UP NOAH Researchers in Malaysia for Workshop on the Predictability of Extreme Weather Events (Nov 14 – 16, 2017)

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia — UP NOAH researchers BA Racoma and Lea Dasallas were present in Malaysia this week for a series of events related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

Professor Mahar Lagmay (5th from left) and Professor Johnny Chan (6th from left) with the sponsored participants of the program.

The UP NOAH researchers participated in the second Malaysia Window to Cambridge at Univerisiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (MW2C@UKM) Training Workshop on the Predictability of Extreme Weather Events held in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was designed to build the capacity of scientists from Malaysia and the region on extreme weather events as well as to serve as a platform for sharing knowledge and views on meteorological services, especially with respect to extreme weather events. Key speakers of the workshop include Professor Lord Julian Hunt, former Chief Executive of the UK Met Office, Professor Johnny Chan internationally renowned expert on typhoons and monsoons, and Dr. Prince Xavier, a climate scientist working on the assessment of model error growth in the Unified Model.

Participants were selected from an invited pool of applicants. Two researchers of UP NOAH, BA Racoma and Lea Dasallas were selected and granted sponsorships.

The first day of the workshop consisted of regional presentations on extreme weather events, disaster risk reduction practices in the region, and data analytics and presentation. A wide range of topics such as regional rainfall warning levels, air quality in the urban environment, and the effects of urbanization on rainfall were covered. A short and informal tour of the Studio of the Malaysian Meteorological Department was conducted in the middle of the training workshop.

The Studio office of the Malaysian Meteorological Department.

A meteorologist of the Malaysian Meteorological Department demonstrating how they present forecasts to the media.

The second day, on the other hand, focused on the complexity of weather forecasts in the ASEAN region, particularly in Malaysia. It covered extreme weather occurrences and general weather patterns that affect these extreme weather occurrences. The day concluded with a business meeting with members of the Asian Network of Climate Science and Technology (ANCST). Dr. Mahar Lagmay, the Executive Director of the UP Resilience Institute, has been a member of the ANCST’s International Scientific Advisory Committee since 2014.

Through this event, the UP NOAH Center, as a core component of the UP Resilience Institute, continues to collaborate with like-minded institutions and organizations to improve the country’s capability to prevent and mitigate the potentially disastrous impacts of natural hazards.

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