Russia, S. Korea in Olympic cooperation

June 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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SEOUL, June 22 (UPI) -- Russia and South Korea say they will increase meteorological cooperation for the Winter Olympics the countries will host separately in 2014 and 2018.

Officials will share technology for weather forecasts, exchange meteorological experts and take part in international programs boosting meteorological cooperation, the Korea Meteorological Administration said in a statement.

South Korean weather authorities plan to take part in the Forecast and Research in the Olympic Sochi Testbed program launched last year by the World Meteorological Organization to help Russia make accurate forecasts during the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be centered on the resort city of Sochi, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

Other nations participating in the program include Canada, the United States, China, Finland and Austria.

In 2015, Russian weather forecasters will visit South Korea to help authorities there prepare for the 2018 Olympics, which were awarded to Pyeongchang in northeastern South Korea.

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