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Bilateral Training Workshop on Radar Quality and QPE between Malaysia and Japan
(Tokyo, Japan, 19 – 23 December 2016)

The Bilateral Training Workshop on Radar Quality Control and Quantitative Precipitation Estimation was held at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Headquarters from 19 to 23 December 2016 with two invited experts, Ms. Fauziana Ahmad and Mr. Mahluddin Sahrin from the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD), in connection with the bilateral technical cooperation initiative established by MMD and JMA in March 2014.

At the workshop, the MMD experts reported on the status of their weather radar network and recent progress in the development of radar composite maps as well as quality control of radar data and Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (QPE). The presenters also outlined current technical challenges, and JMA experts shared their expertise and experience to help address these matters using a practical and effective approach. The both experts also discussed advanced techniques relating to the utilization of dual-polarization radar observation data.

At the end of the workshop, the group discussed future steps for improvement of the MMD weather radar network, and an action plan for 2017 and beyond was formulated. The attendees agreed that these activities would lead the establishment of a regional radar network in Southeast Asia in keeping with the WIGOS project in WMO Region II (Asia) and Region V (South-West Pacific).

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Discussions among MMD and JMA experts and group photo

Graphic illustration showing improved radar data quality