Roving Seminar

The roving seminar / visiting lecturer programme was first proposed in the 34th session of Typhoon Committee in Honolulu in 2001 to promote research and development of tropical cyclone forecasting technique and associated scientific issues on hydrology and disaster prevention measures. The proposal was endorsed in the 35th session of Typhoon Committee in Chiang Mai in 2002.

The roving seminars were intended to introduce to Members the latest technology and expertise in operational forecasting and associated services for the reduction and mitigation of disasters caused by tropical cyclones. In the roving seminars, knowledgeable experts travelled to Members’ territories and delivered lectures and training focusing on subjects of operational interest. The first series of roving seminars under the programme was held in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in 2003 with financial support from the Typhoon Committee Trust Fund. Owing to resource constraints, the roving seminar since 2006 could only be staged at one single venue each year.

ROVING SEMINAR 2016: STORM SURGE (Ha Noi, Viet Nam)

Topic Presentation
A. Advances in Operational Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation Prediction
By Mr Nadao Kohno and Mr Masaki Itoh of Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan

B. SLOSH – Storm Surge Modeling and Applications for Decision Support
By Mr Arthur Taylor of National Weather Services, U.S.A.

C. Development of an Operational Storm Surge Prediction System for a Coastal City – Hong Kong Experience
By Mr Dickson Lau, Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong, China

ROVING SEMINAR 2015: FLASH FLOOD AND LANDSLIDES (Vientiane, Lao PDR)

Topic Presentation
A. Risk Reduction and Mitigation of Sediment-related Disaster
By Mr Yoshiki Nagai from National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management

B. Advances and Challenges of Flash Flood Modeling and Prediction
By Prof Xu-dong Fu from Tsinghua University

C. River and Urban Flash Flood’s forecasting and Mitigation
By Dr Dong-ryul Lee from Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology

ROVING SEMINAR 2014: WARNING COMMUNICATION (Hong Kong, China)

Topic Presentation
A. Effective Early Warning Systems and Risk Communications
By Mr. Chip Guard of NOAA

B. Media Liaison and Crisis Management for Disaster Risk Reduction
By Mr. Ahmed Nadeem of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union

C. “Warning Communication Strategies in the Era of Web Technology and Social Media – Hong Kong Experience
By Ms. Sandy, M K Song and Mr. K L Lee of the Hong Kong Observatory

ROVING SEMINAR 2011: HEAVY RAIN AND FLOOD HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH LANDFALLING TROPICAL CYCLONES (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)

Topic Presentation
A. Overview of QPE/QPF Techniques and Hydrological Applications
By Dr. Siriluk Chumchean of Mahanakorn University of Technology, Thailand

B. Review of QPE/QPF Operational Systems and Application to Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Forecasting
By Mr. H. Y. Yeung of Hong Kong Observatory

C. Cause, Assessment and Management of Flood Hazards associated with Landfalling Tropical Cyclones and Heavy Rain
By Prof. Chen Charng-Ning of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

ROVING SEMINAR 2010: TROPICAL CYCLONE GENESIS AND LARGE SCALE INTERACTION (Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand)

Topic Presentation
A. Tropical Cyclone Genesis and Seasonal Prediction of Cyclone Activities
By Mr. S.M. Lee (Hong Kong Observatory)

B. Effects of Tropical Cyclone Interaction with Monsoon, with Emphasis on Enhanced Rainfall
By Professor Zhang Qinghong (Peking University)

C. Tropical Cyclone Satellite Analysis, including Microwave Images
By Dr. Mark Lander (University of Guam)