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Issue 13 - May 2022

GWE Forum 2022 Panel Discussion #2

From models to mangroves: using climate information to design effective nature-based solutions

Date: 15 June 2022, Washington D.C. 10.00 EDT

This panel discussion will focus on the weather, water and climate information needed to support nature-based solutions (NBS) to reduce flood and drought risksand bring together NBS practitioners from the World Bank and elsewhere, policy advisors, meteorologists, and hydrologists to:
  • Review the challenges and opportunities of NBS to reduce vulnerability and build resilience to flood and drought risks. How are these practices be applied in development projects?
  • Assess the weather and climate data and information requirements, and how to reduce knowledge gaps, needed for NBS introductions to be successful.
  • Explore ways to create opportunities to support and enable the uptake of NbS in developing countries.
Expected outcomes of the roundtable are:
  • Guidance on the weather, climate and hydrological global-to-local scale data and information requirements from the global weather enterprise for NBS to support flood and drought risk reduction. 
  • Guidance on the types of NBS solutions needed to reduce flood and drought risk, in a development context.
  • Guidance on policy options for developing countries to encourage NBS investments in flood and drought risk reduction.
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The WeatherPod - 3 new episodes now available ...

Episode 19: WeatherPod Special for Asia Climate Forum 2022, Singapore

Weather & climate information and the transition to a decarbonised global economy
Hosts David Rogers & Alan Thorpe interview two leading figures about how their own organisations ar contributing to the decarbonisation of Singapore and elsewhere. The huests are Prof. Dale Barker, Director, Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), and Dr Thomas Reindl, Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute Singapore (SERIS)

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Episode 20: Public Weather Services, Part 1

In the first episode of this two part programme, hosts David and Alan interview Haleh Kootval, formerly of the WMO and now with the World Bank, about the development of Public Weather Services. Part 2 to follow will be a roundtable discussion where Alan and David together with guests Haleh Kootval, Gerald Fleming, and Kevin O’Loughlin, will follow up and expand on the discussion started in Part 1.

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Episode 21: Public Weather Services, Part 2

In this second episode of this two part WeatherPod exploring aspects of public weather services, hosts David and Alan invited Haleh Kootval, Gerald Fleming and Kevin O’Loughlin into the studio to discuss how the landscape for the provision of public weather services is changing with the growth of the private sector within the Global Weather Enterprise and the way digital technologies are changing the way people receive services.

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Recent Publications

Affordability of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (May 2022)
When low levels of government investment are combined with outdated management practices, even high levels of effort and investment by development partners will not bring about any significant improvement in the services provided by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). 
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Investing in Digital Hydrometeorological Data for the Developing World (March 2022)
Addressing many of the global challenges facing humankind requires the availability, access, and use of huge volumes of digital hydrometeorological (hereafter “hydromet”) data needed to inform decision-making to save lives and infrastructure as well as to exploit the associated economic opportunities. 
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Also, have you watched the GWE Forum Panel Discussion #1 ...

Building the New Economy – the Role of the Weather Enterprise

This discussion investigated how hydromet services can address today’s societal priorities – decarbonization, sustainable growth, and strengthening resilience to natural hazards.
Amongst the questions covered were:
  • What will our new economies look like and what weather-related information will be needed to support them?
  • Is the global weather enterprise fit-for-purpose to produce the required information to enable the anticipated changes societies need to undergo?
  • If not, what do we need to do to ensure that weather enterprise provides the right services for all?  

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