WMO Tropical Cyclone Forecasting and Warning Workshop WAS Held in NUIST 

In the morning of December 7, the opening ceremony of tropical cyclone forecasting and warning workshop sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), organized by WMO RTC Nanjing , was held in NUIST. Vice chancellor Li Gang, Peng Taoyong, representative of the World Meteorological Organization, Clarence FONG Leizhao Chong, the Typhoon Committee Secretariat, Chen Lianshou Chinese Academy of Engineering academician, Mr. Sopon SANGKAEW, representative of participants attended the ceremony and delivered speeches. Professor Wang Suchun, Executative Deputy Director of the WMO RTC Nanjing hosted the ceremony.

Vice chancellor Li Gang, on behalf of NUIST, WMO Regional Training Centre, extended a warm welcome to the World Meteorological Organization, the representative of the Typhoon Committee and participants and teachers from other parts of the world, and briefly described the overviews of the school and the Regional Training Center He pointed out that atmospheric sciences disciplines of NUIST ranked first in 2012 by the Ministry of Education assessment, which has a greater international impact. Li Gang futher mentioned the purpose and significance of this training course.

Mr. Peng Taoyong, representative of the World Meteorological Organization, on behalf of Mr. Michel JARRAUD , World Meteorological Organization Secretary General, thanks China Meteorological Administration, NUIST and WMO Nanjing Regional Training Center for organizing this training course, especially to Professor Chen Lianshou, professors Jiann-Gwo JIING and Mr. TSUKASA FUJITA for their full assistance to the workshop. He remarked that the training course aimed to teach techniques and methods of tropical cyclone forecasting and early warning forecast, meanwhile establish a regional network of typhoon forecast, in which national forecasters are coordinated to jointly cope with tropical cyclones problem. At last, he raised some issues to be discussed and its expected results.

Mr. Clarence FONG, on behalf of Typhoon Committee Secretariat, thank the World Meteorological Organization, the China Meteorological Administration and NUIST for organizing this workshop, and thank teachers from China, the United States and Japan for giving wonderful lectures. He described the great threats caused by tropical cyclones and the importance of organized workshop, as well as topics to be discussed. At last, he hoped that tropical cyclone forecasting and warning workshop will be held next year and become a regular event in order to better cope with the hazards caused by tropical cyclones.
Chen Lianshou, Chinese Academy of Engineering academician, was invited to give lectures for participants, and delivered speech at the opening ceremony. He remarked that tropical cyclones caused a large number of casualties and huge economic losses in recent years in New Orleans, Bay of Bengal, the Pacific Northwest and other places, thereby had a major impact on social and economic development. We organized this workshop to reduce the loss of people's lives and property caused by tropical cyclones, and grow to be familiar with the most cutting-edge science and technology. I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to learn, communicate and improve relevant skills.
Mr. Soon SANG KAEW, Participants from Thailand, expressed sincere gratitude to the Chinese government, WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing for their efforts to provide the opportunity of mutual communication and training. He futher mentioned that the workshop will cultivate knowledge of tropical cyclones and consult academic problems with renowned experts on typhoons.
It is reported that ProfessorS  of NUIST and Peking University, as well as experts from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the typhoon center in Tokyo Japan, China Meteorological Administration, Shanghai Typhoon Institute, will give lectures on the formation of tropical cyclones, the application of numerical weather prediction products in tropical cyclone, satellite radar data assimilation, Doppler radar reflectivity analysis and others in this workshop.