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  • Female Meteorological Personnel in Hong Kong

  • Thursday, 1st December 2016

The history of women undertaking meteorological work dates back more than 100 years at the Hong Kong Observatory. At the end of the 19th century, Ms Annie Doberck became the first female meteorological personnel of the Observatory. Her duty included liaison with ships in the Victoria Harbour and extracting weather information from their navigation log books. Nowadays, the number of female meteorological personnel at the Observatory is rising. They perform important duties in a variety of positions. Some of their working photos are included in a 2016 album of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) titled "Women in Action".

All along, females are minority in the meteorology profession. A study of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows that only 29% of the world's researchers are women and that women are underrepresented in scientific and technological disciplines (Note 1). "Women in Action" is an album compiled by WMO to encourage females to study meteorology and join the profession, with photos illustrating the remarkable work done by women in meteorological and hydrological services around the world.

Photo 1
During the intense cold surge on 23-24 January 2016, Ms. Li Yuet Sim, Scientific Officer, stationed at the Tai Mo Shan Weather Radar Station voluntarily to do weather observation. The minimum temperature at Tai Mo Shan was only minus 6 degrees Celsius on 24 January.
Photo 2
Ms. Tse Shuk Mei, Scientific Officer, worked with building personnel at the construction site of the Brothers Point Terminal Doppler Weather Radar Station.
Photo 3
Ms. Lee Fung Ying, Scientific Officer, led a team of volunteers from "Friends of the Observatory" to promulgate weather information to hikers at Cheung Sheung, Sai Kung.
Photo 4
Ms. Mak Man Yi, Senior Scientific Assistant, launched a radiosonde at the King's Park Meteorological Station.

Note 1: Source of information