17 episodes

WeatherPod is a unique podcast exploring the value of weather and climate information in addressing the mounting challenges and impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Its central theme is the importance of national and international co-operation involving organisations from the public, private and academic sectors which share the common goal of developing timely and accurate weather information and related services to save lives, protect critical infrastructure and enhance economic efficiency.
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The WeatherPod Global Weather Enterprise Forum

    • Business

WeatherPod is a unique podcast exploring the value of weather and climate information in addressing the mounting challenges and impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Its central theme is the importance of national and international co-operation involving organisations from the public, private and academic sectors which share the common goal of developing timely and accurate weather information and related services to save lives, protect critical infrastructure and enhance economic efficiency.
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    Episode 17: Energy & meteorology

    Episode 17: Energy & meteorology

    Alan Thorpe & David Rogers welcome into the studio Alberto Troccoli, Managing Director of the World Energy & Meteorology Council, and visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia. As more and more of our energy requirements are met by renewables, weather data products have an increasingly important role to play i ensuring continuity of supply.
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    • 45 min
    Episode 16: Getting the most out of the global weather enterprise

    Episode 16: Getting the most out of the global weather enterprise

    In this episode, hosts David Rogers and Alan Thorpe meet Thomas Frei to explore the economics of weather information, the increasing sensitivity of business and society to the weather, and the evolving roles of the public, private and academic sectors in the global weather enterprise. 
    Over the past two decades or so, great efforts have been made to create an economic framework for the provision of meteorological services. The main aim being to make a case to sustain or increase public investment in these services and so reduce the losses to life and property due to severe weather. Alongside this, the global weather enterprise has grown to meet increased demand for weather-related information to assist day-to-day business decision making and the development and application of new technologies. 
    Now though, we not only face the challenge of extreme weather, but we must also adapt to and mitigate the threat of imminent climate change. As a result, the demand for weather information to help decarbonise society and make it more resilient can only increase. 
    Thomas is the CEO of Research and Consulting in Zurich since 2012. Prior to that Thomas worked for the Federal Office of Meteorological and Climatology in the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs.
    Theme music by John Cockram, john@mjcmusic.co.uk

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    • 40 min
    Episode 15: Building urban resilience to compound extreme weather events and risks

    Episode 15: Building urban resilience to compound extreme weather events and risks

    In this episode of The WeatherPod, hosts David Rogers & Alan Thorpe meet Dr Nina Ridder, of the University of New South Wales and Dr Faith Taylor, of King's College London to discuss the huge impact extreme weather & climate events - especially compound events, such as heatwaves followed by heavy rainfall - are having on urban areas and human settlements.
    Dr Nina Ridder is a Research Associate at the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), University of New South Wales.
    Dr Faith Taylor is a Lecturer in Physical Geography, Department of Geography, King's College London
    Both Nina and Faith are members of the Young Earth System Scientists community, (YESS).
    Theme music by John Cockram, john@mjcmusic.co.uk


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    • 36 min
    Episode 14: Machine learning and artificial intelligence in weather and climate research

    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.
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    • 51 min
    Episode 13: Enhancing early warning systems in Africa and Asia

    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).
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    • 41 min
    Episode 12: Prospects & opportunities for weather & climate services in Africa

    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.
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    • 58 min

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