International Training Course on Agrometeorology


International Training Course on Agrometeorology
14-25 September, 2015. Nanjing, China
International Training Course on Agrometeorology is organized by WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) Nanjing, sponsored by China Meteorological Administration (CMA).
Course Description
This course is designed to help participants, through theoretical study and practice, to master the basic theory and principles of agrometeorology. It is also helpful to improve participants’ ability in carrying out agrometeorological forecasting and service, scientific research and management.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants are expected to master basic theory and principles of agrometeorology. They will be enabled to carry out agrometeorological forecasting and service, analyze and simulate crop growing system, operate agricultural remote sensing, evaluate and use the agroclimatic resources. They will also be enabled to know how to prevent and mitigate meteorological disasters, and the impact of climate change on agriculture.
Target Audience
Meteorologists who are working in the field of agrometeorology and other related fields from developing countries.
Course Content
The training course will mainly cover lectures on agrometeorological theory, micro-climate, water and water circle, analysis and simulation of crop growing system, agricultural remote sensing, agrometeorological forecasting and service, the effect of climate diversification, evaluation and use of agroclimatic resources, impact of climate change on agriculture, meteorological disasters prevention and mitigation and practice at the Agrometeorological Centre and so on.
Course Format
Lectures, practical sessions, seminar on special topics, study tour, discussion, and participant presentation etc.
Student Assessment
1)      An observation will be made by the staff at RTC and lecturers for participants’ attendance and performance at the lectures and other learning activities of the training course.
2)      A paper test will be given to the participants after all the lectures to examine their understanding and acceptance of the knowledge transferred.
3)      The instructors will assess participants’ performance in practical sessions.
Professors in the field from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) and senior experts from CMA.
Language Used
       The course will be conducted in English.
Participant Qualifications for Admission
Participants are required:
1)      to be specialized in agrometeorology with a minimum of one year professional experience;
2)      to be in good physical health with no infectious diseases. Physically fit to fulfill all course activities; candidates with limited physical mobility will not be accepted;
3)      to be proficient in English;
4)      to prepare a report on agrometeorology of the participants’ Service and a brief introduction of the participant’s professional experiences for the purpose of exchanges;
5)      not to bring family members to the training course in principle, if having family member, the participant has to pay extra expense;
6)      to observe all the laws, rules and regulations of People’s Republic of China and respect the Chinese customs during the training period;
Application and Selection Process
1)      The applicants must be meteorologists who are working in the field of agrometeorology from Meteorological and Hydrological Services of developing countries. The nominated candidates are requested to submit the Application Forms and Passport Copy (necessary) together with evidence of English proficiency (if there is) to the WMO RTC Nanjing China for examination and endorsement.
2)      Admission Notices will be issued to the accepted participants by e-mail by the RTC Nanjing. With the Admission Notices, the participants are requested to go through all the necessary formalities for entering China and register at the RTC Nanjing on 14 September 2015.
Only accepted applicants that receive the Admission Notices endorsed by the WMO RTC Nanjing China can participate in the training course.
1)      Tuition fee is free for all the accepted participants that receive the endorsed Admission Notices by the WMO RTC Nanjing China. 
2)      Due to limited funds, the WMO RTC Nanjing China can provide local support such as accommodation, meals, and pocket money (50 Yuan RMB per day) etc. for 30 participants only. Normally one applicant from each developing country or two applicants from each Least Developed Country are endorsed by the WMO RTC Nanjing China for the local support.
3)      Other accepted applicants or their respective governments need cover their accommodation (50 USD per day per person) and meals (20 USD per day per person) during the training period.
4)      The international travel costs including round trip tickets, transit fares and subsistence allowance during the travel are to be covered by the participants or their employers.
5)      The expenses of visa, medical care, insurances and domestic salaries for the participants should be borne by the participants’ employers.
6)      The organizer of the International Training Course on Agrometeorology does not hold any responsibility for such risks as loss of life, accidents, illness, and loss of property incurred during the whole period of participation in the training course.
Deadline for Application
The application should be sent to WMO RTC Nanjing by 31 July, 2015.
Attn: Prof. WANG Suchun, Executive Deputy Director
WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210044, P. R. China
Tel: +86 25 58731404    Fax: +86 25 57010085