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International workshop on tropical cyclone ensemble forecasting opened in Nanjing

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Sponsored by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)/WMO Typhoon Committee, the International workshop on tropical cyclone ensemble forecasting had been opened in Nanjing on December 14. The workshop is undertaken by the WMO Regional Training Center, Nanjing China.

The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Niu Jiesheng, Deputy President of the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), Mr. Chen Lianshou, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering. Dr. Tetsuo Nakazawa, representative of WMO Secretary-General, and Dr. Lei Xiaotu, representative of WMO Typhoon Commission and Director-General of Shanghai Typhoon Institute. Outstanding experts in field of ensemble forecast from the U.S., UK, Japan, New Zealand, France, China and European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and 36 trainees from 36 countries attended the opening ceremony.

On addressing the opening ceremony, Mr, Chen Lianshou said that tropical cyclones occurred frequently producing rainstorm, flood, landslide and other disasters, which severely affected human life. In recently years, the tropical cyclone has brought heavy toll and economic loss to the landing country. The work shop was held to meet the need of updating and enhancing the front knowledge of ensemble forecast of tropical cyclone.

Dr. Tetsuo Nakazawa expressed gratitude to the WMO Regional Training Center Nanjing for hosting the workshop and the talent training for the developing countries, especially for the enhancing the forecast of typhoon, hurricane and other disastrous weather and reducing loss. He said the center had been one of the most active regional centers of WMO, and WMO would further strengthen cooperation with the Center.

At the congratulation letter, Mr. Olavo Rasquinho, Secretary of ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee, said the workshop would contribution to the implementation of 2012 WMO/WWRP Northwest Pacific Ocean tropical cyclone ensemble forecast project. He expressed thanks to the WMO, CMA, and Nanjing center and expected more training in the future. (Dec. 19)

Reporter Huang Hong
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