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  1. Extreme Climate in the region: Gaps and Opportunities Erwin Makmur Climate Early Warning Subdivision, BMKG Lead of Working Group Climate Services, WMO RAV International Workshop on The Digitations of Historical Climate Data, The News SACA&D Database and Climate Analysis in the ASEAN Region Citeko-Bogor, April 3, 2012


  3. CLIMATE DRIVER FOR ASEAN COUNTRIES DM (+) 2 El Nino LOCAL SST 1 La Nina DM (-) 3 In Fact: There are many climate drivers still not recognized Prediction Accuracy???

  4. WMO OPERATING PLAN FOR THE SIXTEENTH FINANCIAL PERIOD (2012-2015) • Expected Result 2:Enhanced capabilities of Members to reduce risks and potential impacts of hazards caused by weather, climate and water and related environmental elements • Expected Result 3:Enhanced capabilities of Members to produce better weather, climate, water and related environmental information, predictions and warnings to support in particular climate impact and adaptation strategies.

  5. Components of Framework for Climate Services GFCS

  6. Disaster over the World Source: BNPB

  7. Disaster over the World (1990-2005) • Source: BNPB

  8. Disaster Incident over Indonesia(1998-2009) • Source: BNPB

  9. Trend of Disaster Incident over Indonesia Year 2002-2009 • Disaster incident increase significantly • More than 70% caused by hydrometeorology • The Disaster trend is predicted increase due to the increasing of global climate change and the degradation of environment 1675 888 895 1306 814 691 529 889 895 499 814 691 529 190 190 • Source: BNPB



  12. What is applied Climatology ? Agriculture Health CLIMATOLOGY … Hydropower

  13. Weather/ Climate forecast/ prediction System Communication and Dissemination System USERS Communication and Dissemination System Climate data observation/ generation and analysis system Climate Information Production & Evaluation System Communication and Dissemination System What are needed to effectively manage climate risks? Ropelewski and Lyon (2003) in Boer (2009)

  14. RA V STRATEGIC OPERATING PLAN (SOP) FOR 2012-2015 Correspond to these WMO global priorities. • Better climate services; • Sustainable aviation services; • Capacity building; • Improved infrastructure (data and information services) for weather, climate and water; and • Improved end-to-end Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS).


  16. State of the Art Climate Services Supporting Main Issue Derivation Dissemination Trusted Data Flood Forecast Enhancing Accuracy of ClimatePrediction (Including Extreme) Man Power Drought Forecast Research Crop Calendar Tools and Models Etc

  17. Climate Model Improvement: Extreme Climate Prediction Current Model (Statistic/Dynamic) Good accuracy during normal Condition Fact: Extreme Event occur frequently Needs: Extreme Climate Model Opportunity: Each Region member has own climate model Need to share through communication among forecasters Establishing ASEAN Models based on local knowledge

  18. ILUSTRATION: Outline of Flood Warning Systemin Japan Outline of Early Warning Systemsin Japan レーダ観測局 Radar 雨量観測所 Rainfall Observatory This system is very OK Question: How to implement for ASEAN Countries??? 監視カメラ Surveillance camera 水位観測所 ?? Water Level Observatory 地方事務所 Local Office of Government 洪水ハザードマップ Flood Hazard Map Information of River 河川情報提供 ?? ICHARM 水防活動 Flood Fighting サイレン Siren Evacuation Recommendation / Order 避難勧告・指示 住民・自主防災会

  19. Southeast Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SEACOF) A Proposal Slides from RA V Regional Seminar Solomon, 2011

  20. Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) • A key component of WMO Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project activities. • First established in October 1996 at the Workshop on Reducing Climate-Related Vulnerability in Southern Africa (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe). • Gained momentum as a regional response to the major 1997–1998 El Niño event. • RCOF Concept was pioneered in Africa and spread worldwide. • WMO and a number of national, regional and international organizations (e.g., NOAA, IRI, Meteo France, World Bank, etc.) have supported their growth and expansion.

  21. Regional Climate Outlook Forums worldwide NEACOF EASCOF SASCOF SEACOF ?!

  22. RCOF Concept • RCOFs have the responsibility to produce and disseminate a regional assessment(using a consensus-based approach) of regional climate for the upcoming season. • Built into the RCOF process is aregional networkingof the climate service providers and user-sector representatives. • RCOFsbring togethernational, regional and international climate experts, on an operational basis, to produce regional climate outlooks based on input from NMHSs, regional institutions, Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) and Global Producing Centres of long range forecasts (GPCs) and other climate prediction centres. • Throughinteraction with sectoral users, extension agencies and policy makers, RCOFs assess the likely implications of the outlooks on the core socio-economic sectors in the region and explore potential applications of these outlooks. • RCOF sessions are expectedto feed into national forumsto develop detailed national-scale climate outlooks and risk information including warnings for communication to decision-makers and the public.

  23. Observations Climate patterns ENSO State ENSO forecasts Global forecasts Average climate Assessment (conversation) Background Forecasts Statistical forecasts ENSO Climatology Regional, seasonal Outlook (temp, rain, flows) Products Consensus Process in RCOFs: Mostly Subjective

  24. SEACOF Initiative (1/2) • The potential for the development of a Southeast Asian Climate Outlook Forum(SEACOF) has been discussed recently on several platforms and its importance recognized. • President of RA V highlighted its need at the recent WMO Congress • WMO CLIPS Training Workshop on Operational Climate Prediction, Citeko, Indonesia (27 September – 7 October 2011) • There is a general agreementthat such a process will greatly enhance regional cooperation as well as more effective engagement of the user community. • SEACOF will helpconsolidate the existing capacities in the region, and facilitate sustained and consistent approaches to operational climate prediction. • This will need active participation of all the NMHSs in the sub-regionincluding the associated multi-lateral entities (e.g., ASEAN, RIMES, etc.).

  25. CLIPS Training, Citeko Oct 2011 Group Photo (after Opening Ceremony / Citeko, 27 September 2011) Participants, Local Organizer from BMKG, with Director General of BMKG Indonesia, High-level Officials of BMKG, Secretariat from WMO and Guest Lecturers

  26. SEACOF Initiative (2/2) • RA V Regional Seminar on Climate Services is requested to endorse the SEACOF concept, and facilitate broad based support. • RA V Working Group on Climate Services meeting on 4 November will consider the implementation strategy for SEACOF, along with the RCC and RCOF implementation in RA V. • Collaboration with RA IIwill also be required, to ensure the participation of RA II members of SEA. • Subject to endorsement by all participating countries, we may work towards the first session of SEACOF in 2012. • WMO Secretariat is requested to assistin the coordination of SEACOF preparatory phase, in close consultation with all the relevant stakeholders. • SEACOF may initially have exclusive focus on the most important season common to most countries, and the needs for covering other aspects of the sub-regional climate can be addressed in due course.

  27. Summary • Activities should be realistic and reflect the needs of Region members • Products of Climate Services must be consider the needs of user • Southeast Asia has a great potential to benefit from the RCOF process, with most of the countries sharing a common climatic setting dominated by the monsoons and links with ENSO and very encouraging predictability • Capacity development is important, need to accelerate


  29. RCOF Process (1/3) • Meetings of the regional and international climate experts to develop a consensus for the regional climate outlook, typically in a probabilistic form; • The Forum proper, that involves both climate scientists and representatives from the user sectors, for identification of impacts and implications, and the formulation of response strategies; • Training programmes on seasonal climate prediction to strengthen the capacity of the national and regional climate scientists; • Outreach sessions involving sector specialists as well as media experts to develop effective communications strategies.

  30. RCOF Process (2/3) • Determine the critical time for development of climate prediction for the region in question; • Assemble a group of experts: • Large scale prediction specialists, • regional and local climate applications and prediction/downscaling specialists, • stakeholders representative of climate-sensitive sectors; • Review current large scale (global and regional) climate anomalies and the most recent predictions for their evolution; • Review current climate conditions and their impacts at local, national and regional levels, and national-scale predictions;

  31. RCOF Process (3/3) • Considering all factors, produce a climate outlook with related output (e.g. maps of temperature and precipitation anomalies) that will be applied and fine-tuned by NMHSs in the region to meet national needs; • Discuss applications of the outlook and related climate information to climate-sensitive sectors in the region; consider practical products for development by NMHSs; • Develop strategies to effectively communicate the information to decision-makers in all affected sectors; • Critique the session and its results: • document achieved improvements to the process and any challenges encountered, • Establish steps required to further improve the process for subsequent sessions.

  32. RCOFs and Food Security Outlooks • Regional agriculture and food security outlooks are now regularly produced based on the climate outlooks after the RCOFs in some regions. • For example, the climate outlook in the Greater Horn of Africa in the form of precipitation for March to May 2008 has been used by Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS-NET), to prepare the Food Security Outlook for March to July 2008.

  33. RCOFs and Public Health • Many diseases are indirectly or directly associated with climate. Vector-borne diseases are sensitive to changes in meteorological parameters such as rainfall, temperature, wind and humidity. These include malaria, dengue and Rift Valley Fever (RVF). Extreme climate events can trigger rampant outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid in areas where they are not common. • Some efforts are now being made to provide warning of changes in epidemic risk by integrating rainfall, temperature and other non-climate information. • For example, Malaria Outlook Forums (MALOFs) are now regularly held in association with RCOFs in southern Africa and the Greater Horn of Africa. • The information developed jointly by climate and health experts in these sessions, together with information on population vulnerability, food security, immuno-suppression and adequacy of control coverage, gives the health community a longer lead-time over which to optimize the allocation of the resources available to combat malaria.

  34. WMO and RCOFs • WMO assists developing countries hold and benefit from these forums through CLIPS: • facilitating training workshops, • coordinating the collection and dissemination of training materials, • capacity building initiatives including some initial (limited) financial support, and • coordination of special applications to sectors (e.g. health and agriculture) • WMO RCCs and other regional institutions play leading roles in the organization and overall implementation of these forums • WMO GPCs provide key inputs and strong technical support to RCOFs • NMHSs, the regions and the users of the products must contribute to the sustainability of COFs in the regions: demonstrate utility of the forums and value of the products to those who need the information • Research capacities at the regional level need to be enhanced, to assess the forecast skills as well as to work towards their improvement • WMO promotes strong sub-regional ownership and sustainability of the RCOF process

  35. Concluding Remarks • Climate-related risk management requires regional and multi-disciplinary collaborations and exchange of information. • It is important to find ways for all countries to cope with climate variability through improved access to climate information and prediction products. • RCOFs have fostered interactions and exchange of information between the climate scientists and users of climate information. • Southeast Asia has a great potential to benefit from the RCOF process, with most of the countries sharing a common climatic setting dominated by the monsoons and links with ENSO and very encouraging predictability. • Capacity building at the national level, in operational climate prediction, is a major challenge to be addressed in the SEACOF process • SEACOF needs to bring greater attention to user aspects.