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S. Korea Shares Weather Tech with Developing Countries
Source: http://www.korea.net
Source Date: Friday, March 03, 2017
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Mar 10, 2017

Korea has shared its weather forecast technology with a range of countries from around the world.

The Meteorological Administration hosted an international training course on weather forecasting for operational meteorologists from Feb. 6 to 24.

The program was designed to help developing countries enhance their capability to respond to new or adverse weather patterns.

The course was composed of an introduction section and then a section focusing on the analysis of weather forecast statistics. Participants were able to learn how to use satellite data and to interpret weather data, and how to implement practical training of weather forecasters. Meteorologists from ten countries attended the program, including Mongolia and Bhutan, as well as 15 postgraduate students from 12 countries in Asia and Africa, including Iraq, Nepal and Kenya, who are studying at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

The KMA’s Meteorological Human Resources Development Institute is planning to host four educational training programs for overseas meteorologists. These programs focus on how to manage meteorological radar technology courses and how to improve IT-backed meteorological work. The organization has been conducting such courses for international meteorologists since 1998. As of this February, a total of 796 meteorologists have studied at the institute.

KMA Administrator Ko Yunhwa said, “We need to upgrade capability to respond to international meteorological disaster so that we can also effectively cope with climate change, which happens often in Korea these days.”

“As we're one of the regional training centers for the World Meteorological Organization, the KMA will expand our international training programs in order to contribute to boosting meteorological capability in the international community,” he said.

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