In the past twenty years, weather radar has changed dramatically the way of rainfall observation and estimation around the world. Today, radar has an important role in flood forecasting, flood mitigation & management and water resources management in various regions. Although there have been remarkable technological advances in rainfall estimation and flood forecasting using radar, lots of challenges are still remaining to realize the full potential of weather radar.
We, Korea, also has had great efforts to build a flood forecasting and warning framework using weather radar in order to establish more effective national flood control measures in close cooperation by the Korean governments; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), Korea Meteorology Agency (KMA) and professional research institutes such as Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT). It can be said that radar infrastructure and relevant technologies in Korea have reached the global level. In addition, a number of R&D projects and researches in weather radar are in progress and will be further enlarged in Korea.
In this regard, it is a great honor to host and organize the International Symposium on Weather Radar and Hydrology (WRaH2017) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. I expect the WRaH2017 will see a lot of discussions and advanced technologies in improving weather radar and hydrological issues, and it will provide all participants, Korea as well, an opportunity to become a globally-influential leader in a field of weather radar and hydrology.
Through the WRaH2017 in Seoul, it is hoped to effectively share interesting research outcomes and practical experiences regarding weather radar and hydrology & water resources in the world. At the same time, I look forward to enhancing the framework of international cooperation for future researches and projects among the global experts.