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  1. Nov 2020
    1. The Brussels Conference agreed on the need for international cooperation in data collection.

      First attempt to coordinate exchange of data on the global level (the Brussels Conference in 1853).

    2. This is an excellent document summarising WMO's data policy (history and current developments)

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    1. ▪Statute 7: “ThePrinciple of Freedom and Responsibility in Science: the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information, and other resources for research.

      Statute 7 of the International Science Council

    1. “One of the many unfortunate aspects of the Covid-19 crisis has been the severe loss – of up to 90% – of aircraft-derived meteorological data as a result of the steep decline in airline operations and passenger flights since March 2020,” said WMO secretary-general Professor Petteri Taalas. “Meteorological services and other data providers have tried to offset this loss, but there has been a measurable negative impact on the accuracy of weather forecasts as a result of AMDAR data reductions.”

      COVID-19 reduced economic activities and CO2 emission. But, also triggered some unexpected developments such as reduction of weather data provided by commercial airplanes.

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