images, freshwater carbon cycle, aerosol effects, fingerprinting tremors and forecasting volcanic eruptions, reducing disaster impacts, topographic imaging and geoscience to name a few.

Persons interested in viewing this magazine can email me or check me at my desk.

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Collection of In-House Reports and Assessments

This is just a gentle reminder, to accompany the previous email, to submit soft copy versions of all reports and assessments produced in-house to facilitate information-sharing among members of staff, as well as, the means to keep such research up-to-date.

All submissions can be submitted through the departments’ intranet.


Thank you.


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Scientists Predict Active Hurricane Season


With hurricanes being highly destructive, whether to property or human life, one should definitely be mindful of the hurricane season, while making the necessary preparations. Read on to learn what scientists have to say about the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, within the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, in this informative article by JoAnna Wendel, and take note of the safety measures provided.

Source: Scientists Predict Active Hurricane Season


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The Ocean Cleanup Project

Remember last week when I shared an article by JoAnna Wendel about how pollution, especially plastic, was impacting one of the Pitcairn islands, namely Henderson Island. Thus, making many of us feel hopeless about the future of the environment and life itself. Well, it appears that some persons, namely Boyan Slat and The Ocean Cleanup team are not just waiting for people to stop polluting, but have actually developed a way to improve the quality of life and save the planet by allowing natural ocean currents, together with a clever device, to clean up plastics in the world’s oceans.

With cleanup trials expected to commence in 2018, it is estimated that half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be removed in five years time. Persons can read  up more on this innovation on the website The Ocean Cleanup.


Happy reading guys :).

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Water Demand Management: Using technology to forecast water usage and improve efficiency

With technology being a big part of our day to day lives it’s seems inevitable that it can be used to solve issues of water usage and improve efficiency. This is highlighted in an article by Lori Lovely in the June 2017 issue of the Water Efficiency magazine.

Do enjoy!

Water Efficiency Magazine

Water Efficiency Magazine June 2017

Water Demand Management

Using technology to forecast water usage and improve efficiency

by Lori Lovely May 25, 2017


Mni wiconi is Lakota for “water is life.” The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential.

Demand for water has risen relentlessly over the years as the world’s population climbs past the 7 billion mark, with projections of continued growth. Lifestyle affects demand as climate change affects supply.

While demand is easily understood, responding to it involves a complicated set of choices. It can be met with a supply-side response—developing new resources—or a demand-side response—management by influencing demand and water use through more efficient use of water that is already available in order to meet objectives such as economic efficiency, environmental protection, sustainability, or other reasons that could include social equity.

Find the rest of the article here.

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