[Webinar] A Collaborative Future of the Weather Enterprise, a Private Sector Perspective


Weather is impacting at least a third of the global economy, and 100% of the global population. Accurate, widely distributed weather data and information is of undisputedly high value. For decades, the private, public, and academic sectors have jointly faced the challenge of weather prediction for the safety of life and property. Climate change and hazard vulnerability are rapidly raising the stakes, with further improvements in forecast accuracy taking on increased urgency. Fortunately, new science, technologies and business models have arisen which broaden the available arsenal that humanity has got to face that challenge. It is of high importance that the private, public, and academic sectors can adapt swiftly and collaboratively in this dynamic environment and overcome preconceived notions and engrained behaviours to tackle this challenge together. In this webinar, Peter Platzer, CEO, Spire Global, will share his perspective on the ongoing transformation in the global weather enterprise, paying particular attention to Commercial Data as a service in an open, big data world, establishing trust between existing and new, public and private institutions, and overcoming limitations of the current perceptions and actualities with regards to data sharing. OPENING REMARKS Maitreyi B. Das Practice Manager, Global Programs, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice SPEAKER Peter Platzer CEO, Spire Global ABOUT THE SPEAKER Platzer is regarded as one of the pioneers in launching small form factor satellites into space and was named by President Obama a White House Champion of Change in 2013. Prior to launching Spire, Peter trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute before turning to business with the Boston Consulting Group in Europe and Asia and serving as a quantitative investment manager on Wall Street. Peter received M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, M.B.A. from Harvard, and MSc cum laude in Space Science from ISU Strasbourg. His publications and patents span Computational Physics, Nano-satellite Technologies, and climate change adaptation.

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