SAHF KNOWLEDGE HUB

SOUTH ASIA HYDROMET FORUM
Program to Support South Asia Regional Development in Operational Forecasting and Service Delivery

THE KNOWLEDGE HUB

SAHF III

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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