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SAHF
SOUTH ASIA HYDROMET FORUM

SAHF

SOUTH ASIA HYDROMET FORUM

 

Annual Session Agenda

ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 1

  • November 1, 2021
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ANNUAL SESSION AGENDA: DAY 1

Day 1 : 16 November 2021

Session 1

04:00 AM to 05:30 PM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

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

The session showcases the innovative, proven best practices that are designed around user-needs and demands in the climate/ early warning information value chain and economic rationale for investing in NMHS

Welcome Session
Dr. Parvinder Maini
Mr.Raihanul Haque Khan

Session Co-Chairs

Engr. Fazlur Rashid, Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
Dr. David Rogers, Lead Meteorological Consultant, World Bank

Presentation

Design and delivery of tailor-made services to facilitate Forecast based Actions (FbAs) at the Community Level in Bangladesh – Lessons from Northwest Bangladesh-
Mr. Raihanul Haque, Country Lead, RIMES, Bangladesh

Panel Discussion: User needs and economic value of hydromet services

Moderated by Dr. David Rogers

Q&A

Summary

Session Chairs

Session 2

05:40 AM to 07:20 AM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

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

Forecasters and users work together to codesign integrated and tailor-made services to integrate forecast data into decision systems. SAHF Working Group process identified challenges and opportunities to institutionalize impact-based forecast in South Asia region. This session will highlight evolving institutional and technological innovation to meet SAHF priorities

Dr. Bhola Nath Mishra
Ms. Catrina Johnson

Session Chair

Mr. Anil Pokhrel, Chief Executive, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Nepal

Presentations: Evolution of interface institutional mechanisms between NMHS and user/ stakeholder institutions and pilot programs to transform climate/weather data into actionable information

  • Bangladesh National Center for Climate Applications: Mr. Md. Azizur Rahman, Director, BMD
  • SATARK impact forecast system: Dr. Bhola Nath Mishra, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, Odisha
  • ARRCC contribution to SAHF priorities: Ms. Catrina Johnson, Science Manager and Weather Analytics, UK Met Office

Panel Discussion: Sectoral Applications

Moderated by Mr. A.R. Subbiah, Director, RIMES
  • Pakistan Climate Impact and Integration Centre
    Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan, Head-CIIC, Pakistan Meteorological Department
  • Integration of Disease Surveillance technologies and climate information for forecast based public health actions: Dr. Reuben Samuel, Programme Area Manager- Country Preparedness & IHR, WHO/SEARO
  • Applications of weather and climate information for agriculture: Dr. Punyawardena, Director, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka

Q&A

Google Jam board with participants, moderated by Yunziyi Lang, World Bank

Summary

Session Chair

Session 3

07:30 AM to 09:00 AM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

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

Weather and climate services to minimize the impacts of extremes at local levels increasingly depend on global and regional forecasts and observational resources. The South Asia region needs to seize opportunities to make full use of global resources and regional collaboration to make strategic investments and plans over the next decade. Such actions will enable NMHSs to meet stakeholder expectations to deliver actionable impact-based forecasts. This session will highlight SAHF priorities and make recommendations to address challenges during the next decade.

Dr. Shiromani Jayawardane
Dr. Alan Thorpe

Session Co-Chairs

Mr. Karma Dupchu, Director, National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan
Mr. Ben Churchill, Head, Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific, WMO

Presentations

  • SAHF program design to meet challenges and harness opportunities in the coming decade: Dr. Shiromani Jayawardane, Director, Weather Forecasting and Decision Support, Department of Meteorology, Sri Lanka
  • Evolution of the Global Weather Enterprise: Dr. Alan Thorpe, Visiting Professor, University of Reading & Former DG ECMWF

Panel Discussion: Advances in research and development for improving operational weather forecast in the SA region

Moderated by Mr. Ben Churchill, WMO

Q&A

Summary

Session Chairs
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