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Inventory of Socio-Economic Case Studies

Title of Case Study

Description of Case Study

Applications and Outcomes

Socioeconomic Application


All weather dependent sectors in general

Economic framework for the provision of meteorological services

by J.W. Zillman and J.W. Freebairn

Outlines the elements of an economic
framework for assessing the benefits of meteorological
and related services
options for funding and pricing of meteorological services
All sectors
view page 206, WMO Bulletin Vol.50 No.3 (July 2001)

Costs and benefits of weather and climate services

by Y. Boodhoo

Addresses pricing of meteorological products, potential customers and invisible benefits
Insight into cost recovery and revenue generation by NMHSs
All sectors
view page 216, WMO Bulletin Vol.50 No.3 (July 2001)

The economic benefits of hydrometeorological services,

by A.I. Bedritsky and L.A. Khandozko

Treats the experience of the Hydrometeorological Service of Russia and its benefits to society
Informs of the tasks which must be
carried out in the
framework of “economic
All sectors
view page 219, WMO Bulletin Vol.50 No.3 (July 2001)

Benefits of meteorology and climatology for companies and

by M. Le Quentrec

Treats the experience of Meteo-France in delivery of services and the benefits thereof.
Demonstrates benefits of meteorological services to specific users
All sectors
view page 224, WMO Bulletin Vol.50 No.3 (July 2001)

Meteorology – a Revenue Generating Science

This is a systematic assessment of the economic impact of meteorological services in Denmark

It illustrates the extent and scope of the meteorological services, exemplifying how these services contribute to planning, economy and safety, of weather dependent activities.

All sectors


Benefits of meteorological services

in Croatia

The study looks into the benefits of hydrological and Meteorological information services in Croatia (DHMZ).

This study concludes that the services delivered by DHMZ pay themselves back by at least 3-fold each year.

It justifies increased investments for the improvement of hydrological and meteorological services.


Study on Economic Benefits of RHMS of Serbia

To evaluate current economic benefits of RHMS and estimate potential additional benefits which might be gained through modernization

Raises the level of awareness of users/stakeholders to understand how to make the most efficient use of information and forecast, modernization of RHMSS regarding the observation, telecommunication and forecasting systems

Cost benefit analysis, for users/stakeholders to better understand NHMSs areas of activity, how to make the most efficient use of information and forecast to achieve full economic benefit.



Economic and social benefits of meteorology
and climatology in Switzerland
The study shows that benefits from weather services in Switzerland are in the region of hundreds of millions Swiss Francs The study shows that it is not possible to estimate one single figure representing the overall benefit from weather
services in a country.
Cost benefit analysis, for users in key sectors: agriculture, construction, energy, insurance, telecommunication,
tourism, transport, logistics and water availability.

Agricultural Sector

Application of the National Agricultural Monitoring System (NAMS)

To streamline the Exceptional Circumstances (drought assistance) application and assessment process.

To enhance the timely identification of an emerging event, data can be applied to local government areas, and to identify uses for other applications, such as more objective drought declarations, improved approaches to risk management.

Implement drought prevention and protection plans to minimize crop loss and fire danger


Disaster Risk Management

Quantifying the Benefit of a Flood Warning System

Describes a new method for computing flood warning inundation-reduction benefits and applies them to California's Central Valley

Reduce flood damage, protect the public, enhance the environment, and develop a plan to enhance flood response and emergency preparedness.

Better flood preparedness and mitigation is essential to reducing loss of life and property and helps an area recover quickly after the flood


Drought Monitoring Activities: China

Comprehensive index for drought monitoring described for China

Drought monitoring products

Implement drought prevention and protection plans to minimize crop loss and fire danger


Drought Monitoring Activities: Greater Horn of Africa

Describes the climate and drought detection and prediction center in the Greater Horn of Africa

Development and archiving of quality-controlled climate databanks; Monitoring space-time evolutions of weather and climate extremes; Delineation of risk zones of extreme climate events; Timely distribution of warning products; Enhancement of interactions with users through user workshops and pilot application projects.

Implement drought prevention and protection plans to minimize crop loss and fire danger


Drought Monitoring Activities: South Africa

Details the Standardized Precipitation Index and its application to South African droughts

Better drought mitigation …

Implement drought prevention and protection plans to minimize crop loss and fire danger


Drought Monitoring Activities: Portugal

Describes the Palmer Drought Severity Index and its use in Portugal

Delineating potential disaster areas for agriculture and other sectors, allowing for improved on-farm decisions to reduce impacts.

Implement drought prevention and protection plans to minimize crop loss and fire danger


Drought Monitoring Activities: Australia

Australian drought and the development of NAM

Information on production for major dry land broad-acre agricultural systems; historical information on measured and modeled production, financial impacts, remote-sensing indices and climate.

Implement drought prevention and protection plans to minimize crop loss and fire danger


Water Management

An innovative flood forecasting system for the Demer basin: A case study

The forecasting system for the Demer Basin in Belgium takes telemetry data from hydrological, meteorological, and hydraulic observation sites across the basin, along with radar rainfall forecasts. These data are fed through hydrological and hydrodynamic models.

Enhanced computer power and modeling capability allow basin managers and engineers to carry out fast and accurate simulation of the key elements of the future behavior of river, channel and coastal systems. This supports mobilization of emergency responses and provision of public flood warnings.

Timely warnings and effective management of river basins prevent physical and psychological impacts of flooding. Resilient flood risk management, methods of dissemination of flood warnings, and evacuation procedures reduce impacts.





Supporting activity of local societies in the field of flood warning

Advising local governments in building effective flood warning systems and local mitigation plans.

Build local monitoring and warning systems and guarantee training programs to improve the effectiveness of local services’ and forces’ work for local governments.

Saving money and lives by researching the best flood mitigation plan


Meteorology and Social Science

WAS*IS: Building a Community for Integrating Meteorology and Social Science
Discusses the need and motivation for creating WAS*IS; the development, scope, and implementation of WAS*IS through summer of 2006; and WAS*IS-related outcomes thus far, as well as future prospects of the WAS*IS movement
a) Building an interdisciplinary community of practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders who are dedicated to the integration of meteorology and social science, and b) Providing this community with a means to learn and further examine ideas, methods, and examples related to integrated weather–society work.
Change the weather enterprise by comprehensively and sustainably integrating social science into meteorological research and practice




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