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Annual Session Agenda


  • November 1, 2021
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Day 2 : 16 November 2021

Session 1

04:00 AM to 05:30 PM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

User-focused tailor-made weather and climate services driving the climate/ early warning information value chain

The session showcases the innovative, proven best practices that are designed around user-needs and demands in the climate/ early warning information value chain and economic rationale for investing in NMHS

Session Co-Chairs

Mr. Fazlur Rashid, Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
Dr. David Rogers, Lead Meteorological Consultant, World Bank


  • Design and delivery of tailor-made services to facilitate Forecast based Actions (FbAs) at the Community Level in Bangladesh – Lessons from Northwest Bangladesh Development by Mr. Raihanul Haque, Country Lead, RIMES, Bangladesh

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Dr. David Rogers
  • Institutionalizing Forecast-based action learning from 2020 Monsoon in Northwest Bangladesh Ms. Sumaiya Kabir, Consortium Coordinator, Supporting Flood Forecast-based Action and Learning in Bangladesh (SUFAL), CARE, Bangladesh
  • Benefits of Climate Information Services to National Economy rationale for investing on NMHSs by National Council for Applied Economic Research Dr. Parvinder Maini, Scientist G, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
  • Economic Valuation of Hydromet and Climate Services – Case Studies from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka by Ms. Arati Belle, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank & Ms. Sonia Quiroga, Professor, Complutense University of Madrid
  • Challenges and opportunities for institutionalizing user-needs based climate information value chain by Ms. Ruby Rose, Team Leader, Institutional Development, RIMES

Q&A Session


Session 2

05:40 AM to 07:20 AM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

Evolving protocols and support systems for impact-based forecasting

Forecasters and users work together to codesign integrated and tailor-made services to integrate forecast data into decision systems. SAHF Working Group process identified challenges and opportunities to institutionalize impact-based forecast in South Asia region. This session will highlight evolving institutional and technological innovation to meet SAHF priorities

Session Chair

Mr. Anil Pokhrel, Chief Executive, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Nepal

Evolution of interface institutional mechanisms between NMHS and user/ stakeholder institutions and pilot programs to transform climate/weather data into actionable information

  • Bangladesh National Center for Climate Applications by Mr. Md. Azizur Rahman, Director, BMD
  • SATARK impact forecast system: Dr. Bhola Nath Mishra, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, Odisha
  • ARRCC contribution to SAHF priorities: Ms. Catrina Johnson, Science Manager and Weather Analytics, UK Met Office

Panel Discussion: Sectoral Applications

Moderated by Mr. A.R. Subbiah, Director, RIMES
  • Pakistan Climate Impact and Integration Centre
    Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan, Head-CIIC, Pakistan Meteorological Department
  • Integration of Disease Surveillance technologies and climate information for forecast based public health actions: Dr. Reuben Samuel, Programme Area Manager- Country Preparedness & IHR, WHO/SEARO
  • Applications of weather and climate information for agriculture: Dr. Punyawardena, Director, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka


Google Jam board with participants, moderated by Yunziyi Lang, World Bank


Session 3

07:30 AM to 09:00 AM (UTC)
(Session Duration: 1.5 hours)

Improving weather and climate forecasts in the region

Weather and climate services to minimize the impacts of extremes at local levels increasingly depend on global and regional forecasts and observational resources. The South Asia region needs to seize opportunities to make full use of global resources and regional collaboration to make strategic investments and plans over the next decade. Such actions will enable NMHSs to meet stakeholder expectations to deliver actionable impact-based forecasts. This session will highlight SAHF priorities and make recommendations to address challenges during the next decade.

Session Co-Chairs

Mr. Karma Dupchu, Director, National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan
Mr. Ben Churchill, Head, Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific, WMO


  • SAHF program design to meet challenges and harness opportunities in the coming decade: Dr. Shiromani Jayawardane, Director, Weather Forecasting and Decision Support, Department of Meteorology, Sri Lanka
  • Evolution of the Global Weather Enterprise: Dr. Alan Thorpe, Visiting Professor, University of Reading & Former DG ECMWF

Panel Discussion: Advances in research and development for improving operational weather forecast in the SA region

Moderated by Mr. Ben Churchill, WMO

Open Q&A


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