Workshop: Aircraft Weather Observations and their Use

ECMWF | Reading | 12-13 February 2020

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Workshop description

Reports from commercial aircraft provide an important and growing input to weather forecasting and other uses.  The main variables used are wind and temperature with some aircraft also providing humidity and turbulence information.  Recent developments include the use of air traffic control Mode-S reports to provide very high density data (particularly winds) over parts of Europe and WICAP (World Meteorological Organisation and International Air Transport Association Collaboration on AMDAR Programme) a collaboration between Aviation and Meteorological communities.

Thus this is a good time to review the status of aircraft observations and consider how they are likely to evolve.  

Workshop aims

  • To inform data users of aircraft observation types, formats and their characteristics and quality

  • To inform the data providers of detailed user requirements

  • For users to share their experience of aircraft data use

  • To provide recommendations for any changes to procedures in the provision or use of aircraft data.

Presentations and recordings

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Introduction to global aircraft-based observations (ABO)
Steve Stringer (EUMETNET)

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EMADDC & plans
Jan Sondij (KNMI)

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E-AMDAR Data monitoring
Jitze van der Meulen (KNMI)

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ECMWF Assimilation & Data Monitoring
Bruce Ingleby (ECMWF)

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Temperature bias
Clemens Drüe (University of Trier)

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Global ABO data monitoring (remote presentation)
Yulia Zaitseva (Environment Canada)

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ADS-C/AIREPs Regulated Met Data Provision (remote presentation)
Alan Williard (Collins Aerospace)

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US NWP Assimilation & Data Monitoring
Chris Hill (NCEP)

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Using ABO to improve forecasts
James Shapland (Met Office)

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Mode-S assimilation
Li Zhihong (Met Office)

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Thursday 13 February 2020

Use of WVSS & TAMDAR data
Curtis Marshall (NOAA)

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Experience of using humidity in LAM
Balazs Szintai (OMSZ)

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Monitoring and use of WVSS data for NWP
Alexander Cress (DWD)

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Turbulence reporting (EDR, DEVG), incl. Turbulence Aware
Stewart Taylor (EUMETNET)

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Long term trends in upper-level windshear and turbulence
Paul Williams (University of Reading)

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The use of EDR to build and verify a global turbulence diagnostic
Oliver Jaron (Météo-France)

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Revolutionizing turbulence mitigation
Stuart Fox (IATA)

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How will ABO change over the next 10 years?
Dean Lockett (WMO)

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Summary of UAV Workshop UAVs
Stewart Taylor (EUMETNET)

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User requirements for aircraft-based observations over the next 10 years
Patricia Pauley (NRL)

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IAGOS
Bruno Piguet (Météo-France)

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Posters

Using big data to improve aircraft metadata (and NWP)
Bruce Ingleby (ECMWF)

Use of Aircraft Weather Observations in the MetCoOp HARMONIE-AROME Forecasting system
Magnus Lindskog (SMHI)

Diagnosing turbulence from NWP derived fields and ACAR Observations
Juan Pablo Simarro Grande (AEMET)