Southeastern Asia-Oceania Flash Flood Guidance (SAOFFG) System
In the SoutheasternAsia-Oceania region, flash floods account for a significant portion of the lives lost and property damages that result from flooding. Given that flash floods can occur at any time or place with disastrous results, there is an urgent need to prioritize efforts that aim to improve early warnings capabilities. Improvements help society cope with flash flood threats by enabling the mandated national authorities to undertake appropriate measures, thereby contributing to protecting the population at risk from the disastrous effects of flash floods.
The purpose of this project is the development and implementation of regional flash flood guidance and early warning systems. The approach will entail development of regional technology, training, protocols and procedures to address the issues of mitigating the impacts of flash floods and the application of such a system allowing the provision of critical and timely information by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the participating countries.
Specifically the countries to be included in the Southeastern Asia-Oceania Flash Flood Guidance (SAOFFG) project are: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste.
Based on the desirability and need for the establishment of a regional flash flood guidance system for Southeastern Asia-Oceania, an initial planning meeting was organized by WMO from 2 to 4 February 2016. The workshop was hosted by the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG) in Jakarta, allowing participants the opportunity of visiting the premises of the BMKG to see operational weather analysis and forecasting capacities, capabilities and infrastructure of the BMKG. This tour provided an excellent opportunity for the participants to receive first-hand information on the Indonesian weather RADAR network, Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) mesoscale modeling, Nowcasting, Weather Observation Network, and connection to the Global Telecommunication System (GTS).
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