Many modernization projects are undertaken in low- and mid-income countries, to improve national and regional capacities to produce and deliver weather, climate, and hydrological information. Development partners marked significant success, and gained considerable knowledge over years, to enhance the public infrastructure for monitoring, prediction, and knowledge production.
In the meantime, we have witnessed rapid changes in the scene. Notably, technological advances and open data policies have significantly enlarged the role of the private sector, calling for the optimal mix of public-private collaboration that would improve the provision of public services. Sustainability continues to be a great challenge for those projects, bearing the questions as to “How to ensure lasting impact of the development projects?”, and, “How to maximize their benefit for the whole country or region?”
Seven women discuss their work and life experiences in meteorology and related fields. They review the progress or lack thereof made during the past three decades in efforts to create gender balance and equality in the global weather enterprise – how far have we come? How far do we still have to go?