Integrated System Supports Relief Efforts in Nepal

The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) Broadcast System for Meteorological Data (CMACast) and Meteorological Information Comprehensive Analysis and Process System (MICAPS) served as the main weather forecast platform for the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of Nepal within the first 24 hours of the earthquake, when local Internet failed.

Without relying on local communication, the Integrated CMACast and MICAPS systems generated weather forecasts to support earthquake relief efforts. This is the first live demonstration of the emergency response capabilities built into the Integrated Systems.

Nepal is within the responsibility of the Global Information System Centre (GISC) in Beijing. Thus, Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA and Permanent Representative of China with WMO, sent a condolence letter to Nepal earthquake victims on 28 April and expressed the willingness of CMA to provide meteorological assistance.

In 2011, CMA donated the Integrated CMACast and MICAPS Systems to 19 countries in the Asia and Pacific region, which included Nepal. CMA expert teams visited DHM in 2012, 2013 and 2015 to provide technical assistance and training on the Integrated Systems. CMACast is a satellite-based data broadcast system. It is a component of the CMA national and international data dissemination network, of WMO Integrated Global Data Dissemination Service (IGDDS) and of GEONETCast, a global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute space-based, air-borne and in situ data, metadata and products to diverse communities.

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