PETALING JAYA, 7 April 2015 – The WMO GURME (World Meteorological Organization’s Global Atmosphere Watch Urban Research Meteorology and Environment) Regional Workshop in South East Asia was officiated today by YB. Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. GURME is a project established as a means to help enhance the capabilities of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to handle meteorological and related aspects of urban pollution.
The goals of GURME are to enhance the capabilities of NMHSs in providing urban-environmental forecasting and in providing air quality services of high quality, illustrating the linkages between meteorology and air quality. GURME is also in collaboration with other WMO programmes, WHO and environmental agencies, to better define meteorological and air quality measurements focusing specifically on those that support urban forecasting. In addition, GURME also provides NMHSs with easy access to information on measurement and modeling techniques and also promoting a series of pilot projects to demonstrate how NMHSs can successfully expand their activities into urban environment issues, showcasing new technologies at appropriate conferences and develop illustrative example.
“The objective of this workshop is to educate the participants from ASEAN countries about the roles of meteorology in the formation, transportation and distribution of air pollutants in the atmosphere in urban areas”, said YB Datuk Ewon Ebin.
The workshop also provided a platform for experience and knowledge sharing among participants and resource persons in air quality forecasting in urban areas and identifying suitable system that can be used and also enhance the air quality forecasting operation within the country and increase international collaboration in air quality research activities.
The GURME workshop was attended by participants from Southeast Asia country: Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand apart from the local delegates.
Concurrently MetMalaysia have also signed an MOU with Universiti Malaya that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two parties. The focus is to attain the WMO-GAW Contributor status for the university’s Institute of Ocean and Earth Science Station (IOES) in Bachok, Kelantan. The Bachok IOES station is currently capable to make all the aerosols, ozone, reactive and greenhouse gases measurements as per monitoring requirements.
Also present at the ceremony were YBhg. Dr Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim, Deputy Secretary General (Science of MOSTI), Professor Gregory Carmichael Chair WMO GAW Science Steering Committee, Professor Alexander Baklanov WMO representative, Professor Dr. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) University Malaya, Director General of the Agency under MOSTI,and many others are also present at the ceremony.