The ASEAN Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal forecast for the summer monsoon season, June-July-August 2020 over Southeast Asia, taking into account the possible influence of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) on the climate system over the region.
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Transboundary smoke haze pollution has been affecting the Southeast Asia region for decades. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) was designated in 1995 as the regional centre to perform fires and smoke haze monitoring and assessment functions, and the issuance of early warning on transboundary haze occurrence. ASMC leverages on the latest remote sensing technologies and uses extensively data from a suite of satellites for 24/7 operational monitoring and assessment of the regional fire hotspot and haze situation. The early warnings serve to alert the region to risks of transboundary haze occurrence. More information on ASMC’s services. Occurrences of transboundary smoke haze during the traditional dry season in 2019 adversely affected the air quality in the southern areas of Southeast Asia. The last severe transboundary haze episode that affected the region was in 2015.
Developing leadership and management skills of senior management of NMHS has been identified as a priority of WMO. In support of such training needs, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) sponsored and conducted the inaugural Leadership and Management Programme for Senior Management of NMHS in RA II and RA V in Singapore on 10 – 14 September 2018. The Programme was organised in collaboration with the WMO Regional Office for Asia and the South West Pacific and the WMO Education and Training Office (ETO).
The World Meteorological Organization’s new office for Asia and the South-West Pacific has started operations in Singapore. It will seek to improve coordination on hazards including extreme weather and air pollution and to strengthen meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors such as air and marine transport.