South Asia Hydromet Forum III

18-22 October 2021(Virtual Session)

18 October

Opening Session

  • Welcome Address
  • Opening Remarks
  • World Bank support and plans for modernization of hydro meteorological services in South Asia
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) initiatives in South Asia region to improve weather and climate services delivery
  • SAHF Vision – Co-chairs of the SAHF Executive Council
  • Brief interventions from SAHF Working Group Co-chairs
  • Interventions from participants
  • Closing remarks – Director, RIMES

19 October

Session 1- Improving Weather and Climate Forecasts for the Region. [Session Chair ]

  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) future plans & expectations from regional collaboration
  • WMO white paper on future of weather and climate forecasting and its relevance for South Asia – Severe Weather Forecasting programme (SWFP) and other initiatives
  • Panel on advances and understanding of regional climate for improving integrated services(Monsoon Mission, Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) / Marine/coastal weather & climate forecasts)
  • Open Q&A followed by constitution of breakout groups
  • Wrap-up in plenary

Session 2- Observational Systems and Regional Data Exchange for monitoring and prediction of extremes [Session Chair ]

  • WMO Global Basic Observing Network (GBON)
  • Panel [Global Weather Enterprise Forum and SAHF

20 October

Session 3- Evolving Protocols and Systems for Impact Based Forecasting (IBF) [Session Chair ]

  • Regional guidance on implementing IBF – Asia Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARRCC) initiatives in South Asia 
  • Case studies of IBF delivery through decision support system(DSS) for Disaster Management Organizations (DMOs) of Odisha and Tamil Nadu State’s in India and co-development process and vulnerability/exposure data collation plans under Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia (CARE)
  • Sector representatives – National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs)/Agriculture, Water and Health

Session 4- Prioritizing Training Requirements [Session Chair]

  • Training requirements at various levels for improved operational services
  • WMO Education and Training Office (ETO)– including collaborative initiatives with COMET modules
  • India Meteorological Department (IMD), Regional Training Centre, Pune
  • Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Training Division, Karachi
  • UK Met Training Center, Reading
  • Panel discussion for improving regional R&D capacities for operational services

21 October

Session 5- SAHF- Integrating Regional Requirements and Synergizing Initiatives [Session Chair]

  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) regional seasonal climate impacts bulletins & proposed Knowledge Platform on floods and drought
  • ARRCC initiatives for better user interface
  • Panel discussion with regional agencies – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Session 6- Co-ordinating Initiatives for Improved Weather and Climate Services in South Asia [Session Chair ]

  • World Bank (CARE) & other development partners
  • UN ESCAP, ARRCC, UK Met Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)/Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) /Asian Development Bank (ADB)/UNDP
  • Panel discussion
  • Takeaways from SAHF III- RIMES-World Bank Team
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