14th workshop on meteorological operational systems

The biennial Workshop on Meteorological Operational Systems was held at ECMWF from 18-20 November 2013 and will be the fourteenth in the series. The workshop will review recent developments and requirements in data management and visualisation.


This year there was a special focus on 'how to transition developments in research into operational products and services'. The workshop reviewed upgrade cycles in meteorological institutes, services and companies aiming at utilising meteorological research to develop or improve forecast products. These change processes influence the development of meteorological operational systems, data management and archive systems, meteorological visualisation on workstations and web services.

Workshop outline

From research to user: Translating research developments into operational weather forecast products

The technology transfer from Research to Operations and the associated implementation of products and services targeted at the end user can be complicated and time consuming. Research usually does not explicitly target user needs and therefore the application of new scientific developments does not automatically translate into new or improved services and products. The technical environment and infrastructure used within the Research, Development and Operations areas of an organisation can help or hinder a smooth transition. During this workshop we will try to identify approaches and systems that can support a fast and efficient collaboration, but we would also like to hear about problems and sub-optimal scenarios to see if the introduction of certain new technologies can be used to improve the situation. The consistent use of tools and systems throughout an organisation is desirable but not always possible. Overly strict software control may hinder the progress on one of the groups involved. The workshop will try to review the practices, systems and standards put in place specifically to facilitate these development cycles and come up with recommendations for future practices and strategies.

Operational data management and visualisation

Operational data management systems and visualisation workstations can support and sometimes even significantly improve the development cycle from Research to Development and on to the operational generation of forecast products.
New systems make increasing use of the web not only to offer user interfaces and visualisations but also to offer machine-to-machine services. The latter offers new possibilities to users to integrate these in their own applications and services. Initiatives such as EU INSPIRE and the MetOcean Domain Working Groups of the OGC have an important task to ensure interoperability between the different user domains.
New meteorological data processing and visualisation systems and updates to existing applications will be presented and demonstrated at an exhibition.


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The communication of weather information in humanitarian organisations

Emily Niebuhr (World Food Programme)

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Progress and future directions of the WMO Information System

Peilang Shi (World Meteorological Organisation)

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Recent developments in OGC and Met Ocean DWG

Chris Little (Met Office)

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Finnish Open Data Portal for Meteorological Data

Roope Tervo (Finnish Meteorological Institute)

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TIGGE-LAM archive development in the frame of GEOWOW project

Richard Mladek (ECMWF)

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Getting a model: from research to operations  

OOPS as a common framework for Research and Operations

Yannick Tremolet and Alfred Hofstadler (ECMWF)

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The role of testbeds in NOAA for transitioning NWP research to operations

Ligia Bernadet (US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Earth System Research Laboratory)

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From NWP output to operational forecasts

Ken Mylne (Met Office)

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From user to research: is the feedback loop operative?

Francois Lalaurette (Meteo-France)

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COSMO-DE EPS - A new way of predicting severe convection

Thomas Schumann (Deutscher Wetterdienst)

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Research into operation in NMC/CMA

Xiaoling Zhang (National Meteorological Center, Chinese Meteorological Administration)

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Visualisation systems  


Iain Russell and Fernando Ii (ECMWF)

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Metcap+ visualization package

Kemal Dokuyucu (Turkish Met Service)

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Product visualisation and analysis tool

Sauli Joro (EUMETSAT)

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Web Coverage Service 2.0 - meeting with reality

Jozef Matula (IBL Software Engineering)

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Synergie-Next - Synopsis Project

Patricia Salerno (Meteo-France)

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Using GeoServer for spatio-temporal data management with examples for MetOc and remote sensing

Simone Giannecchini (GeoSolutions SAS)

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3D weather visualization with VAPOR

John Clyne (National Center for Atmospheric Research)

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Cihan Sahin (ECMWF)

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Python libraries for meteorologists

Mark Hedley (Met Office)


Update on ECMWF's new interpolation package

Peter Bispham (ECMWF)

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Recent progress of GRAPES_GFS in China and the relevant parallel experiement system

Bin Zhou (National Meteorology Center, China Meteorological Administration)

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NUMEX - Numerical experiments and NWP-development at DWD

Thomas Hanisch (Deutscher Wetterdienst)

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JMA Operational Seasonal Forecast System and its applications

Shoji Hirahara (Japan Meteorological Agency)

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Recent developments in CPTEC/INPE systems

Waldenio Almeida (CPTEC/INPE)

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Large Ensemble Regional Climate Modelling

Neil Massey (University of Oxford)

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Weather forecast to support

Antonio Volta (Agromet)

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Observation handling  

Usage of ODB at ECMWF

Piotr Kuchta and Sandor Kertesz (ECMWF)

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Use of ODB at the Met Office: status and plans

Adam Maycock (Met Office)

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CHARMe: Characterization of metadata to enable high-quality climate observations

Iryna Rozum (ECMWF)

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Rain forecast on MyObservatory - a location-based rainfall nowcasting service for the public

Wang Chun Woo (Hong Kong Observatory)


ecCodes a new decoder for binary and alphanumeric codes

Enrico Fucile (ECMWF)

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AvXML converter

Daniel Dieguez Arias (Meteo-France)

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The WMO Codes Registery - web based publication of the Manual on Codes

Jeremy Tandy (Met Office)

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Iain Russell, Sandor Kertesz, Fernando Ii (ECMWF)

ecCharts Cihan Sahin (ECMWF)
NinJo Marcus Werner, Thomas Schumann (DWD)
Metcap+ Kemal Dokuyucu (Turkish Met Service)
Product visualisation and analysis tool Sauli Joro (EUMETSAT)
Synopsis Patricia Salerno (Meteo-France)
GeoServer Simone Giannecchini (GeoSolutions SAS)
VAPOR John Clyne (NCAR)
Iris Mark Hedley (UK Met Office)
CDO Poster by MPI