Virtual Event: Using ECMWF's Forecasts (UEF2020)

ECMWF | Reading | 1-4 June 2020

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A forum to discuss the use and performance of ECMWF's forecasts and related products

“Using ECMWF’s Forecasts” provides a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences on the use of ECMWF data and products. It is open to all ECMWF forecast users around the world and provides an opportunity to give feedback to ECMWF on forecast performance and on the range of available products, and to learn about ECMWF’s recent developments of its forecasting system.

2020 theme: "Keeping users at the heart of operations”

ECMWF was created over four decades ago with the goal of improving global numerical weather predictions to support its Member and Co-operating States, as well as the broader meteorological communities. ECMWF now provides its users around the world with predictions for days, weeks and seasons ahead at a level of accuracy and reliability second to none. The Centre owes this leading position to a combination of collaborative principles, top-level professionals, powerful HPC capacities and a strong user focus.

During this year’s meeting we explored how end-user needs feed into the operational activities of weather and environmental information providers to deliver added value outputs. We looked at ECMWF processes and how they transform research, technical development and data inputs into desired products or services for its data users in Member and Co-operating states and around the world.

Keeping users at the heart of operations relies on maintaining a 2-way communication between users and data providers. Effective channels to collect feedback and advice are therefore essential to establish such a dialogue. Moreover, the 2-way communication ensures that innovation is relevant and its benefits are passed to users in order to support their ability to provide more accurate environment, weather, water and climate actionable information. Examples of this are research to operations processes that transition from a planning, development and testing phase to implementation and evaluation. The corresponding operations to research process provides feedback on performance and evolving user needs, helping to focus research efforts.

The UEF offered an opportunity for participants to showcase their activities and responses to users’ needs. The meeting also provided a framework where participants were able to share their experiences with ECMWF data and provide feedback on ECMWF products.

UEF2020 focussed on the following thematic areas:

  • Research to Operations or Operation to Research: Submissions to this thematic area will provide insights into the processes used to transition from research and development to operational activities and from operations to research.
  • Novel products and services: contributions are invited on novel products and services including a description on how user needs guided their development.
  • Integrating new products in established processes: submissions to this thematic area will be describing ways in which novel earth system products are integrated in daily routines/procedures.
  • User focused planning: contributions are invited on strategies for inclusion of user needs in planning

Presentations and recordings

Monday 1 June 2020

Welcome from ECMWF Director General
Florence Rabier (ECMWF)

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ECMWF Product Development
David Richardson (ECMWF)

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ECMWF Future Plans: Reading, Bologna and Global Forecasting
Florian Pappenberger (ECMWF)

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Causes of systematic errors in forecasts of near-surface weather parameters and prospects for reducing them
Irina Sandu (ECMWF)

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Virtual icebreaker
Becky Hemingway (ECMWF)

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ECMWF Forecast Performance
Thomas Haiden (ECMWF)

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Virtual Poster Session A
hosted by Becky Hemingway (ECMWF)

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Tuesday 2 June 2020

"Keeping users at the heart of operations": Introducing the theme
Anna Ghelli (ECMWF)

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Improving the Research to Operations process at ECMWF
Jenny Rourke (ECMWF), Michael Sleigh (ECMWF)

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Linkage from Research to Operational activity
Jens Bonewitz (DWD)

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Virtual Poster Session B
hosted by Becky Hemingway (ECMWF)

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Real-time refinement of ECMWF subseasonal forecast confidence
Jan Dutton (Prescient Weather Ltd)

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Future French severe weather warnings system
Alexandre Trajan (Météo-France)

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Using ECMWF Ensemble Products in Tropical Cyclone Field Program Planning
Sharanya Majumdar (University of Miami)

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User Voice Corner
Tim Hewson (ECMWF)

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User Voice Corner - Breakout Group 1

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User Voice Corner - Breakout Group 2

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User Voice Corner - Breakout Group 4

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User Voice Corner - Breakout Group 5

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User Voice Corner - Breakout Group 6

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Wednesday 3 June 2020

Welcome from ECMWF Director General (repeat)
Florence Rabier (ECMWF)

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ECMWF Product Development (repeat)
David Richardson (ECMWF)

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ECMWF Future Plans: Reading, Bologna and Global Forecasting (repeat)
Florian Pappenberger (ECMWF)

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Causes of systematic errors forecasts of near-surface weather parameters and prospects for reducing them (repeat)
Irina Sandu (ECMWF)

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ECMWF Forecast Performance (repeat)
Thomas Haiden (ECMWF)

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Utilising ECMWF seasonal hindcast data from a European windstorm insurance loss perspective
Richard Dixon (CatInsight, Dept. of Meteorology, University of Reading)

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Smart Climate Hydropower Tool: An artificial intelligence based service for hydropower production seasonal forecast
Paolo Mazzoli (GECOsistema srl)

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Towards a sub-seasonal agricultural drought forecast
Thomas Leppelt (Deutscher Wetterdienst)

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Interactivity with a chance of clouds
Becky Hemingway (ECMWF)

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Market is king: climate services for whom?
Francesca Larosa (Ca' Foscari University of Venice; Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC))

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Radiosonde descent data: quality and next steps
Matti Lehmuskero (Vaisala Oyj)

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Speakers' Corner - Ivan Tsonevsky: Revision of CAPE and CIN parameters provide as a model output from the IFS, Cihan Sahin: Updates to Meteograms, Fernando Prates: Tropical Cyclone Radius, Ivan Tsonevsky: Extended-range products
Ivan Tsonevsky (ECMWF), Cihan Sahin (ECMWF), Fernando Prates (ECMWF)

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Introduction to reforecasting and extended range forecasts
Frederic Vitart (ECMWF)

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Machine Learning for Weather
David Hall (Nvidia)

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Thursday 4 June 2020

Copernicus Services at ECMWF: An Overview
Jean-Noel Thepaut (ECMWF)

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Recent activities of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and plans for the next phase
Carlo Buontempo (ECMWF)

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CAMS, high-quality information about air composition in support of COVID-19 R&D
Vincent-Henri Peuch (ECMWF)

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Forecasting floods and wildfires - overview of Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) activities at ECMWF
Fredrik Wetterhall (ECMWF)

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Data-driven climate communication - the example of the European State of the Climate 2019
Freja Vamborg (ECMWF)

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Developing applications for climate and meteorology in the CDS Toolbox - interactive session
Edward Comyn-Platt (ECMWF)

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Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Sectoral Information System (SIS)
Chiara Cagnazzo (ECMWF)

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Capgemini’s AsSISt airline maintenance service, powered by CAMS
Carine Saüt (Capgemini), Nicolas Estival (Capgemini)

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ERA5-Land, dedicated land surface reanalysis
Joaquin Munoz-Sabater (ECMWF)

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Concluding remarks and feedback poll
ECMWF

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Posters

FloodMage
Mattia Amadio (CMCC), Arthur Essenfelder (CMCC and Ca Foscari University of Venice)

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AQCLI: a CLARA Service for Air Quality in future CLImate
Roberta Amorati (ARPAE )

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Towards impact-based warnings
Gabriela Aznar Siguan (MeteoSwiss)

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IRRICLIME: A Climate Smart Irrigation Tool
Stefano Bagli (Gecosistema srl)

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Clara-PWA: a knowledge service for water management
Elisa Comune (Arpae)

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A climate service for small hydropower plants operation and management
Eva Contreras (Fluvial Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group-Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research, University of Cordoba)

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eGAFOR
Biserka Frankovic (Crocontrol Ltd)

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The Flash Floods Use Case in the “MISTRAL” project: Methodology and Verification
Estibaliz Gascon (ECMWF)

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Evaluation of GloFAS river discharge reanalysis and forecast skill
Shaun Harrigan (ECMWF)

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Virtual Poster Session A
hosted by Becky Hemingway (ECMWF)

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Virtual Poster Session B
hosted by Becky Hemingway (ECMWF)

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ROAT: Building a climate service as a tool for managing multipurpose reservoirs
Javier Herrero (Fluvial Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group-Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research, University of Cordoba)

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Development of Global Heatwave Risk Alert using EPS products
Chun-Kit Ho (Hong Kong Observatory)

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WRI - A climate service for seasonal and weekly predictions of agricultural irrigation needs
Vittorio Marletto (ARPAE Emilia-Romagna)

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Planning and management of solar photovoltaic plants through a climate service
Isabel M. Moreno-Garcia (Universidad de Córdoba)

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Building cloud-based data services to enable earth-science workflows across HPC centres
Milana Vuckovic (ECMWF), John Hanley (ECMWF)

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