Public Great Debate: 'Big Data' in Meteorology: Opportunities and Challenges
Convener: Will Lang 
 / Wed, 09 Sep, 17:00–18:30  / Room Sofia II
 / Attendance Wed, 09 Sep, 16:15–17:00  / Display Mon, 07 Sep, 09:00–Wed, 09 Sep, 18:00  / Sofia II

Big Data - is it real or is it hype? Interest is now growing in the meteorological world in this subject. The ever-growing amounts of information now available presents both opportunities and problems for meteorologists. 'Big Data' - huge in volume and from multiple, and often non-traditional, sources - is almost by definition 'messy'.
- So how do we ensure that the right information is used in the forecasting process?
- Can it improve our analyses and nowcasts?
- How can we be sure that forecasters and decision-makers can identify and have access to the most relevant data?
- What can we infer from the vast amount of non-meteorological data?
- And what special techniques and systems are we developing to do all of this?

Moderator: Will Lang, MetOffice

Short introductory statements will be given by invited speakers; the floor will then be open to panelists as well as the audience for questions, statements, discussions.

Invited speakers:
-- Ken Mylne, Met Office
-- Robert Mureau, Meteogroup
-- Tim Hewson, ECMWF