Weather Revolution Workshop

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 10:00 EDT
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 01:00 EDT
Event Description: 

The global weather sector is undergoing revolutionary change. With major advancements in sensing, data collection and analytics via new satellite, in-situ and airborne observations,   industry contributions to observations and analytics important to weather prediction is increasing rapidly, and are outpacing  government-owned and operated capabilities.  

In addition to an expanding global resource of IoT and other ground based fixed and mobile sensors, industry is fielding satellite observations from companies such as Spire and are capturing 5000 radio occultation observations daily, along with similar space and ground based capabilities being provided by GeoOptics, PlanetIQ, and Climacell. Big Data analytics are integrating an increasing array of sources - both historic and real time to help drive highly accurate, market specific, hyperlocal / micro scale forecasts and predictions to support a improved readiness and response to severe weather events, and to address the growing market-specific demand for weather data to drive efficiencies and safeguard assets.  

Join OGC for our Weather Revolution Workshop to:
Better understand the technology trends relevant to weather prediction and forecasting
Discuss the implications of major growth in commercial weather observations and capacity
Consider possible futures for government, commercial data providers, and value adders
Identify areas of potential for experimentation, and public-private partnerships
Observe challenge areas in tech standards necessary to meet new and evolving requirements for hyperlocal weather 
From this dialog among panelists and webinar attendees, OGC will be preparing a detailed report of findings and recommendations to help further stimulate the advancement of the global weather community

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Workshop Agenda:

Session 1:   Navigating the New Normal - A discussion on the current state of the art in information resources, technologies and public / private sector collaboration to improve weather analytics, forecasting and prediction.  

1000-1010 Welcome / Introductions  - Nadine Alameh, CEO Open Geospatial Consortium

1010 - 1040  The Changing dynamics between government and industry in weather forecasting and prediction 

Nadine Alameh, CEO, OGC

NOAA National Weather Service , Kari Sheets, Geographic Systems Team Lead,  Office of Dissemination
 UK MET Office, Chris Little, IT Fellow - Operational Infrastructures
 METEO France (Invited)
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Meteorological Service of Canada, 
Richard Hogue, Executive Director National Prediction Development Division
European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, Stephan  Siemen, Forecast Department Head of Development 

1040-1125 Implications of the new weather observation and analytics environment

World Meteorological Organization (WMO), (Invited)

Spire, Jeff Rex, VP Engineering Weather
ClimaCell, Panelist TBA
LiveRoad Analytics, Murray Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO
RiskPulse, Jon Davis, Chief Meteorologist 
WeatherSource, Mark Gibbas, CEO 

1125-1130   Break

Session 2:  Opportunities and challenges ahead for Weather Forecasting / Prediction   Discussion of the emerging and disruptive trends, challenges and opportunities ahead for the weather industry to continue improvement of weather analytics,  forecasting and prediction for enhanced public safety and market success.

1130-1140  Welcome / Introductions   

1140-1225  What’s Next?  Opportunities and Challenges for the Weather Community

Dana Ostrenga, Data Management Architect, National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), US NOAA

Pelmorex Media Inc. - The Weather Network, Chris Scott, Director, Meteorology
TruWeather, Don Berchoff, CEO 
CustomWeather, Geoff Flint, President & CEO 
Federal Aviation Administration,
Tammy Flowe, Research Meteorologist FAA Next Gen, Aviation Weather Division
US Air Force Directorate of Weather, Michael Farrar, Chief Scientist

1225-1300  Session 3: Wrap Up Discussion:  Identification of Next Steps for Action - A focused discussion on specific opportunities and challenges for the community, including actions that can be addressed by the OGC, its members and alliance partners.

Michael Farrar, President Elect, American Meteorological Society (AMS)

This will be a highly interactive discussion among panelists and with the audience to identify opportunities for action.

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