Episode 7: Forging a successful European partnership at ECMWF
In this episode of The WeatherPod hosts Alan Thorpe and David Rogers have invited Florence Rabier, Director-General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts into the studio. This is a special extended episode of The WeatherPod devoted exclusively to ECMWF and the recent publication of its 10-year strategy 2021 to 2030 As many listeners will know, ECMWF is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 countries, working closely with their national meteorological services.
Episode 6: Public and private weather services in Austria
In this episode of The WeatherPod, Alan and David invite Michael Staudinger into the studio to discuss how Austria's national meteorological service, ZAMG, interacts with the private sector and examine the tensions that can arise between a public sector met service and private sector providers of weather services.Michael is the Director of the Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), which is Austria’s national meteorological & hydrological service. He is also the Permanent Representative of Austria to the World Meteorological Organisation, and President of the WMO Regional Association VI (Europe).
Episode 5: Forecast-based financing
In this episode of the WeatherPod, Alan Thorpe and David Rogers have invited Catalina Jaime, Senior Risk Adviser at the Red Cross-Red Crescent Climate Centre, into the studio. Catalina coordinates the Forecast-based Financing concept worldwide for the Red Cross-Red Crescent Climate Centre and provides technical support for national Red Cross societies.Forecast-based Financing is a highly innovative way of applying weather forecasts. The aim is to enhance humanitarian action to protect lives and livelihoods by making resources available to act before a disaster actually occurs.Forecast-based Financing is a highly innovative way of applying weather forecasts. The aim is to enhance humanitarian action to protect lives and livelihoods by making resources available to act before a disaster actually occurs.
Episode 4: Inside a commercial national met service
In this episode of The WeatherPod, we've invited Peter Lennox, formerly the CEO of the New Zealand Met Service, into the studio to discuss the operation of a national meteorological service as a commercial enterprise.Peter, from Belfast Northern Ireland, is uniquely qualified to talk on this topic. From 2011 to 2020 has was the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Meteorological Service which was established as a state-owned enterprise on 1 July 1992.This came about mainly as a result of pressures also being faced by an increasing number of national meteorological services – chiefly, the pressure to earn money on their activities rather than rely entirely on taxpayer funding.But does such a change in status from a straightforward public service to a commercial enterprise charged with earning money on its services pose any problems or contradictions? For example, is the the requirement to issue public weather warnings or to provide national security support compromised as a result?
Episode 3: Partnerships in the Global Weather Enterprise
In this episode of The WeatherPod, Alan Thorpe and David Rogers have invited Christoph Ramshorn into the studio to discuss just how the public and private sectors can work together to maximise the socio-economic benefits of weather information. Christoph is a member of the senior management team at the Swiss weather services company, meteoblue, and was a lead researcher for the recent World Bank report on ‘The Power of Partnership: Public and Private Engagement in Hydromet Services’.
Episode 2: The world of the broadcast meteorologist
In this episode, co-presenters Alan Thorpe and David Rogers talk to hugely experienced broadcast meteorologist, Gerald Fleming (pictured). Gerald is the former head of the forecast division of Met Éireann where he was responsible for almost all of the public output of the weather service. One of his tasks was to oversee and organize Met Éireann relationships with Radio Telefís Éireann (RTE – Ireland’s public broadcasting service) and appeared often as an on-air broadcast meteorologist with television and radio. As the public face of Met Éireann he has contributed frequently to the media and has trained many meteorologists in broadcast meteorology nationally and internationally through the World Meteorological Organizations’ Public Weather Service Programme. (more…)
Pilot Episode: The academic sector contribution to weather research
Co-operation between the public, private and academic sectors is crucial to the effective use of weather & climate data to help save lives, build social resilience, and to enhance economic efficiency and financial stability. In this pilot episode, co-presenters Alan Thorpe and David Rogers talk to Dr. David Parsons about the role of the academic sector. Dr. Parsons (pictured), is Professor Emeritus of the Oklahoma University Department of Meteorology and, until 2018, the Director of the School of Meteorology at Oklahoma University. (more…)