Saturday, June 4, 2011

WMO plans aeronautical meteorology programme

ABC Live (India): The World Meteorological Organization plans to boost its aeronautical meteorological activities given their importance to safe, regular and efficient air navigation. The World Meteorological Congress has decided to make the Aeronautical Meteorology Programme a ‘’high-priority programme that should be suitably resourced” to help its Members meet the increasing needs of the aviation sector.

“The recent eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull and Grímsvötn volcanoes in Iceland served as a reminder of the importance of aeronautical meteorology in predicting and projecting the spread of the volcanic ash cloud, and providing authoritative information to civil aviation authorities to help inform their decisions,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

“The rapid growth in air traffic requires increased levels of aeronautical meteorological services. Given the strong linkage between flight delays and poor weather conditions in terms of low visibility, turbulence, icing and severe convection, aeronautical meteorology services are key for authorities who need to take decisions that minimize disruption to travel, whilst ensuring passenger safety,” said Mr Jarraud.

Aviation meteorology is the main source of income, through cost recovery, for many National Meteorological Services, particularly in developing countries. There is constant pressure within the aviation sector for increased efficiency in the provision of external services including meteorology.

…WMO’s Aeronautical Meteorology Programme promotes technology transfer, education and training, and capacity building to help National Meteorological Services, particularly in developing countries, meet the needs of international and national civil air navigation authorities….

An Airbus A320, shot by Montgomery, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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