Hanoi’s support centre important to regional weather forecast service
Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Ata Hussian, an officer from
the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) spoke highly of WMO’s support
centre in Hanoi, saying it has played an important role in supporting supply of
weather forecast services in the region.
Vietnam has participated in the Severe Weather
Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) since 2010 and was selected by the
WMO to base one of its Regional Forecasting Support Centres (RFSCs) in Hanoi,
he told the Vietnam News Agency on the sidelines of the “Regional training
workshop on severe weather forecasting and delivery of warning services” which
is underway in Hanoi from March 19-30.
RFSC-Hanoi also provides satellite-based products
daily delivering forecast services on heavy rain and extreme winds for Vietnam,
Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines and most recently, Myanmar for short
range (1-2 days) and medium range (3-5 days), he noted.
According to Hussian, the WMO organizes annual
training courses on severe weather forecasting methods, from satellite or
radar-based “nowcasting” to medium-range forecasting based on numerical
The organization has provided training and technical
support as well as acted as a contact point for data sharing between SWFDP
members to improve the forecasting service quality in the region.
He added that the Ministry of Environment and Natural
Resources’ general department of hydro-meteorological forecasting will aid this
effort by improving the sector’s capacity in the coming years, increasing
investment in infrastructure and reports from RFSC-Hanoi.-VNA