March 23 is World Meteorology Day!

One time it's White Christmas, and the next, it's White Easter. Our climate changes yearly, and we wouldn't know what lies ahead if it weren't for them. Meteorologists track changes in weather behaviour over months, years and even decades or centuries. On March 23, World Meteorology Day, we celebrate a long tradition of meteorological research worldwide. 

Today at the University of Gdańsk, it is certainly worth noting the team of meteorologists and climatologists at the University of Gdańsk who work at the Department of Physical Oceanography and Climate Research belonging to the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography of the University of Gdańsk. Dr Janusz Filipiak heads the team. There are four scientists in the team - prof. dr hab. Mirosław Miętusdr Mirosława Malinowskadr Małgorzata Owczarek and the previously mentioned dr Janusz Filipiak. Our climatologists study, among other things, climate change in Pomerania, past climate disasters in Europe and extreme weather events. 

'World Meteorology Day honours the entry into force of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Convention of March 23, 1950. - the United Nations specialised agency for weather, water and climate. It gave climatology, meteorology and operational hydrology an institutional framework to function at an intergovernmental level,' - says dr Janusz Filipiak. - 'This year, however, we also remember another event. Namely, 150 years ago, in 1873, the WMO's predecessor, the International Meteorological Organisation (IMO), was established. Over the course of 150 years, these two organisations provided guidelines and bonds for institutions and individuals who were seriously involved in meteorology and climatology. As a historical climatologist, I enjoy going back in time. After all, I am scientifically involved in climate reconstruction, so I am passionate about everything that concerns the historical aspects of how this field of knowledge works. Therefore, this year's World Meteorology Day has a unique dimension for me. By recalling events from the distant past, we can realise how far we have come, what technological advances have been needed and how we have expanded our knowledge to be where we are today in terms of monitoring weather and climate phenomena on our planet.'

On this particular day for meteorologists, we invite you to read an interview with dr Mirosława Malinowska, who explains what the climate in Poland will look like in a few decades. 

The interview was conducted in December 2022.

Our climate is evolving towards a such with two seasons. An interview with dr Mirosława Malinowska.

Marcel Jakubowski / Press Office UG