Weather and Climate Resilience: Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services

by Dr David P Rogers, Consultant to the World Bank, President Health and Climate Foundation

Recorded at InterMet Asia, Singapore, 2 – 3 June 2014

The Importance of weather, climate and water information is rising because of the need to minimize growing economic losses, serve more elaborate societal needs, and help countries adapt to climate change. This presentation on Weather and Climate Resilience highlights recent World Bank experience and offers guidance on good practices that will help modernization efforts.

Sustainable development hinges on the ability to cope with natural hazards and avoid the ensuing disasters that often befall a poorly prepared society, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) play a vital role as a country’s official source of warnings for weather hazards. Together with disaster managers, they play a critical part in reducing the  adverse impact of hydrometeorological threats.

We highlight the urgent need to strengthen NMHSs, especially in developing countries, and provide cost-benefit estimates of the return that countries can hope to achieve. We also recommend approaches that have been tested and implemented in Europe and Asia.

About Dr. Rogers

David is President of the Health and Climate Foundation (HCF), an international non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to climate related health problems and supporting partnerships between health and climate practitioners.  Prior to founding HCF, Dr. Rogers held various appointments in government, the private sector and academia. These include Chief Executive of the UK Met Office; Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation; Director of the Office of Weather and Air Quality at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Director of Physical Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Associate Director of the California Space Institute, University of California, San Diego, USA.

Currently, Dr. Rogers is a senior advisor to the World Bank on modernizing National Meteorological and Hydrological Services.

Dr. Rogers has a Ph.D. (1983) from the University of Southampton and Bachelor of Science degree (1980) from the University of East Anglia, UK.  He has published extensively in the fields of oceanography, meteorology, climate, environment and organizational development.