EMS DigitalMETDialogue: 8 & 9 September 2020

Open science, Open data

The concept of Open Science is at the heart of scientific activity aimed at having a more transparent, reproducible, accessible, communicated and collaborative framework. Progress is being made but there are still barriers and issues to be addressed and solved. The EMS debate will address the various arguments and constraining factors, and provide some practical examples of everyday scientific activities and their facilitating tools.

We have invited three speakers who will cover different aspects and provide diverse perspectives.
  • Wilco Hazeleger, Professor of Climate System Science and Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University
    Weather and climate research ready for Open Science?
  • Peter Kalverla, Research Engineer at the Netherlands eScience Center:
    Why sharing code is vital for open science (and how to get started).
  • Gerhard Adrian, elected WMO President in 2019 and Director of the German Weather Service, will speak on Open Data versus financing the global observing system and on the interests of the fast growing data industry for commercialisation of data acquisition – both topics are widely discussed on all levels of operational meteorology: national, European and on the global levels within the WMO framework.

Following the presentations, there will be a discussion and Q&A session that is expected to be both lively and informative.

The session and discussion will be moderated by Carlo Buontempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Services at ECMWF and member of the EMS Committee on Meetings.

COVID-19 and Meteorology

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions were raised concerning the connections with weather (temperature and humidity) and climatic (seasonality) conditions as well as with air pollutants as carriers of the virus. The strong decline in air traffic also had an impact on the amount of data available for data assimilation in numerical weather predictions and forecasting skills. Three speakers will provide some insight into the state of knowledge on these issues. There will then be a session at which the audience has an opportunity to discuss these issues and ask questions.

Confirmed speakers:

The presentations and discussion will be moderated by Bert Holtslag, Professor Emeritus at Wageningen University, and incoming President of the EMS.

Enabling the Weather Enterprise in Europe for the 21st century

Convened jointly by PRIMET and ECOMET

Since the last EMS Conference, the dialogue aimed at creating a more enterprising and global approach to delivering weather services to the world community has progressed further through various forums and events.

The aim of this session is to examine the value chain from a European perspective, describe examples of value creation and underlying factors, highlighting the progress towards more efficient solutions, and to focus on the most important challenges that lie ahead.


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