SAHF KNOWLEDGE HUB

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

THE KNOWLEDGE HUB

Prioritizing
Regional Collaborations
READ MORE A REGIONAL INITIATIVE AND COLLABORATION SUPPORT TO BRING SYNERGY
TO NATIONAL-LEVEL MODERNIZATION EFFORTS
Advances & Solutions For
Service Delivery
READ MORE A REGIONAL INITIATIVE AND COLLABORATION SUPPORT TO BRING SYNERGY
TO NATIONAL-LEVEL MODERNIZATION EFFORTS

Capacity building and training activities to support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs)

Overview

South Asia Hydro-met Forum (SAHF) is a regional initiative that provides capacity building and training activities to support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to generate and transform climate data into reliable information that are critical in saving lives and assets and strengthening the resilience of communities in South Asia.

Project Objectives

To develop and implement a regional cooperation activity on behalf of members in South Asia which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, of the RIMES Council and to coordinate the SAHF regional capacity development process as well. The World Bank evolved a Terms of Reference recommended implementing regional program aiming at:
  • Supporting and liaising with key stakeholders for implementation of the program,
  • Conducting a regional study to provide recommendations for strengthening elements of hydro-met service value chain.
  • Facilitating the development and implementation of capacity building,
  • Managing a regional information and communication platform.
The regional technical assistance project shall complement and reinforce national activities leading to a more sustainable program of development of meteorological and hydrological services throughout the region. Serving as anchor for the SAHF the process shall foster “learning from each other” and adoption of a futuristic approach for NWP/EPS based national and regional systems that leverage best available global products to develop solutions to the meteorological and hydrological challenges unique to the region.
  • Setting-up a regionally coordinated training mechanism/coordination hub to build technical and institutional capacity of NMHS in South Asia on Operational Forecasting and Service Delivery through cost-effective and sustainable regional approach through assessments, evaluation, and consultations, to provide recommendations for strengthening key elements of the hydro-met service value chain.
  • Facilitate operational cooperation among SAHF NMHS with necessary support from global and regional centers of excellence, to enhance the weather, climate, and hydrological services in South Asia with emerging advancements in forecasting and services to meet the growing demands from the stakeholders.
  • Working Groups to conduct a regional study to formulate recommendations for strengthening key elements of the service value chain and develop and implement capacity building activities on forecasting and service delivery with an emphasis on ensemble prediction, impact-based forecasting, advisory services, and business integration.
  • The training programs developed as part of the project shall be conducted every year on a continuous basis to build the capacity of forecasters in the region, and thereby their services.
The SAHF regional initiative is to ensure the capacity building activities enabling NMHS to not only address the current demand, but also the growing demand for the next 5-year period. The capacity building initiative shall support the following:
  • Create conditions that all developing countries could provide a level of service that protects the lives, livelihoods, and economic opportunities of citizens at least as well as the most advanced societies.
  • NMHS are in a position to embrace modern approaches to numerical prediction and ensemble predictions
  • NMHS to provide valuable information about the likelihood of an event, and coupled with information on the potential impacts, provide users with warnings of the severity risks
World Bank supported CARE project builds data analytical platforms focusing on application of climate information in key sectors and SAHF efforts in the initial phase are focused on improving shorter range NWP services covering a period from days to weeks as well as using EPS and other products. SAHF mechanism provides the basis for generating impact-based forecast in combination with vulnerability information at sub national levels. This will bring synergy for the longer-term climate change information which will drive the CARE data platform. This will be an effective mechanism which shall support decision making and planning in seamless manner in sectoral agencies pertaining to climate resilience.

Outcomes

Protection of Lives

An environment where developing countries can deliver a level of service that can ensure the protection of lives and livelihoods against climate related disasters.

Weather Predictions

NMHSs embrace modern approaches to numerical weather prediction and ensemble prediction systems.

Early Warnings

NMHSs provides critical information about extreme weather events, as well as information on the potential impacts and warnings of the severity of risk.

Ongoing Activities - 2021

Target Countries

Afghanistan

Bangladesh

Bhutan

India

Maldives

Myanmar

Nepal

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

To develop and implement a regional cooperation activity on behalf of members in South Asia which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, of the RIMES Council and to coordinate the SAHF regional capacity development process as well.
The World Bank evolved a Terms of Reference recommended implementing regional program aiming at:

  • Supporting and liaising with key stakeholders for implementation of the program,
  • Conducting a regional study to provide recommendation for strengthening elements of hydro-met service value chain.
  • Facilitating the development and implementation of capacity building,
  • Managing a regional information and communication platform.

The regional technical assistance project shall complement and reinforce national activities leading to a more sustainable program of development of meteorological and hydrological services throughout the region. Serving as anchor for the SAHF the process shall foster “learning from each other” and adoption of a futuristic approach for NWP/EPS based national and regional systems that leverage best available global products to develop solutions to the meteorological and hydrological challenges unique to the region.

  • Shall set-up a regionally coordinated training mechanism/coordination hub to build technical and institutional capacity of NMHS in South Asia on Operational Forecasting and Service Delivery through cost-effective and sustainable regional approach through assessments, evaluation, and consultations, to provide recommendations for strengthening key elements of the hydro-met service value chain.
  • Shall facilitate operational cooperation among SAHF NMHS with necessary support from global and regional centers of excellence, to enhance the weather, climate, and hydrological services in South Asia with emerging advancements in forecasting and services to meet the growing demands from the stakeholders.
  • Shall convene Working Groups to conduct a regional study to formulate recommendations for strengthening key elements of the service value chain and develop and implement capacity building activities on forecasting and service delivery with an emphasis on ensemble prediction, impact-based forecasting, advisory services, and business integration.
  • The training programs developed as part of the project shall be conducted every year on a continuous basis to build the capacity of forecasters in the region, and thereby their services.

The SAHF regional initiative is to ensure the capacity building activities enabling NMHS to not only address the current demand, but also the growing demand for the next 5-year period. The capacity building initiative shall support the following.

  • Create conditions that all developing countries could provide a level of service that protects the lives, livelihoods, and economic opportunities of citizens at least as well as the most advanced societies.
  • NMHS are in a position to embrace modern approaches to numerical prediction and ensemble predictions
  • NMHS to provide valuable information about the likelihood of an event, and coupled with information on the potential impacts, provide users with warnings of the severity risks

The SAHF regional initiative is to ensure the capacity building activities enabling NMHS to not only address the current demand, but also the growing demand for the next 5-year period. The capacity building initiative shall support the following.

  • Create conditions that all developing countries could provide a level of service that protects the lives, livelihoods, and economic opportunities of citizens at least as well as the most advanced societies.
  • NMHS are in a position to embrace modern approaches to numerical prediction and ensemble predictions
  • NMHS to provide valuable information about the likelihood of an event, and coupled with information on the potential impacts, provide users with warnings of the severity risks