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Kyoto University – World Meteorological Organization Workshop

on the Promotion of International Education and Research

on Tropical Meteorology

and Possible Future Collaborations

 

 

Dates: September 6 (Tue) - 7 (Wed), 2011

Place: Faculty of Science Building #1, Large Meeting Room, Kyoto University

 Sponsors: Kyoto Univ. GCOE-ARS and JSPS Invitation Program for East Asian Young Researchers

 

One of the most urgent global issues of our time is to cope with the impacts of the clearly recognized climatic changes, and associated extreme weather and water-related hazards, such as floods and droughts.  At Kyoto University, in order to confront these crucial problems, we have developed a new interdisciplinary graduate school education system through the Global COE Program “Sustainability / Survivability Science for a Resilient Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions” (GCOE-ARS).  This educational program aims to foster young world leaders from many countries, who will have the expertise to deal with the global weather and climate issues in the coming decades.  The educational system is characterized by interdisciplinary course activities, because these global issues cannot be adequately addressed by researchers working in single disciplines.  Viable solutions need a sound scientific basis, along with appropriate engineering considerations, as well as human-based, community-based and socially relevant considerations.  It is necessary to train researchers with technical specialties and at the same time develop wider perspectives that cover interdisciplinary aspects.  In other words, we need “specialists” in individual scientific disciplines with the view of “generalists”.  Through the education efforts of this GCOE–ARS program, Kyoto University provides the new leaders who will develop real solutions to mitigate the current and future effects of extreme weather and water disasters in our vulnerable world.

Modern meteorology and atmospheric sciences have developed dramatically over the last half century or so in associated with the information revolution based on computer and communication technologies, and the observation revolution based on satellite and electronic sensing technologies. As a result of such revolutions in our research fields, numerical weather predictions (NWPs) have been improved the skills constantly in the last several decades. Nowadays our society largely depends on the NWP products for a wide range of time scales from a few hours to several months or longer, in order to prevent and mitigate meteorological disasters, to utilize the information in industrial, economic, and transportation activities, and to use that in our daily lives. Ensemble prediction systems (EPSs) became an operational infrastructure to provide probabilistic information.  However, we are not fully satisfied with the current status of NWP skills, and there are several important issues to be overcome.  One of such important challenges is in tropical meteorology. The main driving force in the tropics is moist convection and their organization controls the dynamics in the tropics and influences farther to the extra-tropics. These processes are very different from dry planetary-scale wave dynamics in the extra-tropics.  Understanding of the multi-scale interactions from micro-physical process in clouds to global-scale waves and circulations is essential for not only basic atmospheric science but NWPs and climate projections.

In this workshop, current situations and activities in the field of tropical meteorology are reviewed and possible future collaborations between universities and international operational centers are discussed in order to promote international research activities on tropical meteorology and foster young scientists who will challenge this important filed of fundamental and applied tropical meteorology.

Leader of GCOE-ARS:  Kaoru Takara

Workshop coordinator:  Shigeo Yoden


Program (tentative, not fully affirmed)

 

September 6 (Tue)

09:00 - 09:15                     (Registration)

 

09:15 - 09:30       Kaoru Takara (Disaster Prevention Research Institute/Kyoto U., Japan)

                            Welcome and local logistics

 

              Session I  Observation systems in the tropics            Chair: Kaoru Takara (Kyoto U., Japan)

09:30 - 10:00       Toshitaka Tsuda (Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere/Kyoto U., Japan)

                            Observations of the equatorial atmosphere dynamics with radars and GPS meteorology

techniques

 

10:00 - 10:30       Chee-Kiat Teo (Nanyang Technological U., Singapore)

                            Mesoscale observation network in Southeast Asia

 

10:30 - 11:00                     (coffee break)

 

11:00 - 11:30       Kosaku Moteki (Research Institute for Global Change/JAMSTEC, Japan)

                            Where should we add observations in the Tropics? – Intensive observation projects

conducted by JAMSTEC –

11:30 - 12:00      Discussion

 

12:00 - 13:30                     (lunch)

 

              Session II  Forecasting systems for the tropics          Chair:

13:30 - 14:00       Teruyuki Kato (Numerical Prediction Division/JMA, Japan)

                            JMA regional numerical weather prediction system

 

14:00 - 14:30       Edwin S. T. Lai (contacting) (Hong Kong Observatory, P.R. China)

                            Downscaling NWP and EPS for location-specific forecasts

 

14:30 - 15:00       Syugo Hayashi (Meteorological Research Institute/JMA, Japan)

                            Downscaling experiments on regional heavy rainfall systems in the tropics

 

15:00 - 15:30       Discussion

 

15:30 - 16:00                    (coffee break)

 

              Session III  Application of weather information           Chair:

16:00 - 16:30       Kaoru Takara (Disaster Prevention Research Institute/Kyoto U., Japan)

                            Advanced water resource management utilizing EPS products

 

16:30 - 17:00       Peter Chen (WMO, UN)

                            Severe Weather Forecast Demonstration Project (SWFDP)

 

17:00                                 (end of the first day sessions)

 

 

 

September 7 (Wed)

09:00 - 09:30       Yasushi Suzuki (Disaster Prevention Research Institute/Kyoto U., Japan)

                            Bridging the gap between weather services and users

 

09:30 - 10:00      Hirohiko Ishikawa (Disaster Prevention Research Institute/Kyoto U., Japan)

                            Meteoro-hydrological disasters in semi-arid regions and the desired weather

information'

 

10:00 - 10:30      Discussion

 

10:30 - 11:00                     (coffee break)

 

              Session IV  Education for next generation                 Chair:

11:00 - 11:30       Makoto Suwa (WMO, UN)

                            Education and training activities of WMO

 

11:30 - 12:00       Shigeo Yoden (Grad. School of Science/Kyoto U., Japan)

                            International collaborations in graduate school education on the earth science: Kyoto

University Active Geosphere Investigations for the 21st century (KAGI21)

 

12:00 - 12:30       KAGI21-ISS participants (2 or 3)

                            Summary reports on the 6th KAGI21 International Summer School

 

12:30 - 14:00                     (lunch)

 

              Session V  International network                                Chair: Shigeo Yoden (Kyoto U., Japan)

14:00 - 14:30       Tetsuo Sawaragi (Kyoto U., Japan)

                            Kyoto University strategy for international network of education and research

 

14:30 - 15:00       Deon Terblanche (WMO, UN)

                            The WMO World Weather Research Program: Achievements and future initiatives

 

15:00 - 15:30       Naohisa Koide (Office of International Affairs/JMA, Japan)

                            International activities of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs)

 

15:30 - 16:00                     (coffee break)

 

16:00 - 16:50       Discussion

 

16:50 - 17:00       Closing

 

17:00                                 (end of the second day sessions)

 


 

Participants (expected but not fixed)

Ÿ International meteorological agencies (9): WMO x 3, JMA x 3, HKO (HongKong), TMD (Thailand), BMKG (Indonesia)

Ÿ Kyoto Univ. faculty x 5 (+ 5)

Ÿ participants of KAGI21 (Kyoto University Active Geosphere Investigations for the 21st century) International Summer School x 20 (Indonesia x2, Thailand, Philippine, Vietnam x2, Malaysia x2, India x2, Japan x10)

Ÿ observers

 

 

 

 

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September 8 (Thu)

              Business meeting among Kyoto U., WMO, and JMA

09:00 - 12:00       Kyoto U. (K. Takara, S. Yoden, H. Ishikawa)

                            WMO (D. Terblanch, P. Chen, M. Suwa)

                            JMA (N. Koide, S. Hayashi)

                            Observers (C.-K. Teo,   )

                            Discussion on possible future collaborations

 

12:00                  (end of the business meeting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

                                                                    

 

 

 

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