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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.

Project Brief

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.

 

Planning Workshop

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).

First Steering Committee Meeting (SCM 1) SAOFFG System, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10-12 July 2017

As per the implementation plan, the first Steering Committee Meeting (SCM1) of the SAOFFG system was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 10 to 12 July 2017 with the participation of representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Timor Leste. Other participants included representatives from WMO, USAID, HRC, Research Center for Water Resources, Research Development Agency of Indonesia, Disaster Management Agency of Indonesia, and Jakarta Municipality.

The meeting objectives were to review the project development status; provide an overview of local data requirements and local data provision status by the participating countries; demonstrate how local data would improve the FFG products; provide an overview of verification and control of basin delineations; review the Jakarta Urban Flash Flood Early Warning System (EWS) data requirements; and seek feedback from participants on the development and effective implementation of the project.





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