Without relying on the local communication, the Integrated CMACast and MICAPS system served as the main weather forecast platform of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of Nepal within the first 24 hours after earthquake when the local internet failed, according to the information provided by the CMACast helpdesk. The weather forecasts generated by this integrated system provided important support for earthquake relief. This is the first time that the integrated system demonstrated its emergency response capabilities as it was designed.
Nepal is within the responsibility of Global Information System Centre (GISC) Beijing. CMA attaches great importance to the cooperation between CMA and DHM. Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA and PR of China with WMO, sent a condolence letter to Nepal earthquake victims on 28 April 2015 and expressed the willingness of CMA to provide required meteorological assistance.
CMA donated the Integrated CMACast and MICAPS systems to 19 Asia-Pacific countries including Nepal. After that, CMA dispatched expert teams to DHM to carry out technical assistance and training on the Integrated system in 2012, 2013 and 2015. CMACast is a satellite-based data broadcast system based on DVB-S2 technology. It is a major component of CMA national and international data dissemination network, and also a major component of IGDDS and GEONETCast. Meteorological Information Comprehensive Analysis and Process System, i.e. "MICAPS", is a human-computer interaction system developed by CMA for weather forecasting purposes.
Reporter Xu Xianghua
Editor Hao Jing