At the kind invitation of the Government of the United Kingdom, the Symposium on Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services (IBFWS) will be held at UK Met Office, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom, from 2 to 4 December 2019.
The organization of the Symposium was decided by WMO Executive Council at its seventieth session (EC-70), for Members to exchange and collect experiences on Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services (IBFWS).
The symposium will focus on experiences gained by WMO Members in the development and delivery of IBFWS and the experience of users in applying it to decision-making. It will hence be an important platform for collecting examples of best practices for publication of an adjunct to the WMO Guidelines on Multi-hazard Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services (WMO No. 1150) . It will also consider the outcomes of the Regional IBFWS Workshops organized by WMO in several of its Regional Associations during the last few years (RA II (Asia), RA III (South America) and RA V (Pacific SIDS)), as well as from similar events organized and held at sub regional and in-country levels, as the basis of discussing the way forward in IBFWS implementation, among other important matters.
The Symposium will have an important participation of relevant partners embarking on this initiative such as the Weather Ready Nations, the Natural Hazards Partnership, the World Bank and other Organizations and Programmes with vast experience in the field.
Experts from around the world from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), and Academia will share their experience in different aspects of the IBF, as well as present the projects that they are conducting.
The event will include the presence of representatives from United Nations specialized agencies, Emergency and Disaster management and Civil Protection Agencies, Social Scientists and other technological fields.