11th Workshop on meteorological operational systems

The 11th Workshop on Meteorological Operational Systems was held from 12 to 16 November 2007.

Description

The objective of the workshop is to review the state of the art of meteorological operational systems and to address future trends in:

Use and interpretation of medium and extended range forecast guidance

The ECMWF forecasting system provides users with operational forecast guidance twice daily for the medium range, including a high-resolution deterministic forecast run at 25km resolution (T799) and an Ensemble Prediction System (EPS) run at 50km (T399). In autumn 2006, the VarEPS system was introduced, extending the EPS range to 15 days, with the portion from 10-15 days run at a reduced 80km resolution (T255). ECMWF also runs a coupled atmosphere-ocean forecasting system to provide longer-range predictions, providing operational forecasts once a week for a month ahead and once a month out to seven months. A new seasonal forecasting system was implemented in spring 2007. Following the extension of the daily medium-range forecasts to 15 days, ECMWF intends to unify the VarEPS and monthly forecast systems. Products for the unified system will be developed during 2007 to meet user requirements.

These changes to the forecasting systems will be presented at the workshop, together with developments in the field of products and verification for severe weather. It is expected that users of the ECMWF forecasts will report on their approach to medium and extended range weather forecasting, including the use and application of ECMWF products. It is planned to address the issue of severe weather forecasting in a working group, and contributions from other operational centres addressing, in particular, the prediction and verification of severe weather will be welcome.

Operational data management systems

Traditionally, the operational meteorological community has collaborated through the WMO to establish standard ways of exchanging data. Dedicated telecommunication lines were built to transport data bulletins securely and efficiently.

During the last decades the Internet has developed into a serious alternative to the operational data exchange networks, allowing fast and relatively reliable point to point communications. The academic world has developed its own data formats and transport mechanisms suitable for their large environmental data sets. Also commercial companies are making use of web based technologies.

All of these developments pose many challenges to the meteorological community such as:

  • how can we use this new wealth of available infrastructures, tools and services?
  • how do we make our own data available to new communities?

This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences and plans regarding the resolution of interoperability problems and the adoption of new standards and tools, such as service oriented architectures or geographical information systems, in the field of national and international data exchange and processing. These issues will be discussed further in the working group.

Meteorological visualisation applications

The design of the user interface is a very important factor in how much a user can gain out of their visualisation applications. The developments in recent years in desktop APIs and web technologies, including GUIs, are now finding their way into a new generation of meteorological graphics packages. These offer many new ways of interacting with data. The appearance of web frameworks allows the development of more interactive web applications. Such developments may be discussed in a working group.

Higher resolution model output and observational data leave users wishing to zoom further into plots. This will require more GIS information for orientation and more navigational control over the graphics. Another consideration is how best to manage and make use of the ever increasing amount of satellite data available.

Developments in this area for interactive and batch production of meteorological plots will be presented and demonstrated at an exhibition. New meteorological visualisation applications and updates to existing applications will also be presented.

Programme

PDF iconIntroduction and working group reports

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Presentations

Monday 12 November  
Session 1: Use and interpretation of medium and extended range forecast guidance
 

Probabilistic forecasting

Franco Molteni (ECMWF)

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Medium range forecasting: An updated NCEP/HPC operational methodology

Michael Schichtel (NOAA)

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The new DWD forecast system

Thomas Hanisch (DWD)

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An update on CMCM ensemble forecast system for the medium range

Normand Gagnon (Canadian Meteorological Centre)

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ECMWF forecasting system: Performance and product development

David Richardson (ECMWF)

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Symposium 2 - Towards an optimal combination of numerical prediction and human interpretation

Frederic Atger (Meteo-France)

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MOGREPS short-range ensemble forecasting and the PREVIEW Windstorms project

Ken Mylne (Met Office)

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Five years of limited-area ensemble activities at Arpa-Sim: The COSMO-LEPS system

Andrea Montani (Hydrometeorological Service of Emilia-Romagna)

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Meteogroup Operational System: Automated forecasts, meteorologist intervention and final products

Eric Terpstra (Meteo Consult)

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Tuesday 13 November  
Session 2: Operational data management systems
 

TIGGE and BRIDGE

Baudouin Raoult (ECMWF)

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TIGGE at NCAR

Doug Schuster (NCAR)

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SIMDAT: Elements for building the WIS

Guillaume Aubert (ECMWF)

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Experience with the TIDB database interface in managing meteorological observation and forecast data

Joao Simoes (IM)

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SOPRANO, a service oriented production system

Matteo Dell'Acqua/Yann Genin (Meteo-France)

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Tomorrow's data discovery and availability services at FMI

Ilkka Rinne (FMI)

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Session 1: Use and interpretation of medium and extended range forecast guidance
 

European meteorological warnings with the EUMETNET - METEOALARM system

Michael Staudinger (ZAMG)

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European Flood Alert System EFAS

Jens Bartholmes (JRC)

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Conditional exceedance probabilities and the prediction of extreme events

Simon Mason (IRICS)

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Recent developments in severe weather forecasting at the DWD

Thomas Schumann (DWD)

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The use of ECMWF products at ACMAD, their performance in forecasting severe weather in Africa

Mariane Diop-Kane (ACMAD)

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The concept of triggers - staying ahead of (severe) weather developments

Marcel Molendijk (KNMI)

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Wednesday 14 November  
Session 3: Meteorological visualisation applications
 

Meeting the challenges of the next generation of user interfaces

Sylvie Thepaut/Iain Russell (ECMWF)

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Synergie updates and plans

Antoine Lasserre-Bigorry (Meteo-France)

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Visualisation and production using Ninjo

Michael Rohn (DWD)

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Forecaster workstation replacement at the UK Met Office

Paul Rogers (Met Office)

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Frodo, an integrated MHO-product production system

Tomas Karlsson (SMHI)

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Session 1: Use and interpretation of medium and extended range forecast guidance
 

JMA's ensemble prediction system for one-month and seasonal predictions

Akihiko Shimpo (Japan Meteorological Agency)

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ECMWF monthly and seasonal forecasts

Laura Ferranti (ECMWF)

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Experiences on using VAREPS products at the HMS

Istvan Ihasz (Hungarian Meteorological Service)

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PREVIEW observation targeting experiment

Cristina Prates (ECMWF)

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Thursday 15 November  
Session 3: Meteorological visualisation applications
 

NAWIPS status and plans

Steve Schotz (NOAA)

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Diana - an open source production and visualisation package

Lisbeth Bergholt (Norwegian Meteorological Institute)

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Session 1: Use and interpretation of medium and extended range forecast guidance
 

The use of medium range and seasonal forecast at CPTEC

Nelson Ferreira (CPTEC)

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Numerical weather forecast and digital forecast at KMA

Young-Youn Park (KMA)

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Exploring ensemble forecast calibration issues using reforecast data sets

Tom Hamill (NOAA ESRL/PSD)

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Session 2: Operational data management systems
 

Overview of the recent progress in the development and operational applications of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model

Dale Barker (NCAR)

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Numerical weather forecast and digital forecast at KMA

Toff Anderson (Met Office) - talk given by Andrew Kirkman

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GEONETCast - delivering environmental data to Users worldwide

Lothar Wolf (Eumetsat)

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Real-time and archive data services at ECMWF

Dragan Jokic (ECMWF)

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Friday 16 November  
Session 2: Operational data management systems
 

DIFMET, soprano product dissemination system

Jacques Anquetil (Meteo-France)

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Recent developments and IM operational experience using Paipix for integrating meteorological systems

Antonio Amorim (SIM and FC Universidade de Lisboa)

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Support for WMO codes

Enrico Fucile/Sue Madry

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Working groups

Working group 1: use and interpretation of medium and extended range forecast guidance PDF icon
Working group 2: Interoperability PDF icon
Working group 3: Meteorological visualisation applications PDF icon

Proceedings

Recent developments and IM operational experience using Paipex for integrating meteorological systems

A Amorin

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DIFMET, soprano product dissemination system

J Anquetil

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Symposium-2 - Towards an optimal combination of numerical prediction and human interpretation

F Atger

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European Flood Alert System EFAS

J Bartholmes

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Diana - an opensource production and visualisation package - 2008

L Bergholt

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The use of ECMWF products at ACMAD, their performance in forecasting severe weather in Africa

M Diop Kane

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ECMWF monthly and seasonal forecasts

L Ferranti

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The use of medium range and seasonal forecast and visualisation package

N Ferreira

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An update on CMCM ensemble forecast system for the medium range

N Gagnon

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Exploring ensemble forecast calibration issues using reforecast at KMA

T Hamill

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Medium range forecasting: An updated NCEP/HPC operational methodology

T Hanisch

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Experiences on using VAREPS products at the HMS

I Ihasz

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Real-time and archive data services at ECMWF

D Jokic

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Support for WMO codes

S Madry

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The concept of triggers - staying ahead of (severe) weather developments

M Molendijk

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Probabilistic forecasting

F Molteni

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Five years of limited-area ensemble activities at Arpa-Sim: The COSMO-LEPS system

A Montani

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MOGREPS short-range ensemble forecasting and the PREVIEW Windstorms project

K Mylne

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Numerical weather forecast and digital forecast at KMA

Y Park

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PREVIEW observation targeting experiment

C Prates

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ECMWF forecasting system: Performance and product development

D Richardson

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Tomorrow's data discovery and availability services at FMI

I Rinne

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Forecaster workstation replacement at the UK Met Office

P Rogers

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Visualisation and production using NinJo

M Rohn

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Medium range forecasting: An updated NCEP/HPC operational methodology

M Schichtel

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NAWIPS status and plans

S Schotz

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Recent developments in severe weather forecasting at the DWD

T Schumann

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TIGGE at NCAR

D Schuster

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JMA's ensemble prediction system for one-month and seasonal predictions

A Shimpo

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European meteorological warnings with the EUMETNET - METEOALARM system

M Staudinger

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Meeting the challenges of the next generation of user interfaces

S Thepaut and I Russell

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GEONETCast - delivering environmental data to Users worldwide

L Wolf

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SOPRANO, a service oriented production system

M Dell'Acqua and Y Genin

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