Gender dimensions of weather and climate services

About this video

Prof Luterbacher explains the efforts of the WMO to advance understanding of gender dimensions in weather and climate services. Multiple and intersecting forms of vulnerability impacts need to be addressed. Now is the opportunity for innovative gender-responsive climate and recovery initiatives, led by grassroot women’s organisations in cooperation with gender-responsive interventions and targeted actions, led by WMO.  As part of this effort certain gaps need closing in intersectional analysis of impacts, gender differentiated needs of climate information and services, improved representation of women in Earth science, and good practice in women’s involvement in climate action and gender responsive interventions.

About the presenter

Professor Jürg Luterbacher, PhD

Director Science and Innovation Department, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva


Professor Luterbacher has been the Director of Science and Innovation since January 2020 and the WMO Chief Scientist since May 2020. He studied physical Geography, botany, chemistry and geology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He was awarded a PhD in Climate Science from the Faculty of Science, University of Bern.

Before joining the WMO, Prof. Luterbacher has been the Chair of Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change and member of the Centre for international Development and Environmental Research at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.

Professor Luterbacher brings leadership skills for the development of efficient collaboration between operational communities and research, cross-cutting and interdisciplinary science, in fostering teamwork between institutions in developing and developed countries. He worked in paleoclimate science and studied present climate change and extremes. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has demonstrated effectiveness in cooperating with policy-makers and stakeholders. He was a lead author of the IPCC Assessment Report (AR5) chapter 5 “Information from Paleoclimate Archives”.

Professor Luterbacher is a recipient of the Senior Visiting Scientist Award of the Chinese Academy of Science, the Scientific Research Expert of the Academy of Athens and he is an member of the Academy of Sciences&Literature / Mainz, Germany.


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