International Training Course on Agrometeorology,WMO Interregional Training Workshop on Verification of Operational Seasonal Forecasts, and Meeting of the CBS-OPAG/PWS Expert Team on Communication, Outreach and Public Education Aspects of Public Weather Services Delivery was held in NUIST 
2013-10-31

In October 28th, International Training Course on Agrometeorology, which was sponsored by China Meteorological Administration and undertook by WMO Nanjing Regional Training Centre, WMO Interregional Training Workshop on Verification of Operational Seasonal Forecasts, and Meeting of the CBS-OPAG/PWS Expert Team on Communication, Outreach and Public Education Aspects of Public Weather Services Delivery, was held in the lecture hall in Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology. Ms. Haleh Kootval, Chief of WMO Public Weather Services Division, Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief of WMO World Climate Applications and Services Division, Mr. Mao Hengqing, Deputy Director of Public Weather Services Center of CMA, Mr. Yu Jun, representative of China Meteorological Administration and Professor Li Lianshui, President of NUIST and Director of WMO RTC Nanjing attended the opening ceremony and made an address. Over 40 participants and experts from 30 different countries attended the ceremony. The opening ceremony was presided by Professor. Niu Shengjie, the Vice President of NUIST.

On behalf of NUIST and WMO RTC Nanjing, Professor Li Lianshui extended warm welcome and sincere greetings to all guests, and thanked WMO and CMA for their supporting to the training work. He briefly introduced the history, development and disciplines of the university, and the training achievements since the establishment of WMO RTC Nanjing in 1993. He said our daily life and work were closely related with and influenced by weather and climate. The 12th Session of IPCC Working Group I approved the summary for policy makers and accepted the full report on Physical Science Basis of Climate Change. It will be used by the international community and national governments as a major scientific basis in formulating policies and taking measures and actions in response to climate change. He believes that this training course provided a great opportunity to promote our academic and professional exchanges, and hoped that participants could build up friendship and enhance communications in order to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. He also specially thanked the WMO Education and Training Division for their kind travel support for eight candidates to attend our training course on agrometeorology, which has been one of the highest number they have supported in similar courses in the past few years.
 
Ms. Haleh Kootval, on behalf of WMO, thanked Chinese Government and NUIST for the endeavor of training work. She introduced that this meeting would focus on some new areas, including development of corporate external communication strategy, on-line survey on the usage of different media for PWS delivery and gathering feedback on such delivery, Training courses for senior and executive management of NMHSs, communicating uncertainty in forecasts and the interpretation of probabilistic forecasts to partner agencies and the public, including preparation of some materials for use by senior managers, communication by NMHSs of the cost benefits of their products and services and the key problems and challenges to government authorities and decision-makers, role of social media in operational work of NMHSs.
 
Mr. Rupa Kumar Kolli highlighted that the Beijing Climate Centre (BCC) is one of the first officially designated WMO Regional Climate Centres(RCCs). RA II, with active support from BCC, played a leading role in the development of RCCs, establishment of which is rapidly being taken up by the other WMO Regional Associations. He hoped to see a globally extensive network of RCCs in the near future. He briefly introduced the situation of global long range forecasts and Regional Climate Centres, reviewing the initiatives taken up by WMO. He pointed out that WMO strengthened the communication and exchange with Members through extensive researches, and in the next step, WMO will continue to take actions to adapt the climate changes. The past couple of decades have witnessed a substantial improvement in our ability to predict the seasonal climate, but there is a long way to establish a comprehensive documentation of skill levels measured according to a common standard. In next few years, WMO will implement the Global Framework of Climate Service of GFCS, which brings tremendous expectations by the society and puts a great responsibility on WMO. He hoped that climate service staff should translate the responsibility into challenging tasks to promote the development of seasonal forecasts.
 
Ms. Ramessur Surekha from Mauritius, the representative of participants, said that the public weather services and agrometeorology had a major role to play in society and faced more and more challenging. To ensure safety to life and property, we were looking forward to providing forecasts timely and exactly. She hoped that each participant could strengthen our skills and improve our knowledge through the working sessions to meet the needs of society and country.

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Ms. Haleh Kootval, Chief of WMO Public Weather Services Division delivered a speech

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Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief of WMO World Climate Applications and Services Division delivered a speech

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Professor Li Lianshui,President of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology,Director of WMO RTC Nanjing delivered a speech

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Professor Niu Shengjie,  Vice President of NUIST  presided the Ceremony

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Ms. Ramessur Surekha from Mauritius, the representative of participants delivered a speech

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Experts and Participants in the Conference Hall