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Join the debate at Asia Climate Week

Join the debate at Asia Climate Week

The Global Weather Enterprise (GWE) is the name coined for the organisations and individuals in the commercial, public and academic sectors who contribute to scientific research, technology, observations, modelling, forecasting, and forecast products and services associated with weather & climate change.

The GWE has a major role to play when it comes to mitigating and managing and giving early warning of the increasing impacts of extreme weather & climate change.

However, whilst it is widely accepted that the commercial, public and academic constituents of the GWE must co-operate if they are to address the huge challenges ahead, there is an increasingly vociferous debate about how this might be best achieved.

Taking the debate one step further …

Since its launch in 2014, InterMET Asia has helped facilitate this debate by bringing the GWE together to talk candidly, without the pre-set, formal agendas that characterise most other meetings.

In 2019 this will be taken a step further with a debate – What is the single biggest challenge facing the GWE in the next five years and how can it be addressed?

This is your chance to join that debate and have your say. What do you think is the single biggest challenge facing the GWE in the next five years? And more importantly, how do you think this challenge can be met?

To get the ball rolling, we’ve asked some experts what they think.

The challenges they’ve come up with include:

  • Building trust & co-operation between the public, private and academic sectors.
  • Building a long-term sustainable approach, especially in the developing countries, to addressing extreme weather and climate change.
  • Striking a balance between existing and new technologies.
  • Making weather data accessible to all, and especially to the less well-off countries.
  • Bringing hydrology & meteorology together.

Now have your say …

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the GWE?
  • How do you think it can be met?
  • What are the issues standing in the way that must be resolved?

To make your views known, contact the InterMET Asia, Conference Director here >>

What you will take away from InterMET Asia 2019

From the Conference:

InterMET Asia, now in its 6th year, is one of the leading events on the calendar of the ‘Global Weather Enterprise’ – bringing together leading players the public, private and academic sectors who share the common goal of providing accurate and reliable weather information and services that save lives, protect infrastructure and enhance economic output.

The main theme of the 2019 conference programme is urbanisation and the rise of mega-cities and you will:

  • Understand the increasingly important role weather, hydrology and related information has in the urban environment.
  • Learn about the latest innovations in the use of weather and related information to support the activities of weather affected businesses and essential services – including aviation & transport; energy generation and supply; agriculture; and health services.
  • Get an inside track on the very latest technologies for acquiring, processing and applying weather, flood and related data across business and essential services.
  • Meet many of the world’s leading commercial providers of hydrometeorology technology and forecasting services and discuss how they can meet your requirements.

See the full conference programme

From the Exhibition:

InterMET Asia 2018 set new records, with over 80 participating organisations showcasing innovative technologies and solutions designed to address the impact of weather and flooding on business, critical infrastructure and essential services.

The exhibition offers speakers and delegates an excellent opportunity to meet top experts from the meteorology, hydrology and flood management and mitigation areas.

The exhibition and workshops are free of charge to attend, with different delegate options to suit your schedule and budget.

Find out more: www.intermet.asia

Register now: benefit from a 25% Acclimatise discount using the code ACCLIMATISE

International support and co-operation

InterMET Asia, along with InterFLOOD Asia and InterAIR Asia, is part of the international co-operation framework comprising the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the Association of the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI). Supporters include the Singapore National Environment Agency and Meteorological Services Singapore.


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Asia Climate Week 27-28 March, Suntec Singapore, brings world-class expertise together

Asia Climate Week 27-28 March, Suntec Singapore, brings world-class expertise together

Asia is the world’s economic powerhouse with most of the world’s fastest growing economies in the region.

But as weather events get more extreme and climate change deepens, are the regions businesses – most directly or directly influenced by the weather – best positioned to meet the challenges and take advantage of the new business opportunities being created?

The 6th InterMET Asia conference and exhibition brings the global weather and climate industry together. Dedicated to the use of weather information routinely, and to mitigate, manage and build resilience the event will examine the growing impacts of extreme weather and climate change.

For 2019 it is joined by the 2nd InterFLOOD Asia flood management and mitigation conference and exhibition, with the debut InterAIR Asia focused on air quality monitoring, measurement and improvement.

The result is Asia Climate Week – the most important coming together ever of expertise on weather & climate-related environmental issues for the Asia, Africa and Pacific regions. The conference runs from 25-29 March and the exhibition from 27-28 March.

For 2019, InterMET Asia and InterFLOOD Asia will be joined by the debut InterAIR Asia. As a prelude to a full exhibition and conference launch in 2020, this will initially comprise a series of expert conference sessions.

World class conference programme: Harnessing the power of weather information to save lives, build resilience and enhance economic output and social well-being

The InterMET Asia conference takes the theme of Urbanisation and the rise of the Megacity, – four intensive days packed with hard hitting expert presentations, discussions and workshops from the public, private and academic sectors of the Global Weather Enterprise.

InterFLOOD Asia sessions will address the challenges posed by extreme weather and flooding, focussing on management, mitigation and resilience, including a session dedicated to urban planning.  Two InterAIR Asia presentations will investigate the impact of air quality in urban environments, with a focus on public health.

Overall, ​the programme will: ​

  • Illustrate how weather data is being used routinely by public and private enterprise to enhance efficiency and profitability
  • Examine the key role of weather and related data in meeting the growing challenge of extreme weather & climate change to the urban environment
  • Highlight the latest developments in hydrometeorology technology, information and forecasting services, and impact early warning systems
  • Demonstrate the importance of relevant, effective and timely communications
  • Show how key public and private organisations are using hydrometeorology to save lives, build resilience and enhance economic output

International support and co-operation

InterMET Asia, along with InterFLOOD Asia and InterAIR Asia, is part of the international co-operation framework comprising the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the Association of the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI). Supporters include the Singapore National Environment Agency and Meteorological Services Singapore.

Find out more: www.intermet.asia

Register now: benefit from a 25% Acclimatise discount

Discount Code: ACCLIMATISE


Earth Observation for Impact: GEO Symposium 2019

Earth Observation for Impact: GEO Symposium 2019

Join the global Earth observation community in Geneva from 27-29 May for the 2019 GEO Symposium, as representatives from GEO’s 70+ Work Programme activities and initiatives share their progress, knowledge and make plans to maximise the impact of Earth observations for sustainable development.

Why attend?

The 2019 Symposium takes place at a critical moment in the development of the 2020-2022 GEO Work Programme. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in discussions that will shape GEO’s direction over the next three years.

Who should attend?

All those currently involved in GEO Flagships, Initiatives, Community Activities or Foundational Tasks are invited to come and share their experiences and knowledge with the GEO community. Those who are proposing new activities for inclusion in the GEO Work Programme are strongly urged to attend. We also encourage participation from users and providers of Earth observation data and information who are new to GEO and are interested in getting involved.

Agenda

The GEO Symposium agenda will be available on GEO’s website shortly.

For more information, please contact Craig Larlee: clarlee@geosec.org

EO4SD Climate Resilience stakeholder & capacity building workshop

EO4SD Climate Resilience stakeholder & capacity building workshop

Colleagues from international finance institutions (IFIs) and their client states are invited to join the EO4SD Climate Resilience cluster on 13 March 2019, one day before the One Planet Summit in Nairobi: Africa’s Pledge, for a stakeholder and capacity building workshop at the ICPAC offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop aims to demonstrate the value of Earth observation data to climate-resilient development through a series of presentations, discussions, and hands-on training.

During the workshop the EO4SD Climate Resilience cluster will:

  • Provide valuable insights into how IFIs and their client states can use Earth observation data to support climate-resilient development;
  • Discuss stakeholder needs and requirements, especially with regards to projects on the African continent;
  • Provide applicable and useful information about Copernicus Sentinel data and services, which offers full, free and open access;
  • Showcase the proposed services of the EO4SD Climate Resilience cluster and how they can be used (e.g. drought monitoring, wetland monitoring, ecosystem evaluation, flooding, soil erosion, etc.);
  • Offer a training session about the EO4SD Climate Resilience platform, including downloading data, visualizing it, and creating of customized products (e.g. water quality indexes, vegetation indexes, etc.).

More information coming soon!

For additional information, please contact EO4SD Climate Resilience coordinator Dr. Carlos Doménech.

Please register by using the following link.

COP24 side event: Adaptation Finance and TCFD Recommendations

COP24 side event: Adaptation Finance and TCFD Recommendations

Acclimatise, the European Investment Bank, and the Global Reporting Initiative would like to invite you to this panel discussion.

When: Tuesday 11 December from 15:00-16:30

Where: Room BUG, Area G, COP24 Conference venue, Katowice

Speakers

  • Dr Cinzia Losenno, Senior Climate Change Specialist, European Investment Bank
  • Dr Craig Davies, Head of Climate Resilience Investments, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
  • Dr Hilen Meirovich, Climate Lead Specialist, IDB Invest
  • Mr Remco Fischer, Head of Climate Change, UNEP Finance Initiative
  • Dr Barney Dickson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Global Center on Adaptation, Co-Director of Global Commission on Adaptation
  • Mr Alexis Bonnel, Lead of International Development Finance Club, Agence Française
    de Développement

Moderator: Mr John Firth, CEO of Acclimatise

Webcast:  A live broadcast via Skype Meeting Broadcast will be available on-demand via the following
link to “Side Events Webcast Page”. Viewers will also be able to submit questions through the dedicated chat.

Contact: Dr Sara Venturini, s.venturini@acclimatise.uk.com

Background

Policies and investors play a key role in building climate resilience, including through climaterelated
financial disclosures. This event explores promising practices of national and capital market policies enhancing corporate reporting on climate action, and international finance institutions’ reporting on adaptation finance.

It has been over a year since the release of the Recommendations from the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Across the world, leading initiatives have started to explore how different segments of the financial sector may respond to the TCFD Recommendations. Lessons from these pioneer initiatives show the need for collaboration between and within financial institutions, as well as for better guidelines and metrics to support risk disclosure processes.

Physical climate-related disclosures are part of an iterative process and constitute a learning exercise for corporations and financial institutions. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have a role to play in ensuring that emerging economies are not left behind as new regulatory and market practices on climate-related disclosures emerge.

This event will discuss:

  • How policy plays an important role in advancing corporate reporting on climate change related issues by exploring promising practices of national policies and capital markets regulation that enhance corporate reporting and climate action.
  • How MDBs can work with commercial bank partners using the TCFD recommendations as a basis for engagement.
  • How major financial institutions such as MDBs and International Development Finance Club (IDFC) members work jointly to develop principles and methodologies to report the level and the outcome of climate finance for adaptation and climate resilience operations in their development portfolios.

Cover photo by Umkatowice/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0): Katowice, Poland

People’s Seat at COP24 to allow public have a voice at the conference

People’s Seat at COP24 to allow public have a voice at the conference

In preparation for this year’s UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP24, it was announced this week that the conference would have a new feature: the People’s Seat.

The “People’s Seat” initiative will combine digital technology, polling, and the involvement of climate change advocates who will deliver messages about the need to act on climate change and engage people around the world. One of these advocates, Sir David Attenborough, is launching the campaign with a video inviting viewers to share their thoughts on climate change. Over the next two weeks, thousands of influencers from around the world will also use polling and the hashtag #TakeYourSeat on social media to gather people’s experiences and opinions.

The People’s Address will be delivered by Sir David Attenborough from The People’s Seat at the COP24 plenary on 3 December and will be broadcast on social media around the world. The People’s Address will also trigger the launch of a Climate Action Facebook Messenger ActNow.bot.

Alison Smale, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said: “People need to be empowered in their own lives to be the change that we need for a sustainable world. We welcome the use of cutting-edge technology to help everyone around the world reduce emissions through the Actnow.bot. With this initiative, we are calling on citizens to take action in ways that are feasible, fresh and have an impact.”


Download the factsheet about the initiative by clicking here.

Event: Methodologies and tools to evaluate the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities

Event: Methodologies and tools to evaluate the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities

On 16 November, the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei will be hosting a workshop on methodologies and tools to evaluate the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities in Milan, Italy. Acclimatise’s CEO John Firth will be participating in a round-table discussion bringing together firms and investors to discuss their respective views on climate-risk disclosure and expectations on the associated financial impacts.

Visit the event website by clicking here.

Background to the event

As the demand for disclosure of climate related risks and opportunities scales up in the financial sector, firms are responding by implementing reporting frameworks following guidelines like the Recommendations set out by the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

To improve the quality and transparency of climate information sought by investors, firms are looking for effective methodologies to improve their evaluation of the financial impacts of climate change in the medium/long run. Think-tanks and research centres have already begun elaborating and testing systems to reach these objectives, particularly for what concerns the energy transition risks and the physical risks related to climate change.

Through the participation of high-level international experts, the workshop will present some of the most interesting instruments and methods in this field. The workshop will also present the British approach to implementing the recommendations of the TCFD within the national disclosure guidelines, with the purpose of representing a valuable lesson for the Italian firms. The final session will discuss the role of the information that results from these tools for firms and investors.

The DeRisk-CO project, developed at FEEM, aims at mapping and evaluating such methodologies, so as to stimulate a scientifically founded debate on the relevance of disclosing climate information, and to give valuable insights for Italian businesses. This workshop is part of a series of events promoted by the Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (ItaSif) within the SRI week.

Help shape Copernicus Climate Change user learning services

Help shape Copernicus Climate Change user learning services

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) now also offers learning services on how to correctly use its Climate Data Store. The courses combine classroom and online training covering:

  • Climate Data Store
  • Data discovery
  • Data sources (Essential Climate Variables, Earth Observations, reanalysis, climate predictions, seasonal forecasts)
  • Sectoral Information System (including case studies e.g. from the water, energy, food and insurance sectors)
  • Uncertainty

In order to shape the learning service to its users’ needs, C3S are currently undertaking a short survey to find out what people really want out of the platform. Click here to access the survey and provide your feedback: Access C3S learning services survey.

Free training events are held all across Europe. Click here to find out when and where the next ones are taking place: Access the event calendar.

There is also a Learning Experience Platform people can use for free, click here to register.

Read the brochure by clicking on the image:


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Conference at The Collider: The nexus of climate data, insurance, and adaptive capacity

Conference at The Collider: The nexus of climate data, insurance, and adaptive capacity

From 8-9 November 2018, The Collider in Asheville, NC, is hosting an exciting conference on the nexus of climate data, insurance, and adaptive capacity.

This workshop will facilitate a national, interdisciplinary scientific research discussion on modelling and managing climate change risks between three different but related research communities: the climate modelling and data community, statisticians, and researchers within the insurance and reinsurance industries. This workshop will be aimed at active scientific researchers in each community, with the goals of sharing perspectives, methods, and databases; defining gaps of existing research; and forming actionable research paths which can only be addressed by teams which are new, collaborative and interdisciplinary.

Speakers include: Deke Arndt (NCEI), Dan Cooley (Colorado State), Stephanie Herring (NOAA), Jeremy Hess (U-Washington), Jennifer Jurado (Broward County, FL), Lysa Porth (U-Manitoba), Doug Nychka (Colorado Mines), Raghuveer Vinukollu (Munich Re), and Roy Wright (IBHS).

The conference is organised by the Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, Reinsurance Association of America, Renaissance Computing Institute, and Wake Forest University, with support from the NSF, Society of Actuaries and Casualty and Actuarial Society.

Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.

Click here to register and access the agenda.

Acclimatise CEO to speak at Eye on Earth Symposium

Acclimatise CEO to speak at Eye on Earth Symposium

From 22-24 October 2018 the Eye on Earth Symposium will be held at the Mina A’Salam Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Acclimatise’s CEO John Firth will be participating remotely in a session “Application of Earth Observation data to support robust investment decisions in the face of a changing climate” together with moderator Tanzeed Alam, Managing Director of Earth Matters Consulting, and panellists Jed Sundwall, Global Open Data Lead at Amazon, and Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations from the Group on Earth Observations Secretariat. The session will be transmitted live, register below to watch the live stream. Find the abstract below the registration link.

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, as co-founder of the Eye on Earth movement, in partnership with the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and the Eye on Earth Alliance are inviting all who support evidence-based decision making for environmental and natural resource aspects of sustainable development to convene, converge and collaborate at the Eye on Earth Symposium. Participation in the Eye on Earth Symposium is free of charge.

Register to attend the session online by clicking here.

GoToMeeting meeting ID: 781‐633‐691

Application of Earth Observation data to support robust investment decisions in the face of a changing climate

Monday 22 October from 17:30 to 19:30 (UTC+4 )

Many sectors of the economy are sensitive to weather and climate, and climate change is already having profound effects which need to be understood and managed effectively to ensure sustainable development. Growing numbers of heat waves, more droughts and floods, rising sea levels, and increased losses from extreme weather events are occurring globally. Evaluating the risks posed by climate change and making decisions about how to adapt requires sound science and data as a foundation.

At present, the potential of Earth Observation (EO) data to support sustainable economic development in the face of a changing climate is significantly underutilised. EO data can be used to monitor urban growth, sea level rise, harmful algal blooms, river discharges, and the state of critical infrastructure, among many others. Applications based on EO data can help to identify climate change hot spots and to develop forecasting systems for extreme climate‐related events.

This session will highlight the value of (EO) data for evaluating climate risks and ensuring that investments by public and private sector decision‐makers are climate resilient. Drawing on examples of global best practice, the session will demonstrate how EO data, combined with socio‐economic data and climate change projections, can provide powerful applications and analytics to improve the design, preparation and management of investments in many economic sectors, including industry, commerce, real estate and infrastructure.

The session will provide examples of international initiatives which are building capacity to access EO data and create EO applications that help to manage changing climate risks. It will discuss the exciting potential for EO data to transform the way decisions are made.


The full programme is available by clicking here. Follow the Eye on Earth Symposium on social media using the hashtag #EyeOnEarthSymposium.

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