12 October 2020
PowerPoint Presentation Business model and Data Policy – South African NMHS perspective Mnikeli Ndabambi ACEO: South African Weather Service 7 October 2020 History of the South African Weather Service (SAWS) • 1912-1960: The Weather Service in the Union of South Africa • 1940: The Meteorological Service is taken over by the Dept of Defence during the Second World War • 1949: The Meteorological Ser. [...] Bottom line: SAWS applies this data policy to recover costs for the maintenance of the infrastructure to support data provision to continue into the future. [...] • Nationally, the main platform envisaged for development of the WIGOS implementation plan is the strategic direction that SAWS and Dept of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries is taking in addressing the South African infrastructure requirements in the context of the National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS). [...] • The RWC will assist in ensuring a properly maintained and quality controlled database not only for the country but for the SADC region too Final thoughts • Discussion on free and open access to data must be linked to infrastructure sustainability • The decline in the number of weather stations in the country will negatively affect the implementation of the NFCS objectives that support delivery o. [...] • It is acknowledged that the scale of climate research is narrowed and viability of commercially-based projects is impaired because data is not freely available • Deeper understanding is required in linkining open data and socio- economic value for the benefit of the country Thank you Business model and Data Policy – South African NMHS perspective History of the South African Weather Service (SAW.