Poster presentations

Since 2009 the EMS has been highlighting high-quality poster presentations at the EMS Annual Meetings through an Outstanding Poster Award.

This site is a compilation of the selected posters, including the citation on why a specific poster was selected for the award, a link to the abstract and a link to download the poster.

Poster by Peter Kaverla, selected for the Outstanding Poster Award 2018

Highlight: Award Poster at the EMS 2018

Peter Kalverla from Wageningen University, Meteorology and Air Quality Section, in the Netherlands has been selected to receive the Outstanding Poster Award 2018 for his poster

A North Sea climatology of anomalous wind events, Peter Kalverla, Gert-Jan Steeneveld,
Bert Holtslag (all Wageningen University), and Reinder Ronda (KNMI, De Bilt).

Poster P64, (abstract EMS2018-695) presented at session OSA2.4 Energy Meteorology.


This outstanding poster describes a new way to define realistic inflow fields based on weather pattern clustering to be used for the computation of energy production with off-shore wind turbines instead of idealized wind conditions. The topic is explained with a series of simple illustrations and very short texts while minimizing the use of acronyms. The fact that the method is not described in great detail was considered as a positive and innovative aspect, as it fosters the interaction with the authors. The QR-Code in the right upper corner of the poster leads to the corresponding scientific publication providing more information. The result of this work has the potential to generate a benefit to the production of wind energy and, with that, a benefit to society. This could have been emphasized a bit more in the poster with one or two additional sentences. This is a minor point, as altogether the poster shows a good balance between the science and the visualization. It was considered a good example of engaging the intended audience.

The Selection Committee consisted of following individuals:

  • Saskia Willemse (chair, EMS Committee on Meetings, MeteoSwiss)
  • Marie Doutrioux-Boucher (EUMETSAT)
  • Sven-Erik Gryning (DaMS, Denmark)
  • István Ihász (OMSZ, Hungary)
  • Tony Wardle (Met Office, UK)

Award Poster at the EMS 2017

Ilari Lehtonen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute and his colleagues have been selected to receive the Outstanding Poster Award 2017 for their poster

High-resolution projections for soil frost conditions in Finland with regard to timber harvesting and transport availability by Ilari Lehtonen, Ari Venäläinen, Juha Laitila, Mikko Strahlendorff, Matti Kämäräinen, Juha Aalto, Andrea Vajda, Hilppa Gregow, and Heli Peltola.

  • Poster P73, presented in session OSA3.4/ES1.6: Deriving actionable information from climate prediction on decadal to scenario time scales.


This poster shows a fantastic combination of a clear and concise message underpinned by sound science and good presentation. The impact of climate change on the soil and human activity is shown through an innovative approach. This highlights the importance of Earth system modelling and also adaptation that will be required due to climate change. This work is not only applicable to Finland, but more broadly to other parts of the world at similar latitudes, and contributes to the field of climate services.

The Selection Committee consisted of following individuals:

  • Ingeborg Auer, Austria
  • Frank Beyrich, Germany
  • Jennifer Rourke, United Kingdom
  • Saji Varghese, Ireland
  • Saskia Willemse, Switzerland (chair)

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAC 2016

Julie Berckmans (1,2), Alexandra-Jane Henrot (3), Ingrid Jacquemin (3), and Rafiq Hamdi (1) [(1) Royal Meteorological Institute, Department of Meteorological and Climatological Research, Uccle, Belgium, (2) Centre of Excellence PLECO (Plant and Vegetation Ecology), University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, (3) Unit for Modelling of Climate and Biogeochemical Cycles, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium]:
Sensitivity of the regional climate model ALARO-0 to land surface changes

  • Poster G13, presented in session ASI11: Interfacing hydrological and meteorological models in forecasting system at the EMS&ECAC 2016.


This poster had very good, innovative scientific content, presented in a clear and concise way. The unanimous view of the selection committee was that the layout of the material was logical, well-structured and very attractive.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2015

Julian Tödter and Bodo Ahrens, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany:
Ensemble-based Soil Initialization for Seasonal-to-Decadal Predictions

  • Poster P47, presented in session ASI11: Interfacing hydrological and meteorological models in forecasting system at the EMS&ECAM 2015.


The committee congratulated the winners on their excellent presentation, which was well organised, clear with good structure and most importantly attractive.
The science was innovative and raised important issues for both NWP and climate modelling.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAC 2014

Michael Ponater, Vanessa Rieger and Simone Dietmüller: Can feedback analysis be used to understand efficacy differences between radiative forcings?

  • Poster LB40, presented in session UC2: Climate prediction and scenarios on dacadal and centennial timescales at the EMS&ECAC 2014.


This poster presented some complex and innovative science in a clear, concise and attractive way. The judges were looking for excellent presentation but also some very good and innovative science, as the EMS is a scientific organisation. This poster provided both and was the unanimous winner by the whole panel.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2013

J.S.R. Owen, P Knippertz, and T.M. Trzeciak: Severe European cyclones: a storm-prone situation perspective

  • Poster FF93, presented in session CL4: Climate prediction and scenarios from seasons to century at the EMS&ECAM 2013).


This visually appealing poster attracts the reader’s eye to a set of four maps documenting some characteristics of the well-known wind-storms Kyrill, Emma, Klaus and Xynthia. A set of four corresponding diagrams depicts the evolution of different indicators for potential developments of wind-storms within an area covering Western Europe and the North Atlantic, during a 6-month period for each storm. Boxes, which are neatly placed around and between the two main figures, explain in a clear and concise way (a) the general goal of the study, namely to identify “storm-prone situations” and evaluate their representation in climate models; (b) the methodology based on scientific aspects which are, albeit not new, well referenced; and (c) the conclusions that four different jet types could be successfully identified and that individual storms, however, cannot be easily associated with one singular type. The results are potentially important for the predictability of wind-storms, and – to an even greater extent – for assessing a possible increase in the number of severe storms related to climate change.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAC 2012

J.E.J. Eyre, D.M. Hollis, M.C. Kendon, T.P. Legg, and M.J. Prior: UK climate UK climate trends, as revealed by statistics for 1981-2010

  • Poster GF35, presented in session UC1 at the EMS&ECAC 2012


The optical, pictorial appearance of the poster is unique and different from any mainstream presentation: The reader is taken step-by-step in a circular clockwise (or should we – being in the northern hemisphere – better say anticyclonic?) pattern through a well laid-out sequence of climate investigations. The scientific quality is – albeit not new in climate research – of high quality. The most recent climate trends in the U.K. are clearly presented and brought into context with long-term trends. These latter are depicted in an again creative manner as frame around the primary analysis. The results are of high value for any climate-dependent medium to long term planning issues in the U.K

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2011

K. Hocke, S.C. Studer, N. Kämpfer, O. Stähli, and E. Maillard: Diurnal variations in surface air pressure, integrated water vapour, and stratospheric ozone

  • Poster PH41, preented in session AW2 at the EMS&ECAM 2011.


This poster was attractive with a clear layout, well balanced. The poster presents new scientific findings with the inference of atmospheric tides on atmospheric parameters.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2011

Arthur Bossavy, Robin Girard, & Georges Kariniotakis: Forecasting uncertainty around the timing of large variation of wind power

  • Poster PH14, presented in session AM3 at the EMS&ECAM 2011


The overall presentation is clear, well balanced, easily accessible; little text is supporting few pictures. The presented scientific approach is innovative, sound and with high potential in the domain of renewable energy forecast.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2011

Yukimasa Tsubota: Solar-Energy Education: Making a Miniature Solar Oven

  • Poster PH153, presented in session CE4: Education and Training at the EMS&ECAM 2011


In addition the Select Committee wanted to encourage dissemination of other activities which are not purely scientific but support them, such as education. Therefore it attributed a special mention to Poster for its recreational approach and clarity.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAC 2010

Svetlana Reneva, State Hydrological Institute, St.Petersburgh: Effect of wetland types on methane emission from Russian frozen wetlands under conditionsof climate change

  • Poster P1-68, presented in session AW11 at the EMS&ECAC 2010


The contribution is a clear and concise presentation of an important aspect of climatic change, namely a possible increased release of methane in the Russian Arcitc, a topic of high relevance for the living conditions in this sensitive environment.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAC 2010

Marie Berthelot, Laurant Dubus, and J. Gailhard, EDF, France: Improvement of ECMWF monthly forecasts of precipitation over France with an analog method

  • Poster P1-68, presented in session AW9 at the EMS&ECAC 2010


The contribution tackles an issue of high significance with an appropriate use of up-to-date forecasting tools and nevertheless presents the results in an easily understandable manner.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2009

Maud Martet, M. Josse, Mr. Peuch, M. Peuch, and Mr. Bonnardot, Météo France, MOCAGE-accident: From research to operational applications

  • Poster P111, presented in Session AW11 at the EMS&ECAM 2009


The contribution presents a comprehensive modelling study integrating various applications with a dedicated user-friendly interface for operational use. The poster is fit-to-purpose, and concentrates on the core message.

Selected Poster at the EMS&ECAM 2009

Helen Dacre and Suzanne Gray, University of Reading: A climatology of North Atlantic cyclones


The contribution presents the use of innovative methodologies for classifying cyclone features and underpinning dynamics. The poster is well balanced, with clear statements and well summarized conclusions.


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