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Hanoi (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 prediction.

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