Modernization of Pakistan Meteorological Department Hydrologic Forecast Capacity

Location: Pakistan
Sponsors: World Meteorological Organization
Collaborators: World Meteorological Organization, U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Pakistan Meteorological Organization

HRC supported the World Meteorological Organization Fact-Finding and Needs-Assessment Expert Mission to Pakistan in November 2010 after the devastating floods of July and August 2010.  The purpose of the mission was to assess the current capability of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), specifically, to evaluate the technical details of Pakistan floods in July-August 2010; damage to the hydrometeorological infrastructure; capability of PMD flood monitoring and warning services; responses by stakeholders; and, community-level dissemination and public awareness, in order to assist in the development of a proposal for the enhancement of the PMD meteorological and hydrological services to implement effective flood early warning systems.  HRC activities included evluation of hydrologic and meteorological modeling, end-to-end early warning operations, and capacity building.