ADPC Supports DMH in Myanmar to Install Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model to Enhance Day-to-Day Weather Forecasting in the Country

Report
from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Published on 20 Nov 2012 View Original

ADPC with the financial support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Royal Norwegian Government has been implementing a project to provide technical support to Myanmar for strengthening of human resources and institutional capacity to deal with natural disasters. As an activity of the project, a training workshop on Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modeling has been arranged by professionals of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management (CCCRM) Department of ADPC for the benefit of Meteorologists and Hydrologists of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar during 16-18 November 2012.

During the training workshop, WRF model has been successfully installed by ADPC professionals at Multi-Hazards Early Warning Center of DMH Headquarters and training on model usage has been provided for seven (7) officials, who are engaged in day-to-day operations at the department.

“It is for the first time WRF model installed at DMH, Myanmar and I believe that it is a good achievement of our department to move forward in utilizing WRF outputs generated by our own staff” said Dr. Hrin Nei Thiam, Director General of DMH during an interview with ADPC professionals on 17th November 2012. She has further added, “I should thank ADPC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norwegian Government for their excellent effort in enhancing human resources and institutional capacity of DMH.”

Mr. Kyaw Lwin Oo, Assistant Director of DMH and a participant of the workshop says “we have been waiting for more than one year to install WRF model at DMH after purchasing four high-end PCs dedicated for numerical weather prediction activities at the department”. He has further stated that WRF products can be utilized as guiding tools for generating weather forecasts as well as tracking tropical cyclones develop in the Bay of Bengal.

ADPC is planning to provide further training on WRF modeling and several other follow up activities for DMH staff during next two years period.

For more information contact Dr. Senaka Basnayake at senaka@adpc.net