Notes to Participants – Logistics Arrangement

Greetings from the LOC and welcome to Macao! The LOC wish you a pleasant stay here.  

Please find below the arrangement of the shuttle bus from the hotel to the meeting venue:

 Shuttle bus service is available from hotel to venue every morning.  The bus (with the name of the workshop shown on the front window) will be waiting in front of the hotel.  Our colleague will be waiting for you at the hotel lobby every morning and participants please assemble at the hotel lobby every morning according to the following schedules:


Pick-up Time

Meeting Venue

24th Oct (Thursday)


Macau Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal

(Name in Chinese: 舊區重整諮詢委員會)

Address: 澳門宋玉生廣場398號中航大廈5樓

25th Oct (Friday)


26th Oct (Saturday)


27th Oct (Sunday)


28th Oct (Monday)


The World Trade Center

(Name in Chinese: 世貿中心蓮花廳)

Address: 澳門友誼大馬路918號世界貿易中心

29th Oct (Tuesday)


30th Oct (Wednesday)


31st Oct (Thursday)


 1st Nov (Friday)


 (Need to be confirmed)


Remarks: Please be reminded to get on the bus on time.  In case you fail to get on the shuttle bus, you will need to go to the meeting venue yourself.  Besides, shuttle bus will be provided for getting back to the Hotel Royal after the meeting ends every day.


For urgent matters, please contact the LOC:

Mrs: Ran Lau (

Tel: +853 88986111; Mobile: + 853 66387613

Dear All:

The IWM-V Preliminary Program Summary [Draft] is ready. Please download the program from the “Download bottom” on the top Menu bar.

Ran Lau from the LOC

IWM-V Second Circular(23 July 2013) is ready

Dear All:

The IWM-V Second Circular is ready. The Circular consists of five parts: A. General Information; B. Registration Form; C. Macao Hotel Reservation Form; D. IWM-V Special Sessions on Promises and Challenges of Monsoon and Tropical Weather Analysis and Forecast; and E. Hong Kong Sessions Information and Hotel Reservation Forms.

Please download the complete Circular from  the “Download bottom” on the top Menu bar. Please use the Registration Form, the Macao Hotel Reservation Form, and the hotel forms for Hong Kong in the Second Circular. Advanced registration and hotel reservations are required. The deadline for advanced registration and Macao hotel reservation is September 14, 2013. The deadline for hotel reservation in Hong Kong is September 30, 2013.


Antonio Cheong




  1. The IWM program starts 28 October 2013 and completes on 1 November 2013. The first four days of the week will be held in Macao, and will include invited reviews and oral and poster papers on global and regional monsoons, high-impact weather including heavy rainfall and tropical cyclones, intraseasonal variations and predictability, physical processes, numerical modeling, and extreme weather and climate change. There will also be special sessions focusing on the promises and challenges of monsoon and tropical weather forecast (see D.). The special sessions will continue on Friday in Hong Kong. Participants are invited to attend all sessions. 


2. 28-31 October 2013: World Trade Center Macau.

1 November 2013 Hong Kong Observatory.

24-27 October 2013 (relevant WWRP and WCRP working group / panel / task force meetings): Hotel Royal Macau.

Hotel in Macao:

3.Hotel Royal Macau ( To use the special IWM-V group rate, reservations must be made through the Local Organization Committee (LOC) using the attached form, which needs be returned to the LOC by email ( or fax (+853-28850557) on or before 14 September 2013. The hotel also offers regular online booking at higher rates. Please do not double book.

4.Transportation to and from World Trade Center Macao will be provided for participants staying at Hotel Royal Macao.

Transportation in Macao

5.Macao is connected by nonstop flights with 32 cities in Asia (16 of which in Mainland China) and frequent ferries with Hong Kong and Mainland China ports. Passengers arriving Hong Kong International Airport have the option of direct transfer to Ferries to Macao without going through immigration formalities. Passengers entering Hong Kong first will go through the formalities both entering and leaving Hong Kong for Macao.

6.Free hotel shuttles from Macao International Airport and Ferry Terminals are available for all Macao hotels.  Taxi fare from airport to Hotel Royal Macau is around MOP$70. 

Advance Registration to attend IWM-V is required

7. All participants are encouraged to register in advance regardless of whether a hotel reservation is made or whether to present a paper. Participants registered before 14 September 2013 will be waived from all fees for meeting materials and activities including receptions and banquets (Except the ferry fares from Macao to Hong Kong will be paid by participants.)

Currency Exchange, Credit Cards

8.Approximate exchange rate:  1 USD =7.95 MOP (Macao Patacas) = 7.71 HKD (Hong Kong Dollars). Rates based on 2 July 2013, subject to daily variations.

9.The most common credit cards (e.g. Visa, American Express, Master Card, Diners club, and JCB) are accepted at major hotels and stores. 

Climate and Weather in Macao

10. October mean daily maximum temperature:  28 ºC, minimum temperature:  22 ºC. Average monthly rainfall 79 mm, rain days 6.1.
Weather forecasts: 

Visa information

11. Participants should hold passport or a valid document/visa for entry to Macao, China. For details please refer to  

Health requirements/Medical Services

12. Up to date information on international travel and health is provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the following Website: 

Time Zone

13. UTC/GMT + 8 hours 


14. The standard voltage is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Typical power plugs is the G type, although M and D types are also used. Outlet pictures can be seen at


15. The participants should take responsibility of their travel and health insurance that cover their travel and visit period. 

Contact details of the Local Organizing Committee

16. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following addresses:

Mrs. Ran Lau (

Mr. Antonio Cheong (

Miss. Wu Ka Ian (

Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG)

Rampa do Observatório ,Taipa Grande MACAO

Tel: + 853 88986111, Mobile: + 853 66387613, Fax: + 853 28850557


Hong Kong Sessions (1 November 2013)

17. Hong Kong, China Entry and Visa requirement information:

18. Please indicate on the Registration Form your plan to participate in the IWM-V Hong Kong sessions and reception at the Hong Kong Observatory on 1 November 2013.

19. Hong Kong sessions list of speakers, hotel, ferry, and local contact information are given in E. IWM-V Hong Kong Sessions Information and Hotel Reservation Forms.

All participants are invited to attend the Hong Kong Meteorological Society 25th Anniversary Conference on East Asia and Western Pacific Meteorology and Climate, which will take place during 2-4 November 2013, after the completion of IWM-V. The website for information and abstract submission is:

E. Hong Kong Sessions Information and Hotel Reservation Forms

E. Hong Kong Sessions Information and Hotel Reservation Forms

On Friday 1 November, IWM-V will continue in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO).  The program will consist of the second part of the IWM-V special sessions focusing on the Promises and Challenges of Monsoon and Tropical Weather Analysis and Forecasting. The lectures will be given by Dr. Rick Anthes, UCAR, U.S.A., Dr. Beth Elbert, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, and Dr. Brian Mapes, University of Miami, and the HKO Forecast Team led by Mr. W. K. Wong (see E. IWM-V Special Sessions). Some of the lectures will use the video conferencing and IT facilities at HKO. All participants and their companions are also invited to a special reception in celebration of the 130th Anniversary of HKO. Ferry Ride from Macao to Hong Kong on 1 November 2013

  1. Tuesday 29 October: Ferry tickets can be pre- purchased through the SMG Local Organizing Committee, which is the most convenient way. Or you can purchase your own ticket for the 1 November 8:30 a.m. TurboJet ferry ride to Kowloon “Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal. Seats are limited so purchasing tickets two days in advance is advised. (There are several ferry terminals in Hong Kong. Only the Kowloon one is close to HKO.)
    1. Friday 1 November

-          Hotel check out before 7:30 a.m.

-          Gather at hotel lobby and proceed to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal

-          Clear immigrations (Macao)

-          Turbo Jet ride takes about 1 hour to Kowloon

-          Clear immigrations and customs (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Observatory staff will be waiting at the Arrival Hall of the Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon.

-          Transportation to HKO will be arranged for IWM-V participants Opening of the IWM-V sessions is scheduled at 10:50 a.m. Note: In case a participant misses the 8:30 a.m. ferry, though not preferred, he/she can take the 9:00 a.m. TurboJet ferry to the Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon. HKO staff will be waiting at the Arrival Hall to take the participant to the venue. Please allow time for clearing immigration in Macao before boarding the ferry. 

Contact in Hong Kong: Mr Terence Kung

Tel: +(852) 2926 831

Fax: +(852) 2375 2645;


Hotel Arrangements in Hong Kong

  1. If you are attending the IWM-V in Hong Kong, special discount rooms may be reserved at Stanford Hillview Hotel at HK$1,080 nett or Caritas Bianchi Lodge at HK$1,150 nett with complimentary breakfast for the night of 1 November 2013.  The booking deadline is 1 October 2013, but because this is the peak season of exhibitions in Hong Kong, reservation is subject to the availability of the limited number of specifically allocated rooms.  Please fill out the attached form (1 page for Stanford Hillview Hotel or 3 pages for Caritas Bianchi Lodge) and send back directly to the hotel itself by email or fax as soon as possible:
  2. (i)  Stanford Hillview Hotel Address : Observatory Road on Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong KongTel : (852) 2313 7032 Fax : (852) 2721 7511 E-mail: Note: Stanford Hillview Hotel is next to HKO.
  3. (ii) Caritas Bianchi Lodge Address : 4 , Cliff Road, Yaumatei, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2388 1111 Fax : (852) 2770 6669 E-mail :

Note: Transportation will be provided between HKO and the Lodge after the workshop. Please send a courtesy email to Mr Terence Kung, to inform HKO the hotel (Stanford Hillview Hotel or Caritas Bianchi Lodge or another hotel) that you have a reservation for the night of 1 November 2013. Participants please arrange their own transportation to the airport/ferry pier/train station when departing Hong Kong. Hong Kong Meteorological Society 25th Anniversary Conference, 2-4 Nov 2013

  1. All IWM-V participants are invited to attend the Hong Kong Meteorological Society 25th Anniversary Conference on East Asia-Western Pacific Meteorology and Climate, starting Saturday, 2 November, at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and HKO. Registration, abstract submission, hotel arrangements, welcome dinner (2 November), and other information are available at
  2. Tickets to the celebration banquet for the 130th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Observatory (3 November) can be purchased when registering for the HKMetS25 conference.

IWM-V International Organizing Committee

IWM-V International Organizing Committee
Chih-Pei Chang, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S.A. (Chair)
Yihui Ding, China Meteorological Administration, CHINA
B.N. Goswami, India Institute of Tropical Meteorology, INDIA
Harry Hendon, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, AUSTRALIA
Richard Johnson, Colorado State University, U.S.A.
In-Sik Kang, Seoul National University, KOREA
Jean-Philippe Lafore, Météo France, FRANCE
Ngar-Cheung G. Lau, GFDL NOAA and Princeton University, U.S.A.
Dong-In Lee, Pukyong National University, KOREA
Eric Maloney, Colorado State University, U.S.A.
Brian Mapes, University of Miami, U.S.A.
Jun Masumoto, Tokyo Metropolitan University, JAPAN
Zhiyong Meng, Peking University, CHINA
Maria Assuncao F. Silva Dias, University São Paulo, BRAZIL
Ken Sperber, Laurence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S.A.
Ajit Tyagi, Ministry of Earth Sciences, INDIA
Hiroshi Uyeda, Nagoya University, JAPAN
Bin Wang, University of Hawaii, U.S.A.
Peter Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
Matt Wheeler, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, AUSTRALIA
Guoxiong Wu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA



1.Macao Visa Requirement Participants should hold passport or a valid document/visa for entry to Macao. Details please refer to 2.Travel to Macao ‐ Participants are highly recommended to travel in airlines that will arrive directly at the Macao International Airport (MIA). – For participants who arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), they will need to go to Macao by sea through either: Jet-foil from HKIA to Macao – Participants could take the airport routes directly to Macao ( The disembarkation terminals will be either Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (recommended) or Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal. Please refer to this link for the sailing schedule (
If the participants’ itinerary does not suit with the Airport Ferry Services as mentioned above,Firstly, participants have to go from HKIA to HKMoFT either through:
- Bus: With bus number A11
- Taxi: Around HK$350-400
Then take ferry at the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal (HKMoFT) by Turbojet (recommended)
( or Cotaiject ( ) to Macao.
Please take note that there are TWO disembarkation terminals in Macao (one in Macao Peninsula and one in Taipa).

First Circular

                      First Circular and Call for Papers (8 April 2013)

WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS)

Fifth International Workshop on Monsoons (IWM-V)
28 October-1 November, 2013, Macao, China



The IWM series is a part of the WMO major quadrennial symposia and workshops series under the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). High priority is given to this IWM Series in response to the CAS guidance that WWRP should focus on research for the reduction of disaster risks through improved forecasts of high-impact weather.

IWM-V is organized by the Monsoon Panel of the WWRP Working Group on Tropical Meteorology Research. It provides a forum for researchers and forecasters to discuss recent advances and current issues covering all time scales (meso-, synoptic, extended range, intraseasonal, climate) that are relevant to the forecasts of high-impact weather in the monsoon regions around the world. It is also an effective means to transfer new science and technology to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in these monsoon regions.

The workshop will include both invited reviews and contributed oral and poster papers. The invited reviews will form the basis of manuscripts to be published as chapters in a WMO-sponsored book: The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast, III.


In addition to the main host, the Government of Macao SAR China, IWM-V and associated and coordinated activities will be organized in cooperation with Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong Meteorological Society, CLIVAR Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel, Madden-Julian Oscillation Task Force, and Asian Monsoon Year Science Steering Committee. The last day’s (1 November 2013) sessions will take place in Hong Kong in which invited lectures that are of high relevancy to forecast applications will form the content of a WMO Monsoon Training Workshop. IWM-V participants are also invited to attend the Hong Kong Meteorological Society 25th Anniversary Celebration and Conference on Meteorology and Climate in East Asia and Western Pacific, scheduled for 2-4 November 2013 (


Abstracts (1 page) due: June 30, 2013. Please email to wmo2013iwmv[at]


Further details (visa, accommodations, etc.) will be available in subsequent circulars and websites:


Related Panel/Committee and Science Meetings:

WWRP Joint Working Group on Forecast Verification Research Meeting, 25-27 October, Macao China

           WWRP Working Group on Tropical Meteorology Research Meeting, 26-27 October, Macao China
(WGTMR Monsoon Panel meeting and SCMREX Science Committee meeting will be held during IWM-V)

           WCRP/CLIVAR Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel Meeting, 26-27 October, Macao China

           MJO Task Force Meeting, Macao China, 27 October, Macao China

           Asian Monsoon Years Open Science Conference, 26-27 October, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

           WMO IWM-V Monsoon Training Workshop, 1 November, Hong Kong China

Hong Kong Meteorological Society 25th Anniversary Conference, 2-4 November, Hong Kong China

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