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12th Session of the Arab Climate Outlook Forum (ArabCOF), 9th edition of the Gulf Cooperation Council Climate Outlook Forum (GCC COF) and PERSANORD-20: Recent Climate Outlook Forum

The 12th edition of the Arab Climate Outlook Forum (ArabCOF-12), the 9th edition of the GCC Climate Outlook Forum (GCC-COF-9), and the 20th edition of the PERSANORD session took place virtually on 28 November 2023. This significant gathering showcased presentations from meteorological centers across various Arab countries, including Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.

The focal point of the forum was to exchange insights on seasonal weather forecasts for individual countries and the broader Arab region. Notably, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) provided valuable results on the latest climate projections for the new SSP2-4.5 and SSP5-8.5 scenarios. These projections were downscaled from CMIP6 for the Mashreq Domain. Furthermore, the UK Met Office provided updates on their project in the region (WISER MENA)."

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