The NWS administers a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NOAA and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resource Management (MEWM) of Romania, for cooperation and coordination in the fields of meteorology and hydrology. This MoU was signed in September 2004 in Bucharest, Romania, by NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, and Romanian Vice Minister of Water and the Environment, Florin Stadiu. The broad objective of this cooperation is to allow the exchange of scientific resources, personnel, and technical knowledge on the basis of equality, reciprocity, and mutual benefit, which support the improvement or development of meteorological and hydrologic services for both countries. More information about initiating visits to the US and Romania can be found in this press release.
Hydrologists from the National Center for Hydrologic Forecast, Bucharest, receive training at the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) River Forecasting Center and Weather Forecasting Office in Minnesota, October 2005.
Key program areas include the following:
Activities that support the improvement of meteorological forecasts;
Activities that support the improvement of hydrological forecasts;
Activities that enhance the understanding of the role of the regional meteorology on hemispheric and global weather and climate change;
Studies that support data collection, data sharing, compilation and processing;
Studies that support meteorological, hydrological and climate research;
Activities that allow the collaborative and mutual exchange of scientific and technical talent for the enhancement of mutual project objectives;
Activities for the conduct of appropriate meetings, workshops and conferences for the mutual exchange of scientific and technical knowledge and ideas; and
Activities that support one or more international objectives as identified in international fora in which NWS and MEWM and cooperating entities participate.