Fakhruddin has been invited to give a talk on decision support system long range flood forecasts for agriculture risk management. The APEC Climate Symposium 2012 this year held in St. Petersburg, Russia from October 8-11, 2012. The APEC Climate Symposium (APCS) is an annual event, held since 2005, that brings together around 100 scientists, representatives of National Hydrological and Meteorological Services, academics, policy-makers and students from around the world to discuss emerging issues in climate prediction and its applications. Fakhruddin’s paper highly appreciated and honored by the scientific community which demonstrated DSS for an early warning of an impending flood is useful and helps the community to interpret and translate scientific information into risk information. The usage of increased understanding of probabilistic long lead flood forecasting is valuable for society.
The APEC conference explored the application of seasonal climate forecasts to the agriculture sector across four major categories. Information transfer and communication channels between climate information producers and end-users; improving content and form of climate forecasts to help farmers and end-users maximize benefits; strengthening institutional linkages between the meteorological and agricultural communities at the national, regional, and international levels and development of high-quality models to translate climate forecasts into relevant forms such as production impacts and agricultural management implications.