Workshop aims to reduce typhoon impact in the region
Devastating typhoons continue to wreak havoc across the Asia Pacific Region. And weather experts from a dozen countries are here for a workshop on how to reduce the often disastrous impacts to life and property.
It's the first time Guam's NOAA/National Weather Service office is hosting the event. The workshops were established by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific Typhoon Committee. Genevieve Cruz Miller is the NWS Guam meteorologist in charge.
"That is an idea that all of these countries are affected severely by typhoons so we must have some common way of dealing with it," she said "So we had the great honor of having the governor really have a good talk about that and how our island is so resilient, and that's what we want to showcase and tell our guests here. Guam is a good example of mitigating disasters."
Disaster risk reduction will be one of the key topics of the workshop says Yu Ji Xin, of the Typhoon committee secretariat. He says extreme storms and rapid urbanization have made Asia the most flood-prone region in the world, and they're seeking new tools to mitigate the impacts.
"This time we are seen as to use the new technology like AI, like smart service, to further promote our jobs and to more efficiency and effectively to protect the people and the property," he said.
And then there's the continuing debate over the impacts of climate change, which the NWS's Miller says is of particular importance to Pacific island nations, where rising sea levels are posing a significant threat.
"The world meteorological organization representative did mention that was a hot topic at one of their national conferences in January so, while we're trying to come up with a lot of ideas and ways to mitigate that," she said. "It's just a wake-up call. We really need to do something about climate change."