The International Workshop on Monsoons (IWM) is a major quadrennial symposia/workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The latest in the series, the Sixth International Workshop on Monsoons (IWM-6), was held in Singapore in November 2017 The seventh workshop (IWM-7) will be jointly organized in India by the India Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and the WWRP Working Group on Tropical Meteorology Research (WGTMR), in cooperation with the CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoon Panel of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
The training workshop will be focused on the subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction of monsoons and will offer short courses to NMHS forecasters. Specific topics will include:
- S2S predictability sources.
- Access to the S2S database and tools
- Model validation and forecast verification
- Calibration and ensemble techniques.
A pre-workshop orientation course will be offered before the main training workshop to introduce and facilitate the data and tools to be compiled by the trainees in advance and to familiarize the trainees with the workshop procedures including the practical sessions.
WMO World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 193 Member States and Territories.It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.
The World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) is the WMO international programme for advancing and promoting research activities on weather, its prediction and its impact on society. The Improvements in science and operational predictions are driven by international cooperation, and in turn, international cooperation in weather science is a unique opportunity to drive sustainable development.
Through international science coordination and partnerships WCRP contributes to advancing our understanding of the multi-scale dynamic interactions between natural and social systems that affect climate. WCRP engages productively through these partnerships to inform the development of policies and services and to promote science education. Most critically, WCRP-supported research provides the climate science that underpins the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Subseasonal-to-Seasonal prediction project (S2S) started in 2013 as a collaborative structure set up by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) to address the challenges of predictions on the sub-seasonal to seasonal time-scale. The project brings together the weather and climate research communities to leverage their expertise for improving predictions on the timescales of particular relevance to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) under Govt of India is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards; to explore and harness marine living and non-living resources in a sustainable way and to explore the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Himalayas). It has 2 subordinate offices, 3 attached offices and 5 autonomous institutes working under it to fulfil these mandates.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) is the National Meteorological Service of the country and the principal government agency in all matters relating to meteorology and allied subjects. IMD was established in 1875.
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The  International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO), hosted by IITM, is India's contribution to WMO's monsoon research coordination activities under WWRP and WCRP. IMPO functions as a global hub of monsoon research coordination, covering all monsoon regions of the world and spanning weather to climate change time scales.