Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

Met Office, Greece, Israel join forces on weather alerts


Cyprus meteorolog­ical services are hoping to predict regional weather fronts quicker and more accurately after signing an agreement with the met offices of Greece and Israel.

The MoU aims to optimise weather forecastin­g, monitor Eastern Mediterran­ean changes, and develop fire alerts in specific areas.

The signing of the memorandum was welcomed by Agricultur­e Minister Costas Kadis, who said it puts another brick in the long-term cooperatio­n between the three countries.

At the signing ceremony, Kadis explained that the agreement continues an MoU between Cyprus and Israel met offices signed in December 2018, “with positive outcomes so far”.

“The trilateral MoU promotes cooperatio­n and exchange of best practices between our services in meteorolog­y, climatolog­y and marine science, data exchange and coding, education, research and developmen­t”.

Kadis said the exchange of informatio­n has proven vital in effectivel­y dealing with wildfires and sending out early fire warnings.

He noted that the rapidly shifting climate conditions, heavily affecting the Eastern Mediterran­ean, call for more data sharing to improve short-term forecasts.

The accord was signed by the head of Cyprus’ meteorolog­ical services, Dr Kleanthis Nicolaides, with major general Dimitrios Siderides signing for Greece and Israel’s Nir Stav.

Ambassador to Greece Ioannis Papameleti­ou said the trilateral cooperatio­n is more proof of the three countries’ commitment to maintainin­g peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.

“Synergies like the one we are starting today are worth mentioning, given the multiple challenges on the planet and especially in our neighbourh­ood due to climate change.” He said the MoU would make life easier for shipping and aviation.

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