38th Session (Hanoi, Viet Nam, 14 to 19 November 2005)
DRAFT REPORT OF THE THIRTY-EIGHTH SESSION
I. ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION
1. The Thirty-eighth Session of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee was held in the Thang Long Ball Hall of the Meli? Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, from 14 to 19 November 2005.
2. The Session was attended by 81 participants from 12 out of 14 Members of the Typhoon Committee, namely: China; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Macao, China; Malaysia; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore; Thailand; the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; and the United States of America (USA).
3. The Session was also attended by 19 observers from Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Italy and Russian Federation and 5 partner organizations: UNDP, UN-ISDR, UNESCO-IOC, WMO/CAS, and ADRC and several interested agencies of Viet Nam. Representatives from the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Typhoon Committee Secretariat (TCS) also attended the session. The list of participants is given in Appendix I.
Opening of the Session (agenda item 1)
4. The opening ceremony was declared open by H.E. Mr Nguyen Cong Thanh, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam with WMO, at 0900 hrs on Monday, 14 November 2005 in the Thang Long Ball Hall of the Meli? Hanoi Hotel.
5. The following statements were delivered at the opening ceremony:
The welcome and opening address by H.E. Mr Nguyen Cong Thanh, Vice Minister
of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Permanent
Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam with WMO;
The above-mentioned statements are given in Appendices II.A, II.B and II.C.
6. After the opening statements, a ceremony was held where the 2005 ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Natural Disaster Prevention Award was presented by Dr Roman L. Kintanar, Interim Secretary of the Typhoon Committee Secretariat and Mr Angelo B. Palmones, representative of the Typhoon Committee Foundation Inc. to the National Hydrometeorological Service of Viet Nam in recognition of its valuable contribution to disaster reduction.
7. Dr Xu Xiaofeng, Chairman of the Committee for 2004-2005, reported main features of his activities during his tenure on behalf of the Committee. These included (1) participation in the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Kobe, Japan in January 2005 (at that occasion, he also addressed a special session of annual assembly of the International Flood Network (IFNet) as a keynote speaker to promote cooperation between IFNet and the Committee, (2) participation in the annual workshop of the Working Group on Hydrology, held in Kuala Lumpur in September 2005, to represent the Committee at the opening ceremony and to deliver a keynote speech on "Challenges on Meteorology towards Reducing Typhoon-related Disasters", and (3) participation in the consultation meeting of regional organizations on disaster reduction, organized by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and UNESCAP under the framework of the Partnership for Disaster Reduction in South-East Asia in October 2005 in Bangkok. He also informed the Committee of the invitation by ADPC and UNESCAP.for the Committee to participate in the next meeting to be held in February 2006 as a follow-up of the consultation meeting to discuss in detail specific priority areas for collaboration.
Dr Bui Van Duc, (Viet Nam) and Mr. R. Jeffrey LaDouce (USA) were elected
Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Typhoon Committee, respectively. Mr
Chow Kok Kee (Malaysia) was elected Chairman of the Drafting Committee.
IV. WORKING SESSION OF METEOROLOGICAL, HYDROLOGICAL AND DISASTER PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS WORKING GROUPS (agenda item 4)
10. Prior to the plenary session for the Committee, three parallel sessions on meteorology, hydrology and disaster prevention and preparedness (DPP) were convened on the morning of 14 November 2005 in three separate meeting rooms to review progress of work during the past year, to identify priorities for cooperation and to recommend points to the Committee for consideration.
11. The major outcomes of the working sessions of the three Working Groups were reported to the plenary session as given below.
THE COMMITTEE'S ACTIVITIES DURING 2005 (agenda item 5)
13. The session reviewed the activities of the Members during the past year, details of which are presented in Appendix IV. On the basis of these reports, the Committee identified the following highlights as priority areas for cooperation among the Members:
GTS and communications update
14. The Committee took note of the report of the parallel session of the Working Group on Meteorology (WGM) which met on Monday, 14 November 2005 (Appendix V)
15. The Committee was informed by the representative of China that the FY-2C became operational in 2005. Since 1 January 2005, users in China and in other countries/regions have already started to receive data from the extended-imagery broadcast by FY-2C, and from 1 June on, the data process center (DPC) provided 13 kinds of images and products.
16. The Committee was informed that the Severe Weather Information Centre (SWIC) hosted by Hong Kong, China became an operational component of the Public Weather Services Programme of WMO on 23 March 2005. The total page views of SWIC exceeded 7 million views in 2005 giving an annual growth of over 30%.
The Committee was informed by the representative of Japan that the Multi-functional
Transport Satellite-IR (MTSAT-IR) was successfully launched on 26 February
2005. The MTSAT-IR took over the meteorological function from GMS-5 on
28 April 2005. The meteorological payload of the MTSAT-IR has been operational
since 28 June 2005 and will fulfil its meteorological mission in the next
five years. MTSAT-2, which will serve as an in-orbit backup satellite
to MTSAT-IR, has already completed the manufacturing stage and is now
under final testing phase. MTSAT-2 will be stationed above the equator
at 135 or 145 degrees east.
19. The Committee was pleased to note that a four-dimensional variational data assimilation (4D-Var) system has been operationally employed in JMA's Global Analysis since February 2005. As the 4D-Var analysis allows for adequate assimilation of observational data and produces more realistic analysis fields, the forecast score with 4D-Var showed much better performance than the former 3D-Var based system. The improvement of the analysis fields resulted in improvement of the typhoon track forecasts.
20. The Committee expressed its gratitude to JMA, and to Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) Tokyo - Typhoon Centre in particular, for the continuously providing the Members with tropical cyclone advisories, warnings and tropical cyclone information at its Numerical Typhoon Prediction Web Site. The activities of RSMC-Tokyo in 2005 and implementation plan for the period 2005 to 2009 are contained in Appendix VI.
21. The Committee was informed that eight (8) Members have already sent their observational data to RSMC Tokyo for inclusion in the Expanded Best Track Data (EBT) of 1996-2004. The Committee urged the six (6) Members who still have not done so, especially those frequently affected by tropical cyclones, to send the data to RSMC Tokyo.
22. The Committee was informed by the representative from Lao PDR on the assistance they received this year for the improvement of their meteorological and hydrological service from Japan and Viet Nam.
The Committee took note of the presentation of a project by Prof. John
Chan on 14 November 2005.
23. On the basis of the information provided by the Members and findings of the Working Group Session on Meteorology, the following conclusions were reached:
The Committee expressed its appreciation to the Chair and Vice Chair of
WGM for their contribution during the past year;
24. On the basis of the information provided by the Members and the findings of the pre-session on meteorology, the following decisions were reached:
To re-establish the Working Group on Meteorology (WGM) to be responsible
for the planning and promotion of cooperation among the TC Members in
the implementation of the Meteorological Component of the RCPIP, and appoint
Mr Wang Bangzhong, (China) and Ms. Duong Lien Chau (Viet Nam) as Chair
and Vice Chair of WGM, respectively;
(b) Hydrological component (agenda item 5.2)
25. The session reviewed the activities of the Members during the past year, details of which are presented in Appendix IV. Priority activities within the hydrological component among the Members include the following:
" Activities that have been widely tackled: Most of Members have been tackling hard on several traditionally important activities, with which high priority needs to be attached continuously:
Improvement of real-time Meteorological/hydrological data collection networks
and timely disaster warning dissemination
" Activities that have been taken by some of Members and will need to be taken by more Members:
Preparation of Flood Hazard Maps
Development of methodology and application of socio-economic impact assessment
of typhoon-related disasters
26. The Committee noted with appreciation the active collaboration among the members of the hydrologic working group and DPP experts and meteorologists of the Committee during the past two years. It highlighted the importance of this interaction and encouraged the WGH to deepen the level of collaboration with two other WGs in order to enhance further impacts of the activities of WGH. The Committee also noted the importance of the following developments in its Members:
Efforts to deal with multi-hazard information in a systematic manner within
the context of establishing well-functioning institutional arrangement,
one of the good ways to follow is to establish multi-hazard information
delivery system in a systematic manner such as the establishment of the
National Disaster Warning Center in Thailand and Multi-hazard warning
system in Malaysia;
27. The Committee took note of the report of the parallel session of the Working Group on Hydrology (WGH) which met on Monday, 14 November 2005 (Appendix VIII).
28. The Committee was pleased to note the continuing increase in the number of participants from the TC Members in the Workshop this year, the participation of TC Hydrologists and DPP experts as well as invited meteorologists from TC Members. It took note of the fact that the use of about US$16,000 from the TC Trust Fund for the Workshop had generated more than US$80,000 in kind contribution from various parties, consisting of about US$32,000 from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) of Japan and about US$23,000 from the Ministry of Construction and Transportation (MOCT) of Republic of Korea. It expressed its appreciation to the Governments of China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Republic of Korea for their contribution in kind to the various activities of WGH and technical support provided by UNESCAP in the organization of this Workshop. It also expressed appreciation to Mr Katsuhito Miyake and Mr Liu Jin-ping, Chair and Vice Chair of the Working Group respectively for their dedication and effective leadership in guiding the work on hydrology during the past year.
30. The Committee was pleased to note the emphasis adopted by WGH for the Workshop of 2005 with its focus on assessment of socio-economic impacts of flood-related disasters and efforts of UNESCAP in collaboration with UNDP and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to assist Members in the region on the development of a common methodology for assessment. It encouraged WGH to continue the efforts towards standardization of methodologies to assess socio-economic impacts of typhoon-related disasters in the Committee Area.
31. It expressed its appreciation to the Government of Japan for the financial support extended to selected members of WGH to participate in WCDR and the MOCT of Republic of Korea for the financial support to selected members of WGH to participate in the international conference of the International Association of Hydraulic Research (IAHR), held in Seoul in September 2005.
32. It also expressed sincere appreciation to the MLIT of Japan and MOCT of Republic of Korea for the intention to provide financial support to activities of WGH in 2006, including possible participation of selected TC Members in the Fourth World Water Forum to be held in Mexico City in March 2006.
On the basis of the information provided by the Members and findings of
the parallel session on hydrology, the following conclusions were reached:
34. On the basis of the information provided by the Members and deliberations, the Committee made the following decisions:
" To re-establish the Working Group on Hydrology (WGH) responsible for the planning and promotion of cooperation among the TC Members in the implementation of the Hydrological Component of the RCPIP and appoint Mr Katsuhito Miyake, Japan, Dr Hong Ilpyo, Republic of Korea as Chair and Vice Chair of WGH, respectively. In addition, it recognized the increasing work load faced by the WGH and appointed Dr Liu Zhi-yu, China as Secretary of WGH. It requested WGH to submit a report to the 39th session.
" To organize a workshop with the theme "Integrating activities of the hydrology, meteorology and DPP components of the Typhoon Committee into the related international frameworks on disaster risk management for better impacts and visibility" in 2006 with an allocation of a total of US$17,000 for TC Hydrologists and invite interested Members to host the Workshop.
" To allocate funds for members of the AWG and WGM to participate in a back-to-back meeting with the WGH Workshop to ensure effective integration of all related activities of the Committee into the related international frameworks for action on disaster risk management.
" To authorize WGH in cooperation with UNESCAP, WMO and TCS to mobilize resources to enable TC experts to participate in the Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico in March 2006 and invite Japan Water Forum, IDI, and Korea Water Forum to assist in the organization of a thematic session in typhoon-disaster risk management at the Forum.
(c) Disaster prevention and preparedness component (agenda item 5.3)
35. The session reviewed the activities of the Members during the past year, details of which are presented in Appendix IV. The main features of the presentations of the 12 members are summarized below.
" Information collection system using remote sensing technology, including satellite imagery, can be a powerful tool for disaster prevention and preparedness component.
" Hazard zoning and mapping is one of the key foundations for an effective disaster management system. Flood and landslide mapping are the ones to start with. Townwatch mapping would help understand the use of hazard map at community level.
" Disaster database system using systematic numbering such as GLIDE proposed by ADRC in previous years and adopted by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) needs to be promoted for more efficient information sharing.
" Experiences regarding evacuation schemes and related legal systems need to be reviewed and shared at the regional level.
" Integration of disaster risk reduction concepts into actual policy in development planning and recovery process using legislative system is essential to mitigate and minimize the consequences of typhoon-related disasters.
" Modified Environmental Impact Assessment or Disaster Impact Assessment can be adopted in developing members to reduce reckless and uncontrollable development.
" It is important to conduct drills and exercises involving the public and to raise awareness of the community-based warning and response system.
" It needs to conduct capacity building trainings for trainers or volunteers who are responsible for disaster management at the local/community level. It is also desired to provide information on typhoon disasters to the education sector and encourage them to be integrated in school curriculum.
" Regional detection and monitoring systems used in tsunami detection and warning can be reviewed to take advantage of already-available technologies which may be mobilized for typhoon-related disasters, or vice versa. International sharing on the standard operational plan or manual for multi-hazard warning response is desired.
" Tools such as PDA, radio, TV, Cell Broadcasting Service, town speakers, handy loud speakers, and etc. need to be recognized and promulgated for early warning communication.
" Sharing of information and experience on the operation of early warning systems is highly desirable and should be promoted.
36. Based on this review, the Committee attached priority to the following items to be implemented as DPP projects starting next year.
" Develop and Implement a database on the DPP component focusing on the compilation and publication of an inventory of early warning systems operated by Members. The database can be expanded to include other information as the project progress.
" Link hazard mapping on flood and landslide with local actions and implementations to enable the local community to produce and use relevant hazard maps.
" Promote the importance of application of remote sensing technology, especially satellite technology, in DPP.
" Provide opportunities that DPP experts and media representatives work together on disaster communication.
" Offer an experience-sharing network on disaster impact assessment as a tool in disaster risk reduction.
" Other socio-economic issues still need to be discussed.
37. On the basis of the information provided by the Members and findings of the parallel session on DPP, the following conclusions were reached:
" The Committee recognized the need to enhance coordination and interaction among all the working groups. In this connection, it encouraged WGDPP to advance progress expected from the key activities of WGDPP, especially those related to the inventory of early warning systems in the TC Members and the establishment of socio-economic database of typhoon-related disasters in the region. In this connection, it recognized the importance of close collaboration between WGDPP and ADRC in the development of the database.
" The Committee expressed its appreciation to Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, China for various initiatives to further enhance the important role of DPP in promoting visibility of the Committee and in facilitating mobilization of resources to support the operations of the Committee.
" The Committee expressed its appreciation to UN-ISDR for the support it provided to the Working Group on DPP during the past year and during the conduct of the 38th Session and invited UN-ISDR to continue this fruitful partnership, including the possible holding of a special session to be held at the Third International Conference on Early Warning in March 2006 in Germany.
" The Committee recognized the need to implement activities of the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness (DPP) component of RCPIP in close collaboration with WGM and WGH, and agreed to hold an integrated TC workshop in 2006 on the theme mentioned in para. 34.
" The Committee recognized the benefit of synergy in implementing DPP activities of the RCPIP projects in collaboration with ongoing DPP activities of ADPC/ESCAP projects, including those related to "early warning", "community-based disaster risk management" and "enhanced participation of the media in disaster reduction."
" The Committee noted with appreciation the proposed road map as contained in Appendix XXII, submitted by the WGDPP, and agreed to consider it in future sessions.
38. On the basis of the information provided by the Members and deliberations, the Committee made the following decisions:
" To re-establish a Working Group on Disaster Prevention and Preparedness (WGDPP) and appointed Dr Sam-Kew Roh, Republic of Korea and Dr Ming Chung Wong, Hong Kong, China as Chair and Vice-chair of WGDPP respectively. It also invited the Members to nominate their respective focal points to participate in the work of WGDPP.
" To encourage interested DPP experts to actively participate in the integrated Workshop to be organized by WGH in 2006 and invite interested Members to provide resources to enable DPP experts of the Committee to participate in the Workshop.
" In view of the importance of DPP priority activities, the Committee decided to allocate resources to enable key members of WGDPP to undertake their activities.
" To invite UN-ISDR, ADRC, ADPC and other interested organizations to provide support to WGDPP.
(d) Activities on training and research (agenda item 5.4)
The Committee took note of the report made by the Chairman of the Typhoon
Research Coordination Group (TRCG) including the status and plan for the
visiting lecturer programme, the Typhoon Committee Research fellowship
scheme and the workshop on effective tropical cyclone warning. Wide ranges
of research activities have been carried out by Members during the intersession
period, including topics associated with:
40. At the kind invitation of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the second regional workshop entitled "Effective tropical cyclone warning" was hosted at the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau (SMB) from 24 to 28 April 2005, and the SMB made excellent arrangements for the workshop. The workshop focused on the close collaboration among the three components. The workshop was supported from the Typhoon Committee Trust Fund (TCTF) of USD 27,400 for the invitation of five resource persons, two lecturers for EPS, and fourteen participants. WMO supported the expenses for the representative of WMO to provide a special lecture. The CMA kindly provided financial support for the two resource persons from USA and Australia respectively in addition to the expenses including the venue, facilities, and working arrangements. Hong Kong, China; Japan; Republic of Korea; and Macao, China supported the participation of their respective representative to the workshop. Major findings and recommendation of the workshop can be found in Appendix X.
41. Three research projects has been completed under the Typhoon Committee research fellowship scheme during the intersessional period:
Effect of tropical cyclone bogusing on model analysis and forecasts by
Ms. Wang Dongliang, Shanghai Typhoon Institute, CMA, hosted by Hong Kong
Observatory, Hong Kong, China during 11 October - 10 December 2004;
42. The Committee noted that the research paper by Dr. Peng Taoyong (China) on TC track forecasting with use of superensemble, has been published in the International Journal of Systems and Cybernetics (2005). Dr Peng's research study was funded by the Korea Meteorological Administration from 15 June to 15 November 2001.
43. Two roving seminars on the application of multi-model ensemble typhoon forecasts were held during the intersession period with the financial support of 10,000 USD from the Typhoon Committee Trust Fund (TCTF), and the kind arrangements of the local hosts:
Beijing, China, 22-24 November 2004
44. More than 40 participants attended the two roving seminars. The roving seminars were well recognized, in which a host of knowledge on ensemble forecast theories and applications were lectured, experiences of TC numerical model developing and operational TC forecasting were fully exchanged. All the participants expressed their appreciation of the significance and helpfulness of the seminar. The participants expressed their thanks to the lecturers Dr. Chan and Dr. Mannoji for the high standards and providing excellent notes which had enhanced their knowledge on tropical cyclones and in the ensuing discussions during and after the lectures the participants learned a lot about the short comings, current status and progress made in tropical cyclone formation and prediction.
45. Regarding to the activities of TRCG for 2006, TRCG propose to hold a roving seminar as shown in Appendix XI. The TRCG also propose to continue the Typhoon Committee research fellowship scheme in 2006, in parallel with review on its progress and direction for the improvement.
46. The Committee was informed by the representative of the Republic of Korea that the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) will host two training courses in 2006, the Training Course on Weather Forecasting for Operational Meteorologists and the Partnership Building Program on Meteorological Technology and Policy for National Meteorological Services.
47. The Committee was pleased to note that Singapore welcomed requests for attachment of scientists from Members to the ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre (ASMC) and that the password protection of the ASMC Intranet has been removed.
48. The Committee was informed by the representative from USA that the International Pacific Desk Training Internship continued in 2005 with 6 students which included one from Malaysia.
49. On the basis of the information provided by the Members of the TRCG and the report of the meeting of the TRCG (Appendix IX), the following conclusions were reached:
The Committee expressed its appreciation to Dr Woo-Jin Lee, (Republic
of Korea), Chairman of TRCG and all TRCG members for the report and their
50. On the basis of the information provided by the Members and deliberations, the Committee made the following decisions:
To re-establish TRCG with the same Terms of Reference and appoint Dr Woo-Jin
Lee, (Republic of Korea) and Mr Edwin Lai (Hong Kong, China) as Chair
and Vice Chair of TRCG, respectively;
51. The Committee noted that as of 14 November 2005, 22 named tropical cyclones formed in 2005. The total number almost equals the 30-year average frequency of cyclones occurring in the western north Pacific. Ten tropical cyclones with tropical storm intensity or higher hit China while ten tropical cyclones made landfall on the continent. It is worth noting that the number of tropical storms that made landfall on the continent has been relatively low in recent years. Thirteen of the cyclones attained typhoon intensity. The ratio of the number of TCs with typhoon intensity to that of the named TCs has been relatively high in recent years. Details of the 2005 typhoon season are contained in Appendix XII.
52. The Committee took note with appreciation the review of the 2005 typhoon season provided by the RSMC Tokyo-Typhoon Center as given in Appendix XIII.
53. The Committee took note that the TCS published the 17th issue of the Typhoon Committee Newsletter in July 2005 and the 2004 Typhoon Committee Annual Review (TCAR) in October 2005 which were disseminated to the Members, ESCAP and WMO in electronic (CD-ROM) format. The Committee reappointed the Chief Editor.
54. The Committee noted with appreciation that the RSMC Tokyo - Typhoon Center published the "Annual Report on Activities of the RSMC Tokyo - Typhoon Center in 2004" in the form of CD-ROM with printed matters in October 2005. The report is also available on the Web page of JMA/RSMC Tokyo - Typhoon Center http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/jma-eng/jma-center/rsmc-hp-pub-eg/annualreport.html.
55. The Committee was informed by the representative of the WMO Secretariat that the:
(a) Fifth TC RSMC/TCWCs Technical Coordination Meeting will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA from 5 to 8 December 2005.
(b) Fourth Workshop on Storm Surge and Wave Forecasting will be held in Manila in July 2006.
(c) Expert meeting on the formulation of TCP Sub-Project No. 26: Evaluation of tropical cyclone warning systems (their effectiveness and deficiencies) will be held in August 2006, and
(d) First RA I Workshop on Tropical Cyclone Research will be held in St. Denis, La Reunion in October 2006.
56. The Committee was informed that the research group of RA I TCC, which is organizing the First RA I Workshop on Tropical Cyclone Research had invited the participation of tropical cyclone researchers from the Committee.
57. The Committee noted with satisfaction that two woman forecasters from Macao, China and Singapore had successfully undertaken the fifth on-the-job training in typhoon operations at the RSMC Tokyo - Typhoon Center from 20 to 29 July 2005. It also noted with appreciation that JMA would organize the attachment of two woman forecasters (each from the Lao PDR and Viet Nam) to the RSMC Tokyo for 10 days in July 2006.
58. The Committee endorsed the following four targets of the TCP Expert Meeting on Effective Early Warnings of Tropical Cyclones which was held in Kobe, Japan from 17 to 18 January 2005 in conjunction with the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe, January 2005):
" All TC RSMC and TCWCs to strive to increase the accuracy of tract and intensity forecasts of tropical cyclones by 10 per cent by 2015. The Committee noted the difficult challenge of attaining the intensity goal based on current research;
" All TC RSMC, TCWCs and concerned Members of tropical cyclone regional bodies to issue probabilistic forecasts of tropical cyclones up to 5 days by 2015;
" Members of tropical cyclone regional bodies to educate stakeholders annually on proper interpretation of tropical cyclone forecasts, advisories, warnings and other meteorological and hydrological information; and
" Members of tropical cyclone regional bodies to ensure dependable and effective dissemination of tropical cyclone nowcasts, forecasts, advisories, watches and warnings in real time to decision-makers including emergency managers, media, general public and other stakeholders.
The Committee was informed by the representative of WMO Commission on
Atmospheric Science (CAS) that the Sixth International Workshop on Tropical
Cyclones will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica from 20 to 30 November 2006.
Forecasters and researchers from the Members of the Committee were encouraged
to actively participate at this International Workshop.
60. The Committee took note of the report of the Advisory Working Group on the Selection of the Typhoon Committee Secretariat and expressed its appreciation to Mr Chow Kok-Kee and Mr James Weyman, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of AWG for their efforts and devotion to this important matter of the Committee. The Committee adopted the recommendations of AWG and conducted the selection procedures as recommended by AWG.
61. The Committee expressed its sincere appreciation to the Government of the Philippines and the Macao, China for their detailed offers and presentations during the session.
62. As recommended by the AWG, a secret ballot was conducted. Macao, China was selected to host the Typhoon Committee Secretariat.
63. At this occasion, the Committee expressed its sincere appreciation to the Government of the Philippines for the hosting of its Secretariat during the last 34 years. It also expressed its deep gratitude to Dr Roman L. Kintanar for his devotion and dedication to the cause of the Typhoon Committee.
64. The Committee decided to request AWG to continue its efforts to translate the RCPIP into a strategic plan and annual work plan and requested AWG to submit the strategic plan and annual work plan to the Committee for its consideration at the 39th session. In this connection, it also endorsed the proposal of AWG to introduce cross-cutting goal for the work of the Committee. For the RCPIP to be implemented in 2006, it endorsed the following priority areas:
The conduct of a survey on existing early warning systems operated by
the Members and to develop a database. These activities will be led by
65. In view of the above conclusions, the Committee made the following decisions:
To re-establish the Advisory Working Group and appointed Dr Xu Xiaofeng
and Mr James Weyman as the Chair and Vice Chair of AWG.
66. The Committee expressed its gratitude to the Government of the Philippines for hosting the TCS and for providing a full-time meteorologist, a part time hydrologist as well as office space with office facilities and supplies. The Committee also expressed its gratefulness for the dedication and continuous services extended by Dr. Roman L. Kintanar in his capacity as the Interim Secretary of the Committee and appointed him as the Interim Secretary for the intersession between the 38th and 39th sessions.
67. Macao, China shall assume the functions of the TCS for at least four years from the 39th session. The Committee requested Macao, China to coordinate with the current TCS staff to ensure a smooth transfer of operations and for Macao, China and the current TCS to submit quarterly reports to the TC Chairman on the progress of the transition.
68. The Committee decided to allocate resources to support the Typhoon Committee Secretariat during the transition period as in the previous year.
69. The Committee was informed of the technical cooperation activities of WMO and ESCAP as well as UN-ISDR and UNESCO-IOC in support of the programmes of the Typhoon Committee and expressed its appreciation to ESCAP, WMO and collaborating partners for providing assistance to Members of the TC.
70. The Committee was also informed of the progress of the development of the Resource Mobilization Database by the Working Group on Resource Mobilization (WGRM) chaired by Mr. Koji Kuroiwa. Mr. Kuroiwa stated that the database will be composed of two sub-databases, a donors data and the past successful records of the TC Members. The first prototype of the Resource Mobilization Database will be presented to the Committee at its 39th session in 2006. Emphasizing that the unique advantage of the database is sharing of knowledge and experiences among the TC Members, the Committee urged Members to actively participate in the survey on resource mobilization to be conducted in 2006.
71. The Committee welcomed the participation of the Director of the Development Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy as an observer to the session and his expression of interest in possible collaboration with the Committee and in the project proposal "Improvement of Forecasting and Early Warning for the least-developed Members of the Typhoon Committee".
72. In noting the interest of collaboration with Italy, the Committee requested the Government of Italy to consider possibilities to extend its assistance to the Committee either through WMO or contribution to the TC Trust Fund. The Committee requested the Interim-Secretary to hold consultations with the Government of Italy and report to the Chairman of the Committee and the AWG for further consideration/action.
(c) Typhoon Committee Trust Fund (TCTF)
73. The Committee reviewed the interim statement of account of TCTF submitted by WMO which covered the period from 01 January 2004 to 31October 2005 as shown in Appendix XXI.
74. The Committee urged its Members and collaborating partners to continue to enhance their contributions to the Trust Fund.
75. The Committee, after careful consideration, agreed to the use of the TCTF for the following specific purposes from l January to 31 December 2006.
(ii) Publishing the Typhoon Committee Newsletter No. 18 (approx. US$ 500);
(iii) Printing and distribution costs of the publication of the 2005 Typhoon Committee Annual Review (TCAR) (CDs) (US$ 500);
(iv) Transition costs for TCS (US$ 4,500);
(v) Printing and distribution costs of documents for the thirty-ninth session of the Committee (US$ 500);
(vi) Support for attachment of two (2) women forecasters to RSMC Tokyo - Typhoon Center (Tokyo, July 2006) (US$ 4,000);
(vii) Support for the Fourth Storm Surge and Wave Forecasting Workshop (Manila, July 2006) (US$ 5,000);
(viii) Support for the attendance of typhoon experts at the Sixth International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (San Jose, 21 to 30 November 2006) (US$ 15,000);
(ix) Support for a Workshop on Implementation of the Hydrological Component of RCPIP (2006) (US$ 17,000);
(x) Roving seminar in Viet Nam (US$ 14,000);
(xi) WGM to attend workshops (US$ 8,000);
(xii) AWG meeting and activities (US$ 15,000);
(xiii) DPP meeting (US$ 5,000).
(Total: US$ 114,000)
The Committee also requested AWG Chair and Vice Chair to advise TC Chair and the Interim Secretary of TC on the selection of expert(s) to represent the Committee to attend international meetings as outlined above. This implies that the seeking of endorsement of Chair and Vice Chair of AWG is mandatory prior to the use of TCTF for any official representation of TC at international meetings.
76. The Committee decided that total actual expenditure for the year 2006 is not to exceed US$ 114,000, noting that the support cost to be charged by WMO has not been included in the above budget.
77. In noting the exceptional circumstances of urgent activities required for its efforts to restructure its operations for better efficiency of work, the Committee recalled its previous decision to limit the total planned budget, including the support cost, within the limit of US$100,000 and decided to limit total planned budgets for the 2007 onwards to US$100,000.
DATE AND PLACE OF THE THIRTY-NINTH SESSION (agenda item 10)
79. The Committee expressed its appreciation for the invitation for a joint session to be hosted by Oman. Circumstances at this time make the Committee unable to accept this invitation. However, it would consider other possibilities in the future for a joint session with the Panel on Tropical Cyclones. The Committee requested the TCS to inform Oman of this situation and also to investigate the possibility of a future joint session. The delegate of Thailand indicated that they would also consider the possibility to host such a joint meeting.
SCIENTIFIC LECTURES (agenda item 11)
ADOPTION OF THE REPORT (agenda item 12)
CLOSURE OF THE SESSION
84. The Session was closed by the Chairman at 1710 hours, 19 November 2005.
การประชุมกลุ่มย่อยด้านอุตุนิยมวิทยา อุทกวิทยา และการป้องกันและเตรียมความพร้อม
รายงานกิจกรรมด้านต่าง ๆ ของประเทศสมาชิกในช่วงฤดูมรสุม 2548
การทบทวนกิจกรรมของกรรมการ และสิ่งพิมพ์ ในฤดูมรสุม 2548
การประสานงานกับกิจกรรมอื่น ๆ ของโครงการเกี่ยวกับพายุหมุนเขตร้อนขององค์การอุตุนิยมวิทยาโลก
8. แผนงาน โครงการและกิจกรรมในปี 2549 และปีต่อ ๆ ไป
11. การบรรยายให้ความรู้ทางด้านวิทยาศาสตร์ ภายใต้หัวข้อดังนี้