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Current Status and Perspectives for Development of Climate Services in Armenia

11:59 / 12.08.2013

Hydrometservice of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia (RA MES) within the framework of the UNDP-GEF “Enabling Activities for Preparation of Armenia’s Third National Communication to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)” Project issued a publication entitled “Current Status and Perspectives for Development of Climate Services in Armenia” in Armenian and English.

It summarizes the analysis carried out by the Hydrometservice on the current status of climate change systematic observation, data management and provision, research on climate variability and change, development of future projections based on global and regional climate models simulations, climate risks and their possible changes have been evaluated and analyzed, as well as the needs and scope for further improvement of climate services have been identified.

Hereinafter, the review of works, scientific studies and the results achieved by Hydrometservice of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia (Armstatehydromet) during last several years are presented in the publication. In particular, the current state of National hydrometeorological observation network, including methodological and technical capacities and challenges faced, are described in subsequent chapters. The dynamics of hydrometeorological hazardous events and the existing early warning system are analyzed, as well as trends for climate extremes and the possibility of implementation of Climate Watch System for issuing advisories on climate extremes are discussed. The current state of the use of climate information by main users and stakeholders, as well as their needs and possibilities on the improvement of the climate products, as well as the facilitation of the accessibility and information flow from producer to user and are presented in the publication.

As a pilot study climate features of Vayots Dzor marz have been studied and presented in the publication, particularly climate anomalies and trends of main climate variables, assessment of drought conditions, changes in wind patterns, future climate projections and hydrometeorological vulnerability of the region.
 

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