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Training Course on Climate Prediction

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 Time:  28 Nov.-3 Dec., 2010

Venue:  Hanoi, Viet Nam
Trainees:  55 participants
Teachers:  5-faculty
Training Theme:  Climate Prediction and Early Warning Technology

Entrusted by and with financial aid from China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the International Training Tour on Climate Prediction and Early Warning Technology was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from November 28 to December 3, 2010. The 5-delegation of professors and experts in related domain, led by Dr. Xiao Ziniu, Deputy Director General of CMATC, delivered related lectures.

This 6-day training visit was facilitated to implement a training task for Vietnamese meteorological personnel in accordance with Item 4.4, Summary Report of Ninth Sino-Vietnam Joint Working Group Meeting in Mar., 2009. According to the bilateral arrangement, CMA was requested to help NHMS of Viet Nam carry out one training course in 2009 and one in 2010, respectively. The 2009 Training was, however, regrettably postponed on mid-April this year for various reasons, making the 2010 Training facing a very tight timetable. After efforts, CMA and NHMS of Viet Nam duly co-sponsored the 2010 Training late this year.

The training theme, after a consolation with NHMS of Viet Nam, focused on Climate Prediction and Early Warning Technology, along with an introduction of China’s recent development and achievements in meteorological services.

55 participants from 12 different Vietnam regional Hydro-Meteorological Centers, Observatories and Institutes attended the training course, including 40 forecasters, 2 researchers and 13 directors in climate-related fields. And the classroom atmosphere was active. 

All the training courses were well-prepared and lectured in English with PPT graphic illustrations, providing trainees with abundant information and data on meteorological development and services in China. The main topics focus on: (a) Several Questions of Multi-Model Ensemble in Seasonal Climate Prediction; (b) ENSO Monitoring and Prediction Operation and Method; (c) The Outline of Climate Predication and Service in China; (d) Training and Outreach on Climate Change ---Review on Climate Change Training in CMA & CMATC.

The Vietnamese were not only eager in fundamental knowledge of meteorology but also amazed at the outcomes of China’s meteorological development and services.

To enhance the quality of our future international training course in Viet Nam, an Assessment Questionnaire was designed to get feedbacks. Though with fairly delightful findings, we found that our lectures still remained to be systematized for an overall education reason.

During the visit, Science-Technology and International Cooperation Office, NHMS of Viet Nam extended their warm welcome and hospitality on CMA Delegation. Their delightful accommodation and site observation made a memorable impression upon Chinese delegates.

As friendly neighbors, China and Vietnam have long established a cooperative relation in the meteorological domain. So far, CMATC has paid six training visits to Vietnam in the past few years. And in this connection,China and Vietnam have made their due contribution in the development of global meteorological human resources.

This international training course would serve not only as a platform in the field of meteorological training but as a bridge for a better understanding between Chinese people and Vietnamese people.