Involvement of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in AIRBM - An interview with Dr. Lai Lai Aung

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Meeting for Task 1 under Phase 1, Component 2, AIRBM project at Conference hall on 16 August 2017

The Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) project has started in September 2015, with aid from World Bank ($100 million). It supports Myanmar to develop the institutions and tools for water resource management and implementation of integrated river basin management in the Ayeyarwady Basin. The program includes three components:

1. Water Resource Management Institutions, Decision Support Systems and Capacity Building

2. Hydro-meteorological Observation and Information Systems Modernization

3. Navigation Enhancement on the Ayeyarwady River

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) is involved in component 2. That part of the program is focused on improvement of the meteorological and hydrological equipment to get better hydrological information. In another words, it is to raise the capacity of information and services for disaster reduction, water transport, water resources management, agriculture and other areas.

We interviewed Dr. Lai Lai Aung, deputy director of department of meteorology and hydrology and director of component 2. She was happy to share with us more about the challenges and the different stakeholders involved in the AIRBM program. 

AIRBM Component 2

The first workshop was held on 27th June 2017. With the support of NIRAS consultant firm, issues related to the weather forecasting process, challenges for system integration and modernization, requirements for input in Phase I, and future investment in Phase II implementation were implemented. 

There are challenges when it comes to deal with organizing the component unit. "Since knowledge limitation was one of the big issues in Myanmar, we need to hire international consultants like NIRAS", she said. "And paperwork that we implied last decades ago should be digitalized completely. In order to do that, the person in charge should be precise and delicate concentration and have enough experience with climate data to analyze whether it is wrong or not during the process. That's why we need more training and capacity building to deal with it".

After this project, weather prediction accuracy and forecasting will be more satisfactory. As service delivery routine would be more reliable and convenient, managing several data could be fully controlled.
Component 2 Organizational Structure

Myanmar Climate Data Portal

A big result of the program so far is the development of Myanmar Climate Data Portal, funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). The tool provides climate data online by using the web portal for accessing observed meteorological data and future climate scenarios developed for the country. Business partners, government, non-governmental and intergovernmental organization can attain climate data such as temperature, rainfall, wind direction and wind speed by registering on the website. You can find out the Myanmar Climate Data Portal via this link. 

Myanmar Climate Data Portal

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