CAWCR Annual Workshop 2017


Adding Value: Applications of weather and climate science

Annual Workshop | 27 November — 1 December (Monday to Friday)

The 2017 annual Workshop of Research and Development branch, the Bureau of Meteorology will be held at the Bureau of Meteorology, 700 Collins Street, Melbourne. The workshop brings together international speakers and those working in applications of weather and climate science at the Bureau, CSIRO, universities and other research organisations.

This workshop will explore the use of different scientific applications for weather and climate information by the meteorological community and its stakeholders. The broad goals are to provide an overview of what applications, advanced methodologies, and systems are currently available, who uses them and how they are likely to evolve in the future. Strategies for developing and/or acquiring new applications will also be discussed.

Researchers interested in applications of weather and climate science are urged to attend the workshop.

Workshop Theme

Weather and climate have an enormous impact on human society, influencing almost every activity undertaken. As such, societies have a need to understand and predict the weather in order to gain knowledge about its potential effects on the lives and livelihood activities of their citizens. The amount of information about the state of the atmosphere is accelerating exponentially, with improved modelling approaches, new observational capability, and advanced information technology and data processing. To be useful, the information obtained from these sources needs to be translated, via scientific applications, into specific knowledge that can be used to inform decisions.

The primary aims of the workshop are to provide an overview of weather and climate applications at the Bureau of Meteorology and globally, exploring the intersection between science and service. The focus will not only be on the science and technology behind the applications, but also on how they generate added value. State-of-the-art applications will be described, and users of the products will have the opportunity to provide their perspectives. A particular emphasis of the workshop will be on the future development of weather and climate applications and how we can take advantage of near-term improvements in technology, modelling and observations.


Workshop Topics:

  • Current status and plans of Bureau systems and infrastructure. Where are we today and what does the future hold in terms of observation, modelling and computing infrastructure?
  • Machine learning. As information availability increases, more automation and computer assistance is required. What are the optimal techniques for doing this? What are some successful examples and what should we strive for?
  • Effectively exploiting observational capability. How are we utilizing new observational capability from satellites, ground-based sensors, and other observational platforms? What impact have recent improvements in the collection of observations had on weather and climate applications? What further improvements are needed?
  • Advanced simulation. How are numerical model ensembles and high-resolution (convection permitting) models improving the accuracy and utility of numerical forecasts? How are these best incorporated in forecasting operations? What does international best practice look like?
  • Weather and climate applications. Examples abound in a variety of areas, including aviation, energy and resources, health, emergency services, agriculture, water and flood, ocean and marine services and climate adaptation. How does science inform these applications? How do users influence and utilize these products?
  • Impacts and value of applications. How do we understand the impacts and value of applications to Bureau services and products? How do we identify user needs and incorporate these in the development and utilisation of applications? How do we maximize the impacts and value of the applications we deliver along the end-to-end, science to service, value chain?


  • Ken Mylne, UK Met Office
  • Israel Jirak , NOAA/Storm Prediction Center
  • Michael Scheuerer, NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
  • Jeff Lazo, NCAR/Research Applications Program
  • Mike Pavolonis, NOAA/NESDIS (TBC)
  • Valliappa Lakshmanam, Google (TBC)

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