Conceptual Models for Southern Hemisphere — new project starting

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.