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This joint workshop served as an excellent means of initiating international cooperation with a country which has many of the same technical concerns as our own. For example, Korea has available reflectivity data from the operation of several Doppler radars which cover the South Korean peninsula, a network comparable in density coverage to that in the US. Two additional radars which provide wind velocity data have also been installed in Korea by the US Air Force. Also, the Korean Meteorological Administration maintains a high density network of automatic surface observation stations which is very similar to the Mesonet, supported by the Oklahoma Climate Survey.
The fact that both countries have similar research concerns first came to light during the visit of two CAPS scientists to several Korean research centers in the spring of 1995. Soon afterwards, the idea of a joint workshop was proposed and mutually supported in both countries. CAPS participated as the main organizer of the event and communicated often with Prof. Dong-Kyou Lee of Seoul national University, who served as the main Korean liaison. Together, a workshop agenda was orchestrated which considered the interests of all participants. The topics of the various sessions included the facilities and observation systems available in both countries, technology for data collection and analysis, data assimilation and Doppler data retrieval techniques, numerical weather prediction including the discussion of specific simulation studies, sensitivity studies, model validation, and mesoscale analysis and forecasting decision tools. The workshop also featured a tour of the WSR-88D Operation Support Facility and the local Forecast Office of the National Weather Surface.
The expressed consensus of all delegates was that the workshop was quite worthwhile. Overall, it gave a good picture of the kind of research currently underway in both countries and thus allowed for a platform from which to begin structuring specific collaborative efforts. Consequently, during the plenary session of the last day there was considerable support for continued cooperation, and it was thus decided that another workshop would be very beneficial. This second joint meeting is tentatively set for Seoul in August of 1997.
KMA Korea Meteorological Administration K-JIST Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology KNU Kyungpook National University NFUP National Fisheries University of Pusan (now Pukyung University) SNU Seoul National University YU Yonsei University
AWS US Air Weather Service, Korea CAPS Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms CCG Center for Computational Geosciences CIMMS Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies FSU Florida State University NSSL National Severe Storms Laboratory NWSFO National Weather Service Forecast Office OCS Oklahoma Climatological Survey OSF WSR-88D Operational Support Facility OU University of Oklahoma SPC Storm Prediction Center WITI Weather Information Technologies, Inc.
|Collaborators at the US-Korean Workshop. First row: Mr. Chun-Woo Lee (KMA), Prof. Kyung-Eak Kim (KNU), Mr. Bruce Donaldson (WITI), Prof. Hye-Yeong Chun (YU). Second Row: Prof. Tae-Young Lee (YU), Prof. Gyu-Ho Lim (SNU), Prof. Dong-Kyou Lee (SNU), Dr. Seon Ki Park (CAPS). Third Row: Dr. Kyung-Sup Shin (KMA), Dr. Alan Shapiro (CAPS), Dr. David Jahn (CAPS), Dr. Jae-Ho Oh (KMA). Fourth Row: Prof. Hi-Ryong Byun (NFUP), Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier (CAPS), Mr. Hee-Sang Lee (FSU), Prof. Jong-Jin Bai (K-JIST). In back: Capt. David Martens (AWS).|