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// Issue XVI – June 2019

Activities & Events

CALMet XIII/EUMETCAL Conference – Inspire, Share and Collaborate

17 to 20 September 2019 / Darmstadt, Germany

The joint CALMet XIII/EUMETCAL Conference 2019 will be an event that brings together educators, trainers and managers from universities, research institutions, and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. It will provide an opportunity for a community from around the world to collaborate and network on workforce development in support of the global weather, water and climate industries.

The registration to this conference is now open, with an early bird registration fee still available until 15 July. The tentative conference programme is available on the conference website.

Training Workshop on Multispectral Data Applications using Meteosat Third Generation (MTG)

23 to 27 September, 2019 / Darmstadt, Germany

The regular Remote Sensing Summer School usually held in Bracciano, Italy will this year be replaced by the MTG Training Workshop. The workshop is a practical course focusing on how to extract information from environmental satellite data, with an emphasis on the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) FCI channels.

The participants must have an academic degree, in either Meteorology, Physics, Environmental Sciences, or Environmental Engineering. Candidates will be selected based on their proven experience in environmental remote sensing. The course is primarily intended for a European audience, with preference for the member states. To apply for the course see: https://training.eumetsat.int/course/view.php?id=158.

EUMETSAT Training at the NOAA-NASA-EUMETSAT Conference

28 Sept to 4 Oct 2019 / Boston, MA, US

EUMETSAT will contribute to two training events at the NOAA/NASA/EUMETSAT conference in Boston this autumn.

Held jointly with NOAA, they will focus on using EUMETSAT datasets to observe the large fire events in California in 2019, and, also, for other severe pollution situations. More information about the conference is available here.

2019 MSC-COMET Winter Weather Course: Final call for participation

1 September to 26 October 2019 Online Course 28 October to 1 November 2019: Optional Residence Course 2 November 2019 to 31 January 2020: optional Post-Course Component / Online, The Residence Course will be in Boulder, CO, USA

You may have seen in the previous Training Bulletin, the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) and COMET are offering a Blended Winter Weather Course for operational meteorologists, with a focus on 'Adding Value to NWP Through Winter Applications'. They have now set a deadline for expressing your interest in this course in either the online-only format or in the combined (online and residence) portion. The deadline for expressing interest is 12 July 2019.

To be added to the list of interested parties, please email Bryan Guarente (guarente@ucar.edu) with your name, country, the organisation you work for, and which course you would like to attend (online-only or combined).

Selection will be done using an objective scoring system, based on your organisation and heavily weighted by latitude. If you are selected you are required to work with your management to confirm, in writing, that you can attend and that the funds are being set aside for your travel to the United States. The deadline for that confirmation letter will be 26 July 2019.

Training course for forecasters from Germany, Austria and Switzerland (D-A-CH)

Online phase: 30 September to 10 November 2019
Classroom phase: 18 November – 22 November 2019 / Classroom phase in Vienna (Austria)

The national weather services of the German-speaking countries have decided to establish a yearly training course for forecasters in German language. The course comprises an online phase (six weeks) and a one-week classroom phase, held this year in Vienna.

Various topics will be covered (fronts and frontal systems, floods, convection, low clouds and weather phenomena relevant for aviation forecasters). One of these topics will be covered in depth during the classroom phase.

The course will be held each year under the varying responsibility of one of the involved weather services. In 2019, the focus will be on cyclogenesis, frontal systems, and heavy precipitation, under the lead of ZAMG. Next year the focus will be on low cloud phenomena like stratus and fog, under the responsibility of MeteoSwiss. In 2021, the main topic will be convection, under the lead of DWD. The course is supported by EUMETSAT.

EUMETSAT chairs Climate Applications of Satellite data session at the European Meteorological Society

9 to 13 September 2019 / Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

EUMETSAT is chairing a new session on Climate Applications of Satellite data at the European Meteorological Society in Copenhagen in September.

Four solicited talks and 16 contributions will be presented, covering the diverse science-driven applications of satellite climate datasets with specific focus on the usability of services.

World-leading authors will introduce soil, land, climate time series, and water vapour datasets. Find more information about the session at https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMS2019/orals/33675.

Thessaloniki Autumn School

2 to 5 September 2019 / Thessaloniki, Greece

This popular school on nowcasting techniques and satellite products celebrates seven years in 2019. Presenters from Greece, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, USA, Bulgaria, France, Germany, and Italy will merge in a Mediterranean atmosphere to discuss whether using observations from space and conceptual models (which offer an intuition on the expected evolution of convective systems in the next hours) is better than numerical modelling. To apply, go here: https://training.eumetsat.int/course/view.php?id=158.

Resources & Tools

Course videos from the Monitoring Atmospheric Composition MOOC now available

Online

The Monitoring Atmospheric Composition MOOC was a five-week facilitated online course, introducing the latest in space technology and the networks of sensors and instruments that track conditions closer to Earth.

Although the facilitated course has now closed, you now have the opportunity to access all video materials, and learn how data from the space and ground-based monitoring networks are used by the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) to model and forecast conditions in the atmosphere.

The course was developed for EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service/ECMWF in support of the EU's Copernicus Programme.

Access the course videos here.

Full CALMet Moodle Course now published

Online

Interested in how you can create an effective learning environment for your students in Moodle?

With thanks to EUMETSAT, WMO, EUMeTrain, EUMETCAL, VLab, IMGW-PIB and Météo-France, we are extremely happy to announce that the FULL CALMet Moodle Course is now published at https://etrp.wmo.int/course/view.php?id=88.

This CALMet Moodle Course is a self-directed course for Trainers and Educators in Earth Sciences and is available on the Moodle website in self-pace mode. This format allows you to decide how much time to dedicate to the course, and when to study. Once enrolled, you can engage at the level you like and make the course fit your schedules. You may follow the units in a sequence or choose what to learn.

This course is a great example on how you can train people independent of time and place, and will teach you how to build a great online learning environment for your own course participants.

Eumetcal staff who want to experiment or build a Moodle course, but don't have a Moodle website of their own please contact info@eumetcal.eu.

Preparing new tools to access and learn how to use data

Online

EUMETSAT is investing in the development of Jupyter Notebooks modules to help users access and learn how to use a variety of datasets. These will be made available through the EUMETSAT Github and the WEkEO platform.

A first example of what this may look like is available at https://github.com/federicofierli1/Notebooks_training.

The first release of the Jupyter Notebooks will be announced via the EUMETSAT website and the social media feeds in August.

Fog simulator

Online

A new meteorological simulator on monitoring and forecasting fog has been published by EUMeTrain. Meteorological simulators are perfect to use for teaching and/or for testing your existing knowledge in different fields.

Fog and low stratus phenomena can occur at many different places around the globe and at different times of year and day. It is difficult to both forecast and monitor, and can have a determining influence on our daily life, for example on aviation.

For this fog simulation, you will have to advise the pilot of a small airplane during his flight across the Alps. It isn't, however, specifically developed for aviation meteorologists. It is made for anyone who wants to practice a common fog situation with basic data (forecast and nowcast). A meteorological background is helpful, but not mandatory. The forecast area is Austria, but the simulator can be used by anyone in any country.

To access the simulator click here.

Stories & Achievements

Competency Assessment Course

December, 2018 / Exeter, UK

The Met Office and Eumetcal delivered a residential course on Competency Assessment at the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, UK, in December 2018. Competency-based assessment continues to have increasing relevance in the operational meteorological community, and this course followed on from work an expert team completed in identifying the underpinning requirements of competence-based assessment.

The course timetable went through the main stages of the assessment cycle, with background theory, followed by discussion of best practice and the opportunity to assess, as well as be assessed, in a couple of practical simulations. There was also the opportunity to discuss areas related to the human factor when assessing and QMS.

For the course to be a success it needed the full involvement of the delegates, whose contributions made sure there were excellent points raised and overall the opportunity to progress best practice ideas in the competence assessment environment. There were eight delegates on the course, from Denmark, Estonia, Kosovo, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro.

"On behalf of the Met Office and Eumetcal we thank them for their contribution to the course, as well as those of the original expert team."

WMO/Eumetcal 2019 Advanced Course for Trainers on Blended Learning

29 April to 2 June with a pre-course from 1 April to 26 April / Online

This year's WMO Online Course for Trainers was organised for RA VI and other international participants. At request of the EUMETNET Working Group of Education and Training, it was focused on online learning. After hard work from the WMO ETR Office, with financial support from Eumetcal, this resulted in the first WMO/Eumetcal 2019 Advanced Course for Trainers on Blended Learning.

In a very tight, active and intensive five weeks, 30 participants from all WMO Regions were updated on many learning solutions, delivery methods, tips, and experiences on how to facilitate blended learning in the most effective way.

The participants had to complete a rigorous project as a key part of their completion requirements. In these projects, the students were guided and supported by their coaches to develop a blended learning strategy and solution for a training initiative they faced at their own institution.

The course was a great success, which the students thought was very useful. As well as learning how to make a course a good course, they gained many new insights into how you can create active and engaging courses in both online and classroom environments.

Training for Advanced CM SAF Users

5 to 7 June 2019 / Mainz, Germany

For the first time, EUMETSAT and the CM SAF organised a training event for advanced CM SAF users. It was held back-to-back to the CM SAF users workshop, which gave participants a chance to get updates on recent developments of the CM SAF, and to provide feedback on data and services.

The advanced training focused on the development of climate applications using CM SAF data. Most participants worked on projects to combine CM SAF data with in-situ information to provide merged products for climate atlases and regularly issued climate bulletins. After the course, participants were encouraged to continue offering basic and advanced training on the use of satellite data for climate monitoring.

More than 80 participants at VLab training event in Moscow

4 to 7 June 2019 / Planeta & Advanced Training Institute, Moscow/Balashiha, Russia

The international seminar 'Training event on satellite monitoring and nowcasting of high impact weather events for National Hydrometeorological Services of CIS countries' was held in Moscow in June. This training event is a part of bilateral agreement with EUMETSAT and ROSHYDROMET.

Eighty-four participants from national hydro-meteorological services of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Russia took part.

Thanks to the online phase, participants came to Moscow well prepared. Sessions were held at Planeta headquarters in Moscow and the Advanced Training Institute in Balashiha. The sessions at ATI consisted of hands-on practice on how to find satellite data online, how to interpret RGB imagery, how to work with NWC SAF products, etc. The Russian VLab trainers built three Simulator exercise, so the participants could work on forecasting challenges during high impact weather. Participants also presented their posters on the analysis of adverse and hazardous weather, using satellite data prepared during the remote phase of the seminar — they then voted for the best poster.

Instructors from AEMET, ZAMG/EUMeTrain, the National Environment Agency of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the Russian VLab worked together for many months to plan and deliver the training sessions. Planning for the next event in 2021 will start soon.

25th NOMEK held in Copenhagen

6 to 10 May 2019 / Danish Meteorological Institute , Copenhagen

NOMEK (NOrdisk MEteorologisk Kompetensutveckling = Nordic Meteorological Competency Training) started in 1995 as an agreement between the Director Generals of the Nordic weather services. It is now a one-week course.

The annual training event aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of operational forecasters working in the northern part of Europe, who, on many occasions, face similar weather and technology-related issues.

EUMETSAT Training Manager Mark Higgins said: "The course looks at weather that has an impact on people. It is a great opportunity for forecasters to learn from each other, share their experiences, and learn about new data and techniques they can use. The 25 NOMEK courses show the value of the strong partnership between the Nordic countries and EUMETSAT."

This year the course, organised by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and held in Coperhagen, was on the monitoring and forecasting of low clouds and fog in Scandinavia. Participants learnt more about the fog, and about how to forecast it using the satellite data, observations and operational NWP models.

They also worked with radar and Lidar data, and looked into ensemble forecasting and the concept of probabilities for decision-making. An important aspect of this course is the efficient communication of forecasts and uncertainties to the users.

Using the Copernicus Marine Data Stream for Ocean Applications – PORTWIMS

10 to 14 June 2019 / Lisbon, Portugal

For the third time, the training course 'Using the Copernicus Marine Data Stream for Ocean Applications in Europe' took place. This time the University of Lisbon, within the frame of H2020 PORTWIMS project, hosted the classroom phase.

Sixteen participants from six different European countries joined the workshop. As in previous courses, most of the time was spent on hands-on working, during which the participants worked on mini projects they chose themselves. Most of the projects dealt with how Sentinel-3 OLCI ocean colour data can be used to generate time series of everything from cyanobacteria trends in the Baltic and harmful algal blooms off the Portuguese coast to chlorophyll patterns off the western Antarctic Peninsula. Many students also used SLSTR Seas Surface Temperature (SST) data to track eddies, monitor upwelling, map temperatures in relation to a hurricane path or compare with buoy data. Some students also used products that included seas surface height and wind speed.

On the last day of the course, all participants gave a presentation reporting about their experiences using the Copernicus Marine Stream and the results they achieved during the course.

Fourth EUMeTrain Marine Course, 2019 edition

26 March to 17 May 2019 / Online

Twenty-three participants took part in the recent online Marine Forecasting Course, run by EUMeTrain. The main audience for the course was marine forecasters from several weather services across Europe. Experts on wind products (Ad Stoffelen from KNMI), ocean wave models (Jean Bidlot, from ECMWF), and from NOAA (Joe Sienkiewicz, Zorana Jelenak and Paul Chang) supported the course. Participants chose a showcase on a marine topic, on which they worked throughout the course, with the help of the experts and contributions from their peers. All participants successfully completed their showcases, and the top ones will be published on the EUMETSAT website.

Training Support Officers (TSO) Team Meeting VII

4 and 5 April 2019 / WMO, Geneva

In April, the Training Support Officers from WMO-ETR, WMO-VLab, EUMETSAT, EUMeTrain, Eumetcal, the Met Office, Météo-France, DWD, RSHU and CIMH met for the TSO Team Meeting VII at the WMO headquarters in Geneva.

The meeting, which is an annual event, provides an invaluable opportunity to learn by exchanging experiences and challenges from our working practices. This year, we heard about Eumetcal's new learning management platform, and their plans to support the European training community.

There was interesting update on the WMO Global Campus Library and the Learning Events Calendar, which gave us food for thought on how we can contribute.

The Met Office and Météo-France colleagues shared their creative ideas on the use of video for supporting demonstrations and illustrating examples of expert use - practical examples of bringing together learning theory with exciting technologies. There were also many discussions in which we brainstormed how we can better support the training community.

Thanks to the great sessions and a warm welcome from the ETR team at WMO everyone left with a bag full of new ideas and a renewed sense of belonging.

EUMETSAT at the European Geophysical Union (EGU)

7 to 12 April 2019 / Vienna, Austria

EUMETSAT chaired and promoted several sessions and side meetings on training at the last EGU conference. Two short courses on EUMETSAT's Climate Data Records: 'Using satellite data for climate applications' and 'Using Copernicus satellite data for ocean applications' were highly attended, with up to 80 young researchers. There was also one splinter session on atmospheric composition with more than 40 experts from around the world. In addition, EUMETSAT co-chaired the WEkEO stand, together with Mercator.

For details see https://www.egu2019.eu.

SEEMET (South-Eastern Europe Meteorological Training) Course 2019

14 to 17 May, 2019 / Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The 2nd SEEMET Basic Satellite Training Course on the 'Basics of satellite meteorology and satellite image interpretation and their application in operational weather forecasting' was held in May in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Twenty-five participants from 10 countries (Albania, B&H, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Turkey) took part. The course was conducted in English.

The main topics were:

  • Basic cloud identification in satellite images
  • Fog and convection forecasting
  • Analysis of fronts and rapid cyclogenesis over the Mediterranean/Balkan region
  • Surface features seen in satellite imagery and in Land SAF products
 

On the final day, a short introduction to MTG was given, with several examples of 'MTG in action' using Himawari-8/9 and GOES-16/17 cases.

About 50% of the course consisted of practical work on RGB image interpretation, image analysis in terms of conceptual models, severe weather simulator exercises and quizzes. For the practical work and case studies, the EUMeTrain online training platform (ePort) and the RGB quick guides proved to be very useful.

Overall, the participants improved their satellite image interpretation skills and applied their new skills during the practical sessions (case studies). This will help them to better analyse cloud properties (like thickness, phase, height, particle size, precipitating or not, etc.) and surface properties (in cloud-free areas), which in turn helps to identify high-impact weather situations.

The next SEEMET course will be an advanced course and will take place in May 2020; the place is still TBD.

Event Week on Convection 2019

20 to May 24 / Online

The opening of the main convective season of 2019 started in May with an Event Week full of topics around 'Convection'.

This online event focused on subjects like thunderstorms, hail, impacts and storm damage, and the use of satellite products and other tools. During the sessions EUMeTrain provided 15 presentations by experts in various fields, from different institutions and professional backgrounds.

For example, a day was dedicated to NWC-SAF studies and one morning session concentrated on H-SAF products. High importance was also given to producing case studies and the latest research.

Eighty-five participants followed the sessions live. The recordings of the event week's sessions are available here.

// Issue XV – April 2019

Activities & Events

EUMETCAL/CALMet Conference – Inspire, Share and Collaborate

17-20 September 2019 / Darmstadt, Germany

The joint EUMETCAL/CALMet XIII Conference 2019 will be an event that brings together educators, trainers and managers from universities, research institutions, and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. It will provide an opportunity for a community from around the world to collaborate and network on workforce development in support of the global weather, water and climate industries.

During the forum, participants will share experiences, expectations, and new ideas for applying emerging technologies and strategies in meteorology and hydrology education and training.

The deadline for submitting the abstracts has been extended to Friday 12 April. You can submit your abstract and register to attend the conference at https://www.eventsforce.net/eumetsat/5/home

We are looking forward to seeing you in Darmstadt in September.

Eumetcal2

In January 2019 Eumetcal started the EUMETNET Phase 2019-2023 with a new Coordinating Member and a new Programme Management Group. A consortium consisting of KNMI (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut) and DHMZ (Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia) now leads Eumetcal 2. Heleen ter Pelkwijk is the Programme manager and Tomislav Marekovic is the Technical Support Officer.

In the next five years Eumetcal 2 should become a central partner for all E&T related challenges in the EUMETNET community. This means that Eumetcal 2 will not be limited to the forecasting capability area alone, but will actively stimulate collaboration throughout the whole of EUMETNET, to solve the most urgent training needs in all capability areas. Given the limitations, Eumetcal 2 will not be able to solve these challenges alone, but will do this by connecting parties with the same kind of E&T needs and offers. Eumetcal 2 will support this process by connecting parties, as long as the infrastructure that is needed for some members is available. Furthermore, it will support and enhance the trainers’ community. This will need time to develop.

Heleen reports: "We consider the training infrastructure, the communication of training activities, the Eumetcal workshop, and the WMO train-the-trainers as the most important features of the previous Eumetcal projects. Therefore, our first actions are the continuation of these features to enable the members to continue their E&T activities, preserving all training material, knowledge and opportunities on collaborating projects. Next we will do an extensive assessment of training and infrastructure needs among all members. We will keep you updated on our actions!

We need your help to make a success of this Eumetcal phase, so please keep in touch, via info@eumetcal.eu. We look forward to working with you!"

More information about the new Eumetcal Programme can be found at https://www.eumetnet.eu/activities/forecasting-programme/current-activities-fc/eumetcal/.

2019 MSC-COMET Winter Weather Course: Adding Value to NWP Through Winter Applications

1 September – 26 October 2019 Online Course
28 October – 1 November 2019: Optional Residence Course
2 November 2019 – 31 January 2020: optional Post-Course Componenent / Online; Classroom: Boulder, CO, USA

The 2019 Winter Weather Course offers a unique, operationally oriented learning experience that matches training to the realities of the forecasting environment. Participants will be immersed in interactive activities focused on addressing key forecasting challenges, including diagnosis of complex, multi-scale weather processes; model initialisation assessment, and model agreement.

Satellite analysis techniques will feature prominently in the diagnosis and model assessment sessions. These topics, and more, will be examined in the context of winter weather case studies and laboratory exercises.

Participants will interact closely with experts in the field. They will be able to build connections and network with other meteorologists internationally, as the course frequently includes forecasters from Asia, Canada, Europe and the USA, as well as instructors from universities and national hydrometeorological services.

Moreover, the course is for early to mid-career forecasters, and is aligned with the WMO PWS Competency Framework for Forecasters.

This year's course is in a blended online-residence format. Participants may register for the online component only, or the combined online and residence session experience.

If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please contact Bryan Guarente at the COMET Program (guarente@ucar.edu).

A new EUMETSAT session at the European Meteorological Society Annual conference

5-9 September 2019 / Copenhagen, Denmark

EUMETSAT will chair a new session on climate applications of satellite data at the 2019 EMS meeting, taking place in Copenhagen, 9– 13 September.

The session will present existing applications and products based on Satellite Climate Data Records and "near real time" data, with relevance to climate to motivate and support the use of satellite data. A broad ensemble of thematic variables contributions is encouraged, from climate monitoring to atmospheric composition. Contributions may address novel science-driven (operational) applications, methodological approach, data fusion and innovative products and services.

A few keynote talks are foreseen, to provide an overview of the current applications of satellite climate datasets with potential downstream applications.

Deadline for abstract submission is 13 April.

Convection Week 2019

20 May to 24 May 2019 / Online

At the end of May, EUMeTrain is organising an Event Week on Convection. Being held shortly before the main convective season starts, this event will focus on topics like thunderstorms, tornadoes, storm damage, and the use of satellite products in one week. The target audience comprises meteorologists from all fields, but especially forecasters, students and model developers. One major point of emphasis will be on NWCSAF and H-SAF products and new developments in this field. The use of satellite and other remote sensing products for forecasting thunderstorms will also be included.

The access to the event week is free and open to all, but prior registration is needed. Self-registration is simple and you can register for one or several sessions.

Registration links will be available at eumetrain.org in April 2019.

Do you need to prepare your people for situations with Severe Convection?

See website

The European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL) provides different kinds of forecaster training on convective weather, throughout the year. Theoretical courses, given by expert trainers, are combined with practical sessions, where participants practise forecasting/nowcasting severe convection cases in small groups. By discussing and evaluating these forecasts using observations, ESSL provides forecasters with the opportunity to gain experience on forecasting severe convective weather, which is difficult to do during individual shifts.

For the latest training programme, please visit https://www.essl.org/cms/upcoming-events/. Since 2019, ESSL also provides trainingspecifically designed for aviation forecasters.

SALGEE workshop hosted at EUMETSAT

14-17 Oct 2019 / Darmstadt, Germany

SALGEE is a user group led by the Bulgarian NIMH, with focus on drought and fire monitoring by means of satellites. It was initially concerned with Eastern Europe, as an area plagued with fires, in particular during the summer period. However, following the spread of fires in the warmer climate scenarios, the area of action of the group extends to cover most of Europe (Sweden was affected by fires last summer), the Middle East and Northern Africa.

In the past NASA, ECMWF, NOAA, LSA SAF, and Italian and Greek universities, have shared their expertise during the three day conference.

The previous meetings took place in Bulgaria, Turkey, Portugal, Italy and Armenia. This year it will be held at the EUMETSAT headquarters in Germany, with a special focus on climate and include the Climate SAF consortium, as a contributor to the implementation of the EUMETSAT SAF strategy related to climate monitoring.

Resources & Tools

Monitoring the Ocean from Space – MOOC material now available on new website

Online

The material from the 'Monitoring the Oceans from Space' Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), developed by EUMETSAT as part of the Copernicus programme, is now available to download and share and is freely available.

The short videos and the interactive tasks introduce the many applications of ocean satellite data, covering a broad range of topics from ocean circulation, to fisheries, climate, and the socio-economics of managing ocean resources. The course has been run twice since the launch of the first Sentinel-3 satellite in February 2016.

Questions about the MOOC content can be asked on the EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine User Forum: http://forums.eumetsat.int/forums/forum/copernicus-marine-calval/.

The MOOC content is available from this website: http://www.oceansfromspace.org/.

Product Tutorial on Sandwich products

Online, EUMeTrain

A product tutorial on Sandwich Products was recently published on the EUMeTrain website. The aim of the tutorial is to help users (weather forecasters and/or other experts) to understand and use these composite images, by giving them the most relevant background information and examples.

A short (two-pages) Quick Guide on Sandwich Products is also available on the site. The present product tutorial provides a deeper inside into the topic by providing more detailed guidelines, physical background, benefits and limitations, plus several examples of the cloud top features which can be observed in sandwich images.

New free lesson: Basic Satellite and NWP Integration

COMET MetEd Library

NWP is one of the most important forecasting tools in our toolbox. Yet identifying when/where it is not capturing reality is difficult. In the short-term forecasting range, it is important for a forecaster to identify when/where NWP output isn’t matching reality. Then they can make appropriate changes to the forecast output.

To find those mismatches anywhere in the world, one of the best tools is satellite imagery. This latest ASMET lesson, published in February 2019, focuses on a few cases using satellite imagery to help identify mismatched features/processes between the satellite imagery and the NWP.

Anyone trying to add value to short-term NWP forecasts could benefit from taking this lesson to learn a process for assessing NWP output compared to observations. This lesson focuses on fog and convection in Africa, however it lesson can apply to many other cases, and is generalised enough to help forecasters from anywhere in the world.

The lesson was prepared by the experts from Morocco, Niger, Kenya and South Africa, in partnership with EUMETSAT and COMET and you can access it here.

News from ePort

Online

The EUMeTrain satellite data hub ePort PRO has recently been updated with new satellite data.

To provide a full Earth coverage with geostationary satellite data, GOES-17 image data have been included into ePort. Five geostationary satellites (Meteosat-8, Meteosat-11, GOES-16, GOES-17 and Himawari) now provide a complete scan of the Earth’s atmosphere, four times a day. The GOES RGB palette has been extended by the Day Microphysical and the Snow RGBs, so it now provides the same range of RGBs as the MSG satellites.

For the Arctic region, Metop-A images (VIS and IR) have now been complemented by Metop-B image data. The most recent overpass is always displayed before any earlier overpass.

The image frequency of the operational MSG satellite (MSG-11) and MSG-8 (IODC) has been increased to a three-hour interval. This also includes the accompanying satellite products and NWP fields. This reduced time interval will be beneficial when analysing rapidly changing weather phenomena, like convection.

Finally, a new Web Mapping Client has been provided by Sergio Gallego from the Catalonian National Weather Service. This WMS complements ePort and ePort Pro, and offers functionalities based on JavaScript, as an alternative to the other portals which are based on Flash.

Stories & Achievements

Competency Assessment Course

4 – 6 Dec 2018 / Exeter, UK

The Met Office and Eumetcal delivered a residential course on Competency Assessment at the Met Office in Exeter, UK, in December 2018.

Competency-based assessment continues to have increasing relevance in the operational meteorological community, and this course followed on from work an Expert Team completed in identifying the underpinning requirements of competence-based assessment.

The course covered the main stages of the assessment cycle, with background theory, followed by discussion of best practice, and the opportunity to assess, as well as be assessed, in a couple of practical simulations. There was also the opportunity to discuss areas related to the Human Factor when assessing, and QMS.

For the course to be a success it needed the full involvement of the delegates, whose contributions made sure there were excellent points raised and the opportunity to progress best practice ideas in the competence assessment environment. There were eight delegates, from Denmark, Estonia, Kosovo, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro.

5 years of Baltic+ courses

The Baltic+ course is a joint initiative of the National Meteorological Services of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, running since 2015. Forecasters from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are also invited to participate. This year was the fifth course.

Each year one of the NMSs takes responsibility to organise the course, in cooperation with the other NMSs and EUMETSAT. This year it was organised by the Estonian Environmental Agency (ESTEA).

The course (comrpising three weeks online and three days in the classroom) is an annual refresher and meeting point for the forecasters. It gives them the opportunity to improve their competencies in operational meteorology and communication. The course leader Taimi Paljak from ESTEA said: "It has become more and more important to inform institutions and the public about what kind of impactsdifferent extreme weather situations can have. This is especially important when delivering warnings to the decisionmakers such as Rescue Services."

The success of the past five years of Baltic+ courses has been possible thanks to the commitment of partner institutes. The training team is regularly meeting online or face to face to develop the course programme, which is crucial for keeping the course current and useful for forecasters.

Simulator Build Workshop

11-13 December 2018 / FMI, Helsinki, Finland

The Russians are coming!

Helsinki is too close to the EU outer frontiers to have the SIMS course that was being run by FMI, EUMETSAT and Eumetcal to go unnoticed by our Russian colleagues. As a result 13 applications for the course came from Russia. Thanks to local organisers at FMI, who managed to provide a bigger room, we were able to offer the course to everybody who applied, the Russians included. So what do the Russians think about the course they completed in Helsinki?

  • "I had no prior experience with such a simulator. A unique solution that allows the user to be as close as possible to the actual conditions"
  • "Simulators… help to plunge into unfamiliar environment, give the opportunity to experiment and analyze the results of the decisions made."
  • "Simulators provide an excellent opportunity to live through complicated situations that are unlikely in the operational forecasting practice."
  • "The workshop was especially useful for me in further planning of such training activities."
  • "I will use this tool in my work as an element of gamification."
  • "I will surely use this knowledge in my future projects and will try to practice it more."
 

So if you notice the growing number of weather simulators in Russian language, you now know how it all begun!

Including VIIRS imagery in the RGB Colour Interpretation Guide

Online, EUMeTrain

The RGB Colour Interpretation Guide (CIG) contains short guides on several satellite instruments, RGB types, colours, and phenomena. It also contains the recipes of the RGB types and a tool helping with the analysis of RGB images.

Each guide is about a phenomenon (e.g. snow, dust, clouds...), demonstrating how it looks in a specific RGB from a specific satellite instrument. The short guides describe the typical colour of the given phenomenon in the given RGB, together with specific examples, the most important information, remarks, and the explanation of the colour (physical background).

The aim of the RGB Colour Interpretation Guide is to help weather forecasters (and other RGB users) to work with RGB images, in conjunction with the two-page RGB Quick Guides and the longer, more detailed RGB training modules.

The CIG already contains SEVIRI and AVHRR guides and some VIIRS RGB recipes and guides were recently added. As VIIRS measures in channels that will be in the future FCI instrument (imager of the Meteosat Third Generation satellites), VIIRS data can serve as proxy data for the future standard Meteosat RGB types. The guide is continuously being expanded, so it’s always worth checking.

The CIG can be accessed at the EUMeTrain website.

EUMETRAIN Event Week on Aviation

3-7 December 2018 / Online

The EUMeTrain Event Week on Aviation Meteorology took place from 3 till 7 December. During this week, nine online lectures were given in eight sessions. Several presentations focused on turbulence — both clear air turbulence and convective turbulence. Different satellite products and their usage in aviation forecasting were shown. One session was dedicated to volcanic ash detection, as it has a large impact on aviation. Some special topics of aviation meteorology were also included, such as balloon forecasting or space weather.

At the end of the event week, the participants gained some knowledge about products and techniques helpful in forecasting for aviation.

The participation of the event was free and a good number of people attended each session. Every lecture will be published on the EUMeTrain website.

EUMETSAT Winter School on “The Use of Satellite Data for Climate Services – Europe”

25 Feb – 1 March 2019 / IMGW-BIP, Krakow, Poland

For the first time, the SAFs on Climate Monitoring, Land Surface Applications and Atmospheric Composition, collaborated to provide the 2019 EUMETSAT Winter School on the Use for Satellite Data for Climate Applications.

The classroom phase followed a two week online phase, which prepared participants for the practical work during the classroom phase. Participants explored climate data records from the three SAFs, such as Solar Radiation, Sunshine Duration, Land Surface Temperature, Vegetation Indices, Evaportranspiration, and NO2 concentration, while working on mini projects. In addition to the data, different software tools, such as the CM SAF R Toolbox and R Instat, were explored to compare station data with satellite information and to analyse the provided time series in time and space.

// Issue XIV – December 2018

Activities & Events

Joint Calmet XIII & Eumetcal Workshop

2019 / Darmstadt, Germany

Inspire, Share and Collaborate

The joint CALMet XIII & Eumetcal Conference 2019 will be an event that brings together educators, trainers and managers from universities, research institutions, and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. It will provide an opportunity for a community from around the world to collaborate and network on workforce development in support of the global weather, water and climate industry.

During the forum participants will share experiences, expectations, and new ideas for applying emerging technologies and strategies in meteorology and hydrology education and training.

The Theme - Preparing the weather, water and climate workforce for tasks of the late 2020s.

This joint event builds upon the directions being set by WMO for weather, water and climate services in the late 2020s, by encouraging senior practitioners in the education and training sector to discuss, debate and share views and techniques on the challenges/opportunities arising from the following sub-themes:

  • Training challenges and opportunities
  • Teaching and learning
  • Collaboration
 

For more information please see http://www.calmet.org/

Event week on cloud microphysics

March 2019 / Online

In March 2019 EUMeTrain is running an event week on Cloud Microphysics. This event targets forecasters and interested users. The online presentations will cover:

  • How forecasters can benefit from satellite data and radar data, in relation to cloud microphysics.
  • Interpretation of RGB satellite images with a reference to cloud microphysics.
  • Important cloud microphysics processes in water clouds, ice clouds and mixed clouds, for the forecaster.
  • The state of research of the influence of cloud microphysics for climate change.
  • Influence of aerosols on the building of clouds and the formation of precipitation.
  • New model ICON-ART, which considers the input from different aerosol types.
EUMETSAT Winter School on Using Satellite Data for Climate Services

28 January to 8 February 2019 (Online), 25 February - 1 March (Classroom) / Krakow, Poland

EUMETSAT invites National Climate Services, Regional Climate Centers, universities and any other interested entity of EUMETSAT member states and WMO RA VI to nominate candidates for the 2019 EUMETSAT Winter School on Using Satellite Data for Climate Services.

The key objective of this course is to instruct scientific staff, and early career scientists with an interest in climate monitoring, in the use of EUMETSAT climate products for operational climate monitoring and climate research.

Participants will learn how to handle EUMETSAT climate products, focusing on CM SAF and LSA SAF data, using free software tools R, R-Instat and QGIS. They will also explore the opportunities to use CM SAF and LSA SAF data to fulfil and improve their institute’s services and research.

Apply online via the Training Zone until 9 January 2019. Those selected will be informed by 25 January 2019. Selection will be based on the level of experience and relevant area of responsibility.

The course language is English.

Registration is now open. For further information please refer to the EUMETSAT webpage.

4th EUMeTrain Marine Course

March to May 2019 / Online, Moodle

EUMeTrain is preparing the 4th edition of the Marine Course. The course will be conducted online and in asynchronous mode. A Moodle platform will be used for this purpose. The course is primarily designed for marine forecasters, but other meteorologists are invited to participate.

The course aims to improve the quality of marine safety warnings and nowcasting in Europe, through better use of satellite and model data. It will be run between late March and May, 2019.

The 2019 course will cover:

  • Identification of potentially dangerous conditions over the ocean.
  • Scatterometers and Altimeter products — advantages and limitations.
  • Forecasting extreme weather conditions.
  • Forecasting ocean waves.
 

The 4th EUMeTrain Marine Course will be supported by experts from KNMI, ECMWF, NOAA and EUMETSAT.

Details on the program and registrations will soon be available on http://www.eumetrain.org/

Resources & Tools

Quick Guide on Sandwich products

Online

A Quick Guide on Sandwich products was added to the suite of Quick Guides on standard SEVIRI RGB types. The aim of the Quick Guides is to help users (weather forecasters and/or other experts) to understand and use these composite images by giving them the most relevant background information and examples.

The new guide contains examples of the cloud top features which can be observed in sandwich images, guidelines, physical background, benefits and limitations.

The new Quick Guide can be accessed at the EUMeTrain website.

Convection in Carpathian Basin

Online

Since 2016 EUMeTrain has been developing online simulators that can be used as an exercise in forecasting, and for understanding the work of a forecaster on shift.

The period from April to October is the most favourable part of the year for convection in Europe. Different types of convective systems may occur during that period, such as single and multi-cell storms, squall lines or super cells. These phenomena can be hazardous, causing a lot of damage and even, in some cases, fatalities. It is very important that forecasters issue warnings as soon as possible so people can take immediate action.

In this new simulator one can practise forecasting convection in the Carpathian Basin. The simulator can be accessed at the EUMeTrain website.

Stories & Achievements

Eumetcal Workshop 2018

28 to 30 August 2018 / Riga, Latvia

The 12thEumetcal workshop was held in Riga, Latvia from 28–30 August, in conjunction with the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre (LVGMC). The workshop gathered together 40 participants from 22 different NMHSs. The first day focused on visualising training processes and processing new solutions and approaches. The second day had two different workshops, a morning workshop on Facilitation Skills and an afternoon workshop on ABC Learning design. The last day included presentations from, and to, the training community.

The workshop planning and facilitation was done together with a team of training experts from WMO, LVGMC, EUMETSAT, Vlab and ENM Meteo-France. With their very valuable support, and the engament of all of the participants, the workshop was a success and inspiring for the trainers and trainer managers that attended the event.

Synoptic and Mesoscale Analysis of Satellite Images 2018

1 October to 23 November 2018 / Classroom part at DWD in Langen, Germany

In cooperation between the DWD, EUMeTrain and Eumetcal, a blended course about satellite meteorology was held from 1 October to 23 November 2018.

Eight topics were covered during the online phase (self-study, interactive live presentations, playground sessions, asynchronous training, short tests and homework for students) followed by a one-week classroom phase at the training centre of the DWD in Langen. Two students groups were defined: a) online participation, b) participation in the online phase and the classroom phase. This enabled more people to join the course.

Six trainers prepared course material for self-studies, held online lectures, guided the students during their work with tests and homework, and evaluated the students' work.

During the classroom phase five trainers trained the students with the main emphasis being on exercises and group work.

The course content was in accordance to the WMO-requirements "No 1083, BIP-M". All students had to prove their skills by delivering homework, exercises and quizzes of high-quality, before receiving a certificate. Although all the students of the classroom part succeeded, only 25% of the online students achieved sufficient results. Inthe future, a redesign of this course is foreseen, which will include more emphasis on working with data from the Meteosat Third Generation satellites.

EUMeTrain Marine Event Week 2018

5 to 9 November 2018 / Online

The EUMeTrain Marine Event Week 2018 ran between 5 and 9 November, and offered 14 online talks on different subjects.

The online presentations covered:

  • Identification of potentially dangerous conditions over the ocean
  • Scatterometers and Altimeter products - advantages and limitations
  • Forecasting extreme weather conditions
  • Forecasting ocean waves
 

The sessions were provided by experts from ECMWF, NOAA, KNMI, SMHI, IMO, Met. Norway, IPMA and EUMETSAT. The lectures were broadcast using the WebEx Training Center.

The online talks were followed by more than 70 attendees, mainly from Europe. All of the lectures were recorded and can be found on EUMeTrain's website.

WMO RA II and VI Training on Products for Agricultural Meteorology

22 to 25 October 2018 / Darmstadt, Germany

Sixteen agro-meteorologists from Central Asia and Russia, met in Darmstadt last October to exchange their experiences of using satellite data and products. This was the seventh course since 2012. Previously it’s been held in Guinea Bissau, Niger, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Hungary.

The course was delivered in English and Russian. Sessions contained lectures and hands-on practice on the use of products for evaluation of the crop evolution. The participants also presented their remote sensing capabilities, ongoing projects, as well as their needs for more accurate products. High-resolution data from the Sentinels, for instance, can supply some solutions.

The WMO is the main organiser of this series, with support of EUMETSAT, ESA (for Sentinel data) and other partners, such as the Technical University of Vienna and the National Meteorological Administration of Romania.

Seminar on drought risk management for north-eastern Brazil

5 to 7 November 2018 / Maceió, Brazil

More than 35 young participants of north-eastern Brazil took part in this seminar, based on a double dynamic formula.

The first day consisted of presentations by five experts, each followed by discussions on the participants experiences about drought monitoring, risk assessment, and how to transmit this awareness to society.

The following two days were for hands-on training on extracting risk estimates from satellite imagery, in particular vegetation indices; precipitation data, and land surface temperatures. Working in both groups and individually, the results focused on data interpretation, and were fully discussed by trainees and trainers.

LAPIS, a laboratory for image analysis in UFAL led by Dr Humberto Barbosa, ran the organisation and delivery of the event, which attracted media coverage. Since 2012, drought has been an acute problem in the region, which has been recently aggravated, with a forecast for critical conditions early in 2019.

The rainy season in the region covers the months from April to July, although this year it was February and March. Learning to live together with adverse climatic circumstances is the objective of the new local policies and scientific investment.

2018 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference

17 to 21 September 2018 / Tallinn, Estonia

The 2018 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference in Tallin was co-organised with the Estonian Environment Agency and attracted more than 400 participants. The conference included a session on future requirements for data supporting aviation services, particularly related to the specific challenges of routing over or near the North Pole, by Air Navigation Services Finland CEO Raine Luojus.

Weather forecasting for Baltic or Nordic areas was the subject of a presentation from Gunnar Noer, of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Also high on the agenda were preparations for the next generations of EUMETSAT’s meteorological satellites — Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and EPS-SG, the successor to Metop.

“The EUMETSAT conference is a unique forum for scientists and users of satellite meteorological data from meteorological and other Earth Observation satellites to meet with peers and exchange views,” EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier said.

Preparations also began for the next EUMETSAT conference, which will be a joint conference with the American Meteorological Society to be held in Boston in October 2019.

// Issue XIII – July 2018

Activities & Events

Meteorological Simulator Build Workshop

11 to 13 December / Helsinki, Finland

EUMETSAT and Finnish Meteorological Institute are organizing a workshop on Meteorological Simulators from 11th to 13th December 2018, at the FMI Headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. The course has places for maximum 20 participants and the course registration will be open 1 October 2018. There is no course fee. Participants for the workshop are expected to come self-funded. EUMETSAT offers travel support for a limited number of selected participants. For any enquiries about applications or course information, please contact EUMETSAT Training (training@eumetsat.int). Participants will be informed if they have been successful in being able to attend the course by 8th November 2018.

The course is aimed at WMO RA-VI NMHS trainers, who are building simulators for their staff or courses.

Competenecy Assessment Course

4 to 6 December / Exeter, UK

The UK Met Office and Eumetcal are organising a course on Competency Assessment, which will have a residence phase from 4th to 6th December 2018, at the Met Office in Exeter, UK. The course is aimed at NMHS trainers and training managers who are involved in the competence assessment of their team and/or within their NMHS. The course has places for 12 participants and the course registration is open until 2nd November 2018. You can register here.

Eumetcal or UK Met Office will not be sponsoring or arranging travel, accommodation or other related expenses.

Eumetcal Workshop 2018

August 28- 30 / Riga, Latvia

The 12th Eumetcal Workshop will be held in Riga, Latvia on 28–30 August 2018, jointly organised by EUMETCAL and the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre (LVGMC).

The EUMETCAL Workshop welcomes all training practitioners and training managers in meteorology and related disciplines in Europe and beyond. All levels of experience are welcome.

The themes of the workshop are:

  • Visualising the training processes and proposing new approaches and solutions.
  • Developing Active Learning and Facilitation skills.
  • News for, and from, the meteorological training community.
 

The workshop is linked to the WMO competencies for training providers. No participation fee is required to attend this workshop.

Additional and up-to-date information available on the workshop webpage at http://bit.ly/12EumetcalWS. The workshop starts in the morning in 28 Aug and ends by noon on 30 Aug.

Synoptic and Mesoscale Analysis of Satellite Images 2018 Course

1 October to 11 November (Online) / 19 to 23 November (Classroom)

International training courses on satellite meteorology have being offered since 2012. These courses are delivered with cooperation between EUMETCAL, EUMeTrain and the DWD.

This course will be blended - eight topics will be covered during the online phase (self-study, three live presentations, playground sessions, short tests and homework for students) and students will attend a one-week classroom phase at the training centre of the DWD in Langen.

Two categories of students were defined:

  1. only online participants or
  2. participants in both phases
 

Registration is open until 10 August 2018.

Six trainers are available for preparing the course material for self-studies, online lecturing, guiding the students during their work with tests and homework, and for evaluating the students' work. During the classroom part in Langen five trainers will train the students and will guide them through the exercises and the group works.

The course content is in accordance to the WMO-requirements "No 1083, BIP-M". All students will have to prove their skills by delivering homework, exercises, and quizzes of high-quality.

CALMet Online 2018: Submit your training project ideas and start collaborating

27 September / Online

CALMet Online Workshops are online collaboration sessions for trainers in the field of meteorology. Trainers are invited to submit their current training projects to share and discuss with colleague trainers and instructional designers in the context of one-hour online workshops. The main aim of the workshop is to generate ideas on how to actively engage the learners and propose ideas for training exercises.

If you are working on a training project for which you would like more ideas, you are now invited to submit your project ideas using this form before 3 September. The next workshop session is planned for 27 September, 2018.

Resources & Tools

Kupa-Korana Hydro Simulator

Online, EUMeTrain

This simulator case provides users with the opportunity to work closely with colleagues in order to learn how to properly prepare and disseminate timely high impact weather warnings.

In the future weather forecasters will deal more intensely with high impact weather. Therefore, It is important to raise awareness that forecast information needs to be issued on time and disseminated through proper channels. There is usually a small time window in which to react. So, there is a need for better interdisciplinary communication and team work between a hydrologist and a forecaster. With such cooperation bad weather impact prediction will be improved and more effective.

Some basic information on the hydrological model has been provided on the simulator, so it can be used with, or without, the support of a hydrologist.

You can access the simulator on EUMeTrain's website.

Stories & Achievements
Participants master processing and application of Copernicus marine data in Riga

16 to 20 April 2018 / Riga, Latvia

A marine applications training course was held in Riga in April, in collaboration with the LVGMC. Fifteen participants from around Europe worked for five days implementing their own work flows to download and process Sentinel-3 data from the Copernicus Marine Data Stream.

The applications they worked on were exceptionally broad, including the validation of operational sea state models, the use of temperature for recreational bathing and the impacts of renewable energy installations on coastal water quality. Participants made extensive use of the Sentinel Applications Platform (SNAP) and python. Virtual machines were tested as platforms to assist participants wishing to work with large volumes of data.

Excellent presentations were given by all candidates, a number of which are currently being developed for EUMETSAT Image Library case studies.

EUMeTrain Satellite Skills Course 2018

2 May – 17 June / Online, Moodle

The EUMeTrain Satellite Skills Course 2018 is a basic satellite course primarily aimed for forecasters, but other meteorologists can participate.

The online course this year covered three main topics: 'Surface Features', 'Cloud Types and their Characteristics' and 'Atmospheric Phenomena'.

At the end of each chapter there was a quiz to test and strengthen the students' gained knowledge. The course was mainly asynchronous, but in each chapter there was a 'playground' session where the presenter had the opportunity to interact with the attendees by showing and analysing some interesting cases.

At the end of the course the participants had to fill out the evaluation form. Certificates of participation and success were given to them according to their success during the course, in quizzes, homework and participation in the forums.

The Use of Gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services

1 - 27 April 2018 (Online); 14 - 18 May 2018 (Classroom) / Riga, Latvia

Working with satellite-based climate data records, in combination with station-based climate data, was the subject of the 2018 EUMETSAT training course on the "Use of gridded satellite data for climate services".

Forty-four scientists participated in the online phase and 17 attended the classroom phase, kindly hosted by the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre (LVGMC).

For the first time the combined use of R-Instat and the CM SAF R Toolbox was tested in Europe, and proved to be as successful as it was when used in Africa! Also for the first time, this course included an introduction to the Climate Data Store (CDS) of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

The major part of the classroom phase was reserved for work on individual mini projects. Participants worked on real life questions using CM SAF data, with support from the course instructors. At the end of the week all participants presented their results.

Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream

2 April to 20 April 2018, Online / 4-8 Jun 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

The Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream Course (Classroom Phase) was held at the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) in Lisbon, Portugal.

The classroom phase, open to those who successfully completed the Online Phase earlier this year, allowed a more in-depth look at altimetry and scatterometer data. As well as lectures, we concentrated on practical sessions and exploring live weather.

The course finished with participants giving a short presentation of an event that had caught their interest. This year’s presentations were extremely fascinating and showed how much the students had gained from the course.

The course was supported by instructors from NOAA and KNMI allowing the participants to interact with them, ask questions and get responses direct from the experts.

// Issue XII – Apr 2018

Activities & Events

Eumetcal Workshop 2018

Tentatively 28 – 30 August 2018 / Riga, Latvia

The Eumetcal Workshop 2018 will be held during the last week of August in Riga, Latvia. This year’s workshop will focus on sharing and exploring how NHMSs organise the training for their operational forecasters, it will also address latest practices in training development and delivery. The workshop is aimed at trainers and training managers at NMHSs and will provide an opportunity to meet and discuss the latest training issues within this community. A more concrete outline of the workshop programme will be available at the end of April, when the registration and abstract submissions will be open at: https://eumetcal.eu/. The workshop will include a lot of group work and discussions, and also presentations and other type of activities.

CALMet Online 2018: Submit your training project ideas and start collaborating!

June 2018 / Online

CALMet Online Workshops are online collaboration sessions for trainers in the field of meteorology. Trainers are invited to submit their current training projects and share and discuss them with colleague trainers and instructional designers in the context of one-hour online workshops. The main aim of the workshop is to generate ideas on how to actively engage the learners and propose ideas for training exercises.

The next series of workshops will start in June 2018. If you are working on a training project for which you would like more ideas, you are now invited to submit your project ideas using this form before 31 May.

Satellite Skills Course 2018

May 2 - June 17, 2018 / Online, Moodle

This course is mainly intended for forecasters on shifts, but will also be useful for other meteorologists and geoscientists. It is competency-based and aims to help the participants in their everyday work.

During the course, basic principles of satellite meteorology will be covered. Participants will obtain general knowledge about meteorological satellites, identifying land features and analysing them and identifying fronts, different types of clouds, atmospheric phenomena, etc.

The course is mainly asynchronous, with three online playground sessions where participants will be able to interact with the presenter and each other. It will be delivered through the Eumetcal Moodle website over seven weeks, from 2 May to 17 June.

The course consists of three main blocks, each in the duration of two weeks and a ‘Refresher’ block at the beginning of the course, which aims to refresh your knowledge and get you acquainted with the environment you will be working in, and with your colleagues.

Register via the Met Learning website. The deadline for registrations is 8 April.

ESSL Testbed

11 – 15 June, 18 – 22 June, 2 – 6 July and 9 – 13 July 2018 / Wiener Neustadt, Austria

A growing range of tools is steadily becoming available for weather forecasters as a basis for their forecasts and warnings.

At the ESSL Testbed, such tools are evaluated by its participants. At the same time, participants are trained in forecasting severe weather by working together with ESSL team and experts from around the world.

The Testbed includes both nowcasting and forecasting exercises using the real-time weather, product evaluation sessions, and presentations by researchers and developers, as well as expert severe storm forecasters.

Register via the ESSL website.

Autumn School on Use of Satellite Data on Nowcasting High Impact Weather

24-28 September, 2018 / Thessaloniki, Greece

The sixth edition of the Autumn School in Thessaloniki will consolidate it as a fixture in the EUMETSAT training calendar, offering Eastern Mediterranean countries from three continents the opportunity to compare and debate their nowcasting methods.

The organisation of the event is the responsibility of Prof. Haralambos Feidas from the Department of Meteorology and Climatology at Aristotle University. He kindly provides his team's best efforts for a pleasant and fruitful event.

Invitations to attend the course are sent to PR representatives of interested countries in the region.

The venue is usually very close to the seashore and allows for a balance of mental and physical effort.

ESSL Seminar: Forecasting Severe Convection I

1 – 5 Oct 2018 / Wiener Neustadt, Austria

This seminar given by Dr. Tomáš Púčik consists of lectures and hand-on forecasting exercises. Basic concepts of (severe) convection forecasting are introduced with an emphasis on the ingredients-based methodology.

For each ingredient the importance for convection will be presented, along with its diagnosis and prognosis. After the basic ingredients, to the seminar looks at vertical wind shear, especially on its influence on the different organisational forms of convection (single cells, multi-cells, supercells etc.).

The seminar will also look at a basic conceptual model of storm types and relate it to the potential for severe weather. Then it concentrates on the synoptic and mesoscale patterns that are supportive of severe convection and negative factors that may degrade the severe convection risk.

The afternoon exercises will involve forecasting convection either in real-time, or using the past cases, for different parts of Europe. After the forecast, there will be a discussion with an emphasis on the subject that was studied during the morning.

At the end of the week, participants may choose to take part in an exam. Participants that pass this exam receive a Testimonial.

Register via the ESSL website.

Seminar on Forecasting Convective Precipitation and Flash Floods

10 - 14 September 2018 / Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Heavy precipitation is a particular challenge to forecast, given the small spatial and temporal scales on which it occurs, and the limited predictability of deep convection. The hazards associated with flash flooding are an even greater challenge, as detailed information about hydrology and antecedent conditions is also required. In this seminar, Prof. Russ Schumacher from Colorado State University, USA, will address the current state of knowledge about heavy rainfall and flash flooding, plus current research aimed at improving forecasts through increased understanding and sophisticated numerical modelling techniques.

The seminar includes hand-on forecasting exercises during the afternoon. At the end of the week, participants may choose to take part in an exam. Participants that pass this exam receive a Testimonial.

Register via the ESSL website.

XV Ibero American Course

27 August – 7 September 2018 / Cartagena, Colombia

This year is the 15th anniversary of the successful course on meteorological applications of satellites on tropical latitudes, held in Cartagena, Colombia. In those 15 years more than 300 meteorologists in Central and South America have been instructed on the use of imagery from space. The scheme switches the focus between mid-latitude meteorology and tropical meteorology. The focus this year will be on GOES new generation, with GOES-16 already operational and GOES-S in the commissioning phase. The main problem for most countries in RA III and IV will be the data reception, either through GEONETCast-Americas or through GRB dissemination, the continuation of GVAR stations.

AEMET in Spain leads the course and sends instructors who focus on nowcasting, environmental applications, maritime and atmospheric dynamics.

AECID, the Spanish agency for development, provides accommodation and catering, plus excellent training venues for the course.

The participants in this course are appointed by their WMO PRs.

(Image by Pedro Szekely on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Resources & Tools

Quick Guides on standard SEVIRI RGB types

Online, EUMeTrain

Eleven Quick Guides on EUMETSAT-recommended standard SEVIRI RGB types, such as the Dust RGB, the Airmass RGB and the Day Microphysical RGB, have recently been published.

For each standard SEVIRI RGB, a clearly arranged two-page guide has been created, including the most important information about the purpose of the RGB type, area and time for its main application, and the physical background of the used channel combinations, together with many examples helping to interpret the typical colours.

The aim of the Quick Guides is to help the users (weather forecasters and/or other experts) to understand the physical principles behind each RGB and to show the use of these RGB types by giving typical examples and interpretations.

The RGB Quick Guides can be downloaded from the EUMeTrain website. They can be printed (A4 size) or just be viewed online.

New video on YouTube – Jochen Kerkmann on Using the Convection RGB

Online, Youtube

As part of EUMETSAT's YouTube series on RGB applications, a new video on using the Convection RGB, the main RGB used to detect severe thunderstorms, featuring Training Officer Jochen Kerkmann - has recently been published. The RGBs are available in real-time on EUMETView, including animations; and on ePort, every six hours (no animations).

Watch the video

The YouTube series aims to complement the EUMeTrain RGB quick guides.

Winter Weather in Central Europe – Simulator

Online, EUMeTrain

Since 2016 EUMeTrain has been developing online simulators that can be used as an exercise in forecasting, and for understanding the work of a forecaster on shift. Our first 'pioneer' simulator was published in Summer 2017 and now a second simulator on Winter Weather in Central Europe has been published on the EUMeTrain website.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the simulator, please send feedback to the team via the emails provided on the simulator index page.

More simulators are in the process of being developed and will be made available on our website during the year.

New cloud microphysics products in ePort PRO

Online, EUMeTrain

Cloud microphysical products are now available on ePort PRO. The products, from the NowCasting SAF and the EUMETSAT ground segment are:

  • the cloud effective radius (NWC-SAF and MPEF)
  • the cloud ice water path (NWC-SAF)
  • the cloud liquid water path (NWC-SAF)
  • the cloud optical thickness (NWC-SAF and MPEF)
  • the cloud top phase (NWC-SAF and MPEF)
 

The Optimal Cloud Analysis from EUMETSAT (OCA) and the Cloud MICrophysics product (CMIC) from the NWC-SAF differ in their geographical availability. While the OCA product is available for the full disk, the NWC-SAF CMIC products are calculated for Central Europe only. The EUMETSAT OCA product also contains a cloud top pressure product which is available in ePort PRO.

As for all data in ePort, these new products are available every six hours.

Anyone who is interested in using ePort PRO, send an email to info@eumetrain.org to obtain the username and password.

New lesson available on MetEd: Basic Satellite Imagery Interpretation

Online, MetEd

The Basic Satellite Imagery Interpretation lesson teaches the basics of satellite image interpretation to forecasters, meteorology students, and other interested learners, with an emphasis on the African region. It begins by briefly describing visible, infrared, and water vapour channels, as well as RGBs and derived products. From there, it teaches learners how to interpret clouds and surface features using various channels and products. This sets the stage for the final section, where learners practice identifying features using assorted imagery and products. The lesson uses Meteosat Second Generation imagery over Africa and, to a lesser extent, Europe. Given the similarities in channels between satellites, the lesson should also appeal to a broader, international audience.

Developed in the context of the ASMET project (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training) in collaboration with COMET and EUMETSAT, the lesson was designed to support EUMETSAT training courses, such as the online Satellite Application Courses run yearly by EUMETSAT and the African training centres.

Find more information about training opportunities and resources on the EUMETSAT Training page.

Rapid Scan Applications and Benefits lesson now on MetEd

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The Rapid Scan lesson is now available on MetEd. The outcome of a successful collaboration between COMET and EUMETSAT, the lesson introduces the capabilities and benefits of rapid scan imaging from geostationary meteorological satellites, with a special focus on the current Meteosat Second Generation satellites.

The lesson begins with an overview of current rapid scan imaging strategies and the products made from those observations. It then addresses nowcasting applications that benefit from these products with a focus on convection and its evolution. Other application areas that benefit from rapid scan observations are mentioned, including the monitoring of fog and low stratus, wildfires, tropical cyclones, and atmospheric motion vector data. The final section describes the new and next generation rapid scan datasets from international satellite operators around the world, and improvements for advancing weather analysis and prediction.

Find more information about training opportunities and resources on the EUMETSAT Training page.

Stories & Achievements

Integrated Modelling Workshop (supported by COST Action EOS)

5 February – 9 February, 2018 / Hamburg, Germany

This Integrated Modelling Course brought together expertise from the operational satellite processing and the numerical modelling communities, enabling attendees to learn about a broad range of approaches to processing and exploiting earth observation data and numerical model output.

After two weeks of preparatory online lessons, participants from across Europe, Georgia and Kazakhstan, were met by trainers from PML, CLS, Brockmann Consult, EUMETSAT, the University of Liege, ICM, KNMI, and NIB at BSH in Hamburg.

The course focused on EUMETSAT CMDS products, plus data from CMEMS and OSI-SAF. It included sessions on processing L1/L2 data from each of the three Sentinel-3 sensor platforms, approaching satellite derived wind and sea-ice data, designing and implementing processing chains, assimilating data into numerical models, statistical gap filling of satellite data, and numerical model validation. The course also introduced attendees to a multitude of data manipulation and pre-processing tools. This highly interactive week featured practical, hand-on sessions throughout.

After an intensive, but rewarding week, candidates reported that they had a highly positive experience, especially being encouraged to interact extensively with both the trainers and each other, and that they left with a firm grasp of new data sources and the techniques used to exploit them.

The EuMeTrain online ‘Warning Week’ 2017

11 - 15 December 2017 / Online training week

EuMeTrain organises an online Event Week twice a year. In December 2017 the event focused on warnings and was called 'Warning Week'.

When we talk about weather warnings, forecasters in different countries struggle with the same kind of challenges. In the first part of the event week the presentations addressed warning methods and tools, for example EFI products. The second part covered communication. The target audience was forecasters who issue warnings and staff who develop warning tools and methods.

The aim was to raise the awareness about different warning methods and tools, enabling forecasters to effectively evaluate the suitable method for a specific weather event. The presentations encouraged good conversations about warning methods and provided a good insight for all the attendees how warnings are managed in other countries.

Another aim was to raise the awareness of effective communication, which proved to be an important topic as there are now many different ways to communicate to our customers, such as social media.

The Event Week was held online, using the web conferencing system Webex. Webex enabled the lectures to be interactive and it was an effective way of bringing together people from different countries to discuss an important topic.

The Use of Gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services in Africa

23 Nov – 4 Dec 2017 Online / 20 Nov – 24 Nov 2017 Classroom

From more than 80 applicants from all over Africa, 19 participants from 13 African countries attended the Training Workshop on 'The Use of Gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services in Africa'.

This course was run in close collaboration with the CM SAF, and hosted by SAWS. For the first time EUMETSAT collaborated with Stats4SD, who provides the free and open software R-Instat. R-Instat follows Instat, a software that manages climate data and is well known in Africa. R-Instat allows users to combine in-situ observations with any satellite-based climate data provided, e.g. by the CM SAF.

As in previous years, the course comprised of an online phase and classroom phase. During the online phase participants engaged with the principles of satellite-based climate monitoring, and were provided with a first overview on the software tools R (CM SAF R Toolbox, and the CM SAF R package) and R-Instat. The major part of the classroom phase was reserved for work on individual mini projects. Participants worked on real-life questions using CM SAF data, with support from the course instructors. At the end of the week all participants presented their results.

Marine Forecasters Workshop in Casablanca, Morocco

4 - 8 December 2017 / Casablanca, Morrocco

A new type of marine meteorology training event took place in Morocco from 4-8 December 2017. It was the first time that trainers from DMN and MétéoFrance, supported by EUMETSAT, joined forces to train a community of participants from western Africa. The event was attended by 16 participants.

The focus of the training course were altimeter and scatterometer measurements of the sea surface, as those collected by ASCAT on wind direction and speed. Sea surface temperature and ocean colour are key variable where satellites play an essential role in producing.

The language of the course was French, as training in languages other than the native or second native are usually inefficient, as the sharing of knowledge can be limited and satisfaction rates are often poor.

// Issue XI – Dec 2017

Activities & Events

Registration open for Operational Marine Forecasting course using EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream

7 to 11 May, 2018 / Lisbon, Portugal

This course is primarily intended for experts from operational centres with responsibility of monitoring seas on the Atlantic coasts, and Mediterranean Sea.

After the course participants will be able to:

  • Analyse the current surface conditions using scatterometer and altimeter data.
  • Monitor the evolution of the surface conditions.
  • Integrate these satellite data with data from numerical models, validating the model output.
  • Access and visualise the data.
  • Identify how the use of the wide range of products available from EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, and other Copernicus partners, can improve the quality of marine analysis.
 

This is a blended course, composed of a two-week online phase and a five-day face-to-face phase.

Find out more about the event in the Training Calendar and register by mid-January.

ESSL Seminar Forecasting Severe Convection II: Dynamics and Prediction of Severe Thunderstorms

4 to 8 June 2018 / Wiener Neustadt, Austria

ESSL’s advanced-level course on forecasting severe convection in 2018 will be given by Prof. Paul Markowski, renowned tornado and mesoscale meteorology scientist from Pennsylvania State University. The lectures target meteorologists with prior forecasting experience of synoptic-scale weather and prior exposure to the fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics.

The lectures will cover the dynamics and prediction of severe thunderstorms and their attendant hazards, drawing upon the body of understanding obtained from decades of prior theoretical, observational, and numerical modelling studies, as well as the latest, state-of-the-art strategies in use today. Topics include convection initiation, the influence of the environment on convective storm mode, isolated convective storms, convective systems, large hail, tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, and ingredients-based forecasting. The seminar includes hand-on forecasting exercises during the afternoons. At the end of the week, participants may choose to take part in an examination. Participants that pass this examination receive a Testimonial. Registration is possible by mid-December 2017 on the website of ESSL.

Climate Course: ‘Using Gridded Satellite Date for Climate Services in Europe’

14 to 18 May, 2018 / Riga, Latvia

The key objective of this workshop is to instruct active and future users from National Meteorological Services and research institutions in the use of CM SAF products for operational climate monitoring and climate research.

During the a two-week online phase, prior to the workshop, participants will be introduced to the concept of satellite-based climate monitoring and will be asked to design a mini project which they will be working on during the classroom phase.

The projects will be finalised during the workshop in Riga (14–18 May, 2018), with the aim of exploring satellite-based climate monitoring data and familiarising themselves with different software tools. This will also include supporting presentations and group work on the application of satellite to climate monitoring. During the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to explore the use of CM SAF data in their daily work.

For more information and to apply, check the EUMETSAT Training Zone.

Eumetcal Workshop 2018

Tentatively 28 to 30 August 2018 / Riga, Latvia

Next year’s Eumetcal Workshop will be held during the last week of August in Riga, Latvia. The workshop’s theme will be published in the beginning of 2018. Please check on the Eumetcal website for updates about the workshop and other activities. The workshop is aimed at trainers, training developers and educators in meteorology. The week will provide the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest training issues within this community.

WMO 2018 Online Course for Trainers/OMM 2018 Formation de formateurs (en ligne)

3 March/Mars to 10 June/Juin / Online

This year, the WMO Education and Training Office, in collaboration with ENM-Météo-France, will be offering the Online Course for Trainers for Francophone trainers, training managers, and part-time trainers. This course will be offered completely in French, and francophone participants from all WMO regions are being invited to attend.

Are you interested in sharpening your training skills? Meeting other trainers to learn how they conduct their work? Engaging in discussions, debates, and other exercises to deepen your understanding and expand your ideas about training processes?

The online course will allow participants to develop their skills in each of the WMO Competencies for Education and Training Providers. It will be offered as a nine-week course, in three modules with two two-week breaks (a total of 13 weeks), beginning in early March with pre-course activities.

The goal of this online course, in particular, is to help trainers at all levels of responsibility to increase their knowledge and skills in planning, developing, delivering, assessing, and evaluating training.

Participant nomination forms will be made available in January 2018, and completed forms need to be received by the WMO Secretariat in February 2018. All Francophone RA-VI members are encouraged to participate.

Resources & Tools

New series on YouTube – Using RGBs in operational meteorology

Online, Youtube

EUMETSAT has recently released four short (4-7 minute) videos covering RGB applications. They are:

  • How to identify moisture boundaries using the Dust RGB
  • How to detect dust using the Dust RGB
  • How to detect smoke and fires using solar RGBs
  • How to detect and monitor low clouds in satellite images
 

Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT, said: 'We made these as a direct response to feedback that people would like really short and focused introductions to the RGBs. We hope they will fit nicely with the RGB quick guides that EUMeTrain are working on and will publish soon. I would love your feedback. You can comment directly on YouTube or email training@eumetsat.int.'.

Find the videos and a lot more on the EUMETSAT YouTube channel.

Satellite Convection Product Guidance

Online, ESSL

How do you nowcast convection? What is your step-by-step process? The Convection Working Group (CWG) has been working on a guide that gives an overview of available products for monitoring convection in its different phases: 1) Pre-convective environment, 2) Convective Initiation and 3) Mature Convection.

The guide aims to bring satellite products, which are important for monitoring convection, closer to forecasters. It is a small, but important, step to bridge the gap between research and operations.

Find the guide here. Keep in mind that this version is 'in progress'. The CWG group will be continuously working on enriching it and adding more products to the catalogue.

Don’t miss a training opportunity

Online

EUMETSAT has just updated its training calendar. All EUMETSAT supported training events are listed, plus those from other satellite training providers, as part of the WMO-CGMS VLab.

Visit and bookmark http://trainingevents.eumetsat.int/.

New Training Resources at ECMWF

Online, ECMWF

To meet the training needs of Member and Co-operating States, ECMWF has started a project to produce a set of publicly-available eLearning modules, initially on foundational material for our numerical weather prediction, software and product courses. The first two ECMWF eLearning modules, on Convection and Metview, were launched in May 2017 and others will follow later this year.

A set of online modules covering NWP topics, software, ECMWF meteorological archive and Metview (visualisation) is now freely available on the ECMWF website. More modules will be added in the coming months. More information on the project can be found in the ECMWF newsletter article 'ECMWF launches eLearning'.

The WMO Trainer Resources Portal

Online

Since September 2017, the resources used in the WMO Online Course for Trainers have been available for all WMO Members at the Trainer Resources Portal.

These resources, organised by the six competency units of the WMO framework, have been developed and updated by a group of professionals contributing to the WMO Online Course for Trainers since 2014. All resources are well researched, based on a solid foundation of training literature and the years of experience of those who offer them. They are being offered under a Creative Commons open copyright license that requires only attribution of the source for their reuse, and allows for free adaptation to meet the unique needs of users.

The portal will eventually be available in four languages: Spanish, French, Russian, English. This portal is not intended to replace the facilitated course that is currently offered each year, but provides alternative paths to competency development for trainers.

The effort to collect these resources within a user-friendly portal has been sponsored by the WMO ETR Office and the EUMETNET Eumetcal Programme, with the additional generous donation of time by WMO/CGMS VLab and EUMETSAT, as well as other WMO training partners.

The WMO Trainer Resources Portal is available on the ETRP Moodle site, no login required, here.

How and when would you like to receive your satellite news?

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Are you teaching people about satellite data or learning about it yourself? What would help you?

  • Would you like to receive an email with all satellite-related training opportunities or would you rather join a Facebook group to stay in touch?
  • Are you more interested in job opportunities, data and products news or would you rather receive more satellite image interpretations?
 

EUMETSAT and the EUMeTrain project want to make sure that you are informed about their activities, so you find the ones that are the most useful to you.

Do not miss the opportunity to express your preference here. It will only take a few minutes.

Training module on Metop AVHRR RGB images

Online, EUMeTrain

A training module on Metop AVHRR RGB images was published at the end of November 2017. The RGBs were tuned to create good quality Metop/AVHRR RGB images, as similar to the EUMETSAT recommended SEVIRI RGB schemes as possible.

Four RGB types (Natural, Cloud, Night and Day Microphysics RGBs) are discussed separately, according the following logical structure:

  • The aim of the RGB type
  • Physical background
  • How to create the given RGB type?
  • Typical colours
  • Examples of interpretations
  • Comparisons with the most similar standard SEVIRI RGB type
  • Exercises
 

After discussing the four RGB types separately the daytime RGBs are compared to each other, and the effect of the scanning geometry is also discussed.

The main aim of the training module is to help the users (weather forecasters and other experts) to understand and use these RGB types by giving them background information, examples and exercises.

Radar Course Lectures available on the Eumetcal Youtube Channel

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A set of lecture recordings from the course Weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather Forecasters 2017 has been published on the Eumetcal Youtube channel. These videos start with basic principles of radar meteorology and go into examples of how weather radars can be used to detect different weather phenomena. By listening to the lectures you will become better able to correctly interpret radar images, diagnose relevant weather using weather radar products, and increase awareness of the potential of modern weather radars in the forecasting process.

Stories & Achievements

International Remote Sensing Summer School

25 September to 6 October 2017 / Bracciano, Italy

Once again the Summer School for satellite meteorology has been held in Bracciano, Italy. This time at a different time of the year, from the end of September to the beginning of October. The teachers, Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT), Ralf Bennartz (University of Wisconsin) and Davide Melfi (Italian Meteorological Service), were accompanied by new presenters, younger colleagues from the area of satellite meteorology: Michaela Valachova (CHMI) and Djordje Gencic (RHMSS).

The participants came from all over Europe and from different fields of work, mostly general forecasters, but also military forecasters, researchers, etc.

The lecture topics consisted of satellite single channels, channel differences, and RGB composites. Lectures in the morning and early afternoon were followed by a laboratory practice, in which specific events (fires, dust storms, convective clouds, etc.) were analysed using imagery from different satellites (geostationary, polar) and their combinations in a software called McIDAS-V. Also, students in this summer school used imagery from the new Himawari-8 satellite and tried to create RGBs similar to the ones that will be used with the new MTG satellite.

'As it was my first time attending the course as a student, I really enjoyed the practical work after lectures, which included fog, convection etc., which will prove useful during my daily work as a future forecaster at the met office in Zagreb.', said Marko Blašković, a meteorologist in Zagreb.

Third RGB Experts and Developers Workshop (organised by WMO)

7 to 9 November 2017 / Tokyo, Japan

The third RGB Experts and Developers Workshop, jointly organised by WMO, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), and EUMETSAT, hosted by JMA in Tokyo on 7-9 November 2017.

The arrival of the new generation of advanced GEO imagers on Himawari-8/9 and GOES-16 (and soon from FY-4A, GEO-KOMPSAT-2A and MTG-I) has brought exciting times for forecasters who use multi-channel satellite imagery.

RGB composites have proven to be an excellent way of visualising the unique features of imagery, in terms of sampling and information content. RGBs reduce the complexity of multi-channel imagery, and, thereby, foster utilisation of satellite data in weather forecasting, air quality, marine, land, and related environmental applications.

Expert workshops in Boulder (2007) and Seeheim (2012) were instrumental in agreeing a set of standard recipes for constructing RGB composites. The resulting standards, developed by EUMETSAT and recognised by WMO, have been reflected in product lines of new generation imagers, and have successfully guided applications, training and capacity building. They have also been valuable in scientific investigation, as well as in forecasting and operations.

During the 2017 workshop, the standard RGB recipes and their applications were revisited by the expert community, and the value of RGBs in context (NWP, products) was demonstrated. Also, new demonstration and training material was compiled and put online. Last but not least, new standards for RGB composites were explored and will be summarised in the final report (to be distributed by WMO).

Preservation of Caatinga against drought, desertification and climate change

13 to 14 November 2017 / Maceió, Brazil

Training activities focus on a single discipline and attract many experts from a field. In this case however, the objective was to summon professionals from many fields, like biodiversity, agriculture, geology, law, computing, culture, space observation, meteorology and climate, to find solutions and sinergies for the ecoregion called Caatinga. Caatinga is a unique kind of vegetation adapted to the arid conditions in the north-east of Brazil, where millions of people exploit its limited resources. The 50+ participants included a group of students from the Federal University of Alagoas. They welcomed this mixed formula, enjoyed talking to experts from many areas, and were grateful for suggestions on a professional career.

Humberto Barbosa, main convener, considered the event a firm step forward in approaching user problems from a multidisciplinary perspective: The seminar on climatic and agricultural vulnerability will reinforce cooperation between national and international entities. The main result will be a reference programme for monitoring, training, methods and research for the Caatinga environment.''

Resources from the CALMet 2017 conference

29 August to 1 September 2017 / Melbourne, Australia

The CALMet community‘s in-person gathering took place 29 Aug-1 Sept 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, hosted by the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre (ABoM). This was an excellent opportunity to spend four days sharing best practices in training for the meteorological, hydrological, and climate workforce.

This year's main themes were:

  • Best practices in implementing learning and development activities
  • Core competencies training
  • Active teaching techniques
  • Future training needs
  • Collaboration
 

The presentations and other resources can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology Moodle site. Follow CALMet Commons at http://www.calmet.org/.

5th International Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms and Training Course on WMO SDS-WAS products

23 to 27 October 2017 / Istanbul, Turkey

The Workshop and training on dust observation and related initiatives were jointly organised in Istanbul supported by the Turkish government through the Directorate for Combating Desertification (CEM). The first part, with the format of a conference and with simultaneous English-Arabic-Turkish translation addressing ca. 80 participants. Topics covered included climate and drought implication of dust, variability of dust outbreaks, dust modelling and in particular the use of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) as a privileged tool to monitor and forecast dust concentration around the world. Another session was devoted to health and agriculture, plus related socio-economic activities. The second part of the week focused on training on dust observation and modelling, with the participation of about 20 students, mainly from Turkish Universities and Teheran - the site of the previous event in the series.

The 9th international workshop on sand and dust storms was announced for 22-24 May 2018 (Tenerife, Spain) where more than 200 experts and users are expected.

Autumn School 2017 on the Use of Satellites in Nowcasting

11 to 15 September 2017 / Thessaloniki, Greece

For a fifth time, this yearly school was convened by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and attracted participants from the region, in particular the Balkans, Africa and Middle East. The peaceful atmosphere around Nei Epivates was the setting for discussions on thermodynamics, conceptual models, lightning, mesoscale convection, the use and tuning of RGB and hydrology risks - to mention a few highlights of the programme. Nowadays, satellites offer a lot of information, which is converted in warnings and nowcasting insights. Still, the human skills for this task are developing, and open to lively debate.

During the training, Veronika Zwatz-Meise from Vienna offered fresh ideas for the use of conceptual models in the assimilation of satellite imagery. She has been supporting EUMETSAT training for longer than 22 years. Other trainers from Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, plus Eumetsat contributed to the event.

On the social side, a boat trip took to Thessaloniki was organised to enjoy the flavour of the Greek cuisine and hospitality.

First Copernicus Marine Data Stream course in Oostende, Belgium

4 to 8 September 2017 / Oostende, Belgium

The classroom phase of the first Copernicus Marine Data Stream full training course was held at the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange at the Flanders Marine Institute in September. After completing a week-long online phase, participants met in person for five days of practical exercises, including group mind-mapping about the Copernicus programme and data from Sentinel 3 satellite, exploring satellite data using SNAP and BRAT software, and plotting using Python.

Participants were encouraged to direct their own learning by developing and working on mini projects with the trainers. At the end of the week the participants all gave presentations of their work, which covered a diverse range of fascinating case studies — from ice edge dynamics and fisheries modelling for a new start up business, to water quality in Brazil and sea surface height associated with recent hurricane activity. An interactive feedback session gave the training team an excellent opportunity to get feedback on data access, data quality, and future training requirements to build and develop users of the exciting new data coming from Copernicus.

Training of Trainers on R Instat Workshop at EUMETSAT

14 to 15 September 2017 / Darmstadt, Germany

Following Instat, widely used in Africa for making climatological use of ground-based meteorological measurements, R-Instat is a software for beginners in statistics packages. Developed by Stats4SD, it is an important tool for climate training in Africa.

CM SAF R Toolbox is a set of R scripts for processing statistical analysis of gridded data in R, for both time-series analysis of a single pixel and spatial analysis (mean, max, min, stddev, trends). It also includes ‘standard’ plotting functionalities needed in the context of analysing CM SAF, such as maps, scatterplots, line plots, histograms.

To facilitate the use of CM SAF data and based on the importance of satellite climate monitoring data, an integration of CM SAF R Toolbox functionalities in R Instat was proposed.

During a two-day workshop Prof. Roger Stern, Dr Danny Parsons, and Dr Sebastian Steinmüller, from Stats4SD, introduced the new R Instat software, with a special focus on the Climate Menu and the functionalities of the CM SAF R Toolbox.

As a result, Stats4SD supported the EUMETSAT climate training course in Pretoria, South Africa, in November 2017. Further collaborations with Stats4SD will be explored in the context of integrated climate training.

MSC/COMET Winter Weather Course September 2017

September 2017 / Boulder, USA

At the end of September 2017 a group of 16 excited operational meteorologists, with different operational backgrounds (aviation and general weather), participated in a two-week long Winter Weather Course (WWC) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) and the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) hosted the annual course.

The mix of participants (13 from MSC, one from US National Weather Service, one from Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), and one from the Polish Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW-PIB)) strengthened the connections among international and national forecasters.

The WWC is specifically designed for operational meteorologists, and focuses on atmospheric processes associated with winter season; both synoptic and mesoscale phenomena. One of WWC's focus areas is to improve forecasters’ three-dimensional understanding of the atmosphere. For that purpose, we did different exercises focusing on water vapor satellite images and Numerical Weather Predictions (NWPs). Moreover, the course applied alternative tools to help forecasters increase their forecasting confidence.

Additionally, WWC focused on different winter weather phenomena using a couple of study cases and presentations. All in all, the course consisted of:

  1. a couple of pre online exercises and modules
  2. a two-week onsite course in lovely Boulder
  3. an online post-test and web seminars, with the aim to follow up the participants' learning outcomes

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Activities & Events

EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference

2-6 October 2017 / Rome, Italy

The 2017 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference will take place in Rome, Italy, from 2 to 6 October 2017. EUMETSAT will be joined in the organisation and hosting of the event by the Italian Air Force-Meteorological Service (ITAF-MET), the national provider for weather and climate services in Italy.

The EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference is a forum that brings together international meteorologists, scientists and researchers to share their experiences and knowledge during plenary, poster and workshop sessions.

In addition to the perennial cornerstone themes of weather, ocean and climate observations, the 2017 conference will offer an excellent opportunity to discuss how satellite data can support operational hydrology and water resources management. This will consider the utilisation of the precipitation, soil moisture and snow products delivered by the H SAF, which is led by the Italian Air Force-Meteorological Service (ITAF-MET).

The conference will also look at the use of satellite data in very high-resolution numerical weather prediction (NWP) models, and at the preparation for the next generation of geostationary satellites, including MTG.

Find out more and register here.

The EUMeTrain online ‘Warning Week’ 2017

11-15 December 2017 / Online training week

This December the event week will focus on warnings and be called ‘Warning Week’.

Forecasters from across Europe struggle with the same kind of challenges, despite the fact that the weather conditions can vary quite a lot in different countries at different times of the year. The aim of this event is to raise the awareness about the tools and warning methods and their advantages and limitations. We also aim to introduce the customer's point of view and raise the awareness of how to efficiently communicate warnings to customers. The target audience for this event is forecasters who issue warnings and staff who develop warning methods and tools.

The Event Week is completely online — presenters and attendees meet online using a web conferencing system called WebEx Training Center. Lecture content will address the following topics:

Effective warning methods:

  • Tools and working procedures (probability products, nowcasting, warning systems etc.)
  • Case studies
 

Communicating warnings:

  • Impact warnings
  • Dialogue between forecasters and customers
 

The call for presentations is open until 30 September 2017 (tentative).

Contact: Minna Haikonen, minna.haikonen@fmi.fi

Further information will appear on the EUMeTrain website.

EUMETSAT – AUTH Training Workshop on the Use of Satellite Information in Nowcasting

11 – 15 September 2017 / Thessaloniki, Greece

For a fifth time in a row, the autumn school will be held in Perea, close to Thessaloniki, Greece.

The main topic will be nowcasting — informing about the state of the atmosphere foreseen for the next hours — and how satellites can help in that task. The participants are currently being selected from among those countries invited to participate, usually the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt, Tunisia, the Balkans, Malta and, of course, Greece, which supplies students from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and from the Greek national meteorological service.

This year the presenters will come from Bulgaria, Austria and several SAFs. It is expected that the quiet Mediterranean provides a time for reflection and discussion on how to improve professional skills, which might have turned into unreflected routines. Usually many novel ideas are put forward in the presentation and coffee times. Most of the organisation is run by Prof. Haralambos Feidas from Aristotle University.

Resources & Tools

Training Resources for Probabilistic Forecasting

Online, MetEd

Many weather services around the globe have expressed interest in training on the communication of forecast uncertainty, and on theory and use of EPS products.

This signal was captured by, among others, Eumetcal, who facilitated and supported the work of a dedicated team of experts from around Europe called the EPS Expert Team. The team focused on the development of learning resources on topics like communication of forecast uncertainty and the use and interpretations of EPS products. The team is composed of experts and trainers from ECMWF and European national weather services (DWD, AEMET and SMHI).

Since MSC of Canada had already developed a learning module with UCAR/COMET on communicating forecast uncertainty and was planning new ones, it became natural to join the efforts and work together; in this way each partner could bring to the table its own expertise and also reach out to a much larger audience. The first concrete result of this 'trans-continental' cooperation was achieved at the end of March 2017 with the publication of two online learning modules, hosted on the COMET's MetEd platform. The team is currently developing a final learning module about the application of EPS to meteorological case studies.

More information is available in The Training Portal.

EUMeTrain Product Tutorial on Land Surface Temperature

Online, EUMeTrain

Land surface temperature (LST) is a key parameter of land surface processes controlling the energy fluxes between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere. Although its importance has long been recognised, local measurements of LST over continents are not yet available for the whole globe. Yet, satellite technology has made it possible to retrieve LST on a global scale and at a temporal frequency of up to 15 minutes.

In the recently published EUMeTrain product tutorial on Land Surface Temperature (LST) the true meaning of this parameter (often confused with the thermodynamic air temperature measured at shelter level) is explained. This tutorial also presents the major difficulties with the retrieval of LST over land surfaces. The main differences between LST derived from infrared and microwave data are discussed, as well as from polar orbiters versus geostationary satellites. Finally the relevance of estimating LST from satellite is highlighted by going through some examples of its many possible applications.

Stories & Achievements

3rd EUMeTrain Marine Course

27 March to 18 May / Online

The course was designed in line with WMO Marine Weather Forecaster Competences requirements. Accordingly the following skills were taught:

  • Interpreting satellite imagery and products to identify potentially dangerous phenomena
  • Using satellite altimeters and scatterometers
  • Use of NWP in waves and swell forecasting
  • Identifying characteristics of waves and swell
  • Monitoring sea ice characteristics
  • Identifying non-routine weather conditions
  • Using forecasting model outputs in hazardous conditions
 

The course was mainly asynchronous, with expert guidance provided by staff from ECMWF, KNMI and DMI, supported by facilitators from IPMA, DHMZ and ECMWF. Elaboration of a showcase was the course main task. Facilitators and experts provided feedback about the showcase evolution after each milestone, and whenever it was requested.

Thirty forecasters, 25 from Europe, attended the course. Participants worked in all meteorological areas around Europe, the south Atlantic, the Antarctic and the Indian Ocean.

Major outcomes:

Participants reported that they will apply skills acquired during the course to their job and recommend the course to their fellow colleagues.

Due to their quality, experts selected seven showcases to be published in the Image Libray on the EUMETSAT website.

From discussions in the course forum problems in buoys metadata were identified and will be addressed. More data was included in EUMETrain ePort-Pro.

Training Course on the Use of Satellite Products for Drought Monitoring and Agro-Meteorological Applications

24-28 April 2017 / Budapest, Hungary

This training was organised in cooperation with WMO, ESA, SEA, H SAF, LSA SAF, FAO.

The main objective was to offer analysis and software solutions to agro- meteorologists or hydrologists in Central Europe, and to take advantage of satellite data.

The amount of information currently available can be overwhelming, so this course focused on the problems of grabbing the data for analysis and monitoring of yields, vegetation condition and droughts — a mounting concern. Soil moisture and drought are the two major concerns in the central-eastern European region, at a time when the attention to harvests and desertification grows.

Attendance was the highest since these courses started in Niamey in 2012.

In addition to presentations, discussion focused on regional needs. While for some overviews as those explained in the course were adequate, other participants requested specific training on the tools: how to use them and the resulting data. The 45 participants filled a well-equipped auditorium and were both active and critical.

There was some difficulty in identifying an organisation where users can have recourse to, and how to ask for information and training on specific topics. There was consensus on the need for more training, which is encouraging.

More info

The Baltic+ course for deeper knowledge and closer relationship

13 February to 16 March 2017 / Online and Vilnius, Lithuania

The Baltic+ course is a joint initiative of the National Meteorological Services of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Forecasters from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are also invited. This year the course 2017 was organised by the Lithuanian HMS in Vilnius on 14–16 March.

The main topic of the course was severe summer convection in the Baltic region. The purpose of the training was to improve the ability to correctly interpret satellite products and teach forecasters to use satellite data and tools in more professional way for nowcasting and early warnings. EUMETSAT satellite and NWP data were used to identify clouds and MCS —their development and weakening.

The course consisted of online and classroom phases. To prepare participants for the classroom phase and reduce differences in their knowledge, an online phase started in February. The Moodle platform enabled participants to use training resources, to discuss on forums, do learning activities, and complete self-assessment quizzes. The three-day workshop in Vilnius mostly focused on practice. Participants enjoyed working on a simulator of a severe storm case from 11 July 2016, which took place in Lithuania.

Successful participants in both phases have been awarded certificates.

Eumetcal Course on weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather

15 March to 2 June 2017 / Online and Langen, Germany

International training courses on radar meteorology have been offered since 2008. They are delivered in cooperation between Eumetcal and DWD (course management) and WMO and Eumetcal generously sponsor course participants from transition countries.

The course was blended, with eight topics covered during the online phase (self-study, live presentations, tests and homework for students) and a one-week classroom phase at the training centre of the DWD in Langen.

Two categories of students were defined: a) only online participation, b) participation in the online phase and the classroom phase. This enabled more people to join the course and as a result, 24 online students and 16 classroom/online students participated.

Seven trainers helped with the online phase: preparing material for the students' self preparation and delivering online lectures. Because quizzes and homework were a crucial part of this phase the trainers evaluated the homework of 40 students. During the classroom sessions in Langen, six trainers guided students through the exercises and group works.

Eumetcal supported the course by managing their new web conferencing system and Moodle platform. These frame conditions helped the trainers and the course manager to have ready built course design and technical support during the online sessions.

The majority of students provided the proof of their skills by delivering at least 50% of the homework and quizzes in high quality. On the last day of the classroom phase, the students were asked to fill out a short test. All students passed this test. Some participants also impressed the trainers with an outstanding engagement during the classroom part. Subsequent feedback from participants was very positive.

Workshop on the Use of Gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services

20 to 24 March 2017 / Krakow, Poland

The special characteristics and application possibilities of satellite-based climate data records were the subject of a workshop hosted by the Polish National Meteorological Service in Krakow.

Out of more than 80 applicants, 23 participants, from predominantly Eastern European countries, were invited to Krakow. The planning and running of this workshop was strongly supported by the CM SAF.

During an online phase participants studied the tasks and data records of the CM SAF and discussed questions with their course mates and the teachers. The online phase also provided support with installing software required for the classroom workshop.

The focus of the workshop was on the use of CM SAF climate data records using the R-based CM SAF Toolbox and the geo-information system QGIS. After an introduction to both software packages, the participants worked on self-selected projects, which were summarised in short presentations at the end of the workshop. They learned about the characteristics of the CM SAF climate data and the handling of the data format with different software. The workshop was also very instructive for EUMETSAT and the CM SAF team, as both strengths and possibilities of improvements regarding data and software were identified.

SEEMET Basic Satellite Course

8 – 12 May, 2017 / Bar, Montenegro

The first Advanced SEEMET course was organized in Ljubljana in 2016. This year the first basic satellite course was scheduled and delivered from 8 to 12 May, in Bar, Montenegro. The course was organised by SEEMET (South Eastern European Meteorological Training) community, hosted by Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro (IHMS), and supported by EUMETSAT, EUMeTrain and Eumetcal.

The aim of the course was training the forecasters from the region to use the basic satellite products that they have in their offices more efficiently.

During the course, participants were introduced to basics of satellite technology, the ways of receiving and processing satellite data, physical aspects of satellite measurements, single satellite channels, and RGB composites. After every morning lecture, practical group work was organised, where the students had to analyse the satellite imagery, answer the teachers’ question and make a short presentation about the case they had.

The course was evaluated as successful according to the course evaluation questionnaire located on the Moodle platform and many participants were interested in similar courses in future.

Polarstern voyage from Punta Arenas to Bremerhaven

21 March–20 April, 2017 / Atlantic Ocean

Did you follow our training activities in March and April 2017, in relation to the research vessel Polarstern’s voyage from Punta Arenas to Bremerhaven? You can find the write-up on the mission, by Oliver Sievers and Volker Heil from Deutscher Wetterdienst in the EUMETSAT Science Blog.

Other reports are also saved at EUMeTrain, e.g. the EUMeTrain Weather Briefing from April 2017 and the daily RGB images and loops

After the vessel Polarstern arrived in Bremerhaven, the EUMeTrain Working Group visited the vessel during a meeting (image). As a result EUMeTrain will publish more learning material from Oliver and Volker from this long cruise.

Some of the topics covered will be:

  • The advantages of RGB satellite images from EUMETSAT and Metop for special weather situations in different climate zones.
  • Making clear the importance of satellite images for the safe navigation and an optimal operation of the scientific work.
  • The issues associated with comparing satellite values with ‘true”’measurements from the vessel.
Aleksandra Tusińska’s traineeship at Eumetsat

From 09 to 07 April 2017 / EUMETSAT HQ in Darmstadt, Vilnius and Ljubljana

"During the three months between January and April 2017 I had a memorable opportunity to improve my skills in satellite meteorology and to learn from the best trainers in this field - as a trainee in EUMETSAT's headquarters in Darmstadt.

My main duties during this time were to take part in the organisation of Baltic+ 2017 course and revision of the Convection Working Group's Best Practice Document. These tasks were executed both on site in Darmstadt and on foreign missions in Vilnius and Ljubljana.

As a trainee I got a lot of substantive help from my tutor Vesa Nietosvaara. All benefits I gained from observing and co-operating with Vesa and other members of the Training Team I found not to be overstated. As a result, soon after coming back to Poland I started to revise the training process in my home institution.

Last but not least, my time in EUMETSAT was very exciting also due to a lot of very nice, helpful and fascinating people from all around a world working in this organisation and with whom I had an occasion to work with in Vilnius and Ljubljana. Thank you all very much!"

-Aleksandra Tusińska, Hydrometeorological Service of the Polish Armed Forces

Third International Ocean Colour Science Meeting in Lisbon + 1Day Training on CMDS

15 –19 May 2017 / Lisbon, Portugal

The third International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting took place in Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18 May 2017. The event was held in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the target="_blank"European Commission, NASA, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus.

The primary aim of this event was gathering together the ocean colour community in order to share ideas, issues, and suggestions from ocean colour researchers and companies with satellite agencies and data providers.

The IOCS-2017 programme included different activities, such as keynote lectures, breakout workshops and poster sessions. All the activities were focused on improving the skills of the global ocean colour user community, and promoting the exchanges of knowledge between users and international space agencies.

The IOCS event has been followed by two one-day-training workshops, one of them offered by EUMETSAT - the 'Copernicus marine data stream training event'. The aim of the training was to explain to participants how to access the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS), which is provided by EUMETSAT, and how to work with data using SNAP software.

During the event a short overview about EUMETSAT Copernicus products was provided, plus an explanation of the most important functionalities of SNAP software and some practical examples on how to use data.

SADCA Course in Istanbul (Regional Training Centre)

16-18 May 2017 / Istanbul, Turkey

In cooperation with EUMETSAT, TSMS organised a training course on the use of EUMETCast stations for the analysis and monitoring of Meteosat data for the central Asian region, from Meteosat-8 and Meteosat-10.

Ten participants from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan actively participated in the hands-on work. Their aim was to become familiar with the features recognisable in the high quality Meteosat-8 imagery, which, following its move to 41.5° East, has become an excellent monitoring tool in that region.

All participants are now registered in our Earth Observation Portal (EOP) for historical imagery and products. They are also committed to generating case studies on the next significant weather situations what affect their countries.

The software in their stations was recently upgraded by TSMS to cope with the Meteosat-8 1.5-level data — even on a single computer, as reported by Mr Erdem Erdi from TSMS, software developer and project manager for SADCA.

Mr Erdi describes a rewarding experience: "Tajikistan had reception problems and was not be able to receive data. After the training in Istanbul had finished and participants returned to their homes, and while I was trying to find some time and opportunity to further investigate the problem remotely, a colleague from Kazakhstan jumped in and remotely resolved the problem. I think this was a very positive event for demonstrating one of the goals of the SADCA Project: improving regional collaboration between the countries."

XVIII simposio brasileiro de sensoriamento remoto (Brazilian remote sensing symposium)

29 - 31 May 2017 / Santos, Brazil

In cooperation with National institute for the semi-arid (INSA), Laboratory for image processing in the University of Alagoas (LAPIS) and the LSA SAF, EUMETSAT serviced a stand in this symposium. Information was provided, mainly on land and weather applications of EUMETSAT data, always highly valuable in the region.

Catarina Buriti from INSA, Carla Barroso from LSA SAF, Humberto Barbosa from LAPIS, and Jose Prieto from EUMETSAT answered many questions and requests. The symposium was attended by 700 scientists and professionals in hydrology, geology and related fields, mainly from Brazil, Argentina and America.

Following the cessation of the EUMETCast-Americas service, some users are now exploring using the antennas for the equivalent African service, which is still powerful from the north of Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba and the Caribbean. INPE (National institute for space research) is technically ready for the terrestrial EUMETCast solution, which would service many users through an internet portal. Geonetcast-Americas, in spite of offering GOES-16 imagery,is not being adopted by many users with former EUMETSAT equipment. They find the conversion procedure complicated and expensive. In any case, GOES-16 at 75 °W is the optimal position for users not wishing to only rely on internet data. Meteosat cannot be spared according to Luiz Machado (INPE), due to its essential Atlantic coverage, margin for cross-calibration and comparisons, and access to other satellites linked to EUMETSAT.

"Thirty years of cooperation between INPE and EUMETSAT cannot finish now", he said.

More info

ISRSE-37 International symposium on remote sensing of the environment in Tshwane

8-12 May 2017 / Pretoria, South Africa

This symposium is a major international meeting for the remote sensing community and an opportunity to find the focus of the Earth observations from space. This year, it coincided with the recently adopted African Space Policy and Strategy, which is regarded as a big step towards the development of African space science.

The sessions on education, where EUMETSAT was more active, consisted of five presentations of training formulas and courses, followed by questions, most of them on efficiency and accessibility, and on the selection of participants for courses. Several presenters dealt with online formulas, and only EUMETSAT emphasised the importance of classroom sessions for discussion and hands-on-work as an effective combination, in particular after the motivation and interest triggered by the online phase.

The majority of participants came from South Africa, followed by Europe, then a reduced American component. EUMETSAT attended the symposium at the suggestion and invitation of ARSET (applied remote sensing training), a NASA organisation which offers training on the skills to integrate science in decision-making.

More info

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Activities & Events

Seminar: Forecasting Severe Convection II, Dynamics and Prediction of Severe Thunderstorms

12 – 16 June 2017 / Wiener Neustadt, Austria

This is a seminar for advanced meteorologists and experienced warning forecasters, organised by ESSL. The goal of this seminar is to provide the participants with a robust, up-to-date conceptual understanding of the governing processes and forecasting strategies.

Specific topics covered include synoptic- and mesoscale lift; the spectrum of convective storm organisation; severe weather phenomena, such as large hail and tornadoes; and ingredients-based forecasting.

The forecasting aspect is focused on assessing the overall severe convective threat over a given region, as well as nowcasting storm development —including the convective evolution once storms are underway. The morning sessions cover the background material, and in the afternoon there will be hands-on analysis and forecasting exercises using real-world cases.

The seminar is given by renowned researcher and instructor Dr Matthew D Brown Parker, of North Carolina State University (USA).

Participants will be provided with a certificate of participation at the end of the course. They may also choose to take an exam of the covered material. The result of this exam will then be provided as a testimonial.

For more information and registration, visit: this page.

CALMET 2017

29 August - 1 September 2017 / Melbourne, Australia

The next gathering for the international CALMet community takes place in Melbourne, Australia, from 29 Aug–1 Sept, hosted by the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre (ABoM).

The themes of the CALMet 2017 joint conference and workshop will be:

  • Best practices in implementing learning and development activities
  • Core competencies training
  • Active teaching techniques
  • Future training needs
  • Collaboration
 

The call for proposals is now open until 14 April. The registration link is available on CALMet 2017, along with information on registration, accommodation, travel routes, visa requirements, and social events.

Do not miss this opportunity to spend four days sharing best practices in training for the meteorological, hydrological, and climate workforce. This joint conference and workshop offers learning and networking opportunities for all participants and institutions in the CALMet community and is guaranteed to include a diverse and motivated group of training professionals.

International Remote Sensing Summer School

20 - 29 September 2017 / Bracciano, Italy

In September 2017, the 16th edition of the International Summer School on Applications with the Newest Multi-spectral Environmental Satellites is being run by the Centro Nazionale per la Meteorologia e la Climatologia Aerounautica (CNMCA) of the Italian Airforce and EUMETSAT.

The course gives an in depth explanation of the methods and techniques used to extract information from environmental satellite data, with emphasis on the latest measuring technologies. It consists of lectures, laboratory sessions, group lab projects and quizzes.

English is the official language of the school and all material will be in English. The participants must have an academic degree either in Meteorology, Physics, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering. Candidates are selected on the basis of their proven experiences in environmental remote sensing and their curriculum vitae.

Applications will soon be available on http://training.eumetsat.int/.

The ESSL Testbed 2017

5 – 9 June, 19 – 23 June, 26 – 30 June and 3 – 7 July 2017 / Wiener Neustadt, Austria

The ESSL Testbed is an annual event to enhance severe weather forecasting across Europe, which has been organised since 2012.

The Testbed provides forecaster training and evaluates forecasting tools. Participation is aimed at forecasters of Europe’s weather services, as well as developers of forecast tools.

At the Testbed, participants will make experimental probabilistic forecasts of severe weather for Europe, together with experts in convective storms from Europe and the USA. Participants will be using novel forecasting and nowcast tools for which feedback will be collected, including satellite and high-resolution NWP data, as well as radar-based products. Each forecast is subsequently verified and evaluated. With this hands-on approach, the participants’ understanding of convective storms, and of the role of the various forecast tools, is deepened.

Participation is in one of the indicated four weeks above from Monday to Friday. A certificate of participation is provided at the end of the course. For more information and registration, see:

http://www.essl.org/testbed.

NOMEK 2017

24 - 28 April 2017 / Oslo, Norway

The year will be the 23rd NOMEK course and the main subjects will be the use and application of satellite and radar products, NWP applications, probability forecasts and communication.

The course will hosted by MET Norway in Oslo, on 24-28 April and will consist of lessons and practical sessions (real-time weather room exercises, demonstrations and case studies).

NOMEK has been developed jointly by the Education and Training Managers of FMI, MET Norway, SMHI, DMI and IMO. The program started in 1995 and aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of operational forecasters working in the northern part of Europe, who, on many occasions, face similar weather and technology-related issues.

Meteorological Warnings Course

5 - 15 November 2017 / Tel Aviv, Israel

The Regional Training Centre (RTC) Bet-Dagan, Israeli Meteorological Service (IMS) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), in cooperation with MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, are inviting professionals to participate in the international Meteorological Warning course, being held in Tel Aviv, Israel, 5–15 November.

Thanks to the cooperation between Eumetcal and IMS, the course is also open to Eumetcal member institutions (maximum five participants).

Course content

  • The role of the warning system.
  • Warning types.
  • International requirements and standards.
  • Definitions of thresholds for warnings.
  • Forecaster tools for the forecasting of dangerous conditions and timely issue of warnings.
 

For details on applying, registration etc. see: http://www.eumetcal.eu.

For further information and access to the application form, please contact the following email contacts: rmtc@ims.gov.il; rtc.bet.dagan@gmail.com; gershteing@ims.gov.il.

Training Workshop in Moscow

6-9 June 2017 / Moscow, Russia

This workshop on satellite data and product applications is specifically designed for National Hydrometeorological Services of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

The event will familiarise participants with the capabilities of new-generation meteorological satellites, highlighting the challenges associated with new-generation satellites, and possible solutions. The new capabilities from Meteosat-8 (Indian Ocean Data Coverage) and Electro-L N2 enables the multi-spectral imagery and products be utilised in new regions.

The participants will have an opportunity to learn about these capabilities and new applications, in theoretical and practical sessions through case studies and demonstrations. The focus of the event will be on Atmospheric, Sea and Land monitoring applications.

The event is organised and hosted by the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (ROSHYDROMET) and SRC Planeta, in cooperation with EUMETSAT. This event is a contribution to the WMO CGMS VLab.

Training module on Metop AVHRR RGB images

Middle of 2017 / Online module

A new training module on Metop AVHRR RGB images will be published soon.

The module has been tuned to create good quality Metop/AVHRR RGB images, as close to the EUMETSAT-recommended SEVIRI RGB schemes as possible.

Four RGB types (Natural, Cloud, Night and Day Microphysics RGBs) are discussed separately, following logical structure:

  • The aim of the RGB type
  • Physical background
  • How to create the given RGB type
  • Typical colours
  • Examples of interpretations
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Comparisons with the most similar standard SEVIRI RGB type
  • Exercises
 

After discussing the four RGB types separately the daytime RGBs are compared to each other, and the effect of the scanning geometry is also discussed.

The main aim of the training module is to help the users (weather forecasters and other experts) to understand and use these RGB types, by giving them background information, examples and exercises.

The module will be available from the EUMeTrain website.

Quick Guides on standard SEVIRI RGB types

Middle of 2017 / Online module

New Quick Guides on EUMETSAT-recommended standard SEVIRI RGB types are being published in the coming months.

For each standard SEVIRI RGB type a two-page guide is being created with the most important information:

  • The aim of the RGB type
  • Area and time period of its main applications
  • Guidelines
  • Physical background
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Examples of interpretation with typical colours
  • Comparison to other products
  • Useful links
 

The aim of the Quick Guides is to help the users (weather forecasters and/or other experts) to understand and use these RGB types by giving them the most relevant background information and examples of interpretations.

They will be available from the EUMeTrain website.

Resources & Tools

Training module on gravity waves

Online, www.eumetrain.org

Wave phenomena can be found at any level of the atmosphere and can be detected by infrared, visible and water vapour channels. Their regular pattern may extend over hundreds or thousands of kilometres.

But, why is it so important to locate atmospheric waves?

Waves are vertically oscillating air masses which means aircraft passing through such regions are subject to strong vertical accelerations or turbulence. Turbulence is a major threat to aircraft and passengers. Past aviation accidents have shown the vulnerability of planes which entered a region with severe turbulence caused by lee waves.

The module starts with a retrospect on the accident of BOAC Flight 911 in 1966, which illustrates the danger of atmospheric mountain waves. In the subsequent chapters, the reader learns more about the characteristics of lee waves in different spectral channels, and on the physical mechanisms behind atmospheric wave phenomena. One chapter is dedicated to the most prominent wave producing wind in Europe: the Foehn.

Gravity waves over the ocean, their origins and development in time are explained. The final chapter is on the Kármán vortex street, an atmospheric wave phenomenon but not a gravity wave. There are test exercises at the end of each chapter.

Link to the module.

Invitation to the voyage of the vessel “Polarstern” over the Atlantic

21 March to 20 April 2017 / Online Blog

"If you would like to experience a sea voyage from southern Chile to northern Germany on a research vessel demonstrating the importance of meteorological satellites to maritime safety — but the risk of seasickness isn’t your thing — stay tuned!" So says Dr Oliver Sievers, from Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), in his posting on the EUMETSAT Science Blog.

Dr Sievers is a forecaster specialising in sea-surface and wave models, and ship-route forecasts, who is blogging from aboard the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Polarstern research vessel on her 30-day voyage from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Bremerhaven, Germany.

In his first entry he says: "I hope to be able to inspire people about how important weather is on the sea and that they are fascinated by the atmosphere at sea."

You can follow Dr Sievers’ journey on the EUMETSAT Science Blog and look for satellite images around the vessel on the EUMeTrain website.

We wish you an interesting virtual voyage!

Stories & Achievements

Expert Exchange Workshop on the Copernicus Marine Data Stream

29 – 30 November 2016 / IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium

EUMETSAT operates the Marine component of the Sentinel-3 mission, on behalf of the European Commission.

In November 2016 selected ocean experts were invited to the specialist workshop to promote access to the Copernicus Marine Data Stream and to get feedback on the services and training needs.

The main focus of the workshop was Ocean Colour, Sea Surface Temperature, and Altimetry data and products. Product development experts introduced the data and products derived from the Ocean and Land Colour Imager (OCLI), the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR), and the Sentinel Radar Altimetry L (SRAL) instruments onboard the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite. Participants discussed the products with the experts and explored them using SNAP and scripting languages, such as R and MatLab.

Participants provided valuable input about training needs, and the requirements in the different communities of ocean research and operational applications. As a result, an ocean training concept, focusing on the usage of the CMDS, will be developed.

Feedback on data accessibility, data format, and applied retrieval algorithms has been collected and will be evaluated for changes /adaptations.

This workshop was the first of its kind on the EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream, regular user workshops will follow.

Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream

10 – 15 December 2016 / Pretoria, South Africa (South African Weather Service facilities)

The course on Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) has now been run on two occasions. The course consists of an online phase (three weeks) and a face-to-face phase (four days). So far, the face-to-face phase of the course has successfully taken place in Supetar (Croatia) and in Pretoria (South Africa).

The aim of the course is to support professionals with expertise in marine surface analysis in the use of EUMETSAT's CMDS. The course covers the following competencies:

  • Continually monitor and analyse the marine weather situation
  • Warn of hazardous marine meteorological phenomena
 

The face-to-face phase chiefly consisted of hands-on practical sessions — working with both past case study data and live current data, and, on the final day, participants presented a short case study demonstrating some of the skills they learnt on the course.

During the delivery of the face-to-face phase we received invaluable assistance from staff from NOAA and KNMI, who brought considerable expertise in scatterometer and altimeter data to the course.

Dust event

5-9 November 2016 / Tehran, Iran

At the invitation of IRIMO, the Barcelona Dust Forecast Centre, EUMETSAT and AEMET presented a one-week dust course in Tehran.

Dust is a particular issue in the country and the Iranian government plans to instigate investments to monitor dust occurrences and mitigate their effects on transportation and health.

The participants willingly took part in intense discussions and raised particular problems they currently meet in their scientific work. This strong motivation turned the course into a lively exchange of experiences and solutions.

The organisers were invited to set up a further course in 2017, which, due to schedule issues, will take place in Turkey.

For more information click on this link.

Satellite Applications course for French speakers

20-24 February 2017 / Niamey, Niger

This was the 14th course in the series on the applications of satellites in the analysis of weather events. This year the focus was on dust and convective phenomena.

The professional team at EAMAC was in charge of delivering some talks and facilitating the work in groups by the participants. They came from 13 countries in western and central Africa.

This classroom course could only be attended after successful completion of a four-week online asynchronous phase, when the basic concepts were revised and exercised.

After the classroom session, some meteorologists attending the training expressed their wish for a longer presentation phase, allowing more time for discussions. They liked the case studies and practical work, but asked for advanced tools to enable them to practise as in a real forecasting environment. EUMETSAT already promotes the use of simulators in response to this type of request.

Agricultural Applications of the Meteorological Satellites

24 – 28 October 2016 / Harare, Zimbabwe

This Agricultural Applications of the Meteorological Satellites course proved to be both colourful and successful.

Organised in cooperation with WMO, EUMETSAT , the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and several local centres, it was a showcase of solutions in agricultural monitoring and climate analysis for small regions of interest.

Both commercial and, mainly, non-commercial solutions were discussed by participants and presenters (some of whom presented remotely).

This course is the sixth in a series of regional events in Africa to highlight the possibilities of meteorological satellites in the absence of cloud. Drought monitoring, vegetation evolution, soil composition were some of the points for discussion.

The national meteorological service facilitated the discussions and encouraged the local media to cover the event.

International Autumn School on the Use of Satellite Data in Nowcasting High Impact Weather

12-16 September 2016 / Thessaloniki, Greece

Every September since 2013, the University of Thessaloniki has organised international satellite meteorology training workshops.

Held in Thessaloniki, the one-week Autumn School on the use of satellite data in studying and forecasting extreme weather events and in nowcasting severe convection and precipitation, is always successful. It is attended by more than 80 participants, from 20 countries, consisting of forecasters, staff scientists, and post-graduate students from the National Meteorological Services and universities.

The training workshops are mainly addressed to forecasters from south-eastern European and North African countries. Participants are shown new developments in satellite meteorology, focusing on the use of processes, principles, practices, tools and products for nowcasting and short-range forecasting high impact weather, such as storms, cyclones, tornadoes, heatwaves, and droughts.

In 2016, a week before the workshop, a flash flood hit Thessaloniki, and the hotel’s ground floor was flooded. This case was processed with McIDAS-V and discussed in detail during the workshop. Also, during the week, some interesting storms developed around the Thessaloniki area, which were also discussed during the course. The date of the workshop is well-chosen as at that time of the year there is usually a lot of convection over the Mediterranean.

Online Educa Berlin (OEB) Conference

December 2016 / Berlin, Germany

The 2016 OEB conference is a global, cross-sector conference on technology-supported learning and training, showcasing examples from the realm of training, sociology, politics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Held in Berlin in December 2016 the conference highlighted the importance and role of educators to inspire, motivate, enable and increase empathy and reduce bias, and to be inclusive and free of prejudice.

While technology can, and most likely will, slowly replace humans in carrying out a number of educational tasks, it is to be seen to what extent the implications will be beneficial to learners and teachers. The future of MooCs and accreditation and the role and usefulness of evaluation were also discussed at the conference.

A high number of technology providers were present, making it an interesting venue for those in the field of educational technology to meet.

It was attended by more than 2.000 registered participants from 93 countries, including four professional training officers from the European training community.

Several conference sessions were recorded and can be found online.

"It's not university what will carry you through life, it is the ability to think & re-think, to invent & reinvent yourself." —  Andrew Keen #oeb16, Twitter

The next OEB conference will take place 6–8 December. The theme is Learning Uncertainty and how we can learn to accept and manage it in an era marked by rapid global change.

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Activities & Events

Workshop on the Use of Gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services

20 – 24 March 2017 / Krakow, Poland

The worksop aims to instruct active and future users, from National Meteorological Services and research institutions, on the use of CM SAF products for operational climate monitoring and climate research.

Participants will learn how to handle CM SAF data using free software tools, such as climate data operators (cdo) and R (CM SAF tools) and QGIS, and explore opportunities to use CM SAF data in their daily work.

Climatologists from NMHSs, universities and other institutions, with any level of experience in the use of satellite data for climate applications, are invited to apply. Excellent English language skills are mandatory to attend the workshop.

The event is free. EUMETSAT will support a limited number of participants, covering travel or/and subsistence costs.

If you’re interested in attending you can apply via the EUMETSAT Training Zone. Applications must be made by 20 January 2017.

New Copernicus Marine Data Stream course in Riga

24 – 28 April 2017 / Riga, Latvia

Following the success of this year's Copernicus Marine Data Stream courses, a new edition of the Operation Marine Surface Analysis course will be organised by EUMETSAT.

The event will be held in Riga, Latvia on 24–28 April, hosted by the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre – LVGMC.

The course is suitable for experts from operational centres with responsibilities to monitor the Baltic Sea, with any level of experience in the use of satellite data for marine analysis. The course will, again, have an online asynchronous component followed by a classroom workshop.

The course is free and financial support is available for a limited number of applicants.

Keep an eye on the EUMETSAT Training Zone for updates. You can apply via:

Apply for Courses

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CALMet 2017 joint conference and workshop

29 Aug - 1 Sept 2017 / Melbourne, Australia

The international CALMet community; next in-person gathering event takes place 29 Aug - 1 Sept 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, hosted by the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre (ABoM).

Do not miss this opportunity to spend four days sharing best practices in training for the meteorological, hydrological, and climate workforce. This joint conference and workshop offers learning and networking opportunities for all participants and institutions in the CALMet community. It is assured to include a diverse and motivated group of training professionals.

Call for proposals will be open from 9 January - 14 April 2017. The link will be posted as soon as available on the CALMet 2017, along with information on registration, accommodation, travel routes, visa requirements, and social events.

The themes of the CALMet 2017 joint conference and workshop will be:

  • Best practices in implementing learning and development activities
  • Core competencies training
  • Active teaching techniques
  • Future training needs
  • Collaboration
Baltic+ 2017 Course

13 February – 3 March 2017 (Online phase); 14-16 March 2017 Classroom phase / Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service

The Baltic+ course is a joint initiative of the National Meteorological Services of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It aims to increase the knowledge of, and skills in, using satellite observations, and provide a meeting place for exchanging ideas, practices and knowledge.

The main topic of the course is dedicated to severe summer convection in the Baltic region. The purpose of the training is to improve nowcasting and warnings issued. EUMETSAT satellite and NWP data will be used to identify clouds, MCS, their development and weakening.

The course will consist of two parts: online and classroom. To prepare participants for the classroom part and reduce differences in their knowledge, an online phase is being run in February 2017. The Moodle platform will enable participants to go through training resources, use discussion forums, learning activities and self-assessment quizzes. The three day workshop in Vilnius will mostly focus on practical issues.

Certificates in both phases of training will be given to successful participants.

For more information, send an email to: contact@meteo.lt.

Weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather Forecasters

Distance phase: 15 March - 17 May 2017, Classroom phase: 29 May - 02 June 2017 / Langen, Germany

In Spring/Summer 2017 Eumetcal and DWD will offer training in radar meteorology and nowcasting tools for forecasters. This course has been run since 2008 and covers seven topics in radar meteorology.

The course format will be blended — the first part is an online phase (self-study and live presentations, tests, and homework for students), for the second phase group of students will attend a one-week classroom course at the DWD training centre in Langen. Registration for this course is now open and deadline for applications is 15 January 2017.

More details about the course, including registration and timetable, are available here

Third EUMeTrain Marine Forecasting Course

Spring, 2017

Following the success of the 2015 EUMeTrain Marine Forecasting Course, in which 23 Marine Forecasters from several weather services across Europe actively participated, a new edition of this course will take place next Spring. As in the past, the planned 2017 course will be in line with WMO Marine Weather Forecaster Competence Standards. It will run online on asynchronous mode, taking advantage of a Moodle platform, and with the support of Eumetcal.

Marine Weather Forecasters are invited to apply for the course at EUMeTrain website, EUMeTrain, beginning of in early 2017.

Resources & Tools

New Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere

Online Manual

The conceptual model library for southern hemisphere is now available, with seven new Conceptual Models.

Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere (CM4SH) was a joint project between four southern hemisphere Centres of Excellence: Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Africa, reinforced by the expert group from the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, Indonesia (BMKG). The project was co-funded by WMO and EUMETSAT. The first CM4SH project was completed in March 2014, and the second project in June 2016. In total, the teams created and published 15 new Conceptual Models.

The purpose of the project was to improve warnings and awareness of weather risks through the use of conceptual models. The philosophy of using satellite material, together with other meteorological material, was agreed during the development of Conceptual Models. Conceptual Model (CM) descriptions are materials widely used in weather forecasting, as well as in training at universities and other meteorological training centres.

As the outcome of the project, seven new Conceptual Models were recently published at CM4SH. They are also available in the SatManu Conceptual Model library.

New RGB Survey on Training and Information Needs of Trainers

Survey

If you a trainer/ teacher of RGB applications to operational meteorologists, we would like to invite you to take a few minutes and share your training needs with us using a quick anonymous survey available here.

The Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) Community is currently investigating the training and information needs of trainers involved in teaching RGBs. The audience of this survey and any resulting action isanyone who teaches RGB applications to operational meteorologists at any level, either formally in classroom, online, blended, or informally.

The outcome of the survey will be used to design training resources and possibly an online course. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to share this within your community and organisation.

ASMET 8 cases now also available in French

Online Lectures

Two ASMET 8 cases are now available in French. Registration is required to access these resources:

 

The case are jointly produced by EUMETSAT, the COMET Program and the ASMET project (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training).

The ASMET project produces online lessons to help African forecasters better enhance their forecasts by making use of meteorological satellite images and products. Find out more about ASMET by clicking here.

Stories & Achievements

Eumetsat’s Mooc Story Wrap-up: Monitoring Oceans from Space

24 Oct-4 Dec 2016 Play the youtube video

For five weeks, the Monitoring of Oceans from Space MOOC brought together experts from around the world to tell the story of how satellites monitor the oceans from space.

Designed around numerous high quality videos, more than 5,000 registered learners were given the opportunity to explore emerging technologies and learn from, and get in touch with satellite, environmental and ocean monitoring experts from EUMETSAT and its research partners, including Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the National Oceanography Centre, CLS, Mercator Ocean, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The course explored key questions such as:

  • How do the oceans play a key role in the Earth’s climate system?
  • How do satellites help to monitor, quantify and preserve ocean biodiversity?
  • How can the public get involved in ocean science?
 

The course was timed to coincide with the availability of operational satellite data and products from the Sentinel-3A satellite, part of the EU’s flagship Copernicus Programme.

A second edition of the online course will run in spring 2017 and will be open to anyone who wants to learn more about Earth Observation (EO) and ocean monitoring from space. It is ideal for new potential EO marine data users, as well as existing professionals working in other areas of EO, oceanography, or environmental science.

Keep an eye on EUMETSAT’s website and YouTube channel for more information.

XIV IMTR-EUMETSAT Satellite Application Course 2016

May-August 2016 / Online

The Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) is the training arm of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD). Together with EUMETSAT, IMTR organised a blended Satellite Application Course, IE-SAC XIV.

The course started with an online training phase in May, followed by classroom training in August. The online phase contained five active weeks working with satellite products and applications. The participants took part in weather discussions online, completed various assignments, and explored various satellite training resources online.

Successful online participants came to Nairobi well prepared and motivated. The face-to-face phase aimed to deepen the satellite skills of the participants. They took part in daily weather discussions, group work, simulator exercises, and weather forecasting. Lastly ,they prepared an individual presentation as a final assessment.

African Satellite Meteorology Education & Training (ASMET) Project team , together with EUMETSAT and COMET, is currently working on further improving the IE-SAC course. The course with the completely updated online phase will be piloted in 2017.

XI Eumetcal Workshop – “Developing communication capabilities for meteorological and climate services”

10 to 13 October 2016 / Langen, Germany

The XI Eumetcal Workshop was held in Langen, Germany, from 10-13 October 2016, and kindly hosted by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). The workshop gathered together approximately forty Education and Training Experts, mainly from the European countries but representatives from Canada and US also participated. The workshop also gathered trainers for side meetings, for example the NOMEK admin group held their annual course planning meeting.

The title of the workshop is Developing communication capabilities for meteorological and climate services.

The choice of this topic was motivated by the fact that national weather and climate services across Europe are moving towards providing impact-based weather and climate services. This requires a change in emphasis in the way services are implemented and in customer/meteorological service communication. The workshop week included several workshops and practical demonstrations of how to address different challenges when communicating meteorological information to different stakeholders. Several presentations showed current NMHS (Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Germany and Canada) activities and products to better meet their clients needs and deliver information in a more fluent way.

Two Operational Marine Surface analysis using Eumetsat’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream Course

10-14 October 2016 / Supetar, Croatia

This course was aimed at professionals with expertise in marine surface analysis.

Held on 10-14 October in Supetar, Croatia, it was attended by 16 participants from seven European countries, plus Morocco and Egypt. The course instructors were Zorana Jelenak (NOAA), Ad Stofellen (KNMI) and Ian Mills (EUMETSAT).

The online phase was hosted on the EUMETSAT Training Zone between June-July 216. It was designed to introduce professionals to the use of satellite-observed ocean winds and wave heights using scatterometers and altimeters.

Overall, the course (online and classroom phases) covered the following competencies: continual analyssis and monitoring of the marine weather situation; forecasting marine weather phenomena, variables and parameters and warning of hazardous marine meteorological phenomena.

At the end of the course, the participants were asked to prepare a topical presentation related to satellite derived winds or altimetry, which resulted in a number of very high quality presentations with interesting cases of the participants’ local weather.

The second edition of the course will be run in December in South Africa.

EUMeTrain Event Week on MTG/I Satellite

7-11 November 2016 / Online

EUMeTrain Event Week on MTG/I satellite took place 7th and 11th of7–11 November 2016. During this week 11 online lectures were given in eight sessions. The FCI instrument onboard MTG satellite was introduced, along the Himawari AHI and GOES-R ABI instruments, as these satellites act as pre-cursor (and proxy) for MTG. The benefits of the new channels were shown, new RGB products were introduced, and the expected improvement of products was discussed. MTG will also carry the Lightning Imager (LI) instrument which was presented, along with the GOES-R GLM. The benefits and possible usage of the satellite lightning data were also shown during the week.

At the end of the event week the participants gained a better knowledge of the MTG/I satellite, the instruments, and also what data can be used as proxy before the satellite is launched.

The participation of the event was free; there were a good number of people attending each session. Every lecture will be published at the EUMeTrain webpage.

Operational use of RGBs (part 2)

February 2016 / Online

A new training module was published recently on four SEVIRI RGB types: HRV Fog RGB, Snow RGB, Night Microphysics RGB and Ash RGB.

These are those EUMETSAT- recommended standard SEVIRI RGB types, which were not discussed in the’ ‘Operational use of RGB’s training module published several years ago.

The main aim of the training module is to help the users (weather forecasters and/or other experts) to understand and use these RGB types, by giving them background information, examples and exercises.

The logical structure of the discussion is the following:

  • The aim of the RGB type
  • Physical background
  • How to create the given RGB type
  • Typical colours
  • Examples of interpretations
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Comparisons with other RGB types and/or single channel images
  • Exercise
 

Access the training module, click here.

XIII Ibero-american course on Satellite Meteorology

26 Sept- 7 Oct / Antigua Guatemala

From 2004, when this series of courses started in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, this course has helped train 250 forecasters and climatologists in the region. Participants frequently enjoy their first exposure to working with satellite data, identifying key elements for forecasting and looking at details they had not even suspected they could find in Meteosat or GOES imagery.

With the coming closure of EUMETcast Americas, they are looking forward to using alternative sources of meteorological information.

Carolina E. López, from Paraguay, said: “We would like to contribute case studies of our region to the EUMETSAT pages and creating data-bases which neighbour countries can take advantage of.”

Some institutes in South America, like LAPIS in University of Alagoas, have been supplying services to users for six years, and supported the station installation and the product tuning.

“We will continue our grassroots work to help the meteorological community in Brazil.”.

VI Training course on the use of satellite products for drought monitoring and agriculture

24-28 October 2016 / Rainbow Towers hotel, Harare

Starting 2012, WMO and EUMETSAT embarked on a series of events to increase attention on software to identify drought, based on satellite data, which offers the best horizontal resolution in Africa. In-situ data is scarce and not guaranteed for good calibration. The Land SAF offers information every 30 minutes on evapotranspiration and other vegetation- related variables.

Several universities and stakeholders showed their data processing solutions, so that abundant side-dialogue started during the meeting. The next event in this successful series will be in Europe, in Budapest, April 2017. Previous meetings took place in Niamey, Accra, Ouagadougou, Addis-Abeba and Tbilisi. The course tends to convert into a show-case of monitoring and forecasting formulas which can be used with satellite information, to create products. Distance presentations complete the tight schedule.

Workshop on Agrometeorology in Ljubljana

9-10 November 2016 / Ljubljana

The workshop Agrometeorologist for farmers in hotter, drier, wetter future took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 9 and 10 November 2016. It was supported by the Netherlands Foundation Solco W. Tromp, WMO, FAO and Eumetcal (mainly in terms of visibility). A significant number of well known experts in the field of agrometeorology gathered in order to strengthen networking in Europe and the Mediterranean area; to share best practices in the supply of agro-meteorological services; to identify gaps in existing knowledge and practices, and to compile recommendations for future research, development and networking.

Additional information can be found in the Training Portal.

// Issue VII – June 2016

Activities & Events

The EUMeTrain Course on Synoptic and Mesoscale Analysis of Satellite Image

4 Oct - 2 Dec 2016 / Online; 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2016 / Langen

This is a blended course — nine topics during the online phase (asynchronous self study); live presentations and a one week classroom phase.

The classroom phase will take place from 28 November to 2 December 2016 at the training centre of the DWD in Langen.

There are two ways you can join this course: as an only online participant or as a participant in both the online phase and the classroom phase. This way we hope to enable more people to join the course.

Seven trainers will contribute to the online part. Fve will attend the classroom phase in Langen, in order to teach the students, and to guide them through the exercises and group work.

During previous courses many students were very active in the forum, yielding an intense exchange of experiences and ideas. We hope to achieve this positive result again this year. To see how much the students have learned during the lessons, students will have to do their homework and quizzes, and at the end of the classroom phase take a final test.

Application deadline is June 22nd. More information and a course application form can be found on EUMeTrain and Eumetacall webpage.

Join CALMet Online 2016

May - October 2016 / Online

In the context of the CALMet Online 2016 workshop, hydro-meteorological trainers from around the world get together to share news and practices with experts in their field.

The event, held throughout the year, started in May with a set of bilingual webinars (English and Spanish) on the topic of making training sessions more active, followed by a second session in June on ‘Gamification’. In this session, experts Brad Snyder (EC/Meteorological Service of Canada) and Tsvetomir Ross-Lazarov (COMET, USA) discussed the effectiveness of using games as learning tools and ways of improving learner retention.

Future sessions will further explore the use of different existing and emerging tools for supporting the training of meteorologists.

To join, go to the EUMETSAT Training Zone and create an account. You can then join future CALmet sessions, plus access recordings and other materials from past sessions.

Eumetcal Workshop 2016

10 - 13 Oct 2016 / Langen

The XI Eumetcal Workshop is an appointment trainers and learners in meteorology cannot miss. This year it will be held in Langen, Germany, from 10-13 October 2016, and kindly hosted by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD).

The title of the workshop is Developing communication capabilities for meteorological and climate services.

As the title suggests, this year we will be focusing on a largely unexplored topic within the meteorological community: how communication capabilities of weather and climate services are changing and how to make sure the training we provide meets the changing requirements.

The choice of this topic was motivated by the fact that national weather and climate services across Europe are moving towards providing impact-based weather and climate services. This requires a change in emphasis in the way services are implemented and in customer/meteorological service communication. In addition, the operational competencies adopted at the last WMO Congress all address communication.

The deadline for registration is 2 September. The deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals is 25 August. Links to registration and proposal submission forms, additional details and information are available on the workshop site.

Join the Expert Exchange on EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream

31 Oct - 11 Nov / Online; 29 - 30 Nov / Oostende, Belgium

The Expert Exchange workshop will provide information on the products and data formats of the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS), to enable researcers and others to quickly adopt these data. It will also discuss outreach priorities.

The main focus of the workshop will be on Ocean Colour, Sea Surface Temperature, Sea Surface Height, Wind and Waves. Participants will be able to talk to product development experts and provide feedback on the products provided in the data stream.

Main objectives:

  • Promote the CMDS, focusing on Ocean Colour, SST and Altimetry Products.
  • Encourage experts to use the products from the CMDS.
  • Provide first-hand information on the CMDS.
  • Identify/discuss potential applications.
  • Identify potential users.
  • Identify (differing) training needs of the user groups.
  • Meet and exchange with other experts in the field to strengthen and widen personal networks.
 

Costs: No workshop fees. EUMETSAT will pay for accommodation and onsite catering. Limited travel funds are available upon request.

Attendance: By invitation. If you're interested in attending, please send an email to Copernicus.Training@eumetsat.int.

Deadline for registration: 5 September 2016.

EUMETSAT will run its first MOOC

24 Oct – 25 Nov 2016 / Online

This autumn, EUMETSAT will run its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the theme of monitoring the oceans from space.

The MOOC is aimed at a general audience and will give an introduction to the benefits and potential uses of satellite-based ocean observations collected in the framework of the EU Copernicus Programme. It will explain how to access and use marine Earth observation data and information from Copernicus/EUMETSAT missions, and also the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS).

The course will be run entirely online, over five weeks, with three hours of study a week involving an interactive mix of videos, written information and exercises. It will be hosted on the FutureLearn platform.

Follow a MOOC

You can find out more about MOOCs on the following websites: FutureLearn, Coursera or MOOC List.

Agrometeorological workshop

9 – 10 November 2016 / LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

The workshop is aimed at agrometeorologists from Central and Southern European countries, where agrometeorology plays a significant role in providing guidance for farming and agriculture. It is organised by the National Meteorological Service of Slovenia, part of the Slovenian Environment Agency, through the budget of the Tromp foundation. The workshop program is still open to suggestions, giving interested parties the chance to provide points of view, influence the content, and possibly take part in it.

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • enhance networking among agrometeorologists;
  • share examples of good practice in providing agrometeorological services;
  • define gaps in knowledge and existing practices;
  • collect recommendations for future research, development and networking.
 

More detailed information will soon follow; in the meantime we invite interested people to get in touch now. Contact Tanja Cegnar, email: tanja.cegnar@gov.si

Resources & Tools

Conceptual model of Bora in SatManu

Online Manual

In the wind section of the satellite manual SatManu, there is a new conceptual model on Bora. Bora, or bura, is a gusty, northeasterly, downslope wind that often occurs along the eastern Adriatic coast, at the leeward side of the Dinaric Alps.

Bora blows from the north east quadrant over the coastal mountains, which are approximately 1000 m high, usually bringing colder and relatively drier air to the Adriatic. In strong Bora episodes hourly mean wind speeds often surpass 20 m/s, with gusts reaching up to 50, or even 65 m/s. Severe Bora with maximum gusts exceeding 40 m/s may appear along the entire Adriatic coast, but its duration and frequency generally decrease from north to south.

Bora significantly affects the dynamics of currents in the Adriatic Sea. It causes difficulties with aviation as well as land and marine traffic: in most cases it has an unfavourable impact on agriculture.

To get more information and an in depth view of Bora, please visit EUMeTrain’s SatManu page.

MET-LEARNING.EU

Moodle platform

The Eumetcal Moodle on the site http://www.eumetcal.org/courses will be closed at end of June. All past courses and working areas are now available on the new Moodle platform named Met Learning.

The new platform is fully operational and enables self-registration. User accounts have been transferred to it.

The Eumetcal learning platform has been outsourced to a commercial host with a very solid and long experience in e-learning technologies and methodologies. This means Eumetcal will benefit from a very reliable platform and, more importantly, a series of additional plugins and features which enhance the quality of the service. The new Moodle uses a theme called ‘SNAP’, designed to also work well on tablets and mobile devices.

The Eumetcal technical infrastructure upgrade, that started in 2016, currently includes The Training Portal and the Moodle learning area (Met Learning).

You might be interested in the Met Learning description

Stories & Achievements

Environment Event Week 2016

11 - 15 Apr 2016 / Online

An event week on topics related to environmental meteorology was organized by EUMeTrain in April.

The series of lectures started with a presentation from Oleg Dubovik on the GRASP algorithm which was developed to retrieve the properties of atmospheric aerosols from various satellite instruments. Tommi Bergman (FMI) complemented this topic with a talk about aerosol climate models. Rüdiger Lang from EUMETSAT focused on the pollution aspect of atmospheric aerosols and trace gases.

Dust and fires was another focal point of the environment week, with presentations on African dust by Kerstin Schepanski (TROPOS) and on Asian dust, by Yonho Park from South Korea. Mike Willmott and Lee-Ann Simpson reported on the challenges forecasters are facing when they have to predict the risks for extended wildfires in Australia and South Africa.

Volcanic ash clouds, PyroCumulonimbus, and soil moisture measurements from satellites were additional topics covered during the event week.

Each session was recorded and can be downloaded here.

Advanced SEEMET Training Course on Flash floods and Floods

19 - 21 Apr 2016 / Slovenia, Ljubljana

The first advanced SEEMET (South-Eastern Europe Meteorological Training) workshop was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 19–21,April. It was organised by the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO), with support from EUMETSAT and Eumetcal. Thirty meteorological and hydrological forecasters participated. They came from Albania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

There was a broad selection of topics — from satellite products and hydrological models to issuing warnings and media interaction.

However, the most important part of the workshop was the interaction between students of international services. By presenting their own ways of working, participants got fresh ideas on how to improve the functionalities of national services.

The next advanced course will be held in Croatia in Spring 2018. The main topic is still to be decided.

International Summer School on Applications with Newest Multispectral Environmental Satellites

6 - 15 June 2016 / Bracciano, Italy

The Bracciano satellite summer school has become a tradition. As well as some of the best teachers, Jochen Kerkmann and Ralph Benartz, but wonderful scenery.

There is a lot of ground to cover so the pace of the training is quite intense and some pre-knowledge is required. Students at the 2016 summer school were from many different backgrounds: forecasters in general and aviation meteorology, model programmers, climatologists and even physicists. Therefore, pre-reading material was provided.

Each day two classes were held, one in the morning, another in the afternoon. To get a better understanding of the lectures, after each session students did McIDAS labs in pairs and after the labs were finished, everyone went through the results together.

Another good part were lab helpers — students of previous summer schools. This way if you had technical problem or a scientific question, there was always a friendly face to help out.

This is a great way to learn, meet new people in similar scientific fields, and have fun doing it.

// Issue VI – Mar 2016

Activities & Events

Advanced SEEMET Training Course on flash-floods and floods

19 - 21 April 2016 / Ljubljana

The first advanced SEEMET (South-Eastern Europe Meteorological Training) workshop will take place in April 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosted by the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO)., The course will focus on the use of satellite and other relevant data and products (ground and radar observations, NWP and hydrological model results, etc.) for flood forecasting.

The Western Balkan and Eastern European region is prone to severe floods, as well as heavy snowfall in winter or extreme drought in summer. The goal of the training course is to enable specialists from the various meteorological agencies to predict such severe events in time for preventive measures. Target participants are meteorological and hydrological forecasters.

The next advanced course will be organised in Croatia in Spring 2018,  the main topic is still to be decided.

The Environment Event Week from EUMeTrain

11 - 15 April 2016 / Online

Environment’ is a very comprehensive term –so is the program of the Environment Week that will take place in April 2016. When thinking of satellites, environmental meteorology is probably not the first thought, but these days, as well as ash and dust, trace gases and aerosols can be detected with the help of satellite sensors. The scientific journey takes us from Icelandic volcanoes over pyroconvection to ash clouds, and from soil moisture in Africa to the Summer monsoon in Asia. This event week will give a good overview of the current developments and topics of research connected to the large field of environmental studies.

As always, all sessions will be virtual and participation is free. Agenda and registration to the sessions will be available via dedicated web page.

Eumetcal Workshop 2016

10 - 14 Oct 2016 / Langen

The 11th Eumetcal Workshop will be held during 10-14 October 2016, hosted by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) in Langen, Germany. This event has been largely recognised as the main forum for European trainers and, as such, an appointment not to be missed and one to contribute to.  This year’s theme will focus on Education and Training Response to the future role of Meteorologists, with three sessions including the future role of weather and climate service meteorologists, ongoing development in education and training, and a final activity that gathers all information from the workshop to guide future training activities.

Proposal submission and registration opens on 18 April, until the end of July.  More information about the theme, abstract submission and other practical information will be available when the abstract and workshop registration opens.

The format of the workshop will be very practical, with interactions and workshops on new tools and methods for training, combined with expert presentations in this area.

EUMeTrain Satellite Skills Course

2 May - 17 June / online

This course on satellite skills will enable meteorologists and other geoscientists, to better perform their everyday duties, using the basic principles of remote-sensing of the Earth and the atmosphere.  This course is  competency-based and primarily tailored for  weather forecasters and meteorologists.

The course structure will be mostly asynchronous on a Moodle platform, meaning that the learners will be able to finish it in their own pace. The course starts on 2 May  and endson 17 June. Following successful completion each learner will be awarded a certificate.

Registration for the course will be available on the EUMeTrain front page. Everyone is invited to apply.

CALMet Online 2016

May - October 2016 / Online

In the spirit of Global Campus, it’s again time for the worldwide hydro-meteorological trainers to get together and learn about recent experiences and new innovations during this online workshop. CALMet Online 2016 will be your chance to get connected with old and new colleagues, and to have access to selected on-site training workshops via specific online sessions.

This year the sessions will be short and distributed throughout a longer period of time. The event will open in May with shared live sessions organised by the WMO Train the Trainers course, and the event will close in October with another shared session with the Eumetcal workshop. In between these sessions you will have a possibility to attend sessions dedicated for CALMet Online participants only.

The sessions will cover topics like Virtual Instruments, Gamification, Moodle, Competency Assessment, and the New Simulator Plug-in. Each session will be hosted by a group of experts currently working on these subjects. When you sign up for any of these sessions, you will be able to discuss the topic with the other CALMet Online participants and have access to related tools and resources.

More information about the event is available at CALMet Commons.

NOMEK course 2016

25 - 29 April 2016 / Riga

The NOMEK course (NOrdisk MEteorologisk Kompetensutveckling = Nordic Meteorological Competency Training) has been developed jointly by the Education and Training Managers of FMI, MET Norway, SMHI, DMI and IMO. The program started in 1995, and this year the 22nd course will be hosted by the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre and held in Riga, Latvia on 25-29 April.

This annual training event aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of operational forecasters working in the northern part of Europe, who, on many occasions, face similar weather and technology-related issues.

The main topics for the five day course are the operational use of satellite, radar and NWP data, with a focus on the conceptual model approach, and forecast communication to the general public and mass media. Each year a different ‘red thread’ —  a topical extreme weather event or phenomenon — is kept and analysed throughout the course. Following the feedback of participants from past events, the format of the course remains practical, with interactions, simulations and workshops.

International Summer School on Applications with Newest Multispectral Environmental Satellites

6 - 15 June 2016 / Bracciano

The Summer School will focus on the explanation of methods and techniques used to extract information from environmental satellite data, with emphasis on the latest measuring technologies. The course will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, group lab projects, homework, and tests.

Target participants are people with academic degrees in Meteorology, Physics, Environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering, with proven experiences in environmental remote sensing.

Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream

20 June - 8 July / Online; 10 - 14 October / Brac Island; 12 - 15 December / Pretoria

This course is designed to train, specifically, operational marine forecasters from Africa and Mediterranean countries. It consists of an online session in the summer and two classroom courses, one with a Mediterranean focus, the other focusing on African Waters.

The main objective of this event is to develop participants' skills in using data from EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream for surface analysis. We focus on the application of scatterometer data and data from Jason-3 and Sentinel-3.

At the end of the course participants will be able to: - analyse the current surface conditions using scatterometer and altimeter data; - monitor the evolution of the surface conditions; - integrate these satellite data with data from numerical models, validating the model output; - access and visualise the data; - be aware of the wide range of products available from EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and other Copernicus partners.

Costs: There's no course fee. EUMETSAT will pay travel costs, accommodation and meals.

Application deadline: 30 April 2016.

XIII Ibero American course in cooperation with AEMET and AECID

26 September - 7 October / Antigua-Guatemala

A new course on tropical meteorology based on satellite imagery will take place in Antigua, at the site of the AECID training centre. AECID is the Cooperation agency of the Spanish government. AEMET supplies most of the experts on tropical meteorology and oceanography. INPE in Brazil contributes to the event, with lectures on applications of the solar channels on satellites like GOES or Meteosat. In the past 12 editions, more than 300 meteorologists have participated and practiced the data processing from their satellite source.

Expert Exchange on EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream

28 - 29 November / Oostende

The workshop will provide information on the products and data formats of the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) for researchers and others able to quickly adopt these data. It will also discuss outreach priorities. The main focus of the workshop will be on Ocean Colour, Sea Surface Temperature, Sea Surface Height, Wind and Waves. Participants will be able to talk to product development experts and provide feedback on the products provided in the data stream.

Main objective:

  • Promote the CMDS, focusing on Ocean Colour, SST and Altimetry Products.
  • Encourage experts to use the products from the CMDS.
  • Provide first-hand information on the CMDS.
  • Identify / discuss potential applications.
  • Identify potential users.
  • Identify (different) training needs of the user groups.
  • Meet and exchange with other experts in the field to strengthen and widen personal networks.
 

Costs: No workshop fees. EUMETSAT will pay for accommodation and onsitecatering . Limited travel funds are available upon request.

Attendance: by invitation.

Deadline for registration: 31 May 2016.

Resources & Tools

CM4SH available in SatManu

Online Manual

We finally have first conceptual models from southern hemisphere available in SatManu!

SatManu is the Manual of Synoptic Satellite Meteorology, developed by EUMeTrain project.  Due to a kind offer from four southern Centres of Excellence, eight new conceptual models are now available in associated SatManu format.

Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere (CM4SH) is a joint project between four southern hemisphereCentres of Excellence: Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. The project is co-funded by WMO and EUMETSAT. The first CM4SH project was completed in March 2014.  The new CM4SH project was launched in January 2015, this time assisted by the expert group from The Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics, Indonesia (BMKG).

The purpose of the project is to improve warnings and awareness of weather risks through the use of conceptual models.The philosophy of using satellite material together with other meteorological material was agreed during the development of Conceptual Models. Conceptual Model (CM) descriptions are materialswidely used in weather forecasting, as well as in training at universities and other meteorological training centres.

A new training module on SEVIRI RGBs

Online training module

Some years ago satellite experts developed optimally tuned RGB types for highlighting specific atmospheric and surface features. These are the so-called standard RGBs recommended by EUMETSAT. In 2009 the ’Operational use of RGB images’ training module was published, which discussed several EUMETSAT recommended standard RGB types to be created from Meteosat SEVIRI images, but not all of them. A new training module to be published soon will discuss four additional EUMETSAT recommended standard RGB types: the HRV Fog RGB, the Snow RGB, the Night Microphysics RGB and the Ash RGB.

The main aim of the training module is to help the users (weather forecasters/other experts) to understand and use these RGB types, by giving them background information, examples and exercises.

Module structure:

  • The aim of the RGB type
  • Physical background
  • How to create the given RGB type?
  • Typical colours
  • Examples of interpretations
  • Benefits and limitations
  • Comparisons with other RGB types and/or single channel images
  • Exercise

Stories & Achievements

MSC/COMET Winter Weather Course 2016

25 Jan - 5 Feb 2016 / BOULDER

In January the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) and the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) hosted a Winter Weather Course at the COMET classroom facilities in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Thirteen operational Canadian meteorologists, three representatives from US National Weather Service and one meteorologist from the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) participated. The course focused onsignificant weather during the winter season, from synoptic scale to mesoscale events.

The ultimate goal of the course was to increase three-dimensional understanding of phenomena and atmospheric processes associated with winter weather. The exercises included interpretation of water vapour channel images and 3D understanding. Cyclogenesis, jet streak dynamics and weather interaction to topography also played an important role in the course.

Online Educa Berlin

2-4 December 2015 / Berlin

EUMETSAT,WMO and EUMETCAL were present at Online Educa Berlin, one of the biggest European events addressing current ideas, discoveries and challenges in distance learning.  Workshops, discussions and presentations were targeted at corporate, government, and school sectors. Exhibitors provided a range of technological solutions for all audiences.

In the Knowledge Exchange workshop, participants from both university and corporate environments discussed their experiences and challenges with implementing effective blended learning. Later Stephen Downes lead a session on developing personal learning environments (PLEs). Read more in the Blended, Flexible, and Personalized article.

Other highlights of the event included an inspiring presentation by futurist Simon Nelson, a session on the state and future of MOOCs, and a panel session on diffusion of online learning for vocational training in developing countries. YouTube was claimed the most popular learning platform, and it was argued that "any lecturer that can be replaced by a YouTube video will be".  Read more about how the shift is accelerating.

One of the best sessions of the last day was on ‘Future Work and Future Workers’. Several futurists posed their visions of how the world of work is changing. Read more in The future of work and learning article.

// Issue V – Dec 2015

Activities & Events

Piloting the Moodle Course

January 2016 / online

Keeping with the aims of the WMO Global Campus, multiple organizations (EUMETCAL, WMO, VLab, EUMETSAT, EUMeTrain, IMGW-PIB and MeteoFrance) came together to create a self-directed Moodle Course for trainers and educators in Earth sciences. We are pleased to announce that the three units of this course (introductory level) will be released to the group of pilot participants, in January 2016. If you like to learn how to ‘Design an effective learning environment’ (Unit 1), ‘Provide learning resources’ (Unit 2) or ‘Provide opportunities for dialogue and reflection (Unit 3) you can sign up for the pilot now!

The online course is delivered in a Moodle website following a self-paced mode. This format allows participants to decide how much time to dedicate to the course and when to study. Once enrolled, they can engage at the level they like and make the course fit their schedules. Participants may follow the units in a sequence or pick and choose what to learn.  However, each of the units has self-assessment items — quizzes. Whoever achieves sufficient scores on all the quizzes in a unit will be rewarded with a badge.

Note: we expect to receive timely feedback from pilot participants, which will help us to improve the course.

11th EUMETCAL workshop

10-14 October 2016 / Langen

The 11th Eumetcal Workshop will be held 10-14 October 2016, hosted by Deutscher Wetterdienst in Langen, Germany. This event has been largely recognised as the main forum for European trainers and, as such, an appointment not to be missed and to contribute to.

The theme of Eumetcal Workshop 2016 will be decided by the end of January. However, following the feedback of participants from past events, the format of the workshop will be very practical, with interactions and practical workshops on new tools and methods for training in meteorology and environmental sciences.

Please book this dates in your calendar!

Baltic+ 2016

15-17 March 2016 / Warsaw

The Baltic+ course is a joint initiative of the National Meteorological Services of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. It aims to increase the knowledge of, and skills in, using satellite observations, and provide a meeting place for exchanging ideas, practices and knowledge.

The three day workshop will focus on practical issues, with the main topic being using EUMETSAT data to identify clouds, especially low clouds and fog. Using both satellite and NWP data in nowcasting and issuing warnings will be prime subjects of the training.

To prepare participants for the classroom course and reduce differences in their knowledge an online phase is also being run in February 2016. The Moodle platform will enable participants to go through training resources and to do learning activities and self-assessment quizzes.

Resources & Tools

A new coat for ePort!

Online platform

In mid-November  new ePort software went  online. While keeping the name, the technical concept behind this web-based visualisation tool is completely new.

ePort now uses the ‘Map Viewer’ tool developed by IBL. Similar to the previous version of ePort, the new tool is based on Flash©, but  uses web mapping technology to display satellite and model data. ePort can be opened by selecting the corresponding pull-down menu on the EUMeTrain webpage.

However, ePort handling has changed. Image and NWP combinations are more tightly connected; the most frequently used combinations are predefined so meteorological information is available with less clicks. NWP parameters are available on main pressure levels and, similar to the old ePort, five geographical regions have been defined where meteorological information can be displayed.

While the old ePort could not be developed further, the new ePort can — thanks to web mapping technology it can be be upgraded by other regions and input data. An archive will be built up during the next five years to become a rolling archive.

The old ePort will remain accessible on eumetrain.org in the archive mode.

New African Satellite Meteorology lessons

Online training lesson

Within the ASMET-8 project the team has produced four new satellite training lessons. They are available in English, online at MetEd website (registration needed). The French versions of the lessons will be available in 2016.

Extreme High Swell Events on the Moroccan Atlantic Coast is produced by la Direction de la Météorologie Nationale in Morocco. It describes the appropriate process in forecasting high swell events.

Using ASCAT Wind and Other Data in Marine Forecasting, produced by South African Weather Service experts, demonstrates the use of scatterometer wind and, to a lesser extent, altimeter significant wave height products in marine forecasting.

Forecasting Heavy Rains and Landslides in Eastern Africa, prepared by Kenya Meteorological Service experts, highlights the importance of satellite-based observations in monitoring and forecasting heavy precipitation that often leads to devastating landslides and mudslides.

Satellite-Derived Climatology Products for Monitoring Convection Over West and Central Africa, written by École Africaine de la Météorologie et de l´Aviation Civile in Niger, describes the importance for the forecaster in knowing the regional climatology, especially where convection is involved. The lesson describes satellite-derived cloud climatology products and several global instability indices.

The new tool for analysing RGB images

Online Application

Different channels give different information, and the combinations of channels reveal more information than single channels alone. With the creation of the MSG and its 12 channels, each with its own unique qualities, a series of standardized RGBs were developed.

Therefore EuMeTrain has produced a free and easy to use RGB analyzing tool for 11 different RGBs. The RGB Tool was developed to help you with analyzing the images and understanding the physics behind it. The Tool is Windows based and to be able to use it, you will first have to install Net Framework 4.0 or higher.  It is straight forward, but if you have any question, a little guide is avaliable.

You can download the Tool and the guide from RGB Colour Interpretation Guide. They are also available on SatManu web pages. The future plan is to produce an RGB Tool which will be operable on other platforms as well, possibly stand-alone application.

Lesson on application of scatterometers and altimeters for marine forecasting

Online training lesson

Scatterometers and altimeters provide a variety of space-based observations that are useful for marine analysis and forecasting, as well as other applications. Two key products are ocean surface winds from scatterometers and significant wave heights from altimeters.

EUMETSAT has produced, in partnership with COMET, a new online lesson which describes the basics of scatterometers and altimeters. This includes:

  • How they work.
  • What they measure.
  • How scatterometer winds and altimeter significant wave heights are derived.
 

It discusses some of the challenges in using the estimates, such as dealing with ambiguities and rain contamination. It also provides various opportunities to interpret the data, both in the main sections and the case studies.

The lesson is available to everyone and is hosted in the MetEd library; access is available after free registration.

EUMeTrain Event Week on Satellite-Derived Precipitation

Webcasts / Presentation Slides

The EUMeTrain Event Week on Satellite-derived Precipitation took place between 23–27 November. During this week, 13 online lectures were given in eight sessions. The principles of the measurements were presented, together with different products from both geostationary and polar orbiting satellites. The NWCSAF and H-SAF precipitation products were introduced, along the MPEF MPE and the KNMI CPP products. Two full sessions were dedicated to the very recent Global Precipitation Measurement programme. The core GPM satellite has the capability to not measure rain and snow. The meteorological and hydrological applications of these products were also shown through different cases.

At the end of the event week the participants gained a general knowledge about precipitation estimation from satellites. The presenters put in a great effort to provide many sources for where and how these data can be obtained.

The participation of the event was free; there were a good number of people attending each session. Webcast and slides from lectures will be published at the EUMeTrain website.

How to access and use RapidScat Data – recordings available

Webinar webcasts

On 16 September, 40 participants from 18 countries and four continents, attended the webinar, organised by EUMETSAT and OSI SAF, on ‘How to access and use RapidScat data, from the wind scatterometer on the International Space Station (ISS)? . Missed the event? Or would like to hear again what Ad Stoffelen (KNMI) and Zorana Jelenak (NOAA) had to say about the data available from the OSI SAF, achievements of the RapidScat data and experiences on using the data in operational marine analysis and forecasting? The recordings from the webinar are now available for download from the EUMETSAT Training Library. In addition, you can preview the videos, part one by A. Stoffelen  and part two by Z. Jelenak, directly online.

We are glad that these resources are already useful to the participants of the ongoing online Marine Satellite Course, organised by EUMeTrain and supported by EUMETCAL. Please share the links further to allow  more colleagues to benefit from these presentations.

Stories & Achievements

Rapid Scan Workshop

2-6 November / Prague

In November 2015, 38 participants, mainly forecasters and PhD students of meteorology, from 15 countries took part in a workshop on the use of rapid scan data for monitoring and nowcasting of high impact weather, organised by CHMI and EUMETSAT.

The topic ‘Use of rapid scan data’ was chosen because of the anticipated operational availability of more frequent rapid scan data on the new generations of geostationary weather satellites, such as MTG-I, Himawari-8 and GOES-R/S, which will replace the present generations of GEO satellites in next few years.  The main purpose of the workshop was to demonstrate the benefits of more frequent rapid scan data on cases of deep convective storms and high impact weather situations, and to compare these data to presently available 5-minute RSS and 15-minute MSG data.

Based on the results of the final discussion, Meteosat-9 rapid scan images are operationally displayed in most, but not all, NMHSs in Europe. These images are more often used in the spring and summer convection seasons, but also during winter by aviation and road forecasters. Rapid scan images are also popular with weather amateurs , particularly for storm chasing.

WMO-Eumetcal Training Development Workshop

2–6 November / Warsaw

WMO and Eumetcal hosted the Training Development Workshop for RA-VI, in Warsaw, Poland at the outstanding facilities of IMGW-PIB, from 2–6 November 2015. The objective of the workshop was to bring together many of the successful trainers from the Online Course for Trainers held earlier this year, to put their skills into action for implementing their Training Development Plans. The workshop provided a unique opportunity to trainers of WMO RAVI to further develop the training activities they had been working on, or start planning new ones, relying on the support of fellow trainers and supervisors.

XII Ibero-American course

7-18 September / Montevideo

The Ibero-American course is a well-established annual two-week course, which has already trained more than 350 forecasters and climatologists in the Central and South American region. This year itfocused on mid-latitudes nowcasting and forecasting, supported by satellite diagnostics. Meteosat is an excellent satellite at the geostationary orbit ,with Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay completely included in its field of view. Argentina and northern Chile are also covered by Meteosat, at a similar horizontal resolution as Finland. The data is used operationally in Bolivia, Cuba and Paraguay, due to its excellent temporal refresh of 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the EUMETCast-Americas dissemination service is foreseen to stop end of 2016.

Preparing for the Next Generation of Satellites

16-20 November / online

The next generation of satellites will bring exciting new possibilities and challenges. Looking to the future, the WMO-CGMS Virtual Laboratory (VLab) organised a week of events with satellite operators and institutions working on the development, testing and training for the use of satellite imagery.

During the event, 11 online sessions were offered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the India Meteorological Department (IMD), NOAA, the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), EUMETSAT, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)  and the COMET Program. The event, which was in English, linked presenters and participants from six WMO Regional Associations, showing high interest in the training and information available to help users prepare for the coming satellites.

Event organiser Kathy-Ann Caesar (VLab co-chair, Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) said: “This event showed the true value of what can be achieved when partners come together to work on a common cause.”

For more information and resources see here.

WMO Curriculum Development Workshop for Climate Services

21-25 November / Kibbutz Shefayim

More than 30 experts in climatology or training disciplines met at Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel from 21-25 November to develop plans for meeting the training needs of countries implementing climate services. The workshop goals were to expand upon the draft Climate Services Competency Framework, map existing learning resources to the framework, identify potential and ongoing projects to meet learning needs, identify collaborative ventures to leverage limited resources, and develop strategies for enhancing the impacts and reach of training efforts. Teams representing each of the high-level competencies worked to identify learning outcomes, define skill and knowledge requirements, and identify learning opportunities in each area. Outcomes of the workshop will be shared with services and training providers to guide future training initiatives.

Participants at CALMet XI conference sponsored by Eumetcal

7-11 September / Seoul

CALMet XI workshop was hosted by Korean Meteorological Administration. The workshop provided  a global forum to share experiences, expectations and new ideas for meteorology and hydrology education and training. Eumetcal offered partial sponsorship to three trainers of its member organisations.

Their comments.

Philip Merritt (UKMO): “I have tried out using the booster question approach for some of my training which seems to have gone very well, and I hope that I will be able to help develop more blended learning approaches for other training I am involved with.”

Ivan Smiljanic (DHMZ): “To learn about learning is a privilege for me and I believe that ‘Calmet’ is one of the best platforms for that, globally. Many trainers and trainees in Europe are seeing this workshop as a global version of the Eumetcal workshop, therefore I am very glad that Eumetcal took the initiative to support it and sponsor more than one attendee to travel to Korea.”

Heleen Ter Pelkwijk (KNMI): “It is interesting to see that each continent has its own training-related issues and, therefore, is specialised in a different field of meteorological education and training. For me this opens new perspectives and broadens my view.”

Online Educa Berlin

2-4 December / Berlin

EUMETSAT,WMO and EUMETCAL were present at Online Educa Berlin, one of the biggest European events addressing current ideas, discoveries and challenges in distance learning.  Workshops, discussions and presentations were targeted at corporate, government, and school sectors. Exhibitors provided a range of technological solutions for all audiences.

In the Knowledge Exchange workshop, participants from both university and corporate environments discussed their experiences and challenges with implementing effective blended learning. Later Stephen Downes lead a session on developing personal learning environments (PLEs). Read more in the Blended, Flexible, and Personalized article.

Other highlights of the event included an inspiring presentation by futurist Simon Nelson, a session on the state and future of MOOCs, and a panel session on diffusion of online learning for vocational training in developing countries. YouTube was claimed the most popular learning platform, and it was argued that "any lecturer that can be replaced by a YouTube video will be".  Read more about how the shift is accelerating.

One of the best sessions of the last day was on ‘Future Work and Future Workers’. Several futurists posed their visions of how the world of work is changing. Read more in The future of work and learning article.

1st Africa and Middle East workshop on the health impact of airborne dust

2-5 November / Amman

This workshop enabled the exchange of knowledge between health and meteorology experts from universities, institutes, the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization, to help establish the connection between the spread of diseases, where dust is the transmission agent or the direct cause. Correlating epidemics to dust present in the atmosphere is at the basis of our current state of the art. As a result, gaps and further actions needed to prevent epidemics were identified.. Coincidentally during the event there was an intense dust episode, followed by flooding.

XIII Satellite Applications Course at EAMAC for French- speaking meteorologists

23-27 November / Niamey

EAMAC is the training school for ASECNA. With the support of EUMETSAT, it organised a blended course, which started with an online training phase in September, followed by classroom training at the end of November. The participants were already motivated and came with questions, which made the face-to-face section more interactive. Additionally this year, for the first time, the participants chose three topics (convection, dust monitoring and soil condition) for online presentations next January. This will prove their maturity in communicating for operational training and briefing, hopefully without many internet hiccups. If you are interested in this event, which will be delivered in French, please check the EUMETSAT Training Zone, for more details.

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Activities & Events

EUMeTrain Event Week on Satellite-Derived Precipitation

A23–27 November 2015 / online

From 23–27 November, EUMeTrain is running an event week on satellite-derived precipitation. During this week the principles of precipitation measurements will be presented, together with available products and their possible applications from both geostationary and polar satellites. The recent Global Precipitation Measurement program will be introduced.

The event is free and open to all, but prior registration is needed. Self-registration is simple and you can register for one or more sessions.

Registration soon available at eumetrain.org.

Webinar on access to RapidScat data

September 2015 / online

In September, EUMETSAT OSI SAF, in collaboration with guest speakers from NOAA, will offer one-day online real-time event about the RapidScat data.

RapidScat is a space-based scatterometer that measures wind speed and direction over the ocean, and is useful for weather forecasting, hurricane monitoring, and observations of large-scale climate phenomena. RapidScat is attached to the international space station and will run for a short time only. The ISS orbit also means that RapidScat instrument allows for inter calibration between scatterometers.

The webinar will present ways users can obtain the RapidSact data, cases of use, and also will touch upon key issues of data quality and things to watch out for.

Futher  details and the registration link will be provided through the EUMETSAT Training Zone and the EUMETSAT Users Twitter account.

2nd Marine Forecasting Course

Autumn 2015 / online

The 2nd Marine Forecasting Course, exclusively designed for operational marine weather forecasters, organised by EUMeTrain and supported by EUMETCAL, will be held this autumn,. The aim is to improve the quality of marine safety warnings and nowcasting in Europe through better use of satellite and model data, in line with WMO Marine Weather Forecaster Competence Standards Framework. At this second edition of the Marine Forecasting Course, to be conducted online, in an asynchronous mode, four main topics will be addressed:

  • Fog in the Marine environment
  • Sea ice
  • Winds in the Marine environment
  • Ocean Waves
 

More information soon available at eumetrain.org.

CALMet XI Workshop – registration open

7 – 11 September 2015, Seoul

As announced in the previous issue of the Training Bulletin, the CALMet XI Workshop will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 7 – 11 September.  The call for proposals is complete and registration open. If you register yourself by the end of June, a lower fee will be applied. Now you can also browse the tentative schedule and find detailed information about fees, organization and the venue.

User preparation for MTG data – EUMETSAT Conference

21 - 25 September 2015, Toulouse

The focus of this years EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference is on advances in nowcasting and short-range numerical weather prediction, plus preparation for new geostationary satellites.

In 2019 the first of the four Meteosat Third Generation Imaging missions (MTG-I1) will be launched. This satellite will carry new imager instrument and, for the first time in Meteosat history, lightning imager.  Two years later two sounding instruments will be launched onboard the Meteosat Third Generation Sounding mission (MTG-S1).

These instruments will provide major opportunities in the use of remote sensing data. Therefore, it is crucial to start planning the introduction of these instruments and data to end users. Simulated and proxy data already exist in scientific circles and these are the data that should  be used in training of the end users.

Resources & Tools

Global weather 2014-2015, satellite overview

Weather overview

On the official Youtube channel of EUMETSAT there is an animated visualisation of global weather during from December 2014-March 2015, using imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and JMA.

Such a broad view of weather can give an insight into the synoptic or global scale processes that are the triggers for the local weather events on every point of Earth. For instance, one can observe diurnal convective activity all along the line of ITCZ and see how this convection becomes almost a wave pattern connected to the Sun’s illumination circle.  Moving away from equator an easterly flow in the subtropics and a westerly flow in mid-latitude can be observed. These are divided by the subtropical jet. The Polar jet, positioned at the border of polar airmass, is not directly visible with this particular selection of satellite channels, but it’s position could be revealed if focusing on the genesis and movement of the synoptic systems. As well as big-scale dynamics, smaller features are visible in this animation (e.g. tropical cyclones - pay attention to the westernIndian Ocean at the end of January).

EUMETSAT often issues similar videos, if you like you can subscribe to their Youtube channel

Webcasts from EUMeTrain Convection Event Week 2015

WEBCAST collection

EUMeTrain organised an event week on convection from 8–12 June . It had eight dedicated sessions. Recent remote sensing developments related to forecasting and/or analysing convective weather situations were presented. Subjects covered:

  1. The use of lightning data in convective events, by Geoffrey Stano, NASA SPoRT.
  2. An insight into the upcoming Lightning Imager, by Jochen Grandell, EUMETSAT.
  3. CRR and RDT products of NWCSAF. Izidor Pelajic gave an evaluation of these products for the Croatian Adriatic coast.
  4. Adapting NowCasting-SAF products to the COMS satellite, by Eunha Son, KMA .
  5. The physics of thunderstorms, by Tomas Pucik and Christoph Gatsen.
  6. Overview on Hydro-SAF products, by Matteo Picchiani, CNMCA
  7. Cloud physical properties derived from MSG, by Jan Fokke Meirink , KNMI.
  8. The MPE product, by EUMETSAT
  9. Demonstration of the NearCast technique, by Ralph Petersen.
  10. Convection in accentuated terrain, especially the Alps, by Georg Pistotnik and Liliane Hofer, ZAMG.
 

All presentations were recorded and available on EUMeTrain websites.

Systemes Convectifs & Veille climatique satellitaire

ONLINE MODULES

French versions of  Convective Storms (Systemes Convectifs ) and Monitoring the Climate System with Satellites  (Veille climatique satellitaire) are now available. The two resources were produced by EUMETSAT, and the second one in collaboration with the COMET program.

Veille climatique satellitaire will help a French-speaking audience explore the benefits and challenges of monitoring the climate system with satellites. This study includes examples of events at the different scales, from seasonal to longer term.

The Systemes Convectifs  lesson focuses on the satellite observations of deep convective storms, and their interpretation, as described in the December issue of The Training Bulletin. The translation is a result of a project pursued by EAMAC trainer, Francis Koyame (Niger), when visiting EUMETSAT.  A Spanish version of this lesson should be available later in the year.

GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper

Online module

This extension of the COMET module "GOES-R: Benefits of Next Generation Environmental Monitoring" focuses on the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument, the satellite's lightning mapper. The GLM will provide continuous lightning measurements over a large portion of the Western Hemisphere, mapping total lightning (intra-cloud and cloud–to–ground) flash rates and trends. GLM observations will improve local forecasts and warnings of severe weather and air quality, and provide new data for numerical weather prediction and studies of regional climate and climate change.

Stories & Achievements

10th Eumetcal International Workshop

15 - 18 June 2015 / Reading

The 10th Eumetcal workshop entitled “Advancing training and education in weather prediction”  was jointly organised by, and held at, ECMWF 15-18 June. The focus of the workshop was exploring how training should advance in the next 10 years, as weather prediction science, models, technologies, and services continue to improve and evolve. Education and training play a significant role in helping staff in hydrometeorological services to gain the skills needed to meet the continuously changing requirements and expectations of customers and stakeholders.

The workshop attracted 70 representatives from European national meteorological services, the WMO, EUMETSAT, the UCAR COMET Program, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, European universities and ECMWF. Training is a key element of ECMWF’s mission, and co-organising the workshop was an opportunity to strengthen links with the Eumetcal project, which has become Europe’s virtual meteorological training organisation.

During the several discussion sessions held in the workshops, the participants explored current and future meteorological training requirements related to the future provision of weather prediction services and changes of end-user requirements. These include the increasing training on the use and interpretation of ensemble prediction products, and corresponding communication to end users; forecasting extreme events, and nowcasting.

The presentation and results of the workshop are available in the workshop page.

Course on Climate Change and agriculture

4 - 13 May 2015, Bet-Dagan

The last course of RTC Bet-Dagan, Israel, Climate Change and agriculture, held 4–13 May, was aimed at showing the different impacts of climate change on agriculture and the different methods and techniques that could be used for adaptation and mitigation. Twenty-three participants from 14 countries took part in the course — agrometeorologists, hydrologists, forecasters and extension officers — working for service provision for the agricultural sector of their respective countries.

This time, the course had a novelty — in order to enrich the contents of the workshop, EUMETSAT was asked to provide a remote lecture dedicated to the use of satellite imagery for agriculture. This was provided by Dr Carla Barroso, from the EUMETSAT LSA SAF and facilitated by Mr Giora G.H. Gershtein, IMS RTC Director. This was the first lecture of its kind at the RTC, as well for most of the participants, and it exceeded all expectations. Why was it so successful? Due to the highly-engaged audience and the excellent communication between the three different parties — the audience, lecturer and facilitator.

At the end, everybody, including the lecturer and the facilitator, learnt a lot, and, just as importantly, enjoyed every minute of it!

2015 WMO/Eumetcal Online Course for Trainers

16 February – 31 May 2015 / online

For twelve weeks, beginning in mid-February, WMO collaborated with Eumetcal to offer an enhanced offering of the WMO Online Course for Trainers. This year's offering featured separate paths for Training Managers (six weeks), Part-time Trainers (four weeks), and Trainers (12 weeks). In June, 44 Certificates of Completion were issued in these three categories.

The Online Course for Trainers builds competencies, skills, and knowledge, as defined by the WMO Competency Requirements for Education and Training Providers for Meteorological, Hydrological, and Climate Services. Participants viewed numerous resources; engaged in discussions and activities, and produced small and large projects while exploring topics on Learning Needs, Outcomes, Solutions, Activities, Resources, Assessment, and training Evaluation, as well as Learning Management and Facilitation. Over the 12 weeks, more than 19,000 readings and posts were registered in the numerous discussion forums alone. One of the goals of the online course is to develop a regional community of trainers, and on this occasion in particular, the course was a resounding success.

In November, a Training Development Workshop will be held to bring together many of the successful trainers to put their skills into action implementing the Training Development Plans they produced during the online course.

NOMEK 2015 course – 20th anniversary of NOMEK

4 - 8 May 2015, Norrkoping

This Spring the 20th NOMEK course took place in Norrkoping, Sweden. The NOMEK program started in 1995 as an agreement between the Director Generals of the Nordic NMSs. It is now a one-week course.

This year 26 participants and more than 10 local and international instructors took part in the course. Participants came from nine EUMETSAT Member states – Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ireland. The course was organised by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), in collaboration with the other Nordic meteorological institutes, and with financial and instructional support from EUMETSAT.

The main topics  were:

  • Use and application of satellite products.
  • Use of radar products.
  • Numerical Weather Prediction.
  • Short Range Forecasting.
  • Decision-making.
 

The whole course was focused on a heavy rainfall event. Introduction to this case was done during a simulator exercise, when participants got acquainted with the weather situation. The following day lectures included references to this case, so participants had a chance to see how it looked on radar images and NPW products. There were also two sessions about forecasting experience, to see what really happened and what could have been done better.

2015 CM SAF Training Workshop

8 – 12 June 2015, Pretoria

For the first time a CM SAF Training Workshop on The Use of Gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services in Africa was been held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 8–12 June 2015. It was conducted in close co-operation with EUMETSAT and, kindly, hosted by the South African Weather Service (SAWS).

More than 80 applications showed the great need to such training events. 21 participants from 13 African countries were selected based on their professional background and the potential usage of CM SAF climate data in their daily work.

The main goal of the workshop was to introduce the data and services provided by CM SAF and to learn the handling of CM SAF data in hands-on exercises. The classroom phase was supplemented by a preceding online phase.

During the classroom phase the participants worked on projects, such as the variability of solar radiation and cloud coverage over space and time, trendanalysis of global radiation, evaluations of extreme events or the agricultural potential, and station-based evaluations of CM SAF data.

For this and for future training activities, CM SAF developed and provided an Open Source Software, the R-based CM SAF toolbox, which will be made publicly available in the near future.

Course on Satellite Meteorology: Images, Products and Applications

4 - 8 May 2015, Cachoeira Paulista

The Center of Weather Forecast and Climate Studies (CPTEC) in Brazil recently hosted a training course on Satellite Meteorology. The course was intended to familiarise a wide audience of professionals in geo-sciences with forecasting based on satellite images, rain climatology and future developments.

More than 30 participants attended from Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru and Paraguay. EUMETSAT presented applications of SEVIRI imagery with emphasis on RGB composites and its use over South America and South Atlantic Ocean.

CPTEC is one of the 13 WMO Centers of Excellence in Training on Satellite Meteorology (Vlab). CPTEC has developed the capability to receive process and produce several satellite products using Meteosat data. Meteosat satellites are very useful because they for cover the whole of Brazil and other South American countries, and also due to their higher spectral and radiometric resolution.

The EUMETCAL–Course weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather Forecasters

8 April - 12 June 2015, Langen

International training courses on radar meteorology have being offered since 2008. These courses are delivered through cooperation between EUMETCAL and DWD. Again, EUMETSAT has generously sponsored five participants from transition countries, and EUMETCAL gave financial support to one student in that course.

This course was blended — seven topics were covered during the online phase (self-study and live presentations, tests and homework for students) and students attended a one-week classroom phase.

Two categories of students were defined: a) only online participation, b) participation in both phases. This enabled more people to join. During the classroom part in Langen, five trainers taught the students and guided them through the exercises and the group works.

Eight-six percent of the students provided the proof of their high levels of skill by delivering at least high quality homework and quizzes on at least 50% of the time. On the last day of the classroom part, the students were asked to fill out a short test. This was the first time this happened. All the students passed. Some participants impressed the trainers with an outstanding engagement during the classroom part. Formal evaluation will take place soon and the trainers have received already very positive feedback. The next course is planned for 2017.

XVII Simpósio Brasileiro de Sensoriamento Remoto (SBSR)

25 - 29 April 2015, Joao Pessoa

The XVII Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing aimed to bring together the technical and scientific community and the business users in the areas of Remote Sensing and Geotechnology. It was an opportunity for participants to present their research and technological developments, including education and science policy, from the last two years.

The symposium is recognised as a premier event in the field of remote sensing and geotechnologies in South America. This year 1,100 attendees from 25 countries, plus all the Brazilian states, visited the symposium. Many interested participants approached EUMETSAT's stand, mainly curious about vegetation mapping and access to our data. During the event there were presentations on GEONETCast-EUMETCast" and on future meteorological systems, such as EUMETSAT's Meteosat Third Generation (MTG)

Following the implementation of EUMETCast-Americas in 2006, the number of user stations has grown from two to around 40 in Brazil. Meteosat is the main source of meteorological imagery and its use for scientific studies related to weather is as widespread as that of GOES.

// Issue III – Mar 2015

Activities & Events

EUMETCAL/ECMWF workshop on Advancing training and education in weather prediction

15-18 June 2015 / Reading, UK (ECMWF)

The tenth edition of the Eumetcal workshop is at the door! This time in joint cooperation with ECMWF! In line with the philosophy of previous Eumetcal workshops, the aim will be to explore and discuss solutions, strategies, practices and innovations that can be applied to the training and education of meteorological personnel to meet future competency and skill requirements especially in response to advances in weather prediction sciences and technologies. The Eumetcal-ECMWF workshop will be a forward-looking forum for trainers, researchers, forecasters and managers of hydro-meteorological services.

In this context the workshop will provide a forum for analyzing and discussing:

  • Anticipated advances in weather prediction sciences and technologies
  • Changing role of hydro-meteorological services driven by changes in weather prediction models
  • Future needs of society and stakeholders
  • Skills and competencies of operational staff in the future scenario, along with training needs
  • Current and future developments of training and education
 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to contribute to the improvement in future meteorological education and training! Please visit the workshop page and register. Please submit your ideas for discussion topics, demonstrations, learning activities and presentation abstracts!

Deadline is close: 30 April 2015!

Eumetrain Convection Week 2015

8-12 June 2015 / online

From 8 to 12 June, EUMeTrain is running an event week on convection. During this week new remote sensing developments in forecasting and/or analysing convective weather situations will be presented. Actual and/or past convective events will be analysed and discussed. This event week will provide an interesting insight into the world of convection, from the scientific and application-oriented point of view.

Participation is free and available to all. Due to the fact that this event week is run online, prior registration is needed. Self-registration is simple and you can register for one or more sessions.

Registration links soon available at eumetrain.org.

Announcing the CALMET XI Workshop

7-11 September 2015 / Seoul, Korea

The CALMet Working Group is excited to announce our next event, the CALMet XI Workshop. Start planning your attendance today! This CALMet XI Workshop provides a forum to share experiences, expectations, and new ideas for applying emerging technologies and strategies in meteorology/hydrology education and training. It offers learning and networking opportunities for all international trainers, involved with workforce development supporting national meteorological and hydrological services.

Workshop themes:

  • Competency-based training and assessment
  • Adopting new teaching strategies and innovations
  • Quality control and trainer competencies
  • Collaboration and the Global Campus
 

The call for proposals is now open, until 24 April. More details on the workshop, registration and abstract submission form can be found on the CALMet Commons website: http://www.calmet.org/p/calmet-xi.html

Training sessions – well-planned, active and effectively designed

20, 27 April & 7 May 2015 / online

Free and open access will be granted to a series of 45-minute online sessions focusing on planning and delivering training sessions.

  • Monday 20 April -- 12:00 UTC: Planning training sessions, what information do you need? (Ivan Smiljanic - EUMeTrain; Maja Kuna - EUMETSAT) (register here)
  • Monday 27 April -- 12:00 UTC: How do you make training sessions more active? (Vesa Nietosvaara-EUMETSAT; Luciane Veeck - VLab) (register here)
  • Thursday 7 May -- 9:00 UTC: Creating effective presentations. (TBD) (register here)
 

This event is being organised as part of this year’s WMO/EUMETCAL Course for Trainers.  You can register to a particular session above by clicking on the title of the session.

15th EMS Annual Meeting & 12th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology (ECAM)

07 – 11 September 2015 / sofia, bulgaria

The title of the EMS-ECAM conference 2015 is "High impact weather and hydrological hazards: from observation to impact mitigation", the focus being on exploring the end-to-end process of modern weather and flood risk forecasting.

As in previous editions, one of the conference themes will be "Communication and Education (CE)". In this context the conference provides a unique chance for providers of education and training to reach a wide audience and strengthen the connection with professionals in the field of hydro-meteorology.

Additional information is avaialable at the EMS website. All providers in the domain of education and training are warmly invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations (deadline: 24 April 2015).

Training workshop on forecasting extreme hydrometeorological events

Sunday, 6 September 2015, 09:30–16:30, Kempinski Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria

Eumetcal, EUMeTrain and EMS are organising the course 'Forecasting extreme hydrometeorological events'. The primary aim of the workshop is to expose operational forecasters to the different components of the weather warning process, through the simulation and analysis of some extreme hydrometeorological case studies. This workshop is primarily aimed at the community of operational weather forecasters and hydrologists across Europe, whose main duties are forecasting and issuing weather warnings. Forecasters from other branches are also welcome to attend, as well as people involved in using warnings or in relevant management positions.

Registration opens in May and closes on 30 June. Additional information in the EMS webpage.

We are looking forward to active participation from Eumetcal and EUMeTrain member organisations.

ePort Monthly Weather Briefings

Monthly / online

Every month EUMeTrain organises a weather briefing open to everyone to discuss the present weather situation. The basis of discussions is that day's satellite images and the corresponding numerical weather prediction data. A basic knowledge on conceptual models used in satellite meteorology is of advantage, in order to follow the presentations. The weather briefings are performed by meteorologists from Croatia, Portugal, Finland and Austria, with many guests from around the globe. At the end of the briefings, participants have the opportunity to talk to the presenters. The sessions are recorded and made available online.

Participation is free, but you need to register in order to receive an invitation. Registration can be done by directly following the link on the EUMeTrain homepage, or by clicking on the date of the briefing in the calendar on the homepage.

Simulators in Meteorological Training

2nd/3rd Quarter 2015 / Nairobi, Kenya

2015 / Exeter, UK

A few years ago EUMETSAT trainers developed a simulator to display weather case studies for Aviation Forecasting. Data appears in 'accelerated real time' i.e. five times the normal speed with data being drip-fed to the simulator at the correct 'simulator time'. Timed tasks focus on possible hazardous weather conditions. Several simulators are now used in the classroom phases of the ESAC courses in Nairobi and Oman. These simulations are generally well received, as participants feel it is like a real work environment. The rapidly ticking clock imposes a realistic time pressure element. Running faster than normal time allows for many hours of weather data to be experienced in a two hour session.

In February 2014 a 'Why you want to/how to build a simulator' course was held in Langen, chiefly for European participants. As a result a number of simulators have been developed and used in training across Europe.

Plans are progressing to deliver a similar course in Nairobi for African trainers later this year. Discussions are taking place with the UK's Met Office College about a course for European trainers in Exeter.

Existing simulations can be seen here http://www.ianmillstraining.co.uk/sims.html. If you’re interested in attending a simulator course email ian.mills@eumetsat.int.

Himawari-8 Training Campaign

From February 2015 onwards, - every Wednesday from 02:00-03:00 UTC / online

The Australian VLab Centre of Excellence has started a training campaign to help users improve their skills for using data from Himawari-8. The campaign has three phases.

Phase I (February –April): Familiarising stakeholders with the use of 10 minute rapid scan and the 'Red-Green-Blue ' (RGB) products that combine multiple channels of data. Weekly online, recorded tutorials are also available.

Phase II (May to July): Highlights the use of rapid scan data and RGB products through the use of case studies. Assessment activities will be available for BMTC and selected stakeholders only. The 2015 Advanced Forecaster Course 'Science Week' hosted by VLab CoE Australia, will be an important part of this phase.

Phase III will start after the receipt of the Himawari-8 data and will include ongoing support and training to stakeholders.

Training campaign page: http://www.virtuallab.bom.gov.au/training/hw-8-training/

XVII SBSR – Programa Técnico Preliminar

25 to 29 April and 4 to 8 May 2015, Joao Pessoa, Brazil

EUMETSAT, together with representatives of the Land SAF, VITO and the South American Group of EUMETCast operators, will be at the XVII SBSR symposium in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, 25–29 April. Visitors to our stand can find out how to use satellite imagery for hydrological and meteorological projects and how to set up Meteosat receiving stations. Around 1,500 scientists, meteorologists and other professionals are expected to attend a variety of sessions, including one on the future satellite systems GOES-R, Meteosat Third Generation and EPS-SG.

The following week, at INPE, EUMETSAT, in cooperation with CPTEC, will organise a training course for participants from countries in South America and Africa. The objective is to present physical concepts and applications of satellites in nowcasting and to the surface analysis of radiation applied to the meteorological remote sensing, and show the EUMETSAT programmes. The course also includes the presentation of modules developed by regional partners, describing local atmospheric events — a project coordinated by EUMETSAT, involving meteorologists in South America, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. More than 50% of the course will be based on hands-on exercises. It includes a remote session on the Land SAF by Carla Barroso in Lisbon

Resources & Tools

The library of ASMET resources is growing

Training Module / online

The library of ASMET (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training) resources is growing. The French versions of three ASMET 7 lessons were published early 2015: Prevision du brouillard pour l'aviation: etude de cas du Kenya (Forecasting Fog for Aviation: Kenya Case Study), Orages et activités aéronautiques en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (Convective Weather and Aviation in West and Central Africa ) and  Détection de la turbulence en air clair: etude de cas de l’Afrique du Sud (Detecting Clear Air Turbulence: South African Case Study).

ASMET 7 aims to improve aviation forecasts in the African airspace, by teaching forecasters to make more accurate forecasts using satellite imagery, numerical weather prediction, and other available data.

The next ASMET 8 project focuses on the various uses of satellite and satellite-derived climatological data for marine forecasting, landslide forecasting, and the monitoring of convective initiation. These modules will be available later this year.

The updated online version of ASMET 1, Basics of Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing, got more than 2,000 hits last year! The first ASMET lesson is now available in Spanish – Fundamentos de teledetección en el visible e infrarrojo. The French version will be available later in 2015. You can read more about this lesson in our first issue.

Climatology of Snow Cover and Snow Water Equivalent

Training Module / online

A new EUMeTrain training module on snow cover climatology based on satellite data aims to provide insights on snow detection from space and its applications for regional climate studies. Snow cover is an important climate variable, on both local and global scales. It affects the planetary radiation budget through high albedo values. It influences the hydrological cycle globally and locally, and for many locations it is an important source of water. This new module provides the opportunity for self-learning on snow cover and snow water equivalent detection using satellite data. Training materials in the module include the scientific background of satellite-based snow observations, snow data retrievals for particular point, and validation techniques using ground-based measurements. The examples are from the Baltic States and cover a period of 13 years (from 2000 to 2013). It gives the short overview of advantages and limitations of satellite-based snow cover data.

Training material is supplemented with exercises, so everybody can test their knowledge after finishing different chapters. The main target groups for this module are climatologists and hydrologists, but the information provided will be useful for everybody who is interested in snow detection using remote sensing systems.

New face of Satmanu

Learning resource / online

The Manual of Synoptic Satellite Meteorology, i.e. Satmanu, has had a facelift. As well as graphical improvements, scientific revisions have been undertaken to keep the manual up-to-date. New chapters and cases studies have been added, following feedback from users. Hopefully, the experience of using this manual will now be even more advanced.

In 1996, the compilation of a ‘Manual of Synoptic Satellite Meteorology — Conceptual Models’ (or CMs SatManu) was initially started by the Austrian Meteorological Institute (ZAMG), then later in co-operation with the Dutch, Finnish and Croatian meteorological institutes. The material in this manual used to be produced in electronic form as a CD-RO, within the framework of the sponsored ‘SATREP’ Project of EUMETSAT. Today it is available online.

This type of Computer Aided Learning (CAL) material is now widely used as part of EUMETSAT training courses in satellite meteorology, in the training and operational environments of several Member and Co-operating States, and by many other international meteorological services and research institutes.

Stories & Achievements

EUMETSAT’s Graduate Training placement

Working experience

In this short video interview Izabela Zablocka (IMGW) and Ivan Smiljanic (DHMZ) tell about their graduate trainee experience at EUMETSAT. Ivan's placement program started in Fall 2014 and Iza has been at EUMETSAT since the beginning of this year. In reply to the interview Mark Higgins (Training Manager, EUMETSAT) said that "of course we hope that Izabela and Ivan will go back and carry on their excellent work at home. And it is a pleasure to support them!"

COMET Turns 25

Training program

The COMET Program was created 25 years ago, with the specific mission to support the National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring (MAR) that introduced Doppler radar, automated surface observations,  satellite data and increased computing power.

COMET’s role was to train 7,000 NWS forecasters to use these data, in order to improve the accuracy of mesoscale forecasting. COMET hosted on-site training in Boulder, Colorado, led by experts in meteorological research and operational forecasting.  The delivery of training has evolved from laser discs to online training modules on the MedEd website.

The MedEd site, which was set up in 1997, currently has 375,000 registered users, from more than 190 countries, and 750 hours of geoscience training in multiple languages. COMET courses now cover a host of geoscience topics, including satellite meteorology, space weather, wildfire behaviour, geodetic surveying, climate change, prediction of oil spills and extreme weather events.

Anticipating the need for 10,000 new forecasters over the next decade and a continued growth in demand for training services, COMET is now working with the WMO on a ‘virtual global campus’ concept.

// Issue II (Dec 2014 – Mar 2015)

Activities & Events

2015 CM SAF Training Workshop in Africa

08 – 12 June 2015, South Africa

In Summer 2015 the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Climate Monitoring (CM SAF), the South African Weather Service (SAWS) and EUMETSAT will be running a training Workshop on 'The Use of gridded Satellite Data for Climate Services in Africa' in Pretoria, South Africa.

The key objective of the 2015 CM SAF Training Workshop is to instruct active and potential users in the use of gridded satellite data in CM SAF products for operational climate monitoring and climate research, focusing on applications in Africa.

If you are a climatologist , with some or extended experience in using satellite data for climate applications, and you would like to participate in the workshop, go to our website to find out more about the application and selection process .

Marine Forecasting Course approaching

Fall 2015, online

The Marine Forecasting Course is a distance learning course designed to train forecasters to improve the quality of marine forecasting and nowcasting through the better use of satellite and model data. The course is a joint project from EUMeTrain, EUMETSAT and EUMETCAL with the goal of preparing forecasters in the core skills related to marine nowcast and forecasts

This on-line training course will focus on the analysis of the current state of sea surface and atmosphere, trough remote sensing observations, and combine with model outputs. The use of physical and dynamical reasoning (including conceptual models) is also presented to provide statements about the evolution of the atmosphere and sea surface as it affects the short term ocean forecast.

Additional information soon available here.

Baltic+ courses for operational meteorologists

Early 2015, Estonia

The Baltic+ course is a joint initiative of the National Meteorological Services of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland.  It aims to increase the knowledge of, and skills in, using satellite observations, and provide a meeting place for exchanging ideas, practices and knowledge.

The objective of the course is to produce and deliver a training event that demonstrates new developments in satellite meteorology. The experts from the participating countries will have an opportunity to learn about new tools and methodologies for using satellite data in operational forecasting. The event will also help the networking between meteorologists and experts in the region.

The core topics at the course are the operational use of satellite data and the use of different satellite products derived from the SAF network,  as well as other newest multi-spectral environmental satellite applications.

Eumetcal course Weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather Forecasters

April - June 2015, online/langen

Registration for Eumetca's blended course Weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather Forecasters is open. The course has been developed by experts of several European and overseas institutions, and continues the successful series of Eumetcal courses in radar meteorology. The online part of the course will start on 8 April 2015 and last eight weeks. The classroom phase, hosted by DWD in their training facilities in Langen, will be on 8–12 June 2015.

Detailed information about the course, including a link to the registration form, can be found on the Eumetcal website. Deadline for registration: 15 January 2015

WMO/Eumetcal Online Course for Trainers of RA-VI

February - May 2015, online

Are you looking for an opportunity to sharpen your training skills? Meet other trainers to learn how they conduct their work? Engage in discussions, debates, and other exercises to deepen your understanding and expand your ideas about training processes? WMO and Eumetcal have the pleasure to inform you that an Online Course for RA VI trainers, training managers, and occasional trainers. The goal of this online course is to help increase knowledge and skills in planning, developing, delivering, assessing, and evaluating learning activities.

Course will be offered over 12 weeks, in 3 modules, from 16 February to 29 May 2015. A follow on residence Workshop for up to 30 participants is being considered for late 2015 for those successfully completing the Online Course and providing an accepted training development plan.

Practice Moodle skills anytime, anywhere, at any level

Asynchronous, Online

To answer member and user needs, EUMETCAL, EUMeTrain, EUMETSAT, WMO ETR, VLab, and other partners, will offer self-directed online courses on the use of Moodle in the meteorological training community.

The modular format of these courses will accommodate users with different needs, such as occasional trainers and frequent users who would like get more creative ideas, as well as absolute beginners or those who would just like to refresh their skills.

While many Moodle training resources are already accessible online, it requires significant patience to discover those most useful to your own needs. Our course will consist of new and existing resources targeted at trainers in meteorology, operational hydrology, and related disciplines. They will be based on how we have seen Moodle used in these communities, on the guidelines from the WMO Competencies for Education and Training Providers, and on the results of a needs analysis survey conducted with different user groups. Thank you to everybody who took time and replied to our survey.

Expect more news about the Moodle course to come in the next issue of the Training Bulletin and through your national or regional training contact points.

Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere — new project starting

January 2015 - March 2016, Online

Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere is a joint project between four Centres of Excellence (VLab) in the Southern Hemisphere: Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. The purpose of the project is to improve warnings and awareness of weather risks, through the use of conceptual models.

The first stage of the project was in 2013/2014; eight Conceptual Models were developed in full.  In 2015 the project will continue, and the team from the four Centres of Excellence will develop more models.

Each conceptual model will be presented with descriptions of cloud structures in satellite images, meteorological physical background, NWP parameters, typical appearance in vertical cross-sections, and weather events.  The website will host these new developments. It also contains useful references that support this research.  The content is also accessible through MetEd.

Some South African models are being used for the first time at the South African Weather Service - EUMETSAT Online Satellite Workshop, and we’re looking to forward to hearing the users’  feedback.

The collaborative work is inspired by SatManu, a manual developed by EUMeTrain to illustrate conceptual models in the Northern Hemisphere. The project will run from January 2015 until March 2016, and is co-funded by WMO and EUMETSAT.

EUMETCAL/ECMWF workshop on Advancing numerical weather prediction training and education

15 -18 June 2015, reading

NWP products and models are continually developing in response to societal needs. This workshop aspires to bring together the academic, forecasting and training communities to discuss future training needs, solutions and contribute to improving the use and understanding of NWP in hydro-meteorological services and universities in a continuously changing environment.

Registration and call for contributions will be open in the beginning of year 2015.

More information can be found on this web page.

CALMet XI conference on education and training

7-11 September 2015, Seoul

A forum to share experiences, expectations, and new ideas for applying emerging technologies and strategies in meteorology and hydrology education and training. An opportunity to collaborate and network with international training entities involved with workforce development in support of national meteorological and hydrological services.

Workshop themes:

  •  Competency-based training and assessment
  •  Adopting new teaching strategies and innovations
  •  Quality control and trainer competencies
  •  Collaboration and the Global Campus
 

Call for proposals will open 12 January - 24 April, 2015. For more information please contact: calmetplanning@comet.ucar.edu, or visit the web page

Resources & Tools

Product Tutorial on the ‘SEVIRI Physical Retrieval’ products of NWC SAF

Training module, online

A new Eumetrain product tutorial on the SEVIRI Physical Retrieval product, developed by NWC SAF (Satellite Application Facility on support to Nowcasting and Very Short-Range Forecasting), has been published. The aim of this Product Tutorial is to help the readers to understand the product.

The SEVIRI Physical Retrieval product creates information on convective environmental parameters, namely moisture content and atmospheric instability. These parameters are important to study the potential for deep convection, or to predict the further evolution of already existing convective clouds.

The product is retrieved from SEVIRI data, an instrument on the Meteosat Second Generation geostationary satellites. It uses NWP (Numerical Wweather Prediction) forecast moisture and temperature profiles as 'background' information. The algorithm can slightly improve the NWP humidity profiles. It can improve the shape of some mesoscale features, like the exact location of a moisture boundary or local moisture gradient.

Satellite observations of deep convective storms – learn and discuss

Training module, online

The Convective Storms module is a resource produced by EUMETSAT, in collaboration with Martin Setvak (CHMI). It focuses on the satellite observations of deep convective storms, and their interpretation.

The module explores what the present weather satellites can tell us about internal structure of storms and their possible severity, with impacts on nowcasting of possibly severe storms.  Material included in the module is mostly based on the MSG satellite SEVIRI instrument. But it also includes some AVHRR and MODIS imagery to show storm tops in better detail, explain the limitations of the MSG data, or indicate what we can expect from the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).

The examples are aimed at an African audience, nevertheless, the presented techniques of image enhancement and image interpretation are valuable for nowcasting and monitoring of convective storms in general. The module is currently only available in English. The French version is in preparation and will be released soon.

In addition, we used a new approach and opened the material for discussion. The ‘discussion’ feature has been provided to the users to comment on the content and to ask or answer questions.

The Climate Atlas for Europe

Visualization tool, Online

The climate atlas is a tool to help visualize climate datasets for Europe. It is also a guide for working with satellite data in climatology. It can be found on the EUMETSAT website.

There are some high quality satellite-based climate datasets that provide high quality climate data with high spatial and temporal resolution and wide spatial coverage. However, the core challenge for experienced and early career scientists in climatology is the transition from working with in-situ observations to the gradual use of satellite-based climatological information, which requires a change in the methodology and way of thinking.

A Climate Atlas demonstration tool has been created to present the experience of using some of the climate datasets. It provides an example and guidelines for producing useful products for national use in a climate service. It offers practical advice and will serve those who are willing to take their first steps in exploring satellite data for climate research.

The step-by-step guidance through the process of creating the atlas for Europe and Latvia contains the description of several datasets suitable for climate analysis, and an overview of tools and instructions for manipulating with the data. It also gives the new user an insight into the core challenges and choices between different datasets, their advantages and disadvantages, quality assessment, and visualisation options.

Weather animations on YouTube: for you to use in teaching

Training tool, online

EUMETSAT has a number of weather animations on its YouTube channel (youtube.com/EUMETSAT1).  These are available to you to use in you training.

 

The resources include:

 

Items marked with ** have an audio commentary in English – of course you don’t have to use it.  The commentary is aimed at a general public audience – there is much more of interest to professional meteorologists in the animations.

These videos could be used to start a discussion on the weather patterns in a particular region, which could lead to a discussion on conceptual models. Also people could discuss what is seen from the data presented and what other data are needed to see other atmospheric phenomena.

These resources are free for everyone to use, including downloading the video to place in a course site. If you have feedback on the animations please contact EUMETSAT.

Stories & Achievements

Eumetrain Event week on Droughts, Floods and Landslides

December 2014, online

Droughts, floods and landslides are extreme events that occur at least once every year in some part of the world, causing substantial economic and social impact, sometimes even casualties. How can we be prepared for these natural hazards?

From the synoptic and hydrological point of view, some variables can be used as early indicators for such disasters. Moreover, satellite data can be used for identification and monitoring of these events. Early warning systems, most based on satellite data, have, therefore, been set up by different organisations worldwide. From 1–5 December 2014, several experts from Europe, Africa, United States and Brasil shared their knowledge and experience on these adverse environmental events during an online event week on Droughts, Floods and Landslide, promoted by EUMETRAIN (an international training project sponsored by EUMETSAT to support and increase the use of meteorological satellite data). All the recordings and lecture slides will be available on official eumetrain events page.

CALMet Online 2014 – Collaborating Under the Rainbow’

October - November 2014, online

Held from 6 October to 30 November 2014, this CALMet Online event succesfully gathered together old colleagues and welcomed the new one. There were more than 170 participants and facilitators across the globe taking part in sessions. The facilitators took turns in presenting their sessions at mostly in asynchronous mode, but with one synchronous opening chat session on "weather briefing".

Seven sessions were presented sequentially on various topics. Under the CALMet rainbow, participants and facilitators worked together, posted questions, provided answers, discussed the issues, problems, challenges and alternative solutions. They formed teams and played learning games, collected materials, shared resources, built new networks and strengthened the old ones. They practiced forecasting skills using simulators, and designed and produced useful outputs. The various handy outputs can be a series of learning solutions and activities, a webinar checklist, material and resources on Conceptual Models, practical guidance for preparing for a new satellitte generation or lessons-learned on distance learning and online activities.

The EUMETCAL/EUMeTrain Course on Synoptic and Mesoscale Analysis of Satellite Imagery

November 2014, online/Langen

International training courses on satellite meteorology have been offered since 2009. Although the first course was a co-operation between EUMETSAT, EUMETCAL and the DWD, subsequent courses in 2011 and 2014 involved the co-operation of EUMeTrain. EUMETSAT has generously sponsored the course participants from transition countries, and EUMETCAL gave financial support to one student in the 2014 course. This course was blended, meaning that 10 topics were covered during the online phase (self-study and live presentations) and students attended a one-week classroom phase at the training centre of the DWD in Langen.

Five trainers came to the classroom part in Langen, in order to teach the students and to guide them through the exercises and group work. Many students were very active in the course forum, resulting in an intense exchange of experiences and ideas. Some students worked together during their preparation of the homework. About 80% of the students provided the proof of their high skill by delivering at least 50% of their work at a high quality. Some participants impressed the trainers with outstanding engagement.

Despite the formal evaluation of this seminar the trainers have already received very positive feedback. The next course is planned for 2016.

Trainers getting their hands dirty: The 2014 WMO Training Development Workshop

3 -7 November, Casablanca

Inspired by recent successes in delivering online learning events by RTCs in Africa, the WMO ETR Office, EUMETSAT, and VLab delivered its first Online Seminar for Trainers in the early months of this year. Following the success of that course, with 35 certificates issued, in November the same team hosted a week-long Training Development Workshop.

Twenty-one participants from African training teams, and two from Europe, came together with nine facilitators working in groups to begin substantial development on projects requested by their institutions, countries, or regions.

On Monday, the project teams shared their plans and then got to work. The room was 'buzzing' all week with debate, deliberation, decision-making, and resource development. Facilitators worked with their project teams, bouncing ideas around and demonstrating skills. Project teams also took off in their own directions and surprised us all. By Friday, each project team had made substantial progress toward realising the aims of their projects — some with major redesigns, and some with finished or draft training resources.

The training team will get together again this year, with a few new additions, to repeat this dual-course approach in Europe. Look for the WMO/Eumetcal Course for Trainers announcement in this edition of the bulletin.

Satellite Applications Course 2014 – English and French editions

Second half of 2014, blended

The Satellite Applications Course (ESAC) aims to help the learners to prepare better forecasts through the use of satellite information. In the past the course was a fortnight long and classroom-based. In 2013 we decided to shorten the classroom phase to one week and combine it with a five-week online phase. We completely re-designed the classroom phase by minimising the number of lectures and introducing more hands-on practice.

Based on last year's positive experience, EUMETSAT, together with the Centres of Excellence in Nairobi (Kenya) and Niamey (Niger), delivered two blended courses. For the Anglophone Africa the online component took place 16 June to18 July. It was attended by participants from 19 countries and was followed up by an onsite course in Nairobi 25–29 August. Two months later, a similar model was available for the participants from 16 Francophone African countries. The online component was delivered 6-31 October, followed up with on-site course hosted in Dakar 24–28 November.

Moreover the 12th was the first time the course took place outside of Niamey, actually in Dakar. The lack of the operational environment simulated in previous courses in Niamey was replaced with practical sessions to improve the forecasters' skills in identifying fog, smoke, dust and convective initiation. There were requests for the duration of the classroom phase to be extended by one week, which we will consider in our planning for 2015.

High Impact Weather – Even Week 2014

08 – 12 September, online

EUMeTrain organised an event week with presentations related to high impact weather. During the week, experts from European, American and West Asian National Weather Services provided an insight into the challenges of forecasting critical weather events such as storms, avalanches and floods.

What uncertainties do forecasters encounter when dealing with high impact weather? How can they warn people and how long is the lead time?

To obtain a better predictability of high impact weather, it is important to understand the physical/meteorological processes causing them. This event week offered online presentations from meteorologists involved in the prediction of extreme weather situations, which are available in the form of webcasts.

International school on applications with the newest multi-spectral environmental satellites

June 2014, Bracciano

EUMETSAT and the Centro Nazionale di Meteorologia e Climatologia Aeronautica (CNMCA) of the Italian air force, organised the 13th 'International Summer School on Applications with the Newest Multi-spectral Environmental Satellites'. The course presented in depth explanations of methods and techniques used to extract information from environmental satellite data, with emphasis on the latest measuring technologies.

It was attended by 16 participants from different countries. The lecturers and tutors were Ralf Bennartz and Mike Hiley, from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies; EUMETSAT trainer Jochen Kerkmann; Davide Melfi (CNMCA) and Zanita Avotniece, a EUMETSAT trainee from the Latvian Met Service.

The curriculum consisted of 13 lectures covering a number of subjects, including convective clouds and climate applications. Participants were also able to take part in 14 lab sessions and to access real-time MSG data to practice their new skills on actual weather situations.

In addition, the portable version of McIDAS-V (McV-Cast) was used for the first time. No installation of the software was required, which was a great improvement. McIDAS-V is a tool used extensively in the EUMETSAT courses. Read about our practice with McIDAS-V in the '"Practical use of EUMETSAT data'" course that was delivered this year in Latvia (Link).

Basic Satellite Meteorology course 2014

May - June 2014, online

The Basic Satellite Meteorology course was held from 6 May to 10 June 2014 and focused on satellite systems, sensors and instruments, the information content of spectral channels, and the high variety of meteorological products. It was aimed at students and professionals in meteorology who want to keep up to date on the present status and rece nt developments in the field of satellite meteorology.

The online course was co-organised by EUMeTrain, EUMETSAT and EUMETCAL. All the presentations were recorded and can see, together with accompanying slides, on the dedicated web page.

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Activities & Events

CALMet Online 2014 – Diverse in Culture, United in Learning

6 October – 28 November 2014, Online

CALMet Online will gather together meteorological and hydrological trainers, as well as related disciplines facilitators, from around the world. As the event is totally online and free, you will not need a travel budget to participate.

During the sessions we will share experiences and innovations in training, mainly in the field of hydro-meteorology, and together find new approaches for improving our training activities and programmes.

To make taking part easy and flexible , the event will be based on several asynchronous sessions, each of them which will be accessible for one, or even several, weeks. Each session will be hosted by a leader or group from a specific WMO Regional Association, demonstrating a new learning solution, experiment or innovation. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss, test and give feedback about the learning solution.. The resources are intended to be reusable after each session. Interest participants in the event should get a tangible benefit from the experiences they gained in each session.

The event will be hosted in English, but some sessions may contain parallel regional activities in other languages. A schedule and list of sessions will be announced at CALMet Commons soon.

9th Eumetcal Workshop approaching

10 - 13 June 2014, Warsaw, Poland

There are now only a few weeks left to the ninth international EUMETCAL Workshop. It will be held on 10 - 13 June 2014 in Warsaw, Poland and is hosted by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute (IMGW-PIB).

We are pleased by the large amount of registrations and proposals submitted — once again showing the level of the interest among the meteorological training community to share and learn new practices, ideas and suggestions.

We are looking forward to a valuable workshop experience, which will help strengthen international cooperation; to learning from each other, and to improving the European training infrastructure.

Additional information available here.

Course on Synoptic and Mesoscale Analysis of Satellite Images – 2014

September /November 2014, Online + Langen, Germany

The students will be trained on how to parse satellite images into corresponding conceptual models and on how to retrieve a 4D mental picture of weather situations like cyclogenesis, poplar lows, mesoscale structures (comma, fronts), convection and shallow phenomena. The course is designed for operational forecasters and meets the requirements of the WMO. It is a blended course: online phase from 25 September (opening) to 11 November 2014; classroom phase from 24 to 28 November in Langen (Germany). Online participation only will be possible under special circumstances. You will find additional information here.

Event Week on High Impact Weather

8 - 12 September 2014, Online

High impact weather is to be the specific phenomena that has high influence on lives, property and economy of affected areas. It is essential to have a firm prediction of those, in order to protect ourselves but also to gain a better understanding of background processes.

During this event week you will learn about the features of various types of high impact weather through the 'eyes' of satellites. The event week will consist of a set of online lectures, held every day throughout one week. Participation is free and the registration will be available soon on eumetrain.org

Eumetcal support the European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL) Testbed 2014

2 - 27 June 2014, Online

Free spaces to participate in the ESSL Testbed 2014 are being offered to staff members from Eumetcal Participant NMSs. The five free seats are being offered in exchange for supporting the European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL) Testbed 2014 with the online set-up for remote attendance. The Testbed will be held 2-27 June 2014, with remote online sessions be held every weekday, except 9 June, from 09;00–10;30 UTC. For further information on the ESSL Testbed 2014, see: http://www.essl.org/testbed

ePort Monthly Weather Briefings

On monthly basis, Online

Once a month EUMeTrain organises a Weather Briefing, open to everyone (register here), to discuss the present weather situation. The discussions are based on that day's satellite images and the corresponding numerical weather prediction data. A basic knowledge of the conceptual models used in satellite meteorology is an advantage.. The Weather Briefings are performed by meteorologists from Croatia, Portugal, Finland and Austria. At the end of the briefings, participants have the opportunity to talk to the presenters. The sessions are recorded and made available in the internet. You can register to the upcoming event here.

Online Basic Satellite Meteorology Course 2014

May/June 2014, Online

This online course in May/June, focuses on satellite systems, sensors and instruments; on the content of spectral channels, and on the variety of meteorological products. This course is aimed at students and professionals in meteorology who want to keep up-to-date with the present status and recent developments in the field of satellite meteorology. Recordings of the past sessions will be available, but you can still register for remaining lectures via course page.

Resources & Tools

Training module on Water Vapour imagery Pallet

Training module, online

This training module gives an overview on applications of MSG water vapour channels for operational weather forecasting. It handles the concept of potential vorticity, is a key feature to understand the dynamic processes in the higher Troposphere such as cyclogenesis. The CAL module also shows practical applications of the WV images, from the geostationary satellites, for locating tropopause foldings, clear air turbulence and deformation zones. It handles the effects of WV boundaries on the initiation of convective processes and, finally, presents some meteorological products heavily based on WV imagery.

Online version of the first ASMET lesson

Lesson, online

The Basics of Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing is an online version of the first ASMET (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training) lesson published on CD-ROM in 1997.

The concepts and capabilities presented are common to most international geostationary (GEO) and low-Earth orbiting (LEO) meteorological satellites since their inception, and continue to apply to both current and newer satellite constellations. The lesson reviews remote sensing and radiative transfer theory through a series of conceptual models.

Discussions contain explanations of the different Meteosat First Generation imager channels and the phenomena that they can monitor, individually and in combination.

Although the images have not been updated, the concepts are fundamental and remain relevant today. Most of the images are from Meteosat and depict weather conditions over Africa, although some GOES imagery is also included.

Full module is available on MetEd website

Note that there is also a downloadable version available for offline viewing. In addition, it is possible to take a quiz related to this lesson to test learning.

CM4SH Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere available online

Conceptual models, Online

Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere is a joint project between four Centres of Excellence (VLab) in the Southern Hemisphere: Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. The purpose of the project is to improve warnings and awareness of weather risks, through the use of conceptual models. This  online resource offers examples and insight into eight different conceptual models, categorised by geographical region. Each conceptual model is presented with descriptions of cloud structure in satellite images; meteorological physical background; NWP parameters; typical appearance in vertical cross-sections, and weather events. The website also lists many useful references that support this research.  The collaborative work was inspired by SatManu, a manual developed by EUMeTrain to illustrate conceptual models in the Northern Hemisphere. The project is co-funded by WMO and EUMETSAT.

Training module on Clear Air Turbulence

Training module, Online

Clear Air Turbulence is one of the most frequent hazards for civil aviation. It is also one of the biggest challenges for forecasters to detect and warn for possible Clear Air Turbulence occurrence. In this CAL module you will learn to detect areas with a high risk for Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). This will be done with the help of satellite images, soundings, flight reports and analyses of the airflow. Practical examples will show you how to apply your knowledge.

Global weather 2013 video

Video, Online

In January EUMETSAT produced a high resolution video for YouTube which, in just eight minutes, visualised the global weather from 2013.

The video, comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2013, with commentary from Mark Higgins, one of our Training Officers.

A compressed version of this video has now been added to our Training Library for anyone to download and use for training courses, lectures, demonstrations etc.

Note: Because the full resolution version is very large (4 GB) it is only available on request, from our User Service HelpdeskOr watch it on YouTube.

Our Training Library contains a large selection of freely available training materials for anyone wishing to understand how to use and interpret satellite data.

Stories & Achievements

2014 WMO Online Seminar for Trainers

Seminar, online

WMO, EUMETSAT, and VLab have just completed the delivery of a 10-week Online Seminar for Trainers, primarily from Africa, but also from Europe and other regions. The course had over 40 active participants and 8 primary facilitators. The seminar developed skills in the newly defined WMO Competencies for Training Providers , with a focus on developing skills for online training. The participants were highly engaged in the 20 individual learning activities, and the course forums had over 15,000 views. Participants produced a Training Development Plan during the course which many will be implementing in their services.

Feedback after the participation of the COMET Flash Flood webinars

19 and 20 March 2014, Online

Each of the two online sessions was an hour long.

The first session (19 March) showed the meteorological processes leading to intense rainfall, such as  moisture anomaly, terrain lift and instability. This was followed by information on how a forecaster can use the atmospheric indicators; radar and satellite images, and numerical models for forecasting.

The second session (20 March) focused on hHydrology. It explored the influences of intense rainfall on runoff and stream response, including soil types and land use. The flood warnings are often not of the responsibility of the weather service, but this course gave a good insight in aspects of hydrometeorology.

The course tutor was Matthew Kelsch,  a hydrometeorologist from UCAR’s COMET Program. The slides were well-structured, with easy and very clear messaging. He used a lot of nice images from different COMET modules.

The software ‘GoToWebinar’ ran easily and the acoustics were perfect. It was possible to ask questions with the chat. I would have liked to receive post- course material, in form of the recording or the presentation file, for the follow-up work. But the homepage of COMET / MetEd has a link, titled Hydrology/Flooding, to 49 modules of excellent material.