Visitors and Delegations
Listing of All Events - Newest to Oldest
April 2005 - Peoples Republic of China
A 26 member Chinese delegation coming under the auspices of the China Meteorological Administration and China Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges will meet with the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other related agencies and associations to share their expertise in regards to the Federal role in the emergency response disasters. The purpose of their visit is to learn about National Weather Service approaches with respect to emergency response to natural disasters in the U.S.
April 2005 - Russia
A delegation from the Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia (RosHydromet) will visit the following NOAA facilities: National Weather Service - Silver Spring, MD; National Centers for Environmental Predication - Camp Springs, MD; Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center and Weather Forecast Office - State College, PA; and, the National Climatic Data Center - Asheville, NC. The delegation will also visit Meteorological Service of Canada.
March 2005 - Tunisia
NWS will participate in a five day workshop in Tunis with the National Meteorological Institute (INM) of Tunisia. The workshop will be funded by the U.S. State Department. The objective of the workshop is for the NWS to present an overview of its operations including organization, observation systems, and weather and climate forecasting techniques. The INM hopes to use the workshop to define what is needed to modernize its weather services.
March 2005 - India
A fifteen member Indian delegation will visit the NWS as part of the NOAA support to the USAID Disaster Management Support Project. The objective of these consultative meetings will be to finalize the training plan under the Climate Forecast System (CFS) component of the project and to develop a calendar of activities for 2005. During this visit the Indian scientists will visit NOAA facilities in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida, and Oklahoma and will interact with NOAA scientists involved in the CFS.
December 2004 - Romania
Mr. Stadiu Florin, Vice Minister of the Romanian Ministry of Water and the Environment lead a delegation visiting the National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. The delegation was welcomed by David L. Johnson, Director of the National Weather Service. The delegation was provided with a briefing on the organization of NWS, use of hydrologic forecasts and hydrometeorological data in water management, mitigation of flood and drought disasters, and the National Weather Service support to the DEStructive WATers (DESWAT) program in Romania.
December 2004 - Peoples Republic of China
A six member delegation from the Yangtze River Basin Commission visited the National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD in mid-December. The objectives of the delegation were to discuss hydrometeorological data collection and weather and flood forecasting and warnings. Of special interest were discussions regarding the U.S. responsibilities and procedures for warning development and dissemination.
November 2004 - Peoples Republic of China
An 11 member delegation from China's Ministry of Water Resources will visit NWS as part of a Yangtze River Flood Control an Management Project (YRFCMP). The visit to NWS is part of two week tour during which the delegation will have visiting several NOAA facilities throughout the United States.
The principal objectives of this study tour are to examine hydro-meteorological data collection, flood forecasting, modeling and data retrieval systems; provide exposure and explanations as to the logic behind their flood control decision support systems; and study the interrelationships between, and scope of activities of, various levels of governments in the United States. These objectives are important to Yangtze River basin flood management and the overall success of the YRFCMP (Yangtze River Flood Control and Management Project) as issues relating to forecasting, management and flood control of large river basins are similar to those in the United States. Comparisons of parameters used by forecasters and flood control decision makers in the US and exposure to other ideas will broaden the scope and usefulness of the DSS (Decision Support System) being developed for the Yangtze basin.
November 2004 - Taiwan
Mr. Liu of the Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) will visit the Aviation Weather Center (AWC), Kansas City, MO. The visit is part of Taiwan's development of an aviation weather system modernization program. CAA would also like to explore of the possibly of developing a cooperative training program with NWS. Jack May of AWC will provide Mr. Liu with and tour and overview of AWC.
November 2004 - Peoples Republic of China
A eight-member delegation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) visited the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Camp Spring, Maryland where they were given a briefing on NCEP's operations followed by a tour of the various forecasting stations.
The NCEP visit was followed by a visit to the National Weather Service (NWS) where William Bolhofer provided the CAAC with a briefing on the overall structure of NWS; Kevin Johnston followed with a briefing on NOAA's Aviation Services and Kevin Browne concluded with a presentation outlining FAA's relationship with NWS.
CAAC visited the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Sterling, Virginia where Jim Lee started the tour with a twenty slide PowerPoint overview briefing followed by a tour of the operations deck, where AWIPS and NOAA Weather Radio were demonstrated.
The CAAC study tour to the United States concluded with a visit to the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) Kansas City, Missouri where Fred Johnson and Clinton Wallace provided them with an overview and tour of Aviation Weather Center Operations.
November 2004 - Korea
A 12-member delegation from the Korea Meteorological Administration
(KMA) visited NWS facilities for a two-week period in mid-November as part of their "Training on Typhoon Policy and Technology for National Prevention and Mitigation Services" program.
This was a fact-finding information-gathering delegation. KMA embarked on establishing a typhoon center similar to TPC, but limited in scope to the Korean peninsula and adjoining waters. The Government of Korea wants to provide more timely and tailored Tropical Cyclone (TC) forecasts than currently available from the Tokyo RSMC. It would be a seamless top-to-bottom approach from a national disaster mitigation response system down to providing specific information at the local level.
Some specific TC interests of the group include: How does our national disaster response system work; how is our emergency response manager network organized; how does the NWS integrate TPC forecasts into our national network of forecasts; when is the TPC no longer responsible for a TC forecast and how do we integrate satellite data into our TC forecasts. Scott Kiser answered some basic policy questions from the HQs perspective and William Bolhofer provided the delegation with a general overview of the National Weather Service.
KMA also went on to visit Weather Forecast Office in Sterling, VA where Jim Lee started the tour with a twenty slide PowerPoint overview briefing. After this, the tour went out to the operations deck, where AWIPS and NOAA Weather Radio were demonstrated.
The tour concluded in Miami, FL where they visited the Tropical Prediction Center (TCP) and Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC)
October 2004 - Poland - Study Tour
Study/Training tour of the US National Weather Service and Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW) of Poland. Hydrologic Forecasting in the US Visits to the River Forecast Center (RFC) and Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Pennsylvania. Slide Show
October 2004 - Korea
A 15- member delegation from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMS) visited NWS. The purpose of their visit was to have a general overview of polices related to oceanic weather observation and sea level observation in the prevention of damage from tidal waves. Robert Masters, Chief of NWS IA and Albert Mongeon, Program Analyst for NWS-Homeland Security Activity, outlined the relationship between NOAA and FEMA. The Korean delegation went on to meet with FEMA officials.
September 2004 - Romania
At the invitation of the Government of Romania, General David L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Weather Services and Curtis Barrett, Project Manager with NWS International Activities attended the 120th Anniversary celebration of the Romania Weather Service on Monday September 20th. General Johnson provided remarks on behalf of the NWS at the ceremony and presented the Director of the Meteorological Forecast Services with a satellite picture of flooding taken after the 2002 Floods. The following day General Johnson signed a Memorandum of Understanding between NOAA NWS and the Ministry of Water and Environment. Romania has decided to implement the National Weather Service River Forecast System as part of a $45M project, DESWAT (DEStructive WATers) to modernize hydrologic services for the country. NWS will provide training, technical consulting and technology to the Ministry. Lockheed Martin and Barons Services Inc. will implement the NWS hydrologic forecast system.
September 2004 - Slovakia
General David L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Weather Services visited the Slovakia Hydrological Meteorological Institute (SHMU) in Bratislava, Slovakia. On Wednesday September 23rd, General Johnson was provided a tour and overview of SHMU facilities including the new radar unit. In the afternoon, he provided a two-hour presentation on NWS Meteorological and Hydrological Services at a seminar for Ministry hydrologists and meteorologists. On Thursday General Johnson visited a meteorological observation tower located at one of Slovakia's nuclear power plants. One of the highlights of this visit was climbing to the top of the 600 foot tower via a small elevator.
Officials at the Institute indicated a strong desire to cooperate with the NWS on both hydrologic and meteorological activities. NWS and SHMU agreed NWS will provide training in NOWCAST technology, heavy precipitation forecasting and the establishment of a prototype flood forecasting system in the Hron River Basin. These activities will begin in FY05.
August 2004 - India - Ministry of Home Affairs
A delegation from India visited the NWS headquarters as part of a study tour on disaster management in the United States. They were briefed by Curt Barrett, NWS Project Manager and Bob Jubach, USAID India project manager.
July 2004 - Peoples Republic of China
Bilateral Meeting held at the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), Beijing, China July 14-16 2004
This was the Fourteenth Session of the Joint Working Group.
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July 2004 - Republic of VietNam - S and T Group
A delegation from Viet Nam visited NOAA on a Science and Technology Study Tour under the Department of State's International Visitors Program. The 11-member delegation spoke with NOAA officials from NWS, NMFS and NOS about the interdisciplinary nature of research programs in the U.S., the interaction between U.S. government agencies and the scientific community, interagency coordination in weather forecasting, and issues relating to coastal zones, urbanization, and data collection and analysis.
July 2004 - India - Ministry of Home Affairs
High ranking members of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs met with William Brennan and John Jones to discuss the USAID/Delhi Disaster Management Support Project (DMSP). These individuals also visited the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and where they were briefed by Jim Travers, Meteorologist in Charge. They went on to visit other agencies including FEMA, USGS and USDA.
April 2004 - Australia - National Meteorological Service
David Thomas, Chief, Data Management, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, (BOM) visited NWS to familiarize himself with offices involved in Data Management. Mr. Thomas also visited NCEP's Central Operations, Environmental Modeling Center and the VACC.
April 2004 - Japan - Japan Meteorological Agency
NWS/IA along with the FAA hosted three members of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The Japanese were briefed on NWS and FAA. They went on to visit the Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center in Herndon, VA and the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, KS.
February 2004 - Republic of VietNam
Bilateral Meeting held at the Department of Commerce in Washington DC Feb. 9 - 13 2004
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January 2004 - Korea
Three representatives from the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) visited NCEP and the Sterling Weather Forecasting Office (WFO) in Washington, DC on their way to the AMS conference in Seattle.
January 2004 - International Session and AMS annual conference
NWS hosted an international day focusing on Global Disaster Mitigation and Response. The purpose of the session was to address lessons learned by organizations involved in disaster mitigation and response. IA provided financial assistance to NMHS representatives from developing countries and will be organized all travel logistics for them.
October 2003 - Republic of VietNam
A two week study tour of NWS facilities in Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO; Norman, OK; and Denver, CO is planned for a Vietnamese delegation. The tour will focus on overviews of NOAA and NWS and new technologies in weather forecasting. This study tour is under the Vietnam-U.S. bilateral agreement.
October 2003 - Peoples Republic of China
The NWS will host a Provincial delegation visit of 18 engineers, researchers, and others from the Zhejiang Province in China. The visit is being organized by Morning Bridge International Inc. The group will be visiting NWS headquarters for 1.5 days. The delegation will also spend 1.5 days visiting the Weather Forecast Office in Los Angeles. They are also interested in the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, Hydrologic Information Center and Hydrology Laboratory.
October 2003 - Republic of Korea
The U.S. delegation led by Mr. Jeffery LaDouce will participate in official bilateral talks which will be hosted by Korea in Seoul.
October 2003 - World Meteorological Organization
NWS and the World Meteorological Organization will be hosting a hydrologic forecasting course and NWSRFS workshop at the training center in Kansas City, MO. Seventeen representatives from National Meteorological Services from around the world have been selected and invited to participate. NWS will be sponsoring the trainee's travel and tuition expenses.
September 2003 - Mexico
NWS and NESDIS will host a representative from the Mexican meteorological service for a month long hands-on training session on satellite rainfall precipitation estimation. This training is funded in full by the NWS Mexico PROMMA project.
September 2003 - Republic of VietNam
NWS will host two visiting scientists from the Vietnamese hydrometeorological service for a four-month long training course on NWSRFS software and operations at the Southeast River Forecast Center in Peachtree City, Georgia. This study tour is through the Vietnam-U.S. bilateral agreement.
September 2003 - Peoples Republic of China
A ten day study tour for a Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA) delegation includes visiting NOAA facilities around the country to understand the operational structure of the organization. Visits are planned to NESDIS, NCEP, NWS HQ, the Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, and Boulder facilities (e.g., NCAR, FSL, and Space Environment Center). NWS will host and escort this group to all NOAA facilities around the country. This study tour is through the China-U.S. bilateral agreement.
August 2003 - World Meteorological Organization
NWS hosted the incoming World Meteorological Organization Secretary General Michel Jarraud of France in Washington, D.C. His visit to NWS headquarters coincides with the Earth Observation Summit that was held on July 31. Sec. Gen. Jarraud visited NWS headquarters, NCEP, USGS and the WFO in Sterling, VA.
August 2003 - Canada
Peter Ewins of the United Kingdom Meteorological Office and Pierre Dubreuil of the Canadian Meteorological Office will be guest speakers at the NWS Corporate Board Meeting. IAO is sponsoring the visit.
August 2003 - Peoples Republic of China
A fourteen member delegation from the Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA) will be traveling to various NWS/OAR facilities around the U.S. as part of the Cooperative Agreement in the field of Atmospheric Science and Technology between CMA and NOAA. They will be visiting OAR headquarters, NWS, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL), Forecast System Lab (FSL), National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL), Air Resources Lab (ARL), Aeronomy Lab (AL), Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Lab (CDML) and traveling to DC, Miami, Oklahoma City and Denver.
August 2003 - United Kingdom
Pierre Dubreuil of the Canadian Meteorological Office and Peter Ewins of the United Kingdom Meteorological Office will be guest speakers at the NWS Corporate Board Meeting. IAO is sponsoring the visit.
July 2003 - Republic of Korea
NWS hosted a delegation of three South Koreans from the Korean Meteorological Agency and three representatives from the Enterprise Electronics Corporation. The delegation was interested in NWS radar technology and software and visited the NEXRAD radar in Birmingham, Alabama.
February 2003 - International Session and AMS annual conference
NWS hosted an international day focusing on "Emerging Issues & New Technologies Impacting National Meteorological & Hydrologic Services" at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society. IAO provided financial assistance to NMHS representatives from developing countries.
February 2003 - Republic of Korea
NWS hosted a delegation of three South Koreans from the Korean Meteorological Agency and three representatives from the Enterprise Electronics Corporation. The delegation was interested in NWS radar technology and visited the NEXRAD radar in Sterling, VA.
January 2003 - Peoples Republic of China
A delegation of 19 government officials and executives from the earthquake bureaus from more than six provinces in China visited NESDIS. They were interested in NESDIS' hazard support activities for earthquakes, focusing on observing, analyzing, assessing, responding and mitigating earthquake hazards.
January 2003 - Asia
As part of a NWS project implementing a snow melt and river forecasting system in Central Asia, IAO hosted a study tour for a delegation of specialists in hydrology from Central Asia. The project and study tour was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
December 2002 - Asia
A delegation of hydrology specialists from various countries in Asia (Peoples Republic of China, Bangladesh, India, and Kingdom of Cambodia) discussed technologies being used by various agencies for real-time flood forecasting and warning. The visit was sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and US Geological Survey (USGS) came to the U.S. for a week long training program held initially at the USGS EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD and then in DC at the USGS and NWS.
December 2002 - Taiwan
The supervisor of the Kaohsiung International Airport Weather Station, Taipei Aeronautical Meteorological Center, Taipei, Taiwan visited NWS to discuss new technologies and directions in aviation weather systems.
November 2002 - Republic of Korea
A delegation from the Bureau of Auditing and Inspection, the Ministry of Government Administration and Transportation discussed disaster prevention and mitigation as well as weather forecasting and warning systems at NWS HQ.
November 2002 - IMO Prize Award and Ceremony
47th IMO prize given to Joanne Simpson. Coordinated meetings and visits for World Meteorological Organization (WMO) leadership: President John Zillman and Secretary General G.O.P. Obasi with NASA, NWS, and National Academies of Engineering.
November 2002 - Peoples Republic of China
A delegation from the Ministry of Water Resources in Beijing and from provincial water resource departments in various provinces of China discussed flood control and management; flood monitoring, prediction and warning; and overall NWS operations at the NWS HQ.
October 2002 - Peoples Republic of China
A delegation from the Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA) visited NCEP and NWS HQ to discuss lightning safety and storm prediction. The delegation took part in a video conference with the Storm Prediction Center to discuss these topics.
October 2002 - Mexico
A Mexican delegation was hosted by IAO and NESDIS for one week of training on volcanic ash monitoring and forest fires.
September 2002 - Peoples Republic of China
A delegation from the Bureau of Meteorology of the Jiangxi Province visited NCEP and NWS HQ. The delegation was interested in disaster prevention and mitigation, forecasting and warning systems, overview of NWS operations, and technology used in forecasting (radar and computing systems).
September 2002 - Peoples Republic of China
A delegation from the Guangdong Province Meteorological Bureau visited the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma and to discuss severe weather operations. The SPC hosted the group in Oklahoma.