2023.03.30 Thu

Tackling Extreme Precipitation Events Workshop -Indo-Pacific region-

The online workshop “Tackling Extreme Precipitation Events Workshop -Indo-Pacific region-” was held jointly by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) from March 1st to 3rd, 2023. This workshop was one of the efforts under the Quad Space Working Group, which was established after Quad Leaders’ Summit in September 2021. The Quad countries, Australia, India, Japan and the United States, have been promoting practical cooperation in various fields to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)”. The Quad Space Working Group is working to provide capacity building support in the countries of the Indo-Pacific region for responding to extreme precipitation events by utilizing the Earth observation satellite technology of the Quad countries. The workshop was attended by meteorological and hydrological agencies in and around countries of the Indo-pacific region, various agencies providing expertise and funding in the region and experts from the Quad countries, amounting to about 200 participants from 17 countries.
In the opening session, a keynote speech titled “Transformative Steps to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path” was given by Professor Toshio Koike, Director of the International Center for Water Disaster and Risk Management. The first session was the introduction of applications and services based on space-based precipitation services by each of the Quad countries, followed by the second session to share good practices of using the services by four national agencies and three regional agencies. After two sessions, experts form the Quad countries and the Indo-Pacific region discussed how to support capacity building in countries of the Indo-Pacific region for tackling extreme precipitation events through utilizing space-based services in the future. On the third day of the workshop, training on utilization of data of “Himawari” by JMA and “Global Satellite Map of Precipitation (GSMaP)” was held.

Agenda and presentation materials are available from here.

Group Photo in the workshop