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British Climate Science Specialists visited El Salvador

British Climate Science Specialists from the Met Office Hadley Centre of the United Kingdom are in El Salvador.

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Press Conference Hadley Centre
Press Conference Hadley Centre

San Salvador 26th, February 2014.

Three high level scientist from the British Meteorological Government Agency (Hadley Center) – a world wide renowned weather institute – are visiting the country, supported by the British Embassy in San Salvador, all this to back up the improvement of weather services given by all the government entities from El Salvador and Central America.

The visit of Carlo Buontempo, Manager of Climate Development Services ; Simon Stanley, Weather Scientific Applications Expert and Anton Muscat, Operations Manager of the Threats Center of the Meteorological Government Agency; will allow that the Ministry of Enviroment and Natural Resources (MARN) through the Enviromental Observatory maximizes the quality of scientific weather information produced, and above that, that the information help all the institutions affected by the weather.

In the last years all the countries of the region have put on all their effor to be have the best technology to monitor the weather, as for El Salvador all this information is the input for the scientific base for the institutions that make the Civil Protection System, nevertheless, with this international assistance they intend to build a multi-information threats mechanism that integrates accurate information to reduce losses and damage caused by natural phenomena.

One of the main objectives is to evaluate the early warning systems, also, identify requirements for the key sectors, identify the role of all the personal involved in the early warning systems, define an strategy and a comunications plan, develope the analisys of risks in spefecific sectors and create a multi-hazard bulletin.

To have everything settle, scientis had a meeting with all the main representatives from Ministry of Public Work, National Civil Protection Direction, National Energy Council, Lempa River Hidroelectric Executive Commission and Energy Distributors Company and this day they’re having a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

The next few days the Hadley Center Experts will be sharing their experiences with the representatives of the Central America Integration System (SICA), All this with the main objective of promoting a regional approach for the climate risk management and replicate all the experience gained in El Salvador and share it with the other nations.

The technical support is one of the main commitments arranged in the first visit to MARN’s Enviromental Observatory the past March 2012, wich was settled by the Minister of State at Foreing & Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire last November 2012.

What is the Met Office Hadley Centre?

The Met Office Hadley Centre is one of the most important UK climate research centres and aims to: understand the physical, chemical and biological processes of the climate system and the development of computer models of the climate.

The Met Office Hadley Centre monitors the variability of global and national climate. Work with computer models to simulate the differences between the global and regional climate, the changes observed in the last 100 years and the prediction of short and long term.

Published 27 February 2014