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WeatherTech Med

April 10 & 11, 2017 - Casablanca, Morocco

WeatherTech Med

Global climate change is significantly changing the weather and climate of many regions. The Mediterranean area may be affected by droughts and floods, more frequently, with greater intensity and longer-duration. The projections also announce a drop of 4 to 27% in annual rainfall. The sea level could rise by 23-47 cm by the end of the 21st century. Many Mediterranean nations would then run a major risk of being submerged and eroded.

There is a need for improved weather forecasting to manage the risk of extremes of weather:

  • In Algeria, December 2015; 24 areas across the country have high risks of flooding that require priority intervention and management, according to a EUR 1.2 million study on the national strategy plan against floods in 2030, presented in Algiers
  • In Morocco, May 2016; floods caused by heavy rains in several regions killed at least six, according to a report prepared by the Ministry of Interior
  • In France, August 2016; heat records were beaten during the five-day heat wave. During this hot period, temperatures were around 10° Celsius above normal. In comparison to a previous heatwave in 2003 the population were better prepared avoiding loss of life
  • In Spain, June 2015 the largest olive producer in the world with 45% of production had a severe drought. This extreme of temperature threatened the production of olive oil, forced Spain to import olive oil for that year

Accurate and timely weather forecasting ability is essential to ensure a stable and secure environment for regional economic growth, prosperity and protection of people and assets. Cutting-edge early warning systems, alerts and protocols are required in order to enable decision makers to receive notification of any extremes of weather. Early notification allows adequate preparations and notification to be provided to mitigate the human and economic impact of extreme weather events. To support cooperation and improvement in weather forecasting ability multiple regional projects, national strategy plans and cooperation agreements are in place between the two sides of the Mediterranean Sea.

WeatherTech Med has been launched to support improvement in collection, analysis and distribution of weather intelligence in the Mediterranean region. This event will bring together weather and climate specialists from the Mediterranean nations (Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia Turkey) to support economic development through improvement in disaster & preparedness risk mitigation through weather forecasting ability.

Improvement in weather forecasting ability will have a positive impact on multiple sectors of the economy, including agriculture, marine, aviation, energy, industry, tourism.

This industry leading regional event will provide a platform for collaboration between Mediterranean national meteorological services, international development agencies, international and regional meteorology and weather experts, scientists and cutting edge technology providers with the objective of working towards the goal of providing timely forecasts and warnings in order to mitigate the risks presented by extremes of weather to allow stable economic development and benefits for all.

Top Reasons to attend

  • WeatherTech Med will provide a best in class platform for interaction between government policy makers, Heads of meteorology and weather industry experts to discuss, evaluate and support tailored weather technology solutions to enable environment protection and conservation of natural resources to achieve sustainability in the region
  • Update knowledge on weather monitoring stations, interpretation of data and creation of forecasting reports to improve data quality
  • Achieve your current and future development objectives and strategies by identifying new technology innovation, optimizing existing hardware and software configurations, integrating new devices into existing infrastructures to ensure weather accurate predictions to be used in advanced warning for extreme or damaging conditions
  • Develop your network of peers, decision makers and solution providers to increase your knowledge base and expertise resources in Mediterranean
  • Share national and regional best practices and successful stories on technology used to bring efficient solutions that may applied to improve weather collection, analysis and distribution
  • Improve cooperation and communication between Mediterranean weather forecasting and prediction teams to enable enhanced regional weather data exchange

Agenda Highlights

  • Regional overview of the climate in Mediterranean
  • Importance to create awareness on climate change and challenges to fight and prevent extreme weather in the region
  • Evaluating devices and technologies and their benefit for short term forecasting
  • Build long term scenario to implement a regional climate intelligence
  • Operational system and observation technology used to collect weather data in France
  • Using weather data in fight against climate change and global warming
  • Weather predictions needed by Noor biggest solar plant in the world
  • Weather technology needed in renewable energy to ensure a full productivity
  • Using meteorological and climate data for drought monitoring
  • Site visit to the Direction de la Météorologie nationale of Morocco
  • Analysing gross data to be usable by the final users
  • MedICIP initiative – Regional cooperation
  • Weather analyse and forecasting, technologies
  • The technology used to distribute the weather forecasts to the users
  • New alert system implemented to monitor droughts
  • Understanding the needs of weather data end users so that solutions may be customised to meet needs
  • The needs of a wind plants to produce clean energy safely and efficiently
  • Awareness, providing access to information and communication in case of extreme weather
  • Workshop on Best practices to predict extreme weather and MET alert system implemented
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