Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) Open Day 2018 was held on 24-25 March with nearly 13,000 visitors attending the event. Under this year's World Meteorological Day theme of "Weather Ready, Climate Smart", the use of latest technology in the provision of HKO services was presented. The opportunity was also taken to commemorate the recognition of HKO headquarters by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as one of the first batch of long-term observing stations in the world. Mr Philip Yung, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), officiated at the Long-term Observing Station plaque unveiling ceremony together with Mr Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, on the morning of 24 March. Participants from youth uniformed groups, as well as members from "Friends of the Observatory" and "Community Weather Observing Scheme", were also present to witness the occasion.
During the ceremony, Mr Yung commended HKO’s efforts. “Recognition by WMO as a long-term observation station takes more than over a hundred years of observation, it also reflects the professional excellence of HKO in weather and climate forecast and analysis,” Mr Yung said. He encouraged HKO colleagues to keep up the good work in providing quality services to the public. Mr Yung described the annual HKO Open Day as a highly important event, as it allows close interaction between the general public and HKO staff for a deeper understanding of the work of HKO.
Mr Yung was also shown the microclimate monitoring stations installed on smart lamp poles and drones, as well as various exhibits of the Open Day, including the thematic logo and souvenirs designed by students from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The exhibition also highlighted the historical evolution of HKO in celebration of its 135th anniversary. Multi-media exhibits were set up by the Museum of Climate Change to present climate change information in an interactive manner. During the Open Day, HKO TV weather presenters gave live demonstration of weather reporting, while Mr Shun attended autograph sessions and posed for photos with visitors. Apart from HKO staff, over 80 volunteers from "Friends of the Observatory" offered support and assistance as goodwill ambassadors in warmly greeting the visitors.
Note: Short videos on HKO Open Day