Day 1            Tuesday, 27 September 2016
09:00-09:30  Inaugural Session
Welcome Address H.E Mr. Kyaw Myo, Deputy Minister, MOTC, Myanmar
Opening Remarks Dr. Govindarajalu Srinivasan, Chief Scientist, RIMES, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Remarks Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief, World Climate Application and Services Division (WCAS), WMO, Geneva, Switzerland
10:00-10:30 Group photograph followed by TEA/COFFEE BREAK
Session 1    A Winter climate over South Asia: how was 2015 and what is expected for winter of 2016-17?
Session Co-Chairs: Dr.Hrin Nei Thiam, DG, DMH, Myanmar and Prof. Yuri Kuleshov, BOM, Australia
Rapporteur: Dr. Tin Mar Htay; Mr.Itesh Dash, RIMES
10:30-11:00 Winter climate over South Asia: An Overview with highlights from 2015-16 season

Mr. Kariyawasam

Former Director General, DoM, Sri Lanka

GPC/RCCs/Institution presentations covering 2015-16 winter Seasonal Climate monitoring products & outlook for the 2016-17 winter season (20 minutes presentations and 10 minutes discussions)
11:00-11:30 Seasonal Climate monitoring and climate outlook products from the Beijing Climate Center (BCC) Dr. Changzheng Liu
BCC, China Meteorological Administration (CMA), China
11:30-12:00 Seasonal Climate monitoring and climate outlook products from the Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) Mr. Shoji Hirahara
TCC, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Japan
12:00-12:30 Seasonal Climate monitoring and climate outlook products from the WMO Lead Centre for Long Range Forecast Multi-Model Ensemble (WMO LC-LRFMME), Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) Ms. Gayoung Kim
WMO LC-LRFMME, KMA
12:30-13:00 Seasonal Climate monitoring and climate outlook products from the UK Met Office Mr. Andrew William Colman
UK Met Office, United Kingdom
13:00-14:00 LUNCH
Session 1 B    Country Experience
Chair: Mr. Kariyawasam, ex-DG, DoM, Sri Lanka
Rapporteur: Dr. Tin Mar Htay and Mr. Itesh Dash, RIMES
14:00-15:30 Country Presentations Covering
  • Climatology of winter season (Oct’15 to Feb’16)
  • Current Prediction System/Verification
  • Prediction for 2016-17 winter season
Bangladesh (Ms. Nayma Bate, BMD)
Bhutan (Mr. Tayba Buddha Tamang, DHMS)
Maldives (Dr. Zahid Hameed, MMS)
Myanmar (Dr. Tin Mar Htay and Ms. Han Swe, DMH)
Nepal (Mr. Shiva Nepal, DHM)
Pakistan (Mr. Zubair Siddiqui, PMD)
Sri Lanka (Mr. Meril Mendis, DoM)
15:30-16:00
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
16:00-16:30 Country Presentations (cont.) India (Dr. S. Balachadran, IMD)
16:30-17:30 Presentation of RCC (Demo) India Meteorological Department product a and the draft consensus outlook followed by discussions Dr. Pai, IMD, Pune, India
END OF DAY 1



Day 2            Wednesday, 28 September 2016        (Joint Session)
SASCOF-9 & Climate Services Users Forum – Agriculture 2 (CSUF-Ag2)
09:00-09:30 Welcome address - Dr. Hrin Nei Thiam, DG, DMH, Myanmar
Inaugural speech - Mr. Aye Ko Ko, Deputy Director General, DoA, Myanmar or representative
Opening Remarks Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli, Chief, World Climate Application and Services Division (WCAS), WMO, Geneva, Switzerland
Introduction by participants
Overview remarks – Dr. G. Srinivasan, RIMES
Session 2    Seasonal Climate information: Enabling Climate Services
Session Co-Chairs: Dr. Zahid, Dy DG, MMS and Ms. Ye Ye Nyein, Director, DMH
Rapporteurs:  Ms. Han Swe, DMH and Dr. Anshul Agarwal, RIMES

(20 minutes presentations and 10 minutes discussions)

09:30-10:00 Overview presentation on GPCs and Global frameworks for climate services and role of RCCs

Dr. Rupa Kumar

WMO

10:00-10:30 General introduction to the drivers of seasonal climate during winter season of 2015-16, including BoM climate outlook products

Prof. Yuriy Kuleshov

BOM, Australia

10:30-11:00
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:30 Extended range products being generated by IITM, Pune

Dr. Atul Kumar Sahai

IITM, Pune, India

11:30-12:00 Use of seasonal climate outlooks for agriculture sector

Mr. Htin Aung Sein

Department of Agriculture, Myanmar

12:00-13:00 Sharing the consensus SASCOF-9 climate outlook with users

Dr. Sivananda Pai

IMD, Pune, India

13:00-14:00 LUNCH
Session 3    Using climate information in the Agricultural Sector – Challenges
Session Co-Chairs: Ms. Thuzar Myint, Director, Department of Agriculture and Dr. G. Srinivasan, RIMES
Rapporteurs: Ms. Han Swe, DMH and Dr. Anshul Agarwal, RIMES
14:00-15:30 Discussions in Working Groups
(About four WG will discuss and interpret the seasonal forecast for various aspects of agricultural applications)

Ms. Nina Karla Alparce

RIMES shall facilitate the WG discussions – there will be two persons from each NMHSs to facilitate climate outlook interpretations; guide questions will be provided

15:00-15:30
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
15:30-16:00 Presentation by coordinators of each WG followed by discussions Co-chairs will conduct the session
Session 4    SASCOF follow-up at National Level
Session Co-Chairs: Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli, WMO and Ms. Khin Cho Cho Shein, Director, DMH
Rapporteurs: Ms. Han Swe, DMH and Dr. Anshul Agarwal, RIMES
16:00-16:20 National level seasonal Forums & agriculture sector users requirements Ms. Ruby Rose, RIMES
16:20-17:30 Wrap-up discussion on how the SASCOF outcome should be followed up at the national levels: Short presentation followed by country interventions Lead by G. Srinivasan, RIMES
END OF DAY 2



Day 3               Thursday, 29 September 2016
Climate Services Users Forum – Agriculture 2 (CSUF-Ag2)
Session 5    Agriculture Sector’s climate information requirements
Session Chair: Dr. A. K. Sahai, IITM, Pune, India and Ms. May Khin Chaw, Deputy Director, DMH
Rapporteurs: Ms. Aye Aye Soe and Ms. Nina Karla Alparce, RIMES
09:00-09:30 Maximising the use of forecast information in Agriculture: Experiences from Farmers Field School in Tamil Nadu, India Dr. Anshul Agarwal, RIMES
09:30-10:30 Brief country presentations/sharing of experience covering, but not limited to the following aspects:
  • Current level of climate forecast availability
  • How are they being used operationally in the country at national, sub-national and end-user level
  • Needs and requirements for the future
Bangladesh (Dr. Abul Basar Zahid Hossain, Irrigation and Water Management Division Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI))
Bhutan (Mr. Sagar Acharya, Agriculture Research and Extension, Department of Agriculture)
Maldives (Dr. Aminath Shafia, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture)
Myanmar (Mr. Htin Aung Shein, Department of Agriculture)
10:30-11:00
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11:00-13:00 Brief country presentations/sharing of experience (cont.): Nepal (Ms. Asha Sharma, Ministry of Agriculture Development)
India (Dr. A.V.M. Subba Rao, Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture)
Pakistan (Dr. Tasneem Khaliq, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad)
13:00-14:00 LUNCH
Session 6    Use of operational climate information for agricultural risk management
Session Chair: Dr. Hrin Nei Thiam, DG, DMH, Myanmar and Dr. Pai, IMD, Pune
Rapporteur: Ms. Aye Aye Soe and Ms. Nina Karla Alparce, RIMES
14:00-14:30 DMH strategies for Agro-met development in Myanmar Ms. May Khin Chaw, DMH, Myanmar
14:30-14:50 SASCOF 9 & CSUF-Ag2 website features & Updates demo Mr. Itesh Dash, RIMES
14:50-16:00 Panel Discussion: Opportunities and challenges – road map for better use of climate services for the agricultural sector Dr. Hrin Nei Thiam DG, DMH, Myanmar
Dr. Rupa Kumar Koli
Ms. Khon Ra, Director, DOI
Dr. G. Srinivasan, RIMES
16:00-16:30 Recommendations and Wrap-up To follow from the preceding session
TEA/COFFEE BREAK
END OF DAY 3 & CLOSING