Second Announcement of FOCRAII-3
Third Session of the Forum on Regional Climate Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction for
April 4-6, 2007,
The "climate" for a season is commonly defined by the average and other statistics related to temperature or precipitation over a region for a prescribed three-month period. Despite the fact that the skill of scientifically based seasonal climate prediction has improved substantially over the past two decades, seasonal climate prediction still remains a scientific challenge. This is due to the complex nature of the problem and ever increasing demand of climate information from society. Routine seasonal climate prediction is now being attempted at a small number of forecast centers around the world. In 1998 the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) proposed to establish Regional Climate Centers (RCCs），focusing on providing products of seasonal to interannual climate prediction for the national Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of its members. The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has long recognized the need to build the capacity of the climate prediction. Building on the existing infrastructure and expertise of the
The first session of the FOCRAII has been held successfully in
The training course and the workshop
A two-day training course (April 4-5) and a one day workshop (April 6) will be organized. The two-day training course is intended for participants with strong skills in climate science and who are or will be in a position to work with climate predictions at their home institution. For this course, several internationally well known experts will be invited to give lectures. In addition, the participants will be given the opportunity to interact with the experts and to have discussions among themselves. Visit to the forecasting facilities at the CMA will be organized. For the workshop, the focus will be on presentation and discussion of the climate forecasting products for
An updated program of the training course and workshop will be available at the BCC’s home page (http://bcc.cma.gov.cn/en/FOCRAII2007/) soon.
Sponsors and organization
The workshop is organized and co-sponsored by the Beijing Climate Center of China Meteorological Administration, in collaboration with the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of PRC and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. The sponsors cover meals and hotel costs for all participants during the training course and the workshop. Travel funds may be made available for some of the participants. There is no registration fee.
· Feb.28, 2007: Deadline for submission of registration form
March 1, 2007: Issue the second circular
March 20, 2007: Deadline for submission of abstract
April 3, 2007: Registration in
April 4-6, 2007: FOCRAII
Place and Date
The training course and the workshop will be held in Beijing, China at the Beijing Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration (BCC/CMA) from April 4 through 6, 2007.
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