HKO Hosts AI in Tropical Cyclone Forecasting Workshop with active participation from ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Secretariat

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) hosted a workshop titled “Application of Artificial Intelligence in Tropical Cyclone Analysis and Forecasting Technology Exchange” from 21 to 22 May 2024, under the Typhoon Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Twenty-nine experts from 11 Typhoon Committee members, including China; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Laos; Macau, China; Malaysia; the Philippines; Republic of Korea; Thailand; Vietnam and the United States, participated in the workshop.

Experts from various regions engaged in comprehensive discussions and technical exchanges on the development and application of artificial intelligence in the analysis and forecasting of tropical cyclones. Presentations covered a broad range of topics, including objective analysis techniques for tropical cyclones, the monitoring and forecasting of extreme weather events, the application of data-driven models, and the verification of forecast results.

The workshop also featured leading artificial intelligence development teams from the World Meteorological Center, academic institutions, and information technology companies. These teams shared the latest advancements in AI applications for weather forecasting, providing participants with valuable insights into cutting-edge technologies.

The TC Secretariat played a key role in the workshop, facilitating discussions on the specific needs for AI technology and products within the Typhoon Committee region. They also explored potential future cooperation projects to enhance collaborative efforts among member countries.

The Hong Kong Observatory reaffirmed its commitment to ongoing collaboration with the Typhoon Committee, WMO and industry experts. This partnership aims to further promote the application of artificial intelligence in meteorology, ultimately improving the ability to monitor and forecast tropical cyclones effectively.

This workshop marks a significant milestone in leveraging AI to better understand and predict tropical cyclones, potentially leading to advancements that could save lives and reduce the impact of extreme weather events.