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Dr. Mohammed Aziz Saeed, University of Salahaddin-Erbil, Iraq, visited the Meteorological Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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On Sunday July 27th, 2008, Dr. Mohammed Aziz Saeed, University of Salahaddin-Erbil, Iraq, visited the Meteorological Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was received by Dr. Mohammad Rahimi, Director of the Meteorological Department, and Dr. Jamshid Zanjani from the Agrometeorology Division. At the beginning, Dr. Rahimi gave a brief introduction to the history and the present status of meteorology/agrometeorology in Iran. He also discussed future work plans concerning utilizing recorded atmospheric parameters by the weather stations throughout the country in enhancing the infrastructure of the economy of Iran. Dr. Saeed briefed his colleagues on the status of meteorology/agrometeorology in the Kurdistan region (North Iraq).

By KEES STIGTER


On Sunday July 27th, 2008, Dr. Mohammed Aziz Saeed, University of Salahaddin-Erbil, Iraq, visited the Meteorological Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was received by Dr. Mohammad Rahimi, Director of the Meteorological Department, and Dr. Jamshid Zanjani from the Agrometeorology Division. At the beginning, Dr. Rahimi gave a brief introduction to the history and the present status of meteorology/agrometeorology in Iran. He also discussed future work plans concerning utilizing recorded atmospheric parameters by the weather stations throughout the country in enhancing the infrastructure of the economy of Iran. Dr. Saeed briefed his colleagues on the status of meteorology/agrometeorology in the Kurdistan region (North Iraq).


During the talks, it was found that many ideas and future plans were very similar and there was much in common between both sides. Therefore, it was decided to work together, ignoring the international border between our two countries and concentrating on joint work for the benefit of both countries as follows:


1-It is the right time to start working together in all aspects of atmospheric sciences.


2-We should think about linking the meteorological/agrometeorological stations of both sides, starting by exchanging recorded daily data with each other.


3-We should exchange information about climatic hazards and phenomena occurring at both sides of the border.


4-We could start joint research projects, studying climatic impacts and atmospheric cyclones invading our two countries, originating from the Mediterranean Sea.


5-The possibility will be studied of the Iran Meteorological Organization arranging two weeks training courses during summer holidays for about 40 physics and agriculture undergraduate students from Kurdistan universities. The training courses will be concerned with agrometeorology, atmospheric science and synoptic meteorology.


6-Possibilities were also discussed of sending students from Kurdistan region to Tehran University, to study meteorology/agrometeorology, leading to both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.


During the 12 hours car drive from the city of Erbil in Kurdistan to Tehran, the severe impact was noted of this year’s drought condition all around. Agricultural lands were dried out, rangelands were empty and left behind and shippers were moved further north deep into mountainous regions on both sides of the border. Most of water canals and natural springs are dry and fish died, threatening the agricultural economy of both countries. Small poor marginal farmers are the major losers.


This item was contributed by Dr. Mohammed Aziz Saeed, Supervisor, Meteorology and Astronomy Research Unit, University of Salahaddin-Erbil, Iraq, and edited by Kees Stigter.

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