Strengthening South-South Cooperation on Meteorology 


    In 2011, WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre, led by China Meteorological Administration and Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology with support of Chinese Ministry of Commerce and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), strengthened meteorological and hydrological training for developing countries. The Centre hosted 10 international meteorological training courses and 3 bilateral meteorological training courses in 2011. About 300 trainees  from over 50 countries and regions attended the courses.
  WMO and trainees’ countries spoke highly of the contributions the  Centre made to the development of world meteorological and hydrological communities. Representatives of many countries appreciated for the Centre’s vedio displayed during the 16th  World Meteorological Congress in May / June 2011 in Geneva.  
 Recently, Dr. R. Bruintjes (USA), Chairman of WMO Weather Modification Experts Committee, said that the 10th Conference on Weather Modification held in Indonesia in Oct.2011 paid great attention to the training of weather modification. The training course of Weather Modification hosted by WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre in November was a strong support to WMO, and that WMO would strengthen the training of Weather Modification using the platform of WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre. Due to high quality training and qualified teaching facilities of WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre,  ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ) / WMO Typhoon Committee is considering making WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre as the training base of the Typhoon Committee.
 To deal with global climate change and the increasing of extreme weather events, the training courses include Short-term Climate Prediction, Monsoon Meteorology, Satellite Meteorology, Agro-meteorology, Multi-hazard Early Warning, Tropical Cyclone, Climate Change and its Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation etc.
 To improve teaching quality, the Centre invited not only professors of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology but also many famous professors and expert domestic and abroad including Dr. Byong-Lyol Lee, Chairman of the WMO Commission for Agro-meteorology, Dr Tetsuo Nakazawa, Director of WMO WWRP Programme, several WMO Tropical Cyclone Experts, Deputy Directors of  Hong Kong Observatory and professors from Nanjing and Beijing Universities, America and Australia. Trainees therefore learned more about the development of modern meteorological and hydrological technology to improve the ability of their national meteorological services.
 With the support of China Meteorology Administration and Ministry of Commerce, WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre will further strengthen South-South cooperation on Meteorology. The Centre also looks forward to strengthen cooperation with other South Centres on education and training..