The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) headquarters located in Tsim Sha Tsui is among the first set of observing stations to receive the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’s recognition as centennial observing stations. The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming, received the accreditation certificate from the Secretary-General of the WMO, Professor Petteri Taalas, at the certificate presentation ceremony held at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, today (October 18, Geneva time).
At the certificate presentation ceremony, Mr Shun said, “The international recognition of the HKO headquarters as a centennial observing station is an important milestone. We have been regularly conducting meteorological observations at the headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui since 1884, and the long-term meteorological observational data reveal the global warming trend in the past 130 years. The HKO headquarters is a declared monument protected by the relevant ordinance. We will do our best to sustain the high-quality weather and climate measurements at this centennial observing station.”
Professor Taalas said, “These long-term measurements are the backbone of both weather forecasting and climate science. It is highly important that we ensure the long-term sustainability of these measurements.” He said he was delighted that the HKO has received this international recognition, signifying that it is a crucial source of weather and climate information not only for Hong Kong but also for the world.
Long-term meteorological observations, in particular those from observing stations that provide continuous data for 100 years or more, are crucial for documenting and analysing long-term variations of the Earth’s climate on multi-decadal and centennial timescales, thereby providing useful input to the development of climate research and services. To highlight the important contributions of these long-term observing stations and promote WMO members’ efforts to maintain high-quality measurements at these stations, the WMO has established a recognition mechanism for long-term observing stations around the world that meet a set of objective assessment criteria.
The first set of recognised long-term observing stations includes a total of 60 stations around the world. The HKO headquarters is the oldest observing station among the nine centennial stations recognised in Asia. The full list is available from the link below:
The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming (centre), receives the long-term observing station accreditation certificate from the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Professor Petteri Taalas (second right), and the Deputy Secretary-General of the WMO, Dr Elena Manaenkova (first right), at the certificate presentation ceremony at the WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, today (October 18, Geneva time).