Meteorological and aviation experts are meeting in Jakarta on 29-30 April to explore how to strengthen safety for air traffic in the region. The WMO Regional Forum on Meteorological Services for Aviation Safety in Southeast Asia aims to produce a recommendation into the roadmap for enhancing regional and national cooperation in a region that is experiencing the world’s highest growth rates in air traffic.
This rapid expansion in aviation, which is driven by economic growth and tourism, requires that countries increase the provision of air navigation services. One such service is aviation meteorology, which faces specific challenges in Southeast Asia. In particular, the region’s tropical weather features a high frequency of organized convective storms and tropical cyclones. There are also a large number of active volcanoes in the region that can disrupt air traffic by emitting smoke and ash.
The tragic accident of AirAsia (Flight QZ8501) is the most recent example of how severe weather can seriously threaten aviation safety. Southeast Asia’s National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), together with other national providers of meteorological services, are therefore committed to ensuring that meteorological services for aviation are provided at a high level of quality and performance.
Hosted by the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG), the Forum will welcome directors and senior officials from NMHSs, airlines, air traffic services, volcanological institutes, international organizations and regional partners. Participating countries include Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.