Manado, Indonesia / The Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG) collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), held “The 11th Annual Indonesia - U.S. Ocean and Climate Observation, Analysis and Application Partnership Workshop” from 13 until 17 May 2016 in Manado. The theme for this workshop is “The Role of Ocean Observation for Improving Climate Services through Enhancing the Capability of Using Prediction Tools”. More than 30 participants from BMKG Station around Indonesia and from university, attend this workshop.
The goals of this workshop among others are:
(1) Developing practical knowledge on existing NOAA products and services available to be used in Indonesia.
(2) Demonstrating the crucial role of ocean observation for understanding and predicting regional weather, ocean and climate.
(3) Understanding ocean process; climate drivers and climate services development.
“As Director General of BMKG, I am very much supportive to the idea to hold this Indonesia-US workshop annually. The regular meeting will establish a systematic knowledge of information that will help us to establish the foundation of modern marine meteorology observation and services “stated Dr. Andi Eka Sakya at the opening of the workshop.
The guest speakers of this workshop are Dr. Sidney Thurston, Dr. Michael McPhadden, Dr.Marina Timofeyeva, Dr. Wassila Thiaw, Prof. Arnold Gordon dan Emely Tewes from NOAA and Colorado University. There were also Dr.Anastasia Tisiana and Asmi Napitu presented from the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.
The collaboration between BMKG and NOAA has been started formally when the MoU between both agencies in the field of meteorology and climatology was signed in 2012. This MoU allows BMKG and NOAA to start specific activities and outline the Implementing Agreement that was signed in New Orleans USA on 10 January 2016. (kd)