ESSL and EUMETSAT organise a series of testbeds to prepare forecasters from the EUMETSAT Member States for data from Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and Metop Second Generation (Metop-SG) satellites. These testbeds are organized both to teach forecasting severe convective storms using state-of-the-art or even experimental forecasting tools, and to evaluate such tools. At these events forecasters will learn by doing, by making severe weather forecasts and nowcasts using a mix of new nowcasting and forecasting tools, followed by a verification. Particular focus will be given to the use of proxy-MTG satellite data (e.g., from the NASA MODIS, NOAA VIIRS and Sentinel-3/OLCI instruments) and, once operationally available, real data from MTG in order to prepare forecasters for the use of next-generation satellite data. In addition, a range of state-of-the-art nowcasting tools and numerical weather prediction-based guidance (i.e. from DWD, ZAMG, ESSL, and ECMWF) will be evaluated.
Target group: Forecasters from the EUMETSAT Member States who train other forecasters and forecasters with a strong background in severe storms meteorology. A self-assessment test is available here.
Dates & locations:
- 13-17 May 2024, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
- 3-7 June 2024, EUMETSAT (Darmstadt, Germany)
- 1-5 July 2024, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
- 9-13 September 2024, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
- 16-20 September 2024, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
- 7-11 October 2024, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
Weekly schedule: Please note that the course schedule will be Monday: 10:00 - 17:00, Tue - Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00 and Friday: 09:00 -13:00.
Candidates need to come from EUMETSAT Member States and have a nomination by their home institution. For accepted candidates, EUMETSAT plans to sponsor the cost of testbed attendance and, upon request, the cost for travel, accommodation and subsistence.
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