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Experts urge new weather approach

Update: May, 22/2013 - 10:04

HA NOI (VNS)— Experts urged Viet Nam to renew its weather forecasting technology in order to improve its effectiveness in predicting extreme weather phenomena, at a meeting held in the capital yesterday.

Head of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change, Le Cong Thanh, said that weather forecasters play a key role in helping authorities and citizens prepare for natural disasters.

He argued that climate change has caused storms and tropical pressure systems to increase in quantity, and said that the level of damage will be reduced if people are warned of forthcoming disasters.

The Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment warned that the locations of droughts, flash floods, hailstorms, whirlwinds and severe thunderstorms were becoming more difficult to identify using existing satellites.

The institute said that currently it can only issue short-term warnings for extreme weather conditions.

A representative of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said that to raise the efficiency of predicting extreme weather phenomena, weather staff should be sent to refresher training courses and investment should be made in technology.

The meeting was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to celebrate the 67th National Day for Flood Prevention and Natural Disaster Reduction today. — VNS


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