World Meteorological Centres Workshop opened in Beijing

27-03-2019Source:China Meteorological News Press

On March 26, the World Meteorological Centres Workshop host by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and China Meteorological Administration (CMA) was opened in Beijing. The theme of this workshop is serving the community, building WMO earth system prediction together. Over 60 delegates from 9 World Meteorological Centres (WMCs) of WMO, Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres (RSMC) of WMO, WMO Commission for Basic Systems, and WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sicence participated in this event.

WMCs encompass the core institutions of WMO’s global operational meteorological forecast and prediction. They are mandated to provide stable, rich and high-quality guidance products on seamless weather analysis, forecast and prediction, and to lead the international exchanges and training on weather forecast techniques.


During the workshop Photoed by Zhuang Baiyu

Mr. Petteri Taalas expressed his congratulations to the workshop via a video. He expresses that Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) is a great asset for WMO members and it is important that WMO members get access to WMCs’ products and they benefit from high quality models. He points out that WMCs are playing a critical role to predict high impact weather events much better in the future and WMCs’ services bear significance to the United Nations in terms of disaster relief. He also calls for a stronger global observing system, more accurate models and products, and more services for the United Nations humanitarian organizations.

The expansion of WMCs from 3 to 9 has showcased the overall boost of global meteorological operational capacities in the past 5 decades. Strengthening earth system observation and prediction as well as promoting targeted research are priorities of WMO in the following 4 years. The workshop aims to promote the establishment of coordination mechanism among WMCs, implementation of demonstration projects, and the combination of scientific research and operations, in a bid to promote the implementation of Seamless Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (S/GDPFS), and provide strong support for disaster preparedness, capacity building in developing countries, and humanitarian assistance. Global Risks Report 2019 released by World Economic Forum also indicates that the biggest global risks are weather, climate and water-related events.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of CMA, said that CMA had independently developed GRAPES global and regional numerical weather prediction systems, and provided necessary assistance for meteorological departments in other developing countries via World Meteorological Centre Beijing. WMC-Beijing is committed to supporting WMO's role in supporting global sustainable development, humanitarian relief, capacity building and so on, said Yu Yong.

Ms. Jiao Meiyan on behalf of WMO Commission for Basic Systems anticipated fruitful results from discussions on collaboration among the current nine WMCs, the implementation plan of GDPFS and the supporting role of WMCs to LDCs and SIDs.

Ms. Sarah Jones, representative of President of CAS delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.

Since its official operation in 2018, World Meteorological Centre Beijing has practiced the concept of global monitoring, global forecasting, and global services, established an external service website, actively conducted global monitoring, forecasting, and services, enriched FengYun satellites monitoring products, promoted professional meteorological services in terms of ocean and aviation, and provided guidance and technical training for WMO members including countries along “Belt and Road”in terms of tackling disastrous weather.(Mar. 27)

Reporter: Hao Jing, Liu Shuqiao

Editor: Liu Shuqiao