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22/10/2015

WMO Calls for New Images for International Cloud Atlas

The World Meteorological Organization is calling for the submission of high quality photographs of clouds to feature as “reference images” in the next edition of the International Cloud Atlas.

The World Meteorological Organisation is calling for the submission of high quality photographs of clouds to feature as “reference images” in the next edition of the International Cloud Atlas.

The aim is to produce a user-friendly, digital-based product, which is an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date source of reference and is also interesting and accessible to a wide audience. It will also include new types of cloud.

Professional meteorologists, weather observers and cloud photographers are encouraged to submit high-resolution colour images of all types of clouds and meteors, along with accompanying metadata (information on where and when the photograph was taken and a description of the weather situation).

Submissions should be sent to a special dedicated website operated by the Hong Kong Observatory on behalf of WMO. They will be considered by a special international Task Team, which hopes to select the images by the end of this year, and conclude the revision of the Cloud Atlas during 2016.

The International Cloud Atlas was developed as a standardized reference document for operational observation systems, which underpin weather forecasts and longer-term climate predictions. It is an important training tool for meteorologists, as well as for those working in aviation and at sea.

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