The World Meteorological Organisation in August 2017 opened a new regional office in Singapore. The new office will play a key role in improving coordination on hazards ranging from floods to fires and in strengthening meteorological services for key economic sectors such as air and marine transport. The regional office is being hosted by the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) and will serve as the nerve centre for WMO’s programmes in the region.
In this interview, Ian Harper of Pressuredrop – the Business of Weather talks to WMO Regional Director for Asia and the South-West Pacific, Dr Park Chung Kyu, who will head the new office.
About Dr Park
Dr Park was appointed the Director, Regional Office for Asia & the South-West Pacific in 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Director-General of the Planning and Coordination Bureau, the Meteorological Industry & Information Technology Bureau, and the Climate Science Bureau of the Korea Meteorological Administration between 2009 and 2013. He served as the Director-General of the Metropolitan Air Quality Management Office at the Korean Ministry of Environment (2008 – 2009), and the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Center based in Korea between 2005 and 2008.