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AEMET highlights the close link between climate change and extreme weather events

With the slogan "Early warning and early action", the commemorative event was attended by the director of the IFCA, José Manuel Gutiérrez, who offered a conference on extreme phenomena in the context of climate change

March 23, 2022


The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), dependent on the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), has commemorated World Meteorological Day through an act presided over by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán. The event has also paid tribute to the professionals of the State Meteorological Agency who retired last year for their special dedication and services rendered. Tribute that has been extended to the volunteer observers, key elements of the value chain of meteorological information and fundamental pieces in adversity conditions, by giving the winners of the national award to the best traditional collaborator of the climatology network.

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Climate change and extreme events

The virtual event has had the intervention of José Manuel Gutiérrez, director of the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA, CSIC-UC) and coordinator of the Interactive Atlas of the Sixth IPCC report, focused on early warning of extreme weather events in a context of climate change. In his conference, Gutiérrez recognized climate change as an effective agent of change in the frequency and intensity of extreme events, and consequently highlighted the urgent need to implement, optimize and improve early warning systems.


At the closing ceremony, the president of AEMET, Miguel Ángel López González, insisted on the important role that hydrometeorology plays, within a necessary context of adaptation in which we are already immersed, as a key integrating discipline when it comes to improving our resilience to climate change.

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