At the height of typhoon season, Guam this week is welcoming members of the World Meteorological Organization for their 14th annual meeting of the Typhoon Committee.
The event is being sponsored by the National Weather Service office in Tiyan.
It has brought climate scientists and meteorologists from more than a dozen Asian nations to the Outrigger Resort in Tumon for the 4-day conference.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero spoke at the opening of the conference this morning.
“It is indeed a great honor to have you here in Guam to discuss advances in technology, advances in science, meteorology, hydrology, so that we can minimize the risk, the great changes that we are seeing in as a result of climate change,” the governor said.
Chip Guard, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, said there are about a dozen different countries represented in the conference and some of them have tropical cyclone programs.
“Some of them have very advanced programs and some of them don’t have such advanced programs. The overall goal is to reduce the risks so that we can save lives and protect property. And in the long run to increase the economic capabilities of all the countries that are involved here in the western Pacific,” Guard said.
The theme for the conference this year is “The Smart Service for Typhoon related Disaster Risk Reduction”. The conference wraps up on Thursday.