Friday, July 23, 2010

I Can See ROSHYDROMET from My Windows!

What do government scientists in the Russian Federation say about climate change and global warming? I looked on the site of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), clicked on the "links," and found this statement:

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I clicked on the link for the Russian Federation document titled The Assessment Report on Climate Change and its Consequences in the Russian Federation.
I clicked on the arrow and saw five books. One of the books is an English-language document titled Assessment Report on Climate Change and Its Consequences In Russian Federation: General Summary.
The report was prepared by the Russian Federation's Federal Service For Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET); but the document indicates (2) that this was a collaborative effort, and the leading scientific organizations recognized for preparing the report include:
1. Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory
2. Roshydromet (MGO) Institute of Global Climate and Ecology
3. Roshydromet and Russian Academy of Sciences (IGCE)
ROSHYDROMET has an English-language site, but there is almost nothing on it, so use your Google translation tool. Here is a google Internet search for Росгидромет.
ROSHYDROMET seems to be Russia's version of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), or perhaps NOAA's National Weather Service; but ROSHYDROMET also seems to perform functions that in the U.S. would be performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and perhaps other U.S. agencies. Their mission statement is described here, and they are described in a Russian-language Wikipedia entry.
St. Petersburg is the home of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University.

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