Weather impacts people every day and weather information enables them to get out of harm’s way. As the global population rises and the climate changes, people are increasingly affected by the weather and hazards such as typhoons, windstorms, and associated flooding that are commonplace in the worldwide news. This represents a huge challenge to weather science, technology, and practice to produce ever more accurate, reliable, and accessible weather information. The Global Weather Enterprise Forum has been created to help meet this challenge.
The Global Weather Enterprise is the value chain of activities of the public, private and academic sectors providing accurate, reliable, and timely weather and climate-related information. It contributes to the safety of life and property, poverty reduction, and the promotion of economic development (c.f., the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 of the United Nations).
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 success of the initial phase of the GWE Forum since its creation in 2018, and developments associated with the WMO Congress in June 2019, have led to a significant evolution and development of the global weather enterprise. Engagement, openness, and dialogue continue to be the key touchstones of the Forum.
The Forum continues to evolve to provide support to as many people as possible who are actively involved in the global weather enterprise. Anyone with an involvement in the global weather enterprise across the public, private and academic sectors, who wishes to contribute to the dialogue, is a member of the Forum. You may contact the coordinating team through this website for any questions or suggestions.
Ways of working
The GWE Forum focuses on facilitating open dialogue and collective deliberation on key issues in improving the delivery of weather, climate, and water information and services that are essential for the resilient development of national economies. Furthermore, it endeavours to match interests and needs, and to act as a broker to enable emerging opportunities to be scaled up.
Regular eNewsletters, discussion facilities, and series of events for knowledge exchange will provide a platform to share ideas and to propose collaborative activities, such as a field test of various concepts for capacity development. Consequently, the Forum will function mostly via these online tools and via the subject-based expert groups. In addition, on an occasional basis, and in association with major international conferences/workshops, the Forum will hold plenary events to take stock and discuss the next steps.
The operation of the Forum is advised by a Coordination Group, which is drawn from experienced members of the global weather enterprise, and in turn, is supported by a small team from the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery GFDRR.
NOTE ON IMAGES: Unless otherwise stated images on this website are courtesy of NASA.