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Issue 10 - September 2021

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GWE Forum Roundtable

Development partners’ dialogue: How to enhance the lasting impact of development projects?


Many modernization projects are undertaken in low- and mid-income countries, to improve national and regional capacities to produce and deliver weather, climate, and hydrological information. Development partners marked significant success, and gained considerable knowledge over years, to enhance the public infrastructure for monitoring, prediction, and knowledge production.

Six programme managers of the development agencies sat down together, to share their experience and exchange ideas around: “How to ensure lasting impact of the development projects?”, and, “How to maximize their benefit for the whole country or region?”

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The WeatherPod

Episode 13: Enhancing early warning systems in Africa and Asia

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In this episode of The WeatherPod, hosts Alan Thorpe & David Rogers meet Dr. A R Subbiah of the The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES).

Subbiah has had a long and distinguished career in the Indian government implementing development and disaster risk reduction programs before moving to the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center where he began building a regional project to strengthen institutional capacities to create end-to-end early warning systems. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, this transformed into RIMES with Subbiah as the founding Director with the mission to develop a multi-hazard framework for the generation and communication of early warning information for all member countries. 

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Creating value in the Global Weather Enterprise

The latest issue of GFDRR Technical Note explores what constitutes value of weather and climate information, who creates it, and how it might be measured. Significant economic advantages result from close cooperation of many actors, further clarity in and recognition of the value each producer creates, and greater exploitation of coproduction. Find more here >>


A series of GFDRR technical notes explores critical issues relevant for public-private-academic partnerships. Find all the summaries of past GWE Forum activities in our Library >>


Research article: Public–private engagement (PPE) in hydromet services and the role of the academic sector

A recent World Bank report emphasized that public–private engagement (PPE) can create and sustain effective hydromet value chains. Thomas Frei, Research and Consulting (Switzerland), contemplates how to strategically embrace the benefit of private and academic sectors’ engagement without jeopardizing the provision of public services. The author further notes that the academic sector can foster sustainable hydromet value chains.

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Other GWE Forum activities

Discussion at the vEGU21: How far have we come in achieving Gender equality in the Global Weather enterprise?

Many of you will recall the first GWE Forum Roundtable on gender equality in the global weather enterprise. The contributors will be present for a live discussion at the EGU General Assembly 2021, on Wednesday 8 September at 16:45 CEST.

Find the session details and join the discussion here >>

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Aquaculture & the threat of climate change

A new webinar from GWE Forum member investigates the potentially devastating challenges facing the aquaculture industry from extreme weather & climate change, and highllghts the business opportunities of helping to manage and mitigate these threats.

The webinar recording can be seen here >>

Podcast by Business of Weather

Episode 16: Infinite energy?

Business of Weather speaks to Rob McLeod, the CEO of Infinite Energy, a business set up to commercialise what is called the ‘Infinite Power Cell’. This revolutionary clean energy technology uses semiconductor material to convert the invisible rays emitted by radioisotopes such as Cobalt-60 into electricity in a way which is analogous to conventional solar cells converting visible sunlight into power. However, the Infinite Power Cell is claimed to be 600% more effective than a conventinal solar cell. Too good to be true?

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