TCC Training Seminar on One-month Forecast
JMA's Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) has been assisting National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in improving their climate services since 2008. The Center's two major activities in this regard involve providing basic climate data, products and tools to NMHSs through its website and assisting with capacity development at NMHSs in the Asia-Pacific region. TCC holds annual training seminars as part of capacity development activities in its role as an RCC in the WMO RA II area. In addition to running annual training seminars, TCC arranges expert visits to NMHSs to promote the effective transfer of technology and discuss possible support for climate services.
Amid the COVID-19, after the cancelation of the last year’s seminar, this time, TCC held the Training Seminar on One-month Forecast on 1, 2, and 7 December 2021 virtually with the help of an online communication tool. The seminar was attended by 14 trainees and 4 observers from NMHSs in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The seminar focused on improving knowledge about one-month forecast and on enhancing skills in generating one-month forecast products using statistical downscaling methods. The course included lectures and practical exercises using data, products and a web-based application tool available on the TCC website as well as in-situ observation data prepared by attendees. At the end of the seminar, all participants gave presentations on one-month forecast in their own countries and engaged in fruitful discussions with lecturers and others present.
The content of the lectures is available on the TCC website at https://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/library/library2021.html.