PRIMET @ GWEC 2018 Amsterdam 11-12 October

In parallel with the recent Meteorology Technology World Expo 2018 in Amsterdam there was a meeting of the Global Weather Enterprise Forum which included a major 2-day Conference with the theme ‘DATA – Co-operation to shape the future of Global Weather Enterprise’.

This is a key platform in the future develop of the relationship between the public and private sectors in Meteorology and PRIMET has already been playing a significant role. The participants in the Forum come from all over the world and the dialogue will feed into the WMO ‘Public Private Engagement’ strategy which will be one of the main themes at the next WMO Congress in 2019.

Although the WMO may seem like a remote entity to some PRIMET members, the discussions and decisions that take place there influence the behaviour of all the National Weather Services and their related governments – and this affects everyone.

The Chair of PRIMET, Dennis Schulze, made a presentation about the working relationship between PRIMET and ECOMET in Europe and how this helps to resolve problems with data supply and creates progress towards more open access. The attitude to making publicly-funded data available across Europe still varies considerably from one country to another. In the same session, speakers from Japan and the USA described other types of business model applied by their governments which encourage thriving private sectors in these countries.

PRIMET is planning a significant presence at the WMO Congress in 2019 to represent the interests of our members and make further progress towards in this important area.

For further information got  to WMO website here. (The presentations made in Amsterdam should be posted here shortly.)

Panel Discussion at GWEC 2018 Amsterdam Left to Right: Rob Varley (WMO), Neil Jacobs (NOAA,USA), Willie McCairns (ECOMET), Dennis Schulze (PRIMET), Jeremy Tandy (UK Met Office), Michael Staudinger (WMO), Paul Edwards (Stanford University, USA), Tatsuya Kimura (JMA, Japan), Chair: Gerald Fleming (IABM)