9th Workshop on Meteorological Operational Systems

ECMWF held its ninth workshop on Meteorological Operational Systems from 10 to 14 November 2003.

Description

The objective of the workshop is to review the state of the art of meteorological operational systems and to address future trends in the use and interpretation of medium-range forecast guidance operational data management systems meteorological visualisation applications.

Use and interpretation of medium-range to long-range forecast guidance

The ECMWF forecasting system now provides the users with forecast guidance from the medium-range to seasonal time scales. Bridging the gap is the monthly forecast run, which is still a test system under evaluation. In March 2003, the operational analysis and forecast production at ECMWF was implemented on the new IBM High Performance Computing Facilities. Shortly afterwards, the second run of the medium-range forecasting system was introduced. The Centre now provides 10-day forecasts from the deterministic and the ensemble forecasting system twice daily to its users based on 00 and 12 UTC analysis times. The more frequent updating of the forecast products provides the users with more recent guidance material, better continuity and the possibility of early detection of changes in the weather pattern of the occurrence of severe weather events. The use of the probabilistic forecast guidance provides the basis for risk assessments.

Operational centres will present their approaches to medium-range weather forecasting and report on their experiences with the recent enhancement to the forecasting system. The issue of forecasting extreme weather events in the medium range will be addressed and discussed in a working group. Presentations on the use and evaluation of seasonal forecast products will also be welcome in this session.

The Centre now makes comprehensive use of operational and research satellite data provided routinely by the satellite operators and processing centres. Timely delivery of the data is essential for operational use in global forecasting systems. The impact and importance of satellite data in global assimilation and forecasting systems will be reviewed in a special session.

Operational data management systems

Web technology has to an increasing extent facilitated the provision of information and data to the users of the Centre's services. Data servers with browser tools for the users have been installed for dedicated delivery of datasets from research projects, such as DEMETER and ERA. Interactive tools and user interfaces will be presented and issues of how to harness the benefits of web technology to provide user orientated access to information systems and data will be addressed in this session and discussed further in a working group.

Meteorological visualisation applications

In addition to the interactive meteorological visualization applications, increasing web usage demands batch production of plots with increased support for user interaction. Systems for interactive and batch use will be presented and demonstrated. It is also expected that vendors will participate and introduce their latest visualisation tools and hardware developments, updates to existing meteorological visualisation applications and new developments in this area will be presented and demonstrated at the exhibition during the workshop.

Programme

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Presentations

Session 1: Use and interpretation of medium-range to long-range forecast guidance  

ECMWF forecasting system, performance and product development

F Lalaurette (ECMWF)

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Current activities and future plans related to medium-range ensemble prediction systems at the CMC

P Dubreuil (Canadian Meteorological Centre)

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A new operational medium-range numerical weather forecast system of China

Q Chen (NMC China)

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Overview of predictability related work at NCEP

Z Toth (NCEP)

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Representation of model uncertainty in Ensemble Prediction Systems

T Palmer (ECMWF)

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Verification and use of ECMWF products at METEO-FRANCE (Part 1)

F Atger (Meteo-France)

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Verification and use of ECMWF products at METEO-FRANCE (Part 2)

N Girardot (Meteo-France)

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The future role of Weather Forecasters (a quiet revolution)

N Reed (Met Office)

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Latest developments in Field Modification

E Carroll (Met Office)

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Probabilistic early warnings of severe weather based on the EPS

K Mylne (Met Office)

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Severe weather: Some case studies for medium-range forecasting

T La Rocca (Italian Meteorological Service)

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Severe weather warnings at the DWD - Recent problems, developments and progress

T Schumann (Deutscher Wetterdienst)

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Forecasting extreme meteorological events over complex topography

D Cattani (MeteoSwiss)

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Experiments of clustering for central European area especially in extreme weather situations

I Ihasz (Hungarian Meteorological Service)

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ECMWF long-range forecasts

L Ferranti (ECMWF)

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Operational medium-range to long-range forecast at CPTEC

I Cavalcanti (CPTEC/INPE)

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Weather forecasting at NCMRWF

P Devarajan (NCMRWF)

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The interpretation of ECMWF medium-range forecast guidance for the draught/flood forecasting of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River

R Jin (NMC China)

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Session 2: Operational data management systems  

ECMWF data services

B Raoult (ECMWF)

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The OLIVE project and the SWAPP framework

E Sevault (Meteo-France)

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CERA-2: The database system and data model (Part 1)

M Lautenschlager (MPI Hamburg)

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CERA-2: The database system and data model (Part 2)

F Toussaint (MPI Hamburg)

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The essentials of large volume data management - from practical experience

G Purvis (Met Office)

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Presentation of BUFR data through a user-friendly interface

S Savchenko (EMPRESS)

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Presenting a multi-terabyte dataset via the web

A Stephens (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)

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Using scripting languages for meteorological production and publication

C Gibert (ECMWF)

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Session 3: Meteorological visualisation applications  

MAGICS next generation: An object-oriented architecture with a new contouring package

S Lamy-Thepaut (ECMWF)

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Metview developments

V Karhila (ECMWF)

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Operational visualisation systems at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute

E Martinsen & A Christoffersen (Norwegian Meteorological Institute)

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Synergie updates and plans

A Lasserre-Bigorry (Meteo-France)

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Meteorological visualization applications at NIMH Romania

E Cordoneanu (NIMH Romania)

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Recent developments of visualisation at FMI

J Kilpinen & A Sarkanen (Finnish Meteorological Institute)

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NMAP development status and plans

S Schotz (NCEP)

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NinJo - An international workstation project

H-J Koppert (DWD)

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Image handling in spatial databases

A M Monteiro (INPE/CPTEC)

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Initial investigations of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) at the UK Met Office

C Little (Met Office)

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Canadian forecaster workstation project

S Lapczak (Canadian Meteorological Centre)

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Synergie operations organisation

O Rouzaud (Meteo-France)

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Applications and implementation of a mesoscale numerical weather prediction and visualisation system

L Treinish (IBM)

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Session 4: Special session on requirements of observations for NWP  

Requirements for timely data reception at ECMWF

J-N Thepaut (ECMWF)

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The need for faster delivery of satellite data to NWP Centres

R Saunders (Met Office)

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Requirements at NCEP

Z Toth (NCEP)

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Observation requirements and data assimilation at Meteo-France

E Sevault (Meteo-France)

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Satellite observation delivery requirements for HIRLAM

H Schyberg (Norwegian Meteorological Institute)

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Timeliness and impact of observations in the CMC global NWP system

R Sarrazin (Canadian Meteorological Centre)

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EUMETSAT current and future plans on product generation and dissemination

K Holmlund (EUMETSAT)

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NOAA/Polar data processing timeliness

G Legg (NOAA/NESDIS)

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The EUMETNET Composite Observing System (EUCOS)

B Truscott (EUCOS)

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Working groups

Working group reports  
Recommendations on data requirements for NWP PDF icon
Working Group 1: Summary and Recommendations PDF icon
Working Group 2: Summary and Recommendations PDF icon
Working Group 3: Summary and Recommendations PDF icon

Proceedings

Verification and use of ECMWF Products at Meteo-France

F Atger

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Recent developments in Field Modification

E Carroll

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Forecasting extreme meteorological events over complex topography

D Cattani

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Operational medium-range to long-range forecast at CPTEC

I Cavalcanti

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A new operational medium-range numerical weather forecast system of China

Q Chen

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Operational visualisation systems at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute

A Christoffersen

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Meteorological visualization applications at NIMH Romania

E Cordoneanu

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Current activities and future plans related to medium-range ensemble prediction systems at the CMC

P Dubreuil

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ECMWF long-range forecasts

L Ferranti

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Using scripting languages for meteorological production and publication

C Gibert

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EUMETSAT current and future plans on product generation and dissemination

K Holmlund

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Experiments of clustering for central European area especially in extreme weather situations

I Ihasz

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Metview developments

V Karhila

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Recent developments of visualisation at FMI

J Kilpinen

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Severe weather: Some case studies for medium-range forecasting

T La Rocca

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ECMWF forecasting system, performance and product development

F Lalaurette

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MAGICS next generation: An object-oriented architecture with a new contouring package

S Lamy-Thepaut

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Canadian forecaster workstation project

S Lapczak

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CERA-2: The database system and data model

M Lautenschlager

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NOAA/Polar data procesing timeliness

G Legg

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Image handling in spatial databases

A M Monteiro

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Probabilistic early warnings of severe weather based on the EPS

K Mylne

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Representation of model uncertainty in Ensemble Prediction Systems

T N Palmer

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ECMWF data services

B Raoult

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The future role of Weather Forecasters (a quiet revolution)

N Reed

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Timeliness and impact of observations in the CMC global NWP system

R Sarrazin

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The need for faster delivery of satellite data to NWP Centres

R Saunders

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Presentation of BUFR data through a user-friendly interface

S Savchenko

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NMAP development status and plans

S Schotz

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Severe weather warnings at the DWD - Recent problems, developments and progress

T Schumann

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Satellite observation delivery requirements for HIRLAM

H Schyberg

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Presenting a multi-terabyte dataset via the web

A Stephens

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Requirements for timely data reception at ECMWF

J-N Thepaut

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Overview of predictability related work at NCEP

Z Toth

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Applications and implementation of a mesoscale numerical weather prediction and visualisation system

L Treinish

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The EUMETNET Composite Observing System (EUCOS)

B Truscott

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