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How to start a weather business

If you're working on a weather-related technology innovation you want to use as the basis of a start-up business, then how can you go about turning your idea into a commercially viable venture?

Various Contributors
Presentation

Top lightning events of 2020

To complement the Annual Lightning Report, here are some of the big lightning stories you may have missed last year.

Chris Vagasky, Meteorologist and North America Soundings Solutions Manager, Vaisala
Blog

Lightning density maps for every country in the world

Vaisala shares some of the insights their data has provided. You can find out more about lightning around the globe by visiting their fascinating new global total lightning density map. Never before has it been possible to reliably compare lightning on a national basis everywhere.

Ron Holle, Senior Scientist, Lightning, Vaisala
Blog

More meteorological data from descending radiosondes

In recent years, national meteorological institutes have expressed more interest in using the descent phase of operational radiosonde soundings.

Matti Lehmuskero, Offering Manager, Soundings, Vaisala
Blog

Vaisala develops a new method for improving weather radar observations

Technologies like Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) make our lives more convenient and productive, but did you know they can also interfere with weather observations?

Dr. Evan Ruzanski, Senior Scientist, Applied Meteorology, Vaisala
Blog

Vaisala teams up with Unu Mondo Expedition to learn more about climate change

In the autumn of 2020, Unu Mondo Expedition delivered and installed three units of Vaisala Automatic Weather Stations to measure wind and air temperature in Greenland.

Samuli Hänninen, Vice President, Products and Technologies, Weather and Environment, Vaisala
Blog

How to manage wind research in complex terrains

Topography with high mountains and steep inclinations – albeit are beautiful landscapes – but can add complexity when dealing with wind measurements like direction and speed.

Remy Parmentier, Business Manager, Vaisala
Blog

A flashy landing in Sitka

On February 21, an Alaska Airlines flight from Juneau, Alaska, to Sitka, Alaska was struck by lightning as it descended into Sitka.

Chris Vagasky, Meteorologist and North America Soundings Solutions Manager, Vaisala
Blog

Real-time volcanic eruption monitoring with GLD360

Vaisala's attention was captured when La Soufrière, a volcano on Saint Vincent in the Lesser Antilles, began a series of explosive eruptions on the morning of April 9, 2021.

Chris Vagasky, Meteorologist and North America Soundings Solutions Manager, Vaisala
Blog

Transport Operations

A unique integrated solution to support wind shear detection for aviation in all types of weather conditions

Floriane Grussenmeyer, Aviation Weather Business Development Manager, Vaisala Oyj
Presentation

Inside a commercial national met service

A discussion on the operation of a national meteorological service as a commercial enterprise.

Peter Lennox
Podcast

What is a long-range forecast?

In 2020, the global energy industry depends on high-quality weather forecasts for critical decision making like never before.

Dr. Jan Dutton, World Climate Service
Blog

Using AI to thrive in challenging times

ClusterTech co-hosts a live webinar with Pure Storage and NVIDIA.

Various Contributors
Presentation

Asian perspective on challenges to flood management, mitigation & resilience

Effective early warning systems for building resilience to flood hazard: Challenges and opportunities

Dr. Senaka Basnayake, Director - Climate Resilience, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Presentation

Early Warning, Response & Recovery

Multi-hazard Early Warning System initiatives in Indonesia.

Dyah Rusmiasih, Head of Monitoring and Warning Section, Indonesia National Disaster Management Authority
Presentation

Transport Operations

Gap-filling stations and their role within a Road Weather Information System

David Hammond, Application Engineer Manager, Campbell Scientific Australia
Presentation

Urbanisation & Forecasting

A tale of two revolutionary changes: Urbanization and advances in high-resolution hydro-meteorological forecasts

Prof. David Parsons, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma
Presentation

Infrastructure planning

Risk sensitive land use and infrastructure planning

Amit Prothi, Head of India National Strategy, 100 Resilient Cities
Presentation

The Earth Networks Continuity Forecast

A series of podcasts by Earth Networks dedicated to helping today’s top executives mitigate threats that can threaten their operations

Various contributors
Podcast

Air quality in the urban environment: public health and other impacts

Urban haze and photovoltaics

Andre Nobre, Head of Operations & Maintenance, Cleantech Solar
Presentation

The Weather Enterprise: a global public:private partnership

WMO 68th Executive Council - a speaker's personal view

Professor Alan Thorpe
Blog

Nature-based solutions for infrastructure resilience

Acclimatise's Amanda Rycerz presents the Inter-American Development Bank’s flagship publication “Development in the Americas”

Amanda Rycerz, Building Climate Resilience
Video session

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

The Kosi Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System

Dr. Dhananjay Pandit, Technical Director (Water & Urban Development), Aecom India
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Development of a riverflow forecasting system with minimum requirements

Nikolay Yasinskiy, Hydrologist, MapMakers LLC
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Planning for flooding within a city water resilience framework.

Dr. Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup
Presentation

Operational forecasting systems in the urban environment - OMS

Balancing resolution and latency

William Hosack, CEO and President, Orbital Micro Systems
Presentation

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

EEC Technology for Hydrometeorological Applications: Weather Radar and QPE

Richard Stedronsky, Director, Strategic Business Development and Partnerships, EEC
Presentation

Forecast-based financing

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.

Cataline Jaime
Podcast

Flood Mitigation, Management & Resilience

Information Ecosystem Mapping: Designing Inclusive Weather Forecasting Services for Cities

Mark Harvey, Fonder & CEO, Resurgence
Presentation

Air quality in the urban environment: monitoring & measurement

Experience of global small sensor co-location comparison studies and applications

Tom Townend, Product Manager, Environmental Instruments Ltd.
Presentation

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

High precision lightning data – Business impact

Richard Fellner, CEO, nowcast GmbH
Presentation

Unlocking the Benefits of Open Weather Data

This GWEF webinar explored the issues surrounding open data in the context of weather and climate data and services.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Adrian - President, WMO
Presentation

Energy, weather and climate change

Business of Weather talks to World Energy & Meteorology Council about the importance of weather data to increasing the use of renewable energy and in enhancing energy efficiency

Prof. Alberto Troccoli, Co-founder and Managing Director of WEMC
Podcast

Air quality in the urban environment: monitoring & measurement

Sensor-based air quality monitoring: opportunities, impacts and challenges

Joseph Deng Mao, Technical Area Manager, APAQ Group, Singapore
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Water and cities; coping with floods, droughts and pollution

Prof. Alan Jenkins, Deputy Director, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
Presentation

Hydromet services – public-sector domain or private-sector business?

Explores the “vitals” for successful public and private engagement. These include open data policies enabling private sector participation with a clear division of roles and responsibilities between sectors, as well as non-restrictive country legislation and legal frameworks.

Various contributors
Blog

Investment & Trade

Investing in resilience – the economic and humanitarian case

Michael Szoenyi, Flood Resilience Program Lead – Zurich Insurance Company
Video session

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

River Flood Assessment Based On Ethno-Geography Perspective on the People at Musi River South Sumatra Province, Indonesia

Gerry Utama, Researcher, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Presentation

Early Warning, Response & Recovery

Evacuate if you are told to

Foeke Kuik, Director of Global Services, Campbell Scientific
Presentation

Transport Operations

Severe weather impacts on ground and flight operations and the application of innovative observing systems for risk reduction.

Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President for Global Sales, Earth Networks
Presentation

Explosive observations - mitigating the hazards of volcanic ash

Explosive volcanic eruptions produce ash that endangers aviation and infrastructure

Reijo Roininen, Product Manager, Vaisala
Blog

The challenges ahead for U.S. meteorologists

Business of Weather spoke to Mary Glackin about the challenges that lay ahead for U.S. meteorologists.

Mary Glackin, President of the American Meteorological Society
Podcast

Climate change, conflict and war

Business of Weather talks to Louise van Schaik who heads up the Planetary Security Initiative which was launched in 2015 by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to research new approaches to reducing climate-related risks to conflict and stability

Louise van Schaik, Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs at Clingendael
Podcast

Transport Operations

Application of smart weather and climate services to increase safety and efficiency of port operations

Rob Harrison, GM Customers, Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited
Presentation

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

Lightning detection for critical urban infrastructure and leisure facilities

Nathan Neal, Sales and Marketing Director, Biral
Presentation

Air quality in the urban environment: monitoring & measurement

How Ground Based Doppler Lidar improves Weather Observations and Forecasts

Dr. Rémy Parmentier
Presentation

Delivering weather services in a disaster

Lessons Learned from an NWS Director

Dr Jack Hayes
Blog

Operational forecasting systems in the urban environment

Private observations improve operational weather forecasts

Kristian Gislefoss, Senior Meteorologist, Forecasting Department, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Presentation

Air quality in the urban environment: public health and other impacts

Air pollution, public health and changing weather

Prof. David Parsons, Professor, Emeritus University of Oklahoma
Presentation

OTT Cast - let's talk about the weather

Episode 1 - Sky and Cloud Observation with Ceilometers

Holger Wille, Product Manager and lidar systems expert
Podcast

Investment & Trade

Investing and trading in the weather derivatives market - Real life examples of using the weather market for benefit

Jonathan Barratt, CEO, Celsius Pro (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
Presentation

Flood Impacts

The impact of of flooding on mosquito surveillance and control

Dr. Claudia Riegel, Director, City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
Presentation

Public sector

InterMET Asia 2019 panel discussion: Public sector - Commercial Services?

Moderated by Dr David Rogers, Consultant to the World Bank
Presentation

Innovation in PPE - public goods in weather & climate

WMO Open Consultative Platform (OCP) Innovation Seminar - 3 July 2020

Adriaan Perrels and Gerald van der Grijn
Presentation

The tornado's song

Business of Weather investigates a new tool which could significantly increase the accuracy of tornado forecasting

Brian Elbing, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University
Podcast

The future shape of the global weather enterprise

A value chain of activities of the public, private and academic sectors providing accurate, reliable and timely weather and climate related information

Professor Alan Thorpe
Presentation

Mind the Gap : Addressing Critical Technical Issues in Strengthening NMHSs

This Technical Note is aimed primarily at professionals in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), who are trying to improve the quality and relevance of their services to match their societies’ growing needs for meteorological and hydrological information.

World Bank / GFDRR
Blog

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

Next generation real-time hydrologic monitoring standard for increased reliability and accuracy of flood warning data

Ilse Gayl, Director, Business Development & Strategy, OneRain Inc
Presentation

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

Dr Jack Hayes, former Director of the National Weather Service (NWS)
Presentation

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

Dr. David Parsons, Professor Emeritus of the Oklahoma University Department of Meteorology
Podcast

Public and private weather services in Austria

A view from the Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), which is Austria’s national meteorological & hydrological service.

Dr. Michael Staudinger
Podcast

The versatility of LiDAR surveying technology

Business of Weather spoke to the founder, CEO and chairman of Raymetrics, Nikos Kontos, about the company and about pollution monitoring and other applications for LIDAR technology

Nikos Kontos
Podcast

UKCEH's long-standing expertise in air pollution reflected in new special issue

The Royal Society has published a themed issue of its Philosophical Transactions journal addressing “Air Quality, past, present and future”.

Featuring several CEH authors
Blog

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Collaborative digital workflows for integrated flood management

Rodrigo Fernandes, Bentley
Presentation

The WMO strives to encourage collaboration between the public & private sectors

Business of Weather talks to Dimitar Ivanov, the Director of Public-Private Engagement at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

Dimitar Ivanov
Podcast

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

Advanced Automated MET System

Dr. Martin Gazak, CEO, MicroStep-MIS spol s.r.o.
Presentation

Flood resilience

Planning for urban flood resilience through blue, green and grey glasses

Dr. Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Changing the game of flood fighting

Sigurd Melin, CEO, NOAQ Flood Protection AB
Presentation

Air quality in the urban environment: monitoring & measurement

Environmental Intelligence platform for odour and air quality management of smart cities

Bennett Oprysa, Chief Technology Officer, Envirosuite
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Prediction of summer rainfall over the source region of the Blue Nile

Asmaa Alhamshry, Research Assistant, Tottori University
Presentation

Early Warning, Response & Recovery

Working in partnership to drive global awareness of hazardous and impactful weather.

Matthew Alto, Manager, Global Data Partnerships, AccuWeather
Presentation

Pilot project: Bus with Mobile Sensor increases Road Safety

Winter services save lives. In a pilot project, Technical Services Offenburg (TBO) show how their database can be improved with little effort.

Raphael Lehmann, Technical Services Offenburg
Blog

Using Advanced Risk Modelling To Understand Risk And Inform Insurance

For insurers and reinsurers, it is a real focus to understand and evaluate extreme weather and climate risks now and into the future by using advanced risk modelling

Rowan Douglas CBE, Head of Capital, Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson
Video session

Sailing close to the wind

Business of Weather speaks to the co-founder of Shipped by Sail, a novel shipping broker using sailing ships to transport cargo

Will Adeney, Co-founder, Shipped by Sail
Podcast

How to start a weather business

Business of Weather talks to Dr. Jan Dutton, serial weather business entrepreneur and CEO of Prescient Weather Ltd., about setting up a weather-based business startup

Dr. Jan Dutton, CEO, Prescient Weather Ltd
Podcast

Operational forecasting systems in the urban environment

Operational irradiance forecasting for advanced PV grid integration in Singapore

Dr Thomas Reindl, Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute Singapore (SERIS)
Presentation

Communications

The importance of good communications in the Global Weather Enterprise

Gerald Fleming, Treasurer. International Association of Broadcast Meteorology
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

A full life-cycle IT approach for flood management

Xu Su, Manager, Augur Intelligence Technology Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

‘Blue labelling’ to highlight weather related flood risks

Dr. Hanneke Schuurmans, Leading Professional, Early Warning & Flood Forecasting, Royal HaskoningDHV.
Presentation

Air quality in the urban environment: public health and other impacts

Recent Advances in Air Quality Modelling in Australia

Dr. Dasarath Jayasuriya, Group Executive for National Forecasting Services, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Presentation

To Mars with Perservance and Curiosity

Vaisala & the Finnish Meteorological Institute: space-based technology

Various contributors
Video session

GWE Forum NWP seminar

A Vision for Numerical Weather Prediction in 2030: the inaugural GWE Forum presentation 30 June 2020

Professor Tim Palmer
Presentation

Asia Climate Forum 2019 welcome address

Dr. Chung Kyu Park, Director, Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific, World Meteorological Organisation
Presentation

Climate Research

Climate research scenarios

Dr. Erland Kallen, Director, Centre for Climate Research Singapore
Presentation

Operational forecasting systems in the urban environment

Communication with the individual supporters for operational weather forecasting

Tomohiro Ishibashi, Executive Officer (BtoS Service Sales), WeatherNews Inc
Presentation

Hydro meteorological services

Delivering Impact and Value - Transforming Hydro Meteorological Services for the Public

Dr. Dasarath Jayasuriya, Group Executive for National Forecasting Services, Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Presentation

Investment & Trade

IMPACT investing to balance financial return and social good by solving weather related issues for NGOs, foundations, non-profits, governments and philanthropies

Rebecca Leonardi, Partner, Wx Risk Global
Presentation

Asian perspective on challenges to flood management, mitigation & resilience

Integrating stakeholder knowledge domains to improve urban flood resilience

Prof. Bingunath Ingirige, Professor of Urban Resilience and Adaptation, University of Salford
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Cloudburst resiliency: Innovative solutions to heavy rainfall and coastal flooding

Henrik Søgård Olsen, Global Spearhead Director (Climate Adaptation & Landscape), Ramboll
Presentation

Climate engineering – who will take responsibility for the consequences?

Business of Weather talks to the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), an international, NGO-driven project that seeks to expand the global conversation around the governance of climate engineering research

Andy Parker, Project Director, SRMGI
Podcast

Asia Climate Forum 2019 welcome address

Jyoti Shukla, Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub, The World Bank
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Digital transformation of flood warnings. Making critical information available at the right time to the right people in the right way

Frazer Rhodes, Service Owner, GOV.UK Flood Services, UK Environment Agency
Presentation

2020 North Pacific Warmth

One of the most striking and persistent climate anomalies of recent years has been the widespread unusual warmth that has affected the North Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Jan Dutton, World Climate Service
Blog

Operational forecasting systems in the urban environment

Asian Megacities presentation: Towards an Operational Urban Flood Forecasting System

Dr Amir Givati, Director of flood modelling, Climacell
Presentation

Flood management, mitigation & resilience

Options for urban flood resilience within Indian cities: Findings from the high level national stakeholder consultation

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, Chair, Urban Resilience, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India
Presentation

The world of the broadcast meteorologist

In this episode of the WeatherPod, co-presenters Alan Thorpe and David Rogers talk to hugely experienced broadcast meteorologist, Gerald Fleming

Gerald Fleming
Podcast

Innovations in technology & forecasting services - lidar

Continuous temperature and humidity profiles from lidar. A powerful tool towards robust weather forecasting

Konstantina (Dina) Efstathiou, Sales Manager, Raymetrics
Presentation

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

Automated meteorological observation process – benefits for the societal output of meteorological organizations

Aki Lilja, Director, Soundings, Vaisala Oyj
Presentation

Asian perspective on challenges to flood management, mitigation & resilience

Green revetment solutions for riverbank erosion protection

Tan Jun Yuen, Senior Design Engineer, TenCate Geosynthetics Asia
Presentation

Early Warning, Response & Recovery

Urban Flooding and Threats to Sustainable Development: A Study of Srinagar and Chennai Floods.

Himanshu Mishra, Editor (Government Affairs), New Delhi Television
Presentation

Innovations in technology & forecasting services

Benefits of Lightning Information as a service

Marc Bonnet, VP International, Météorage
Presentation

Data sharing

Data sharing – Incentive-based data exchange

Dr. Neil Jacobs, Deputy Administrator, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, NOAA
Presentation
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