11:00 - Innovations in the global weather enterprise

Date: Wednesday April 20th
11:00 - Innovations in the global weather enterprise
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InterMET Session 3: Innovations in the global weather enterprise 
11:00 - 12:00
CHAIR: Sergiy Braylyan, Global Business Development Manager (Europe, Asia, Middle East), Baron Weather

The latest technology & service innovations from the Global Weather Enterprise which can help meet the challenges of climate change. 

  • Jim Anderson, Vice President of Global Sales, Earth Networks

    Title: Extreme Weather Early Warning Systems for Airline and Airport Operations. 

    Abstract: By 2040, the Asia-Pacific region is forecasted to contribute more than 42% of all international air travelers and support nearly 4 billion annual passengers. The challenge for airlines, airports, and air traffic control agencies in the region is to build the infrastructure to support this rapid growth in a very short period of time. This session will explore how to deploy a robust solution for extreme weather early warning, automated alerting, and real-time monitoring for airline and airport operators. And since weather is the number one reason for flight delays, we will also review some real-world examples of improved operational efficiency and safety after the integration of real-time weather observations and alerts.  
  • Panu Partanen, Vice President, Vaisala

    Title: Building Weather Resilience with Comprehensive Meteorological Infrastructure Programs: A holistic approach to improve the meteorological infrastructure to address the ever-increasing needs of meteorological services.

    Abstract: Meteorological services around the world face increasing pressure to provide fast and accurate forecasts and warnings in changing climate conditions. The trend during the last decades shows an increase in the number of natural hazard events and an increase in the number of affected populations. Recurrent and increasingly violent storms, severe floods, and droughts, as well as other adverse weather phenomena, set new requirements. The base for accurate weather forecasts and early warning systems is a reliable meteorological infrastructure which provides accurate, frequent and comprehensive weather information from the first invest to years to come.

    The presentation describes holistic approach to improve the meteorological infrastructure in order to be able to address the ever-increasing needs of meteorological services. The structured approach brings together gap analysis, planning, implementation and in some cases financing. Also sustainability of the systems and approach for support after the implementation will be discussed. Different meteorological infrastructure programs around the world either under implementation phase or recently completed will be presented and lessons learned discussed.

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Earth Networks

Mr. Anderson is focused on the international and domestic expansion of the company and meeting the weather and environmental monitoring needs for a number of vertical market stakeholders, including government agencies, aviation, energy and mining. Mr. Anderson joined the company in 2002 and launched the business efforts in the energy, public safety, federal government and commercial verticals.

Previously, Mr. Anderson was a principal consultant at American Management Systems, where he helped launch the energy and utilities practice. Prior to that, he conducted economic and public policy research in the agriculture and environmental sectors.

Mr. Anderson holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Environmental Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Panu Partanen

Panu Partanen

Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Weather and Environment Business Area, Vaisala

Panu Partanen holds the position of Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America at Vaisala's Weather and Environment Business Area. Vaisala is the world leading supplier for meteorological measurement infrastructure. Main customers groups are the national meteorological agencies, aviation authorities, defense forces, road authorities, energy sector and research institutes. At Vaisala Panu Partanen has been intensely involved in large meteorological infrastructure development projects.

In this position he has traveled for business in over 60 countries, getting excellent knowledge on the needs of meteorological agencies. It has also given a deep understanding on the demanding business environment in emerging markets, and excellent insight on the business-to-government challenges. He has worked for four years in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2003-2007), as the Manager for Vaisala’s Regional Office and Regional Manager for South East Asia.

Mr. Partanen holds a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology. Post graduate studies include management, leadership and strategy courses, as well as technical studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.