SOUTH ASIA HYDROMET FORUM III | ONLINE EVENT FROM 15 - 18 NOVEMBER, 2021

Program to Support South Asia Regional Development in
Operational Forecasting and Service Delivery

ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: OPENING DAY

ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: OPENING DAY

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ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 1

ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 1

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ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 2

ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 2

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ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 3

ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 3

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South Asia is highly prone to cyclones, monsoon  rainfall variability associated  extreme events,  and other severe  weather events, causing major societal impacts. In the past two decades, 3 out of 5 South Asians- more than 1.2 billion people- have been affected by at least one weather-related disaster. The social and economic costs  of such hazards have been staggering. Between 1990 and 2020, a total of 1408 natural disasters  have been reported in the South Asia region, which affected over 1.8 billion people and led to 541,245 deaths  and close to US$ 213 billion in damages.  Investments in hydrological, weather, and climate related services (or ‘hydromet’ services) and disaster early warning systems will be critical in saving lives and assets as well as strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities. International experience suggests  that for every dollar invested in strengthening hydromet services, the estimated benefits are manifold, up to US$ 10.

The South Asia Hydromet Forum one (SAHF I) brought into focus the importance of quality delivery of weather, water and climate services and early warning as well as the need for regional collaboration and innovation. SAHF II laid the groundwork for such regional cooperation and designed a program to address SAHF priorities which is administered by RIMES.

The SAHF III will expand the vision to strengthen the key elements of the hydromet services value chain. It envisions support to evolving collaborative regional strategies  to increase the use of ensemble predictions, impact-based forecasting systems  and user-oriented  advisory services  by bringing together  a  wider range  of  user  communities,  public,  academic,  and  private institutions. An important aspect  of the forum is “learning from each other” which involves developing collective solutions to the meteorological and hydrological service delivery challenges that are unique to the region.

The four days of SAHF  III event during November 15-18, 2021 will dive into the following topics and include high level opening and closing sessions.

Opening Session

Theme I: Transforming hydromet service delivery

Session 1What Users need? Customized weather and climate services that yield value to economies and communities

Session 2Making sense of Forecasts! Evolving protocols and support systems for impact-based forecasting

Session 3Catching up to the Science – Improving weather and climate forecasts in the region

Theme II: Leveraging innovations and technologies

Session 4  – Skilling up SAR hydromet – Training that leaves an impact

Session 5 – ‘Data, data everywhere but not enough to use’ – Observational systems, regional exchange, information systems

Theme III: Embracing the power of regional cooperation

Session 6 – Regional

Collaborations for improved weather and climate services in South Asia

Closing Session

SAHF Voices and Future Directions

 

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Session Highlights

Weather and climate services are evolving to serve numerous sectors and support nations to understand and respond to climate risks benefitting national development. Investments for modernization of weather and climate services are crucial for sustainable development to build climate resilient economies.This session will highlight SAHF‘s evolution and its potential contribution to climate resilient economy in South Asia. Speakers including high ranking policy makers, heads of NMHSs representing the SAHF Executive Council (EC) and development partners

What Users need? Customized weather and climate services that yield value to economies and communities

Making sense of Forecasts! Evolving protocols and support systems for impact-based forecasting

Catching up to the Science - Improving weather and climate forecasts in the region

Skilling up SAR hydromet – Training that leaves an impact

'Data, data everywhere but not enough to use’ – Observational systems, regional exchange, information systems

Collaborations for improved weather and climate services in South Asia

SAHF Voices and Future Directions

SOUTH ASIA

HYDROMET

FORUM III

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NOVEMBER 15-18, 2021
ANNUAL EVENT (VIRTUAL

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