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Join the ESSL Testbed
The ESSL Testbed is a project to study severe weather across Europe through experimental forecast operations.
The Testbed tests new products to support the forecasting process, while providing training and interaction between forecasters and developers.
To participants, both forecasters and developers, the Testbed offers:
- One week of intense severe weather forecasting training, primarily using real-time weather as it occurs across the European continent.
- Real-time testing of new forecasting and nowcasting tools that are based on model, satellite, radar or observational data.
- A platform for interaction between the two groups essential to the warning process: forecasters and developers.
Trainings are performed by ESSL staff and external experts. As a basic resource for the hands-on forecast training, standard meteorological data will be available, complemented with the experimental Testbed products. The basic data includes ECMWF, GFS and local model data, as well as EUMETSAT and radar data. The philosophy is a science-based approach like the “ingredients-based method” originally proposed by Doswell et al.. Expert lectures will deal with forecasting techniques and the experimental tools.
The testing of products takes place in three steps. Firstly, experimental forecasts are prepared by participant groups. Secondly, these forecasts are verified against the observed severe weather. Finally, the role of the experimental products in the forecasting process is evaluated. The evaluation takes place in group discussions and is recorded through questionnaires. The collected feedback is condensed in a report provided to the product developers.
Example daily programme
|08:00||Plan of the day|
|08:15||Forecast operations in two groups: Day 1 forecast and day 2-5 forecast|
|10:15||Verification of yesterday’s experimental convective forecasts|
|10:45||Daily briefing with online remote participation, supported by EUMETCAL|
|11:30||Lecture of the day, given by developers or experienced forecasters|
|13:45||Forecast tool performance evaluation|
|14:30||Short-range forecast and nowcast operations or study of past cases (if no severe weather is imminent on that day in Europe)|
|17:30||End of nowcast operations|
You and the Testbed
On our way to organizing the Testbed we need you to express your interest in participating, either as a forecaster or as a developer of a product to be tested. ESSL is investigating the possibiity of organizing the Testbed in June 2012. The ESSL Testbed can already count on support from EUMETCAL and several National Hydro-Meteorological Services (DWD, AustroControl, FMI) and commercial partners. It is however essential that those interested in participation pre-register as soon as possible.
The Testbed will take place during the following weeks: 4-8 June, 11-15 June 2012, 18-22 June, 25-29 June, 2-6 July 2012
ESSL Training Centre
The ESSL Testbed will take place in the new ESSL Training Centre in Wiener Neustadt, Austria – close to Vienna Airport.
Well-priced hotels in various categories are located nearby.
Future ESSL Training Centre in Wiener Neustadt
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Pieter Groenemeijer
Tel: +49 151 59031839
Fax: +49 8153 9659 999 11
E-mail: testbed (at) essl (dot) org