Interview of the month: Vladimir Chukin, MeteoLab
Interview with Vladimir Chukin, Director of MeteoLab, by the EMS Liaison Committee (EMS LC)
EMS LC: How did you become involved in meteorology?
Vladimir Chukin: I got a Ph.D. degree in Meteorology in 2001, then started working as an Assistant Professor at the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, and recently became Director of MeteoLab. The choice of meteorology as a specialty after graduation was completely random, but only after a considerable time, I can now say that this is a real vocation.
EMS LC: Where is MeteoLab based and how many people work there?
Vladimir Chukin: MeteoLab is a small company with less than 10 employees and is located in St.Petersburg, Russia.
EMS LC: If you were to describe MeteoLab in one sentence, what would you say?
Vladimir Chukin: The continuity of the three components of the activity is reflected in the company’s motto: “Science, Technology, Education”.
EMS LC: Which services or products do you provide?
Vladimir Chukin: The research interests of MeteoLab are the physics of aerosols and clouds, climate change, and information systems; the latter particularly in relation to air quality data service.
EMS LC: Where do you see the greatest challenges for the meteorological and climatological communities in Europe/worldwide?
Vladimir Chukin: The main challenge is the integration of communities and their sustainable development. Social media and digital technologies should be used for this purpose.
EMS LC: You support the EMS through your Associate Membership: What do you expect from the EMS? And what role do you envisage for the EMS?
Vladimir Chukin: We see the EMS as a platform for interaction with members of the meteorological community, and for the implementation of joint initiatives for consumers of our information services. However, at the moment we do not fully understand the possible mechanisms of communication and the organisation of joint initiatives. At the same time, we are open to discuss new proposals.
EMS LC: What additional activities could be carried out by the EMS that would benefit the private sector?
Vladimir Chukin: Sharing information on the activities of private companies. For example, the inclusion of information about such activities in the ems newsletter distributed through the mailing list or in news disseminated via social media can be useful.
EMS LC: Do you collaborate with other EMS Members and how could collaboration be supported by the EMS?
Vladimir Chukin: MeteoLab plans to organise a series of educational webinars on Digital Meteorology using IoT, AR/VR and BigData technologies. Students are the target audience of these events aimed at popularising meteorology. Information support from EMS and EMS Members is essential for the success of such events.
EMS LC: In what areas should the EMS develop its activities for the benefit of the meteorological community?
Vladimir Chukin: Support for the implementation of volunteer initiatives in the field of Citizen Science on the basis of the latest digital technologies seems to us a rather promising direction for development of EMS activities in cooperation with the EMS Members.