4-9 September 2022, Bonn, Germany

Session programme

ES – Engagement with Society

Programme Stream Moderators: Tanja Cegnar, Gerald Fleming


The Engagement with Society (ES) sessions address efforts and challenges in creating stronger links between meteorological and climate activities and the socio-economic environment, providing a platform for users to present their requirements and use of applications. The intertwined relation of meteorology and climate sciences with society requires the development of education and training as well as ways to communicate scientific advances. This also entails the need to attract more young people to our science, to support career development, and to develop certification procedures.

The 2022 Keynote Lecture will be given by Insa Thiele-Eich, University of Bonn and Coordinator of the University Partnership for Atmospheric Sciences (UPAS). More details will follow

Public information:

Over the years, efforts regarding outreach and science communication are not only considered more and more important, but are also becoming requirements by funding agencies. Call it a requirement, call it an opportunity: scientists are increasingly faced with questions such as what messages and topics to convey to which audience, which formats and channels to choose, and what communication strategy to choose. Insa Thiele-Eich, a meteorologist from the University of Bonn and Coordinator of the University Partnership for Atmospheric Sciences (UPAS, see below) will focus on these questions of science communication from her own experience during the 2022 Keynote Lecture. 

Bio: Dr. Insa Thiele-Eich is a meteorologist and climate researcher working as the coordinator for the newly-founded University Partnership for Atmospheric Sciences (UPAS) at the University Bonn. 

Throughout her career, she conducted research for improved weather and climate forecasts as well as studying the connection between climate change and human health. For her doctoral thesis, she traveled to Bangladesh to analyze the effects of climate change on a country which is a hot-bed for natural disasters, only to realize that while Bangladesh is far away, the challenges we face in the coming years are of a global nature. 

In 2017, she was selected in a year-long intense selection process from over 400 women by the commercial space flight initiative “Die Astronautin”, and since then has experienced extraordinary training to prepare for a ten-day scientific mission onboard the international space station ISS. In addition to attending theoretical lectures in aerospace technology, underwater simulations, obtaining a private pilot’s license, rocket launch simulations in the human centrifuge, weightlessness on parabolic flights, and isolation training during a cave mission.

Co-organized by ES
Convener: Tanja Cegnar | Co-convener: Gerald Fleming
| Tue, 06 Sep, 17:30–18:00 (CEST)|Room HS 2

ES1 – Bringing benefits to society


The European Union Report on ‘High-value datasets’ examined 6 key sectors and ranked Meteorological data second, just below Geospatial data, in terms of Economic impact. When combined with the third ranked sector (Earth observation and environment), meteorology datasets represent by far the most significant data sector for society.

These data have to be processed into services and delivered to a wide range of public and business sectors in the economic value chain.

The ‘Value-chain’ concept is now widely discussed in the meteorological community; it describes the sequential steps in the journey from basic (observational) data, through forecasting technology and onto the delivery of targeted services. It is recognised that the products and services that deliver the highest value often arise at the far end of the value-chain and may create the highest impact when integrated with other datasets that lie outside the meteorological domain, such as e.g. renewable energy forecasts, air traffic and ship routing, impact based warnings, climate change impact assessment etc.

This session will include:
• A keynote speaker to describe the High-value datasets concepts and provide an update on progress towards the goal of delivering the potential Economic Impact along the value chain.
• Examples from providers of innovative products and services operating at the end of the value chain where maximum impact is achieved by integrating weather information with other sources of data.

Speakers will be invited from all players in the Global Weather Enterprise:
• National and International bodies that require government funding.
• Private sector companies that thrive in an open and competitive environment.
• Academia where new research drives scientific progress.

These players are mutually dependent to deliver the full value of meteorological data and must align their strategy to deliver the EU Vision.

Conveners: Andrew Eccleston, Willie McCairns, Gerald Fleming
| Thu, 08 Sep, 11:00–13:00 (CEST)|Room HS 7
| Thu, 08 Sep, 14:00–15:30 (CEST) | Display Thu, 08 Sep, 08:00–Fri, 09 Sep, 14:00|b-IT poster area

Successful hazardous weather warnings require information and expertise to be integrated across a multitude of domains including environmental observation, weather and hazard modelling, impact prediction, warning communication and decision making. This comes with many challenges including building effective partnerships between the different players involved in the warning process who may have different expectations about the spatio-temporal detail of the warning, different needs for uncertainty information, different abilities to handle missing information, and so on.

The value chain (or the value cycle or network) provides a useful framework for describing and understanding the many different groups, skills, tools, relationships, and data/information flows that combine to produce and deliver warnings. It can characterise who does what and how groups interact and exchange data and information to provide critical services during a warning situation (information flow mainly "down the chain"). It can also support the co-design, co-creation and co-provision of services during the service development phase (user needs propagated "up the chain"). The effectiveness of the value chain may be measured using different, yet complementary, methods and metrics that emphasise different characteristics of the value chain such as accuracy, timeliness, relevance, and socioeconomic outcomes.

Case studies of existing warning chains/cycles and high impact events can apply value chain approaches to characterise and measure the effectiveness of the tools, processes, partnerships, and infrastructure. This provides the evidence to identify shortfalls and propose investments in new capability and partnerships.

This session welcomes contributions on:
• Assessments of high-impact weather case study events using value chain/cycle approaches
• Challenges, gaps and opportunities arising from using value chains/cycles
• Value chain/cycle approaches, metrics and measures

Co-organized by ES1
Convener: Elizabeth Ebert | Co-conveners: Brian Golding, David Hoffmann, Chiara Marsigli, Carla Mooney
| Thu, 08 Sep, 14:00–17:15 (CEST)|Room HS 5-6

This session welcomes presentations discussing issues related to analysis, monitoring and prediction of topics related to chemical weather including air pollution. We are welcoming abstracts on the implementation and application of air quality forecast and attribution models around the world, the development and evaluation of air quality models, the downscaling techniques particularly focusing on regions with severe air pollution problems, the co-design and co-development of air quality products and services, and the knowledge transfer and capacity building activities of air quality related information.
A special aspect of the session will be the effects of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that strongly affects the society-environment interactions. Restrictions associated with the pandemic have led to significant changes of the pollution and exposure levels across the world. This includes, i.a., emission and pollution changes associated to the countries and regions lockdowns stringency, and the influence of different atmospheric conditions (e.g. air quality, solar radiation, atmospheric dynamics, relative humidity and temperature) in the spread of COVID-19.

Co-organized by ES1
Conveners: Francesca Costabile, Cathy Wing Yi Li, Guy Brasseur | Co-conveners: Leena Järvi, Jan Semenza, Rajesh Kumar
| Mon, 05 Sep, 14:00–15:30 (CEST)|Room HS 1
| Mon, 05 Sep, 16:00–17:30 (CEST) | Display Mon, 05 Sep, 08:00–18:00|b-IT poster area

This session encourages the submission of papers focusing on the engagement strategies and governance structures for climate services as they emerge from national and international efforts. This includes also the large international effort on climate services such as, for example, Copernicus, Destination Earth, My climate risk, or the Global Framework on Climate Services.

We welcome the submission of papers covering topics such as:
• Mechanisms and structures for establishing and maintaining sustainable climate services and partnerships between researchers, providers, and translators, and managing expectations of users
• Communicating capabilities and limitations of climate information (including trust, usability, and uncertainty)
• Challenges and issues arising in the provision of information about high-impact climate extremes
• Interaction with major research initiatives such as, for European downscaling, Euro-CORDEX, Med-CORDEX and VALUE and, with respect to earth observations and climate predictions and projections, the COPERNICUS programme
• Examples of information being used to support decision or policy making
• The interaction between climate and weather services

We also welcome submissions which are reflecting on:
• The need for information on different timeframes and spatial scales
• The climate service requirements emerging from different types of users, providers, and intermediaries
• Comparisons of different approaches to climate services being taken in different countries
• How the different funding and access models (e.g., publicly-funded, commercial services) lead to different typologies of services

Co-organized by CS
Convener: Carlo Buontempo | Co-conveners: Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, Freja Vamborg
| Wed, 07 Sep, 14:00–17:15 (CEST)|Room HS 2

Open Data policies have become both popular and mandatory across Europe. While several countries and institutions have adopted already a wide open data policy, the EU Open Data Directive [1] is changing the landscape even more in the coming years.

In meteorology and climate science, a variety of European and international Open Data services grant access to a growing amount of open datasets. Open Data related to weather and climate consist of several different data sources and space/time coverages. For instance, near-real-time weather station measurements, radar-based and satellite-based observations and nowcasting products, model analyses and forecasts, climate data, as well as datasets for experts in emergency management, agriculture, road maintenance, and many more specialised fields are widely provided as open data.

To tame the variety and sheer amount of data, humans rely on computational support and standardised automated ways to treat data and metadata. Popular interfaces are data portals for human interaction and APIs for machine/automated interaction. RESTful APIs are a popular choice as well as GeoWebServices, e.g. in OGC compatible WMS and WFS formats.

Additionally, it is more and more common to exploit clouds to distribute and process Open Data. Initiatives like WEkEO [2], European Weather Cloud [3], and Open Data on AWS [4] are specially built to bring users to data and make processing large data sets easier.

Since all of this Open Data can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose, numerous applications based on these datasets have been developed in the public and private sectors, by met services, companies, research institutes, and open source developers.

The aim of the session is to bring together the enablers, providers, and current/future users of Open Data in meteorology and climate, to share their experiences and requirements.

We invite contributions on both technical and user-focused topics related to

- New Open Data sets including hosting Open Data on-premise and in the cloud
- Metadata management including FAIR principles [5]
- Effects of and preparing for the new EU Open Data Directive

- Tools and interfaces (APIs) for accessing and utilizing Open Data
- How open data cloud-formats, such as Zarr and COG, play together with the new OGC APIs [6]
- The development of data portals, including catalogue services, download services, visualisation services, transformation services

- Existing Open Data applications using weather or climate data
- New ideas where and how Open Data can serve society
- Opportunities and challenges regarding Open Data, including data sources, data formats, legal issues ...

- Community building: How open data in weather and climate can be used and reused in various organisations, and where people can easily build on each other's work, and easily go somewhere to ask questions.
- Whatever you feel is necessary to tell about Open Data

[1] https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/psi-open-data
[2] https://www.wekeo.eu
[3] https://europeanweather.cloud
[4] https://aws.amazon.com/opendata
[5] https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/
[6] https://www.ogc.org/blog/4607

Including EMS Technology Achievement Award
Convener: Hella Riede | Co-conveners: Roope Tervo, Björn Reetz, Håvard Futsæter
| Mon, 05 Sep, 14:00–17:15 (CEST)|Room HS 2
| Tue, 06 Sep, 09:00–10:30 (CEST) | Display Tue, 06 Sep, 08:00–18:00|b-IT poster area

Physical climate storylines (PCS) are physically self-consistent unfoldings of past events, or of plausible future events. The PCS approach is intended to inform stakeholders about the possible impact chains of climate hazards by either complementing or replacing probabilistic approaches to representing uncertainty about future climate. PCS are developed with the aim of incorporating stakeholder perspectives either by addressing questions identified by stakeholders or by co-producing storylines with stakeholders themselves. In many cases, developing PCS involves combining the analysis of model output and observations at varying spatiotemporal scales – and, in particular, the output of climate and weather prediction models. For this session, we encourage submissions that develop one of the following: (i) physical climate storylines to address information needs of stakeholders for climate risk assessment and management, (ii) critical/evaluative perspectives on existing storyline methods, (iii) critical perspectives on the PCS approach that evaluate their merits and shortcomings as tools for stakeholder engagement and/or tools for delivering information targeted to their intended users.

Co-organized by UP3
Convener: Marina Baldissera Pacchetti | Co-conveners: Bart van den Hurk, Theodore Shepherd, Suraje Dessai, Karin van der Wiel, Jana Sillmann
| Mon, 05 Sep, 16:00–17:30 (CEST)|Room HS 1
| Tue, 06 Sep, 09:00–10:30 (CEST) | Display Tue, 06 Sep, 08:00–18:00|b-IT poster area

Over the past decades, an increasing number of transdisciplinary consortia and structures with participation of national weather and climate services has been established in Europe, such as the German “Hans-Ertel-Centre for Weather Research”, the Swiss “Center for Climate Systems Modeling”, UK’s “Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services” or the French “Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques”.

They all have in common that they aim towards seamless meteorological and climatological science and services by linking up and between research institutions, universities, educational facilities, public and private weather and climate services, society and stakeholders on a national level. These coordinated collaborations bring considerable benefit to all parties involved, but require sustainable and significant investments.

The session intends to create an exchange framework between these kinds of transdisciplinary structures with national weather and climate services. Contributions are invited to put a spotlight on:

• Acquisition of value through transdisciplinarity
• Lessons learnt and experiences from various perspectives
• Visions towards future seamless science and services on an international or even regional level

Convener: Mathias Rotach | Co-conveners: Matthieu Masbou, France-Audrey Magro, Clemens Simmer
| Tue, 06 Sep, 11:00–13:00 (CEST)|Room HS 5-6
| Tue, 06 Sep, 14:00–15:30 (CEST) | Display Tue, 06 Sep, 08:00–18:00|b-IT poster area

Many European institutions, including national hydrometeorological services, universities, private companies, and donor organizations, are involved in projects aiming to assist with the development of weather and climate services in developing and emerging countries and thereby support the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals. This session will foster the exchange of information on recent, ongoing, or planned co-development initiatives in developing and emerging countries, providing a platform to exchange knowledge, lessons learned and good practice on effective co-development and scientific and practical achievements in the field of meteorology and climatology.
The session invites contributions from those working on co-development activities and initiatives aiming to enable countries from the developing world to improve their weather and climate service capability, such as
● the development of new weather and climate services products
● the enhancement and coordination of technical and organizational infrastructure,
● the implementation and optimization of procedures and methods, capacity building for technical and general management,
● the enhancement of education and training, the strengthening of service mindedness,
● the development of scientific capability in meteorological and climatological topics, and the related knowledge gain,
● the facilitation and fostering of international collaboration, and
● the coordination of relevant donors and funding opportunities.
Particularly welcome are presentations on lessons learnt from past or ongoing co-development initiatives, including examples of good practice and success stories, alongside reports on difficulties and challenges encountered, as well as meta-initiatives aiming at facilitating communication and collaboration. Discussion on the co-development approaches applied, focusing on their impact and sustainability, are welcome. Pure methodological discussions, however, are left to other topical sessions in the OSA program stream.

Convener: Gerard van der Schrier | Co-conveners: Omar Bellprat, Jane Strachan, Matti Eerikäinen
| Mon, 05 Sep, 14:00–15:30 (CEST)|Room HS 3-4
| Mon, 05 Sep, 16:00–17:30 (CEST) | Display Mon, 05 Sep, 08:00–18:00|b-IT poster area

ES2 – Communication with and within society


The Commmunication and Media session will cover the following topics:
• TV weather forecasts including video clips
• media and climate change issue
• use of social media to convey weather and climate information
• ways to present climatological information in an appealing way for the media and general public
• effective communication of science, scientific ideas and concepts, and research results
• warnings in case of severe weather events, role of different media in the warning system, a single voice concept
• internet as efficient and popular media in meteorology
• monthly meteorological bulletins and annals
• radio as a traditional media for delivering weather data and forecasts
• development of new communication strategies and use of social media
• tips on how to interact with users and journalists
• perception of provided information among users
• use of new technologies
• role of press officers within the National weather services
• role of science journals and publishers
• communicating uncertainty in seasonal forecast and climate projections

Conveners: Gerald Fleming, Tanja Cegnar
| Thu, 08 Sep, 09:00–10:30 (CEST), 11:00–13:00 (CEST)|Room HS 2
| Thu, 08 Sep, 16:00–17:15 (CEST) | Display Thu, 08 Sep, 08:00–Fri, 09 Sep, 14:00|b-IT poster area
ES2.3 SPARK session

Dealing with Uncertainties

Weather forecasts have matured substantially in providing reliable probabilistic predictions, with a useful quantification of forecast uncertainties. Including this information in the communication of forecasts and warnings, and integrating it into downstream models and decision-making processes has become increasingly common practice.

Including uncertainties not only implies the interpretation of ‘raw’ uncertainty information in ensemble forecasts, their post-processing, and visualization, but also the integration of a wide range of non-meteorological aspects such as vulnerability and exposure data to estimate risk and the social, psychological and economic aspects which affect human decision-making.

In this session, we aim to support a holistic perspective on issues that arise when making use of uncertainty information of weather forecasts in decision processes and applications.
We encourage contributions that investigate the application and interpretation of uncertainty information along any of, but not limited to, the following questions:
- How does the quality of the final decision depend on forecast uncertainty and uncertainty from non-meteorological parts of the decision process?
- Where, along the chain from raw forecast uncertainty to the final decision, do the largest uncertainties arise?
- How is the uncertainty information (e.g., from ensemble prediction systems, multi-models etc.) propagated through the production chain up to the final decision?
- How can we tailor information about forecast uncertainty, and its representation, to a given user group, decision process or application?
- How is uncertainty represented best in a given case (e.g., as ensemble members, PDFs, or worst/best case) to reduce complexity and computational or cognitive cost?
- How can we identify the most suitable representation for different user-groups and decision processes?
- How can we incorporate vulnerability and exposure data in a risk-based decision framework?
- How can we evaluate and quantify the value of uncertainty information for decision making in different contexts?
- What strategies help the end-user to interpret the uncertainty in forecasts when making informed decisions?
- What are the benefits of impact-based or risk-based forecasts and warnings in decision-making (including for disaster risk reduction)?
- How can the interaction between scientists and end-users help to overcome reservations about uncertainty forecasts?
- How to apply in weather communication evidence of sociological and psychological factors that affect the interpretation of forecast uncertainties?
- How do we convince weather service providers to include uncertainty information when faced with their concerns that people will not understand it or that it undermines confidence in their services?

Conveners: Nadine Fleischhut, Vanessa Fundel, Jelmer Jeuring, Bruno Joly, Mark A. Liniger, Ken Mylne, Anders Doksæter Sivle
| Mon, 05 Sep, 14:00–15:29 (CEST)|Room HS 7
| Mon, 05 Sep, 16:00–17:30 (CEST) | Display Mon, 05 Sep, 08:00–18:00|b-IT poster area

ES3 – Education and training


All the aspects of education in atmospheric sciences are addressed. Starting at school levels we are interested in the role and place of meteorology, climatology and related sciences in national curricula. At universities, the content and methods of curricula in atmospheric sciences and related fields, are of common interest for comparing and assessing the different European traditions and schools. Especially, presentations on new techniques of teaching used for individuals (web oriented materials available, e-learning courses, etc.) should enable to share best practices. Lifelong education and further training of meteorological personnel in NMSs as well as private companies and other stakeholders is necessary in line with the rapid development of the related disciplines, including experience from existing activities (like EUMETCAL, EUMETRAIN) and other projects. In addition, outreach to the broader public belongs to the contemporary tasks of science, while new communication tools enable direct feedbacks with the room for real citizen science development.

In particular we encourage contributions related to:
• Practices and advances in atmospheric science education;
• The role of atmospheric sciences knowledge in the education process (in school subjects like physics, geography, etc.);
• The organisation of education and training in meteorology and climatology;
• The role and methods of school activities and programmes for atmospheric sciences outreach and education;
• The presence and content of meteorology, climatology and hydrology in national curricula at all levels of education throughout Europe and beyond;
• New educational material or concepts of atmospheric science education to reach the general public;
• Use of citizen science in atmospheric science education;
• The use of new technologies and advances in atmospheric science education, e.g., on computer aided learning, web-based courses or other resources presenting contemporary problems and tasks of atmospheric sciences;
• The role and the impact of these methodologies in professional training (universities, NMSs), including among others EUMETCAL and EUMETRAIN;
• Educational aspects of EU and national projects and initiatives.

Convener: Tomas Halenka | Co-convener: Dino Zardi
| Mon, 05 Sep, 16:00–17:30 (CEST)|Room HS 3-4

Weather and climate science and services continuously develop, apply and refine operational tools, such as numerical models, diagnostic methods or measurement instruments. They are typically based on recent knowledge in earth system science and aim to conduct research and support stakeholder decision-making. However, they can also be used – probably in a modified form – for training and education, e.g.

• teaching, learning and education at different levels, from primary school to universities and research institutions, as well as for the general public;
• generating content for media, such as instructive images and movies or interactive visualizations, to facilitate communication with non-professionals.

The intent behind this dual use is to educate individuals and businesses and society as a whole on weather and climate issues, forecasts and warnings. An overall improved understanding of these topics can increase the acceptance of mitigation measures and therefore support adaption strategies to extreme meteorological hazards, which might become more frequent in a changing climate.

However, the translation between research and non-research communities is challenging, but there are many ways towards its realization. For instance, through collaborations between the public, private and academic sectors. A prominent example for this is citizen science, which has well known positive effects on participants’ interest and knowledge as well as on scientific research. Typically, citizens support scientists in data collection by expanding already existing observation networks, which helps to predict and verify temporal and spatial small-scale phenomena.

The session aims to collect ideas, lessons learnt and profits from translating operational tools from weather and climate science and services into applications for training and education as well as from including public-private engagement in research plans.

Convener: France-Audrey Magro | Co-convener: Thomas Kox
| Thu, 08 Sep, 09:00–10:30 (CEST)|Room HS 3-4
| Thu, 08 Sep, 11:00–13:00 (CEST) | Display Thu, 08 Sep, 08:00–Fri, 09 Sep, 14:00|b-IT poster area

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