Secondment Program

Since 2008, seconded scientists from RIMES Member and Collaborating States have been receiving training in earthquake monitoring, tsunami watch, numerical weather and climate prediction, and hydro-meteorological applications at the RIMES Regional Facility in Thailand.

The RIMES Secondment Program aims at building scientific and technical capacities of scientists, forecasters, and technical specialists from RIMES Member and Collaborating States. This capacity building process involves technology transfer, sharing of knowledge and experience, and on-the-job training.

Under the Secondment Program, Member and Collaborating States deputes scientists and other technical staff, by invitation, to the RIMES Regional Facility in Thailand, for an initial period of 6 months, where they train with RIMES in-house scientists and specialists. After 6 months, the secondees, with consent from their offices, have the option to extend their training to one year. On completion of the training, scientists return to their country offices, transferring knowledge and skills among their colleagues, and supporting new developments in their institutions.

Regarding Earthquake and Tsunami, training of seconded scientists involves:

  • monitoring of earthquakes using SeisComP and Antelope and evaluation of its tsunamigenic potential
  • understanding the basic functionalities of systems including SeisComP, Antelope, REDAS and Tide Tool
  • preparation of warning alerts/products including SMS, emails and bulletins
  • knowledge in the use and application of standard operating procedures
  • summarizing of activities undertaken during big events in a situation report
  • rendering of shift hours on a rotation basis as a Watch Stander
  • research on topics of their choice, such as development of ground motion prediction equations, seismic hazard assessment, tsunami modeling, and tsunami risk assessment.

In relation to Hydro-Meteorological research and development Support to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), training of seconded scientists involves:

  • understanding the dynamics of weather and climate over their respective countries and the neighboring region
  • understanding the concepts of numerical weather and climate prediction
  • acquiring the knowledge on generating weather forecast using numerical models
  • customization of numerical weather prediction models by a series of systematic numerical experiments
  • learn to analyze in depth, the forecast generated by the numerical weather prediction models, for applications in different sectors.

RIMES has received scientists from Thailand, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Earthquake and Tsunami
Name Organization
Myo Nan Da Aung Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar
Nguyen Ha Thanh Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam
 

Earthquake and Tsunami
Name Organization Start Date End Date
Kyaw Kyaw Lin Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 30-Oct-08 29-Sep-09
Somphavanh Sittiphong Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Lao PDR 20-Jul-09 19-Apr-10
Nurelius G. Baloran National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 01-Aug-09 01-Feb-10
Dinh Quoc Van Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 03-Aug-09 02-Jan-10
Ahmed Muslim Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS), Maldives 01-Nov-09 15-Jan-10
Von Allen Medina National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 15-Mar-10 14-Sep-10
Nguyen Tien Hung Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 01-Apr-10 30-Sep-10
Nguyen Xuan Dao Research Institute for the Management of Seas and Islands (RIMSI), Vietnam 01-Apr-10 31-Aug-10
Tun Lin Kyaw Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 01-Apr-10 30-Sep-10
Do Duy Toan Research Institute for the Management of Seas and Islands (RIMSI), Vietnam 15-Sep-10 14-Sep-11
Armando B. Amolo National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 07-Oct-10 08-Apr-11
Pham The Truyen Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 15-Oct-10 06-May-11
Boonphor Phetphouthongdy Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Lao PDR 03-May-11 02-May-12
Maylord M. De Chavez National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 15-May-11 20-Nov-11
Bui Thi Nhung Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 08-Jun-11 30 Nov.11
Nilmini Thaldena Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB), Sri Lanka 08-Jun-11 30 Nov.11
Ha Vinh Long Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 05-Sep-11 04-Jun-12
Yin Myo Min Htwe Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 01-Jan-12 10-Apr-13
Glenn G Jandayan National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 30-Jan-12 31-Jul-12
S.W. Seneviratne Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB), Sri Lanka 18-Apr-12 17-Jul-12
Nguyen Trung Tam Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 15-May-12 14-Nov-12
H.A.D.N. Sanjeewa Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB), Sri Lanka 01-Aug-12 31-Oct-12
Aaron Ching National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 17-Sep-12 16-Mar-13
Nguyen Than Duoc Research Institute for the Management of Seas and Islands (RIMSI), Vietnam 01-Oct-12 31 Sep 13
A.A.C. Priyantha Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB), Sri Lanka 17-Nov-12 14-Feb-13
Vi Van Vung Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 20-Nov-12 19-May-13
Pa Pa Tun Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 20-Apr-13 18-Apr-14
Mario Princer National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 15-May-13 15-Nov-13
Thameem Abdul Razzaq Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 12-Aug-13 11-Feb-14
Vu Ha Phuong Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 01-Sep-13 31-Mar-14
Jerry Nazal Lansangan National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 03-Feb-14 03-Aug-14
Phyo Maung Maung Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 21-Apr-14 20-Apr-15
Nguyen Thi Mai National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 01-Jun-14 31 Nov 14
Raymond A. Villapa National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 01-Nov-14 30-Apr-15
Tran An Nguyen Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 01-Dec-14 31-May-14
Oo Than Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 17-May-15 27-May-16
Vu Van Phong Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 15-Jun-15 14-Dec-15
Rexter J. Donaire National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 01-Nov-15 30-Apr-16
Nguyen Anh Duc Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 04-Jan-16 03-Jul-16
Aung Hein Htet Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 15-Jun-16 14-Jun-17
Nguyen Ta Num Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 01-Aug-16 31-Jan-17
Engr. Janer P. Sta. Ana National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 01-Aug-16 31-Jan-17
Nguyen Than Hai Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 01-Feb-17 31-Jul-17
Zaw Min Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanamar 01-Jul-17 30-Jun-18
Edyson P. Henson National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 01-Aug-17 31-Jan-18
Gary Vite Tonga Meteorological Service (TMS), Tonga 07-Aug-17 27-Oct-17
Vu Thi Hoan Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 15-Oct-17 19-May-18
Felix Balthasar Taranu Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory (PMGO), Papua New Guinea 17-Apr-17
26-Mar-18
05-May-17
28-Apr-18
Deslone Yaninen Lanbong Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory (PMGO), Papua New Guinea 26-Mar-18 28-Apr-18
Rodante Pagador National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Philippines 17-May-18 16-Nov-18
Le Than Nam Institute of Geophysics (IGP), Vietnam 15-Jul-18 14-Jan-18

Hydro-Meteorological Research and Development Support to NMHSs
Name Organization Start Date End Date
Sein Maw Oo Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanmar 30-Oct-08 30-Apr-10
Flaviana Pinto Fernandes National Directorate of Meteorology and Geophysics (NDMG), Timor Leste 20-Jul-09 22-Sep-09
S.M. Quamrul Hassan Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), Bangladesh 03-Feb-10 30-Jul-10
Shiva Prasad Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Nepal 15-Mar-11 13-May-11
Raju Dhar Pradhananga Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Nepal 15-Mar-11 13-May-11
Sangay Tashi Hydro-Meteorological Services Division (HMSD), Bhutan 16-Apr-11 01-May-11
Bounteum Sysouphanthavong Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Lao PDR 03-May-11 31-Jul-11
Sayphone Phommaya Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Lao PDR 03-May-11 31-Jul-11
Enkhbat Erdenebat Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (IMH), Mongolia 01-Sep-11 21-Mar-13
Chea Monyvycet Department of Meteorology (DoM), Cambodia 23-Sep-12 23-Nov-12
Yem Rithy Department of Meteorology (DoM), Cambodia 23-Sep-12 23-Nov-12
Edigio Da Costa Guterres National Directorate of Meteorology and Geophysics (NDMG), Timor Leste 16-Oct-12
20-Jul-09
15-Dec-12
22-Sep-09
Martinho Fatima National Disaster Operations Center (NDOC), Timor-Leste 16-Oct-12 15-Dec-12
Khambai Saypaseuth Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Lao PDR 01-Nov-12 31-Oct-13
Khaemeuy Chao Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Lao PDR 01-Nov-12 31-Oct-13
Tharet Papakang Royal Irrigation Department (RID), Thailand 04-Feb-13 15-Feb-13
Chatchai Oakassopha Royal Irrigation Department (RID), Thailand 04-Feb-13 15-Feb-13
Benchamas Phomma Royal Irrigation Department (RID), Thailand 04-Feb-13 15-Feb-13
Vanvisa Mama Royal Irrigation Department (RID), Thailand 04-Feb-13 15-Feb-13
Matharit Namsai Royal Irrigation Department (RID), Thailand 04-Feb-13 15-Feb-13
Tin Mar Htay (PhD) Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanmar 18-Feb-13 16-Aug-13
Kyaw Lwin Oo Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Myanmar 18-Feb-13 16-Aug-13