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.
5-9 June 2023 (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
12-16 June 2023 (in Krakow, Poland, hosted by IMGW)
25-29 September 2023 (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
October 2023 (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.
Location: ESSL Research and Training Centre, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
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
Due to the uncertainty related to SARS-CoV-2 (“COVID-19”), admission to
the ESSL-EUMETSAT Testbeds in 2023 is subject to compliance with the safety and
health requirements set by local health authorities. These requirements may be
subject to change, in which case you will be informed prior to the
ESSL-EUMETSAT Testbeds in 2023. You can
check the currently valid regulations here at any time: https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information/entry-regulations
Failure to meet the
health and safety requirements bars you from attending the ESSL-EUMETSAT
Testbeds in 2023.
In addition, participants
may be asked to wear a mask while at its premises for the duration of the
ESSL-EUMETSAT Testbeds in 2023. ESSL will not be recording any personal
data on your personal health. It will simply take note of whether or not you
meet the requirements. In case of a COVID-19 outbreak at the ESSL-EUMETSAT
Testbeds in 2023, you will be informed immediately via the email address you
submitted at registration.
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