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WMO conducts Public-Private Engagement for Smart Meteorological Services in Mega-Cities in Shenzhen

Source:China Meteorological News17-03-2022

Recently, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has kicked off the pilot program of Public-Private Engagement for Smart Meteorological Services in Mega-Cities (PPE-SMSC) online. PPE-SMSC is co-hosted by China Meteorological Administration (CMA), Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) and Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG). The pilot program in Shenzhen aims to develop integrated urban meteorological, climate and hydrological services based on PPE model.

Dr Zhang Wenjian, Assistant Secretary-General of WMO expressed that the the program aimed to better satisfy the meteorological service demand of mega-cities in vulnerable coastal regions. Approved as one of the pilot projects at the Seventeenth Session of RA II in 2021 (RA II-17), PPE-SMSC is the first of its kind initiated at the regional level, with targeted project deliverables expected to be replicated and scaled up across other regions and beyond. It will provide reference for high speed development of cities in Asia-Pacific regions to address extreme weather and climate change.

In the following three years, Shenzhen Municipal Meteorological Service will jointly develop integrated urban meteorological services with partners, and establish multi-source data sharing protocol, conduct impact-based disaster risk early warning services. It will issue targeted early warning information, and carry out urban climate impact assessment together with the government and academic institutions. HKO will cooperate with relevant government departments and social associations, and provide risk-based storm surge forecasting service for vulnerable coastal regions. SMG will carry out collaboration with public enterprises, communities, and private departments to optimize waterlogging alert services.

About 25 representatives from WMO Secretariat, WMO Technical Commission, CMA, Guangdong Provincial Service, HKO, and SMG attended the kick-off meeting. (Mar. 14)

Editor: Liu Shuqiao