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Episode 1: The business opportunities of detecting & monitoring climate change


In this webinar we will investigate the business opportunities associated with technologies used for detecting and monitoring climate change and applying the data to real-world problems. We will also examine the potential role of citizen science and how it might also assist new business startups as well as public and academic sector initiatives to address the challenges of climate change.

The issues covered by the webinar will include:

  • Key challenges of detecting & monitoring climate change - from data gathering and analysis to application
  • Main innovations and improvements in the systems and technologies used to detect & monitor climate change
  • Gaps in detecting & monitoring climate change and how these might be addressed
  • Real-world problems that could be addressed by climate change detection & monitoring
  • Contribution of citizen science and indigenous knowledge to climate change detection & monitoring
  • Opportunity for citizen science and indigenous knowledge to assist commercial initiatives
  • How detection & monitoring of climate change can assist in attributing impact on health, urban pollution, glacial melting, etc.
  • How detection & monitoring of climate change can increase sustainabilty of social, public and private enterprises



  • Sheldon Drobot, Sr. Manager, Strategy & Technology, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris Technologies


  • Anne Connor, Principal, Business Development of L3Harris Corporation’s Spectral Solutions in Space and Airborne Systems segment
  • Paul Kucera, Assistant Director of the COMET Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Paolo Ruti, Chief Scientist, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

Dr. Sheldon Drobot

Dr. Sheldon Drobot

Mission Area Lead, Environmental Intelligence & Sustainability, Ball Aerospace

Sheldon Drobot is the Mission Area Lead for Environmental Intelligence & Sustainability within Ball Aerospace’s Civil Space business unit. In this role, he engages with internal and external teams to develop and execute new projects focused on a simple ambition: do well for the planet, its inhabitants, animals, and ecosystems by creating innovative hardware and software solutions.

Anne M. Connor

Anne M. Connor

Principal, business development of L3Harris Corporationís Spectral Solutions

Anne assumed her position at L3Harris in December 2017 serving as the primary customer interface with both NOAA and NASA stakeholders.  She is responsible for maintaining and growing SAS portfolio for this and adjacent market segments. She began working at L3Harris (then Exelis) in August 2014, initially focusing on the development and execution of advocacy campaigns with state, local, federal, and international audiences to support key business objectives and long-term growth strategies.

Before joining L3Harris, Connor served as professional staff member on the Subcommittee on Space for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Previously, she served in various roles supporting government relations and advocacy for the aerospace and space intelligence industries.

She currently serves as Membership Chair of the National Space Club.  She has also served as the Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association’s Space Council, board member for the Maryland Space Business Roundtable, and provided advice and consultation to the Resources for the Future as part of their VALUABLES Consortium advisory board.

Dr. Paul Kucera

Dr. Paul Kucera

Assistant Director of the COMET Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Paul leads the international capacity development program for the modernization of hydrometeorological services. He also runs UCAR's 3D printed automatic weather station project, 3d-PAWS (see:

He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2002.  He has over 30 years of research and weather application development experience in the field of hydrometeorology.  His technical expertise is in weather radar, development of weather observation systems, satellite meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and international program development for the modernization of hydrometeorological services.  He has led or participated in projects in Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Central America, South America, and North America.  

His recent and current projects include modernizing the weather services through numerical weather prediction, impact-based forecasting, observational network development, training, and developing low cost, reliable observation networks.  He is actively involved with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) activities including being member of the Standing Committee on Measurements, Instrumentation and Traceability (SC-MINT) Expert Team on Transition to Modern Measurements (TMM) and supporting WMOs Public Weather Service trainings on Impact-Based Forecasting and Warning Services for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs).  

Dr. Kucera received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2002, M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas Tech University in 1993, and B.S. in Meteorology for the University of North Dakota in 1992.  He also has over five years of university teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dr. Paolo Ruti

Dr. Paolo Ruti

Chief Scientist at EUMETSAT

Dr. Ruti advises the Director-General on all scientific aspects of the organisation’s strategy, including the assessment of new opportunities, whilst providing scientific leadership in bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other satellite operators and within the WMO. 

He is the former Head of the World Weather Research Division at the WMO. He was responsible for the design and implementation of inter-disciplinary research and innovation programs across geophysical and social sciences to foster Earth system prediction. A further area of responsibility was to strengthen the value of science in decision making through collaboration with co-sponsored programmes (i.e., World Climate Research Programme, Global Climate Observing System), international prediction centres (i.e., ECMWF, NOAA, CMA), science foundations and UN organisations (i.e., NSF, EU, UNESCO, UNEP) and WMO member countries.

He holds a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Torino and Genova, Physics Department, a Degree in physics from the University of Bologna and undertook his qualification as Associate Professor in Geophysics (earth and applied geophysics, oceanography and atmospheric physics) in 2012 in Italy and as a full Professor in Physics (astronomy, astrophysics, Earth and planetary physics) in 2020 in Italy.

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