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The Observatory lends support to India's Commonwealth Games


Following the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2010 Shanghai World EXPO, the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) was invited again to render support to another important international event - the XIX Commonwealth Games, which was opened on 3 October 2010 in New Delhi, India.  Similar to the last two events, the Observatory's nowcasting system "SWIRLS" was deployed out of Hong Kong once again to support the very-short range rainfall forecast service in New Delhi.  The chief developer of the Indian version of "SWIRLS", Mr Kuldeep Srivastava of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said, "It is the first collaboration between IMD and HKO.  The technology transfer involved has turned out to be a big challenge as everything had to be supported remotely and carried out within a very tight schedule.  Fortunately, the experts from the Observatory were truly helpful throughout so that the whole process, including case study, system tuning and software installation, could be accomplished smoothly."  The bilateral effort also includes publication of a research paper at a related symposium of the Indian Meteorological Society held in May 2010.

 

SWIRLS nowcast product launched on the IMD web site (http://www.imd.gov.in), with Mr Kuldeep Srivastava photographed with the Indian version of SWIRLS display

SWIRLS nowcast product launched on the IMD web site (http://www.imd.gov.in), with
Mr Kuldeep Srivastava photographed with the Indian version of SWIRLS display.

A forecast rainfall map generated by IMD on 1 September 2010 using the Indian version of SWIRLS.  The white circle shows the location of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main stadium of the Commonwealth Games
A forecast rainfall map generated by IMD on 1 September 2010 using the Indian version of
SWIRLS.  The white circle shows the location of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main
stadium of the Commonwealth Games.


Last revision date: <21 Dec 2012>