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  • CS visits Hong Kong Observatory

  • Monday, 15th July 2019

The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15) to learn about its latest developments. Joining him were four participants of the "Be a Government Official for a Day" programme.

Mr Cheung first received a briefing from the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming, on the latest developments of the department, particularly in enhancing Hong Kong's preparedness for natural disasters and providing meteorological and related services through science, innovation and partnership.

Mr Cheung then proceeded to the Central Forecasting Office for an update on HKO's round-the-clock services on weather forecast for use by the public and the shipping, aviation, industrial and engineering sectors, as well as their work on monitoring radiation levels. He was also given a tour of HKO TV studio.

Mr Cheung was pleased to learn that HKO made good use of social media, such as its Facebook page and Instagram platform, in disseminating weather information and enhancing communication with the public. HKO has all along played an active role in supporting the plan for smart city development. It has set up microclimate stations at HKO Headquarters and other locations across the territory to collect weather data in close proximity, with an aim to facilitate big data analytics as well as study of urban microclimates and weather changes.

Mr Cheung also visited the Earthquake Monitoring and Tsunami Warning Centre where he was provided with detailed briefing on the procedures for collection and analysis of real-time seismic data from seismological stations in Hong Kong and across the globe, as well as dissemination of earthquake information to the public.

He commended HKO's colleagues for their dedication in reducing the impact of inclement weather on Hong Kong's society and economy.

Prior to his departure, Mr Cheung visited the History Room, where he was presented with the achievement and transformation of HKO since it was established 136 years ago. He praised HKO for its dedication to the vision of being "A Model of Excellence in Protecting Lives and Building Together a Better Society through Science". Mr Cheung also encouraged colleagues of HKO to continue serving the public in a dedicated and professional manner.

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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows (front row, from left) the Acting Assistant Director of the HKO (Development, Research and Administration), Mr Chan Pak-wai; the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming; Mr Cheung; the Assistant Director of the HKO (Forecasting and Warning Services), Dr Cheng Cho-ming; the Assistant Director of the HKO (Aviation Weather Services), Miss Lau Sum-yee; the Departmental Secretary of the HKO, Mr Jerry Siu; and the Acting Assistant Director of the HKO (Radiation Monitoring and Assessment), Mr Ma Wai-man (third row, first left). Also present are HKO staff and participants of the "Be a Government Official for a Day" programme.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Joining him were four participants of the "Be a Government Official for a Day" programme. Photo shows Mr Cheung (second left) and the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (first left), speaking with the participants of the programme.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows Mr Cheung (front row, right), accompanied by the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (front row, left), being briefed on the weather services provided by the HKO.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows Mr Cheung (front row, right), accompanied by the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (front row, first left), being briefed by the Assistant Director of the HKO (Aviation Weather Services), Miss Lau Sum-yee (first left), on HKO's round-the-clock services on weather for use by the aviation sector.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows Mr Cheung (front row, right), accompanied by the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (front row, left), being briefed by the Acting Assistant Director of the HK Observatory (Radiation Monitoring and Assessment), Mr Ma Wai-man (first right), on HKO's work on monitoring radiation levels.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows Mr Cheung (front row, second left), accompanied by the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (back row, third left), visiting the HKO TV studio.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Mr Cheung (front row, third left), and the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (front row, fourth left), are pictured with participants of the "Be a Government Official for a Day" programme in HKO TV studio.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Earthquake Monitoring and Tsunami Warning Centre of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows Mr Cheung (third right), accompanied by the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (second right), being briefed on the procedures for collection and analysis of real-time seismic data from seismological stations in Hong Kong and across the globe, as well as dissemination of earthquake information to the public.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Photo shows Mr Cheung (front row, right), accompanied by the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (front row, left), touring the History Room.
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, visited the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (July 15). Mr Cheung (front row, centre) is pictured with the Director of the HKO, Mr Shun Chi-ming (front row, third right); the Assistant Director of the HKO (Forecasting and Warning Services), Dr Cheng Cho-ming (front row, first left); the Assistant Director of the HKO (Aviation Weather Services), Miss Lau Sum-yee (front row, second left); the Acting Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory (Development, Research and Administration), Mr Chan Pak-wai (second row, first left); and the Acting Assistant Director of the HKO (Radiation Monitoring and Assessment), Mr Ma Wai-man (third row, first right). Also present are HKO staff and participants of the "Be a Government Official for a Day" programme.