Episode 14: Machine learning and artificial intelligence in weather and climate research
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods are gaining popularity in weather & climate research and, in some cases, enhancing forecasting skills. Looking ahead, they may even replace traditional methods of forecasting. In this episode of The WeatherPod, hosts David Rogers & Alan Thorpe meet Yuhan (Douglas) Rao, a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies in the US, and Chen Chen, a Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Climate Research Singapore.
Episode 13: Enhancing early warning systems in Africa and Asia
In this episode of The WeatherPod, hosts Alan Thorpe & David Rogers meet Dr. A R Subbiah of the The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES).
Episode 12: Prospects & opportunities for weather & climate services in Africa
In this special video episode of The WeatherPod, hosts Alan Thorpe & David Rogers invited into the studio two colleagues – Jerry Lengoasa and Makoto Suwa – to discuss the role played by government, development partners, national meteorological and hydrological services and private sector weather services in reducing the risks on business and society of extreme weather & climate change.
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).