On 27-30 September 2021, ICIWaRM Co-Organized a Training Workshop on “Satellite Precipitation Estimation and Applications for Scientists and Government Officials in Central Asia.” The purpose was to train water professionals from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in the use of real-time (e.g., for floods & droughts, water supply) and historical (e.g., for climate change adaptation) satellite-based precipitation products to foster regional water security.
The training was virtual, via Zoom, and was organized by
- The UNESCO regional office in Almaty, Kazakhstan and UNESCO IHP and its G-WADI major initiative,
- The Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS), UC-Irvine,
- The UNESCO Chair in Water Management, German-Kazakh University, Almaty, and ICIWaRM.
The engagement of CHRS was funded by the U.S. State Department SCORES program.
About 60 Central Asian scientists and engineers participated, and about 40 finished their final presentations and received certificates. The training was bilingual, with English < — > Russian translation of all presentation slides, plus simultaneous interpretation. Follow-up activities are being planned.