Training workshop on Satellite precipitation estimation for scientists and government officials in Central Asia successfully completed

12 October 2021

On September 27-30, a training seminar on "Satellite precipitation assessment and applications for scientists and government officials in Central Asia" supported by UNESCO. This seminar, held in online mode, brought together about 50 representatives of scientific circles from five Central Asian countries. The meeting was organized by UNESCO office in Almaty, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), Division of Water Sciences International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California (Irvine) and German-Kazakh University.

During the three-day seminar, professors from the University of California introduced the participants to the system of the PERSIANN algorithm (The Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks) and their capabilities in climate risk management, also taught skills and methods of their use for monitoring and analysis. The seminar included eight lectures and three laboratory sessions developing the technical potential of students in assessing precipitation in various regions and strengthening knowledge about remote sensing technologies.

As a result of the seminar, the participants learned how to use the PERSIAN algorithm system, including the iRain system, for climate risk management. The participants also exchanged experiences and strengthened cooperation between Central Asian countries in the field of weather and climate monitoring. As a result, on the last day, the participants presented their works and more than 40 participants received certificates from the organizers.

This kind of workshops are valuable, because many researchers don't know about such open source data. Moreover, when the developers of such platforms introduce and explain how to use them, it's even more beneficial.

Nurlan Ongdas, participant from Kazakhstan

Capacity-building at the regional level is fundamental to the sustainable development and social stability of the regions. This knowledge and experience will be useful to a wide range of technical specialists and decision makers in the field of water resources management in the future.

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