Petteri Taalas was received by Brigadier General László Christián, Vice Rector for Education, and Klára Breuer, International Director, on 2 December 2021. He came to Hungary for the Planet Budapest 2021 World Summit. During his four-day visit, Petteri met with a number of institutional leaders and government officials.
The Secretary-General is particularly important because the tasks related to tackling global climate change (measurements, modelling, forecasts, etc.) are primarily linked to the world organisation he leads.
This meeting was initiated by the Faculty of Water Sciences (UPS) to draw the attention of the WMO leader to the activities of the faculty, in particular the measurements and ongoing developments at the Magyaregregy sampling site. The Dean of the university said that the faculty's aim is to build a system at the measuring station and the associated sample water collector that will allow for more accurate forecasting of flash floods and to help understand how changing hydrometeorological conditions affect the accumulation processes. In his message, Tibor Bíró stressed: "We would like to offer the sample collection site to the WMO, which would be the start of a long-term collaboration between the university and the World Meteorological Organization.”