The 8th Monsoon Forum will be held on May 10, 2023 by Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) in collaboration with ESCAP and Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (RIMES) at Fonadhoo Island, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.
The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) regularly convenes the Monsoon Forum, a process by which the forecasts, particularly seasonal and sub-seasonal, are discussed with institutional end-users for integration in seasonal planning and implementation of anticipatory management strategies. The Forum also allows stakeholders to assess forecasts and actions undertaken, provide feedback to MMS on sector experiences, recommend ways to enhance forecast generation and application and respond to users’ forecast information needs and requirements. The monsoon forum is a cyclical process and it aims to foster inter-agency coordination of policies, sectoral plans, and programs for dealing with the potential impacts of hydrometeorological hazards. Moreover, as the process is sustained and continued, it becomes a long-term process of understanding the risks posed and opportunities brought about by past, current and future climate, and it consequently builds or enhances the country’s coping capacities and resilience to weather- and climate-related hazards.
The Monsoon Forum facilitates continuous capacity building of:
• MMS for responding to user requirements, and
• Users for enhancing the application of information of various timescales at both institutional and community levels The Monsoon Forum aims to achieve effective and informed planning and decision-making through seamless integration of multi-timescale climate information. In addition, the monsoon forum aims to provide a venue for MMS and user agencies to strengthen collaborations and partnerships, as well as capacities in potential impact assessment, risk analysis, and development of matrices for impact-based forecasting.
During this event, ESCAP will demonstrate how Ocean Wave forecasting could be translated to anticipated impacts and early warning. The methodology to identify the risk hotspots for sea swells and high waves will be shared in the Forum. And finally, the anticipated impacts on different relevant sectors will also be presented.