Since 2008, seconded scientists from RIMES Member and Collaborating States have been receiving training in earthquake monitoring, tsunami watch, numerical weather and climate prediction, and hydro-meteorological applications at the RIMES Regional Facility in Thailand. RIMES has received scientists from Thailand, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

The RIMES Secondment Program aims at building scientific and technical capacities of scientists, forecasters, and technical specialists from RIMES Member and Collaborating States. This capacity building process involves technology transfer, sharing of knowledge and experience, and on-the-job training.

Under the Secondment Program, Member and Collaborating States deputes scientists and other technical staff, by invitation, to the RIMES Regional Facility in Thailand, for an initial period of 6 months, where they train with RIMES in-house scientists and specialists. After 6 months, the secondees, with consent from their offices, have the option to extend their training to one year. On completion of the training, scientists return to their country offices, transferring knowledge and skills among their colleagues, and supporting new developments in their institutions.

In this episode, Khambai Saypaseuth from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) in Lao PDR provides his opinion about the training on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP).

For more information: rimes.int/training-secondment.

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