Bangladesh and South Korea have discussed future cooperation between the two countries to improve capacity of Bangladesh weather forecasting and climate monitoring.
South Korea had been offering technical assistance to improve Bangladesh capacity in the utilisation of satellites.
South Korea had been providing technical support to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department to enhance weather forecasting and climate monitoring, particularly addressing the risk associated with climate-related hazards effectively in the Bangladesh region.
South Korean ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun met director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department Shamsuddin Ahmed and senior secretary of the Ministry of Defence Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal on February 1 and 4 respectively, and discussed details on the current and future cooperation programmes between Bangladesh and Korea.
South Korea had initiated the project entitled ‘Support of the GEO-KOMPSAT-2A (GK-2A) Receiving and Analysis System in Bangladesh’ through the Korea Meteorological Administration to BMD.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2021, said the Korean embassy in Dhaka.
The incurred budget of support project is $2.5 million.
The satellite equipment is expected to be installed by the experts of Korea, and accordingly, the experts of Korea are expected to be dispatched to Bangladesh during the first half of this year.
Through this project, BMD will receive meteorological and environmental data and information collected by GK-2A Satellite, a Korea-owned geostationary meteorological satellite.
BMD will receive sufficient training to analyse satellite data and information utilising weather forecasting, climate monitoring as well as early warnings for meteorological disaster management.
The training programme in Korea for Bangladeshi officials and experts working in the area of weather forecasting will also be processed throughout the coming years.
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