At the invitation of the World Meteorological Organization, Mr Woo Wang-chun, Scientific Officer of the Observatory and a nowcasting expert, presented on nowcasting and very-short-range forecasting techniques in the 'Workshop on the Implementation of New Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Impact-based Forecast and Warning Techniques' held at the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanmar during 6-9 September 2016. Representatives from various meteorological services and international organisations also participated in the workshop.
The workshop explored the developments of NWP models, nowcasting system, storm surge forecast, colour-coded warnings, impact-based products on flooding and landslides etc. The meeting further coordinated technical supports to be provided by various parties, and prepared an action plan with timelines for DMH.
In addition to introducing the Observatory's nowcasting system, namely, SWIRLS to DMH, Mr Woo took the opportunity to discuss coordinating the issuance of Significant Weather Information (SIGMET) for the aviation community. DMH showed keen interest in adopting both, and would also like to further deepen our co-operation relationships.