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CS visits Hong Kong Observatory (with photos)

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited the Hong Kong Observatory headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui this afternoon (April 8) to gain a better understanding of the department's work.

     Mrs Lam was first given a briefing by the Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming, and the directorate staff on the operation and latest developments of the Observatory. Accompanied by Mr Shun, Mrs Lam then toured various offices and facilities at the headquarters.

     At the Central Forecasting Office, she received an introduction from departmental staff on the round-the-clock provision of weather forecasting and warning services. This was followed by a visit to the TV Studio, where Mrs Lam learnt about how the Observatory conducts weather briefings and produces TV weather programmes in-house. She noted the popularity of the Observatory's website, mobile applications and educational programmes and recognised the department's efforts in promoting public interest and knowledge on meteorology and climate conditions.

     During the tour, Mrs Lam was also briefed on the nuclear radiation monitoring and accident consequence assessment system put in place at the Radiation Monitoring and Assessment Centre in support of the Daya Bay Contingency Plan, as well as the seismic data collection and analysis work at the Earthquake Monitoring and Tsunami Warning Centre for the quick dissemination of earthquake and tsunami information.

     Mrs Lam also took the opportunity to view the collection of historical exhibits in the History Room, which not only trace the evolution of the Observatory over time, but also tell the intriguing stories of innovation and dedication that sustained its development through the years.

     During the visit, Mrs Lam chatted with front-line staff of the Observatory and commended them for delivering services in a dedicated and professional manner. In recognition of the Observatory's long-standing core values in providing people-oriented services through science, innovation and partnership, Mrs Lam said, "The weather and climate records kept by the Observatory for more than 130 years reflect the progressive development of Hong Kong as a metropolitan city, and the stories of professionalism from its staff testify to the continuing development of the Observatory as a leading meteorological service in the region."

Ends/Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:29


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