Highlights from ECMWF Workshop

ECMWF has posted the highlights of the recent Workshop on improving the socio-economic impact of NWP data.

The first paragraph is particularly interesting:

A forecast has no value until it is understood and changes behaviour. The socio-economic value of open data has been measured in studies by the European Commission, but is generally lacking for NWP. There is a need for such studies to take place to support the case for the introduction of open data policies more widely. A Look, Take and Play approach should be adopted. “The use of data goes up by 1000-10000% when open.” “Copernicus environmental data could generate a financial benefit of 30 billion euros and generate 50,000 jobs by 2030.”

Read the full document here.