GWE Forum activities in the next phase (2021-2022)

The GWE Forum Coordination Group met virtually on 3 June 2021, to review the activities of the Forum conducted during the fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 – June 2021), and to develop a preliminary agenda for activities to be undertaken in the fiscal year 2022 (July 2021 – June 2022).

The Global Weather Enterprise Forum (GWE Forum) is an open dialogue across the global weather enterprise generating new ideas to improve the delivery and sustainability of weather, climate, and water services.

The operation of the Forum is advised by a Coordination Group, composed of experienced members of the global weather enterprise. It supports the work of the GWE Forum to foster dialogue and greater cooperation, collaboration, and understanding of issues that the GWE is facing. The Coordination Group also evaluates the performance and reviews outcomes of the collaboration within the GWE Forum.

Progress has been made through the global crisis, which has resulted in a number of publications, issue papers, and virtual events addressing all four identified topics in 2020 (socio-economic benefits; open data; co-production and services; legislative frameworks). It was noted that the GWE Forum has successfully set up a range of virtual activities providing an optimal place for the GWE virtual community engagement, and delivered a series of publications on critical issues relevant for public-private-academic partnerships. These resources are all available on the GWE Forum website: gweforum.org 

Looking forward, the GWE Forum will continue to act as a coordinator of community voices to explain the critical importance of “Weather and climate information for economic resilience”, as a vital enabler of decarbonizing economies, and to facilitate engagement with interested players in the practical steps for the GWE growth. Some recommended actions include:

  • Plan dialogue/events at high-level fora, to highlight the importance of hydromet services delivered by public, private and academic players to societal priorities such as decarbonization, sustainable growth and strengthening resilience to natural hazards.
  • Sharpen key messages to interested development partners and donors, and widen the audience of GWE Forum activities and outputs (e.g., through high(er) level publications).

Re-affirming the core of the GWE Forum as open dialogue, with the broad GWE community and OCP, the emphasis was placed on reaching out and facilitating engagement with interested players of the global weather enterprise. The following recommendations were brought forward, in this context:

  • Increase effort to broaden private sector engagement
  • Reach out to those active global weather enterprise stakeholders who do not have direct engagement with the organizations like WMO, HMEI, etc., to bring them into the discussions
  • Involve the younger generation more directly in the GWE Forum activities.
  • Involve meteorological societies more actively.

The Coordination Group recommended that the GWE Forum should move ahead with a clearly articulated overarching goal of “Weather and climate information for economic resilience”, as a vital enabler of decarbonizing economies. In doing so, the Forum activities should focus on the chosen topics, and identify/share good practices to scale up public-private-academic partnerships. Continued alignment of the GWE Forum agenda with the main objectives and associated initiatives of the global hydromet community (such as those of WMO/OCP and WB/GFDRR) will also be a key for successful and synergetic implementation in the coming period.

The following table summarizes a list of topics and initial elements for 2021-2022 activities, discussed during the CG meeting:

 

Key subject

Focused topics

Initial elements in developing the key messages & supporting evidence

(Relating to overarching goal)

GWE offer/ value to society

  • (key message) GWE as a vital enabler of decarbonizing economies
  • Realising economic opportunities for build-back-better
  • German example: DWD and private sector working with the energy sector
  • Economic assessments within the GFDRR projects (e.g. Sri Lanka, collaboration with RIMES)

Data

  • Data sharing in the data-cloud era
  • “Open data 2.0”: business models and incentives to enable the public and private sectors to contribute
  • Seeking a consensus amongst those who produce hydromet data using disruptive technologies (satellite, mobile tech., alternative obs., etc.)
  • GWE practices in open data 2.0 (e.g. access conditions and associated regulations)

Integrated services[1]

  • Identifying best practices for “how multiple actors can co-create a flourishing integrated services industry?”
  • Identifying investment opportunities that include integrated services for economic resilience as a component
  • Promoting a broader use of a whole value chain approach
  • Activating discussions on enlarging the value chain
  • Japanese example: integrated hydromet services for the rail system

 

[1] Integrated services are industry-specific forecast services where up-to-date business data are integrated with weather information. Organizations can carry out business and public data integration, or more concisely integrated services, whereby those meteorological data are merged with data from other domains such as energy production, traffic flows, Internet of Things, or population density to create information that most directly helps people live their daily lives.