Asia on the Front Line of Extreme Weather Hazards
Oct 06 2016
The fourth edition of InterMET Asia will take place in Singapore on March 21-22 2017. This growing show represents a unique international marketplace bringing together the global weather and climate industry with all those in the public and private sectors seeking to mitigate and manage the risks of extreme weather and climate change, and to understand the opportunities presented.
It combines an international exhibition of technology companies and service providers; a high-quality conference; and a Special Session sponsored by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery (GFDRR). In 2016, companies and decision makers attended from some 39 countries.
The fast-growing Asian market represents a quarter of the global weather services sector. As the only dedicated event in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, InterMET brings together the public and private sectors, NMHSs, insurers and development agencies, and weather-affected enterprises, and features a hosted delegate programme for NMHSs.
The show can count on high level support from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Recovery and Reduction (GFDRR); the WMO; the Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry Association (HMEI); the Singapore National Environment Agency; and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.
The 2017 conference themes are: ‘Building resilience and adaptability to extreme weather’ and ‘Public-private sector co-operation’. Confirmed keynote participants include Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO; Mary Glackin, Senior VP for Public-Private Partnerships, The Weather Company; Dr. Neil Jacobs, Chief Scientist, Panasonic Avionics; Brian Day, Chairman HMEI, President/CEO Campbell Scientific (Canada).
Conference topics will include public-private sector co-operation in the provision of forecasting services; urban meteorology; meteorology in agriculture, energy, and aviation; the role of ICT and modelling; smart sensors; portable devices; the IoT & big data; weather risk management; and the latest hydromet technology developments. There will also be hands on workshop sessions organised in association with Baron.
InterMET Asia 2017 is co-located with a new event, Extreme Weather Expo (EWEX Asia). EWEX will address how key infrastructure can be adapted and upgraded to cope with the growing threat of the more frequent and intense extreme weather anticipated in coming years.
Tony Stephenson, Event Director for both shows, says: “InterMET and EWEX together will form a superb platform for companies looking to showcase their expertise and build business in the areas of resilient and adaptable infrastructure and gain access to billions of dollars of investment. They offer an unparalleled opportunity for key players to get together under one roof and understand how to meet the challenge of the extreme weather and climate change threat to life, society and economy.”
Ian Harper, Conference Director for both shows, says: “Together InterMET and EWEX will create an end-to-end forum covering key issues from the acquisition, value adding and communication of hydromet data, through to the development of extreme weather early warning systems, and the implementation of key infrastructure that is resilient and adaptable to increasingly intense and frequent extreme weather events.”
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