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SWFDP – Bay of Bengal ( South Asia)

SWFDP-BoB

Beneficiary Countries:

 

9 countries in Bay of Bengal region (South Asia):

Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand

Lead Regional Centre:

RSMC New Delhi

Contributing Global Centres:

IMD (supported by NCMRWF and INCOIS), ECMWF, JMA NOAA/NCEP, UKMO

Start of Project Development and Planning:

During 2011-2012

Project website since September 2015:

RSMC New Delhi:

http://nwp.imd.gov.in/mme/fdp-bob/login.php

Main Focus (Severe weather types):

Heavy rain, strong winds and damaging waves

Present Status:

In Phase-I (overall planning and development)  

SWFDP Development in Bay of Bengal

The Fifteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-XV, 2007) noted the significant development and progress of the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP), from concepts to the first SWFDP regional subproject, implemented in the south-eastern region of Africa in 2006. Further, while noting the importance of accurate and timely severe weather warnings for Members and that if the SWFDP in south-eastern Africa was successful, decided that its concept  should be expanded and implemented throughout RA I (Africa) and to other WMO Regions especially in developing countries. Further, the WMO Executive Council and the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) have repeatedly emphasized the importance of the Global Data-Processing and Forecasting Systems (GDPFS) and Public Weather Services (PWS) programmes in relation to enhancing the use of existing Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) products for improving severe weather forecasting and warning services, as well as supporting emergency response of hazardous weather conditions and weather-related hazards. 

Subsequently, in RA II (Asia), the development process for implementing SWFDP regional subprojects in Southeast Asia and the Bay of Bengal was started in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

A technical planning workshop on SWFDP development for Bay of Bengal was held in New Delhi, India in January 2012. Later, a draft regional subproject implementation plan (RSIP) was developed by the designated representative of India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the same was reviewed by other contributing global centres. The IMD has exceptional role in this subproject for being a contributing global NWP centre, and as a lead centre for both SWFDP-Bay of Bengal (BoB) and for tropical cyclone forecast support. As a global centre, IMD is supported by National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).

SWFDP-Bay of Bengal

Two-week training workshops on severe weather forecasting (GDPFS) and warning services (PWS) were organized in April 2013 (in Macao, China) and in September 2015 (in Bangkok, Thailand) to develop capacity of the NMHSs in making best use of the available NWP products and satellite information in severe weather forecasting and warning services, and to improve coordination of the NMHSs with targeted users including general public, media, and disaster managers for better warning services delivery and improved DRR activities. These training events were jointly organized for the countries in Southeast Asia and Bay of Bengal.  The above activities for SWFDP-Bay of Bengal were mainly carried out by funding received from UN ESCAP through RIMES, Bangkok as part of a WMO-RIMES joint project. The password-protected project website, developed by RSMC New Delhi, was made accessible to the participating NMHSs in September 2015 in order to access to, and make use of the high value NWP products and satellite based information in severe weather forecasting and warning services at national levels.

In 2016, based on Member countries request for considering expansion of the subproject, SWFDP-BoB has been expanded to benefit 3 more countries in the region, namely: Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan.

The Regional Subproject Management Team (RSMT) yet to meet to decide about starting of demonstration phase of the subproject and to update the regional subproject implementation plan (RSIP). The first meeting of RSMT is expected to be held in late 2016 or in 2017 subject to availability of funds as the subproject is supported through extra-budgetory respources.

Year

SWFDP-Bay of Bengal: Activities & Milestones since 2011

2011

  • Initial planning and preparatory work
  • visit of two-members WMO team to IMD, India during 7-8 November 2011 to assess the role of the RSMC New Delhi for  the SWFDP - Bay of Bengal

2012

  • Technical-Planning Workshop on SWFDP for the Bay of Bengal (South Asia) was held in New Delhi, India, during 23 to 27 January 2012
  • Development of initial draft RSIP for SWFDP-BoB

2013

  • Training Workshop on Severe Weather Forecasting and Warning Services( GDPFS/PWS) held in Macao, China, 8 – 19 April 2013 (jointly organized for SWFDP-BoB and SWFDP-Southeast Asia)

2014

  • Review of the draft RSIP

2015

  • Training Workshop on Severe Weather Forecasting and Warning Services( GDPFS/PWS) held in Bangkok, Thailand, 14 – 25 September 2015 (jointly organized for SWFDP-BoB and SWFDP-Southeast Asia)
  • Launch of project website

2016

  •  Subproject expanded to benefit 9 countries in South Asia
  •  Issuance of Daily Guidance product (in graphics) by RSMC New Delhi since 2 May 2016

 

Regional Subproject Implementation Plan (RSIP)

(Draft ver.1) September 2014

 





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