27.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

The 22nd IHP Training Course on "Precipitation Measurement from Space and Its Application”

The 22nd IHP Training Course on "Precipitation Measurement from Space and its Applications" was officially opened in Nagoya, Japan on Monday 20 November and will continue up to 30 November 2012. The course is part of Japanese contribution to the International Hydrological Program (IHP) and is organized by Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center, Nagoya University and supported by the Water Resources Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.

Precipitation is one of the major components of the Earth climate system. Precipitation has also a big impact as a major fresh water resource to the ecosystem and human activity. Thus, observation of precipitation distribution is crucial not only for understanding and predicting changes of precipitation under the current global climate change but also for human activities. Global or even locally, precipitation observation is, however, difficult, because it has large spatiotemporal variations

The course is composed of a series of lectures and practice sessions which introduce the basics of precipitation retrieval from space and current global precipitation maps and include the accuracy. Examples of global precipitation maps from space will be demonstrated. Practices are for learning skills to utilize the precipitation maps.

In collaboration with Connect Asia and SOI-Asia, the training courses are being broadcasted through video conference and live streaming. Details on the e-learning opportunities are available at www.ihpnagoyaforum.org.

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