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JTWC Hosts Tropical Cyclone Conference 2022
by Jonathan B. Holloway, Deputy PAO, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
28 April 2022
Naval Oceanography’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) hosted the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) Tropical Cyclone Conference 2022 (TCC-22), a three-day event, for civilian and military meteorologists and forecasters, held at the East-West Center, Apr. 26-28.
The conference facilitated sharing of scientific ideas, techniques and new technology—conference attendees were also able to learn about JTWC’s operational and, research and development (R&D) priorities.
“‘Seize-the-Initiative’ describes INDOPACOM's approach to accomplish its mission,” said Admiral John C. Aquilino Commander, INDOPACOM.
As a networking forum, TCC-22 leveraged collective knowledge and partnerships of innovators, researchers, scholars and DoD-users to enhance the current state of tropical cyclone forecasting and communicating risks and impacts.
“This approach requires the joint force to
think, act, and operate differently
… it requires us to employ existing and emerging capabilities on a global scale specifically tailored to meet the requirements for preserving access to the global commons while countering threats from state and non -state actors,” said Aquilino.
TCC-22 offered an opportunity for broad scientific exchange, with international partners and agencies in attendance, as follows:
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherché pour l ‘Exploitation de la Mer, France)
Taiwan Tamkang University
UKMET Office (United Kingdom)
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
INDOPACOM’s mission priorities are to: (1) defend the homeland, (2) deter adversaries, and (3) strengthen allies and partners; while JTWC is the DoD-authority responsible for issuing tropical cyclone warnings for the pacific and Indian Oceans.
The conference was held virtual and in-person, helping maximize participation and mitigating risks by accommodating over 50 presentations over a three-day period.
JTWC is a joint United States Navy–United States Air Force command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The center is responsible for issuing tropical cyclone warnings in the North-West Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, and Indian Ocean for all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies.
JTWC’s warnings are primarily intended for protection of military ships, aircraft and installations jointly operating with partners and allies around the world.
U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs and oversees more than 2,500 globally-distributed military and civilian personnel who collect, process and exploit environmental information to assist Fleet and Joint Commanders in all warfare areas to make better decisions, based on assured environmental information, faster than the adversary.
For more information about Naval Oceanography’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, contact cnmoc_stns_paoweb@.navy.mil or 228-688-4147.
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