Hydro-Meteorological & Oceanographic Coordination with Thailand
The NWS administers a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NOAA and the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs for coordination of activities in oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, and end-to-end warning systems. This MoU was signed in October 2006 in Washington, DC, by NOAA Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, William J. Brennan, and then signed on behalf of the Thailand National Disaster Warning Center in November 2006 by Director-General Piamsak Milintachinda, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' International Development Cooperation Agency. The broad objective of this cooperation is to facilitate exchange of scientific resources, personnel, and technical knowledge for mutual benefit, to support development of meteorological and hydrological services for both countries. Specifically, this cooperation supports efforts to improve tsunami early warning systems and enhance the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GOESS).
Key program areas include the following:
Activities that support the improvement in capability to develop and sustain tsunami detection systems, analysis and early warning meteorological, hydrological, oceanographic and related capabilities that will assist in effective warnings and disaster mitigation;
Activities that support the improvement of hydrological forecasts and services such as flood forecasting and warning systems development;
Studies and activities that support operational data collection, data sharing, compilation and processing;
Studies and activities that support oceanographic, meteorological, hydrological and climate research;
Activities that allow the collaborative and mutual exchange of scientific and technical expertise for the enhancement of mutual project objectives;
Activities that support one or more international objectives as identified in international fora in which the Government of the United States, the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, and cooperating entities participate.