Promoting co-operation and engagement between the public, private and academic sectors
If we are to do anything to help manage and mitigate the rapidly
growing impacts of extreme weather & climate change, then co-operation is critical.
In particluar, co-operation between the many experts and
organisations from the public, private and academic sectors engaged in weather forecasting
& developing related technology products and services.
Collectively known as the ‘weather enterprise’ or the ‘global
weather enterprise’, these experts and organisations include universities and
scientists; national meteorological services; manufacturers of technologies to
acquire, process and communicate weather and related data; and the providers of
information and forecasting services to all manner of weather affected end
To promote public-private-academic sector co-operation, the World
Metetorological Organisation or WMO has created the Open Consultative Platform or
OCP for short.
To find out more, Business of Weather interviewed Dimitar
Ivanov, the WMO’s Director of Public-Private Engagement, who is in charge of this
The challenges ahead – Interview with Mary Glackin, President of the American Meteorological Society
Given what many experts agree is a mounting and serious climate emergency, the American Meteorological Society is, without doubt, a key influencer.
Its Annual Meeting is the world’s largest yearly gathering of
the weather, water, and climate community and also attracts policy and decision
makers from government and business.
But faced with a huge and growing body of evidence
highlighting the central role of human activity in climate change, these are
difficult times for the Society. While many US states have embraced the need to
cut carbon emissions, a head of state who is an ardent climate change denier
can only make the job of convincing the public of the need for urgent action a
Business of Weather spoke to Mary Glackin about the challenges that lay ahead. Mary is the current President of the American Meteorological Society and the former Vice President of Weather Business Solutions at the IBM subsidiary, The Weather Company …
LIDAR – Interview with Nikos Kontos, Chairman and CEO of Raymetrics
LIDAR, short for laser detection and ranging, is a surveying
technology which combines 3D scanning and laser scanning. It is a versatile tool that measures the distance to a target by
illuminating the target with laser light and then measuring the reflected light
with a sensor.
Its applications range from pollution monitoring, agriculture
and archaeology, to digital mapping of building interiors, wind farm
optimisation and guiding autonomous vehicles.
One leading player in the development and use of LIDAR
technology is the greek company, Raymetrics.
Business of Weather spoke to the company’s founder, CEO and chairman, Nikos Kontos, about the company about pollution monitoring and other applications for LIDAR technology.
Louise Charles, Communications Manager, Climeworks
Many pundits believe that the opportunity to arrest climate
change simply by reducing our carbon emissions has past.
They believe that the nature of the climate emergency is
such that if we are to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 or 2 degrees
we’ll have to resort to more drastic action such as climate engineering.
For example, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,
seeding the atmosphere with chemicals to absorb sunlight, or putting huge mirrors
into orbit to reflect the sun’s rays back into space.
Our first guest is Louise Charles who works for the Swiss
company Climeworks. They’re pioneering technology which can literally suck
carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and then turn it into useful products.
Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Earth Networks and Chairman, Association of the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI)
The Association of the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment
Industry, or HMEI for short, represents some 140 private sector providers of
products and services in the meteorological, hydrological, environmental and
Based in Geneva, HMEI is fully accredited to the World
Meteorological Organisation and other UN agencies and actively facilitates
co-operation between its members and organisations across the public and
HMEI members have a key role to play in helping to address
the growing impacts of extreme weather & climate change and I spoke to the
recently elected chairman, Jim Anderson, about his own company and the big challenges ahead for the hydrometeorological industry.
Steve Allen and Dr Deonie Allen, EcoLab in Toulouse
Many of us will be aware of Sir David Attenborough’s
programme Blue Planet 2 and the problem it highlights of plastic polluting the
Well, now it seems that plastic is also polluting the air we
breathe. In fact, microplastics are being carried everywhere and anywhere by
the weather, even to the world’s most remote mountain tops.
A study published in May by Nature Communications claims to
show that microplastics are raining down just as hard in remote environments as
they are in our cities.
The study’s authors, a team of scientists from the EcoLab
Research Institute near Toulouse, collected samples from high altitudes in the Pyrenees
that were far from sources of plastic waste. The nearest village was 6km away,
the nearest town 25km, and the nearest city 120km.
They found an average of 365 plastic particles were being
deposited per square metre every day.
To discuss this, we spoke to Steve Allen and Dr. Deonie
Allen of the EcoLab Research Institute.
Business opportunities of climate change – 0:48:36
Bill Hosack, CEO and joint founder, Orbital Micro Systems
The weather impacts society at all levels and accurate
weather forecasting is crucial to improving safety, security, and prosperity for
businesses and society around the world.
Accurate weather forecasting also has a critical role to
play when it comes to addressing the increasing impacts of extreme weather
& climate change.
early warning systems which predict the impact and timing of severe weather
events and help save lives; the development of more resilient power, transport
and communications infrastructure; making buildings more energy efficient, not
to mention increasing the efficiency of renewable energy; tracking the spread
of infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue and zika; and, of course,
helping to create significant improvements in agricultural production.
The critical ingredient of accurate weather forecasting is
data – lots of it – and the provision of high quality data tailored to the
needs of weather affected public and private enterprises offers a rapidly
expanding number of new business opportunities.
One company determined to take advantage of these opportunities
is Orbital Micro Systems or OMS. To capture this data the company is developing
a fleet of micro satellites and the first of these was recently launched from
the International Space Station.
To find out more and discuss the growing commercial opportunities
of providing high quality weather data, we spoke to the OMS CEO, Bill Hosack.
4th International Conference on Energy Meteorology, Bari, 27 – 29 June 2017
In this interview, Ian Harper of the Business of Weather interviews Charlie Smith and Dr. Steve Dorling, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science at the University of East Anglia, about the business opportunities of applying meteorology in the energy sector, especially for business start-ups and SMEs.
About the participants
Charlie Smith is Executive Director, of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a guest editor for the IEEE Power and Energy magazine, and a past editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Mr. Smith received the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in 2014. He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG). Previously, he served as President of Electrotek Concepts, a power engineering consulting firm. He has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry.
Dr. Steve Dorling is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science at the University of East Anglia. As a Chartered Meteorologist since 1997, Dr. Dorling specializes in training and in research which addresses energy-, food- and water security concerns. In 2001 he co-founded Weatherquest Ltd and since then has acted as Innovations Director of this SME which provides weather and climate services to the energy, agriculture, water, media and transport sectors. Steve is co-author of the text “Operational Weather Forecasting” published by Wiley and has held previous positions with Environment Canada and the UK Met Office.
4th International Conference on Energy Meteorology, Bari, 27 – 29 June 2017
In this interview, Ian Harper of the Business of Weather interviews Dr. Laurent Dubus of EDF and Prof. Alberto Troccoli of the University of East Anglia about the aims and objectives of the European Climatic Energy Mixes (ECEM) Demonstrator Project.
About the participants:
Dr. Laurent Dubus has been working with EDF R&D for 16 years. He is an expert researcher in climate system modeling, weather and climate forecasts, and electrical systems management. His activities focus on the evaluation of weather and climate models, tools and services and the development of new models and applications to improve the management of power systems, in particular for renewable energies. Laurent Dubus
Prof. Alberto Troccoli, University of East Anglia. Prof. Troccoli has over 20 years of experience in several aspects of meteorology and climate and their application to the energy sector. He has worked at several leading institutions such as NASA, ECMWF (UK), the University of Reading (UK) and CSIRO (Australia). Alberto is the editor of three books, including ‘Weather Matters for Energy’, and convener of the International Conferences Energy & Meteorology. Alberto holds a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Edinburgh (UK).