Episode 11: The challenge of flooding
In this episode of The WeatherPod Allan Thorpe & David Rogers welcome Professor Hannah Cloke of Reading University into the studio. Hannah is a physical geographer, natural hazards researcher and hydrologist specialising in earth system modelling, flood forecasting, catchment hydrology and applications of Numerical Weather Predictions.
Episode 10: Growing Africa’s science capability for weather prediction
In this episode of The WeatherPod, we’rve invited into the studio two guests with considerable experience in scientific research on tropical weather systems and in operational weather forecasting in Africa – Professor Doug Parker from the University of Leeds, UK and Dr Mariane Diop-Kane from the WMO Africa Regional Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Episode 9: Insuring weather risk
Weather risk insurance provides capital resources after an extreme weather-related event and typical applications include agriculture, green energy, budget defence and catastrophe protection. To discuss the value of such insurance, The WeatherPod hosts Alan Thorpe and David Rogers have invited into the studio Rebecca Leonardi, the Managing Partner of weather risk insurance specialist, WX Risk Global.
Episode 8: Climate change and health
The impact of COVID-19 on our lives and livelihoods shows clearly that protecting our health is a huge concern for all societies. This is especially so in the face of climate change which threatens to create environments that may exacerbate existing climate-sensitive diseases and introduce new ones. To discuss these concens, The WeatherPod hosts Alan Thorpe and David Rogers have invited into the studio Madeleine Thomson, the Interim Head of Our Planet, Our Health at the Wellcome Trust.
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’.