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eNCA Weather hosts Atmospheric Summit

Posted on: Mon 08 Apr 2013

eNCA is at the forefront of Atmospheric science at the  SASAS (South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences) annual conference,  which will be held in Cape Town from 26 to 27 September  2012. The conference is taking place at the V & A Waterfront’s Breakwater Lodge .

Hosted by eNCA, the conference theme is “Bridging the Gap; When Science Meets Broadcasting”. eNCA’s Chief Meteorologist,  Derek Van Dam and head of eNCA, Patrick Conroy will be the only presenters speaking on this specific subject.

The overall idea of the conference is to bring together atmospheric scientists and have them understand the role media plays in disseminating their information to the public. Scientists attending the conference will be given a behind-the-scenes look at the eNCA Weather Department.

Says Derek Van Dam: “The eNCA Weather Department is hosting this year’s conference to bring their team of highly skilled broadcast meteorologists together with the scientific and research community; two disciplines which are often viewed as separate to each other.

“The role of a modern weather broadcaster continues to diversify as science meets broadcasting.  TV stations across the planet are recognising that all-encompassing “station scientists” are required especially when weather and science become news.” 

Various other topics from industry experts will be presented, including:

•    A synoptic overview of significant snowfall over South Africa
•    The observation of total gaseous mercury over the industrialised Highveld of South Africa
•    Development of a Wind Atlas for South Africa
•    The all-year Rainfall Region of South Africa: a satellite rainfall estimate perspective
•    Define climate under climate change

Says Patrick Conroy: “News organisations are failing their audiences in modern times. Reporting on the sciences has been downgraded to niche publications and been replaced with gossip rags and reality TV series about rich spoilt brats who are famous just for being famous. As the planet struggles to cope with 7 billion people we face a very uncertain future.

“The mainstream media has been too slow to realise this fact and report on it adequately. eNCA’s support for the SASAS 2012 Conference is an indication that we take the need for increased scientific reporting very seriously.”

Van Dam adds: “Whether it’s covering tsunamis or typhoons, climate change or volcanic eruptions; knowledge of every type of scientific phenomenon has become a basic requirement for broadcast meteorologists. The purpose of this conference is to identify new research in the field of atmospheric sciences, while eNCA-Weather seeks new ways to bridge the divide between broadcasters and the scientific community.”