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Meteorological Technology World Expo 2017
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10 - 12 October 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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2017 Conference Programme

Day 1

Tuesday 10 October

10:30 - 13:30 - Measurement and Technology

Alan DeCiantis, director of product, FTS, USA

10:30 - IDS-20 – next-generation ice detection system
Wolfram Sommer, CEO, Sommer Messtechnik GmbH, AUSTRIA
Ice covering exposed machinery and buildings can jeopardise the safety of people and equipment, a smooth operation or the device itself. Thus, it has to be removed manually or melted away by heating systems, which is maintenance intensive and costly. Sommer Messtechnik has developed a new ice detection sensor, IDS-20. The innovative sensor automatically and reliably detects icing. It measures the complex impedances of the medium around the sensor based on the fact that air, water and ice have different dielectric constants at different frequencies. Fields of application are wind power stations, aviation, road traffic control, high-voltage power lines and civil constructions.

11:00 - A practical application of IoT in hydrology
Zoë Fyfe, product manager, FTS Inc, CANADA
Three independent sites: one monitoring water turbidity, another observing a bank’s erosion with a camera system, and the third collecting meteorological data, all from the same geographical location. Each system collects important data that, when amalgamated, is substantially more valuable. Leveraging this information is now faster and easier because of the Internet of Things ecosystem. IoT is more than having all the data reside in the same database in the cloud. Discover how these three sites take advantage of new technologies while reducing servicing costs, enhancing response time and improving data worth.

11:30 - UAS applications: versatile analytical monitoring
Anne Baumgaertel, CEO, Exabotix GmbH, GERMANY
Visual inspections are a common application of drones for industrial use. Drone platforms and control systems (unmanned aerial systems – UAS) in combination with various imaging techniques such as high-definition video cameras, near-infrared, thermal or multispectral cameras are suitable for visual monitoring tasks. Analytical monitoring comes into consideration when complex measurement tasks are in demand. Gas analysis of contaminated clouds and meteorological systems in combination with visual monitoring are the focus of versatile unmanned systems. Germany's BBL Elektronik & Aeromet and the industry-drone company Exabotix are targeting the future market of versatile drones for analytical monitoring.

12:00 - VOLCLAB: a versatile science package for meteorological balloons and UAVs
Prof Giles Harrison, professor of Atmospheric Physics, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK
VOLCLAB is a disposable instrument package for volcanic ash measurements, such as rapid emergency deployment on weather balloon or UAV platforms. The payload is customisable through stackable sensor modules. Options include a newly developed gravimetric sensor using the oscillating microbalance principle to measure mass directly, an SO2 gas detector, an LED optical sensor to detect ash and cloud backscatter, a charge sensor to characterise plume electrical properties, and an accelerometer to measure in-plume turbulence. For radiosondes, VOLCLAB uses the established PANDORA interface to provide data exchange and power, programmable to support a range of host radiosondes or other data platforms.

12:30 - VisCam – camera-based visibility measurement experience from an ANSP
Jochen Steiner, researcher, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, AUSTRIA
The visibility measurement system VisCam is currently under evaluation at ANSP Austro Control on its ability to support automated assessment of the weather situation by standard cameras. By means of image processing, VisCam is able to automatically derive visibility measures of the whole camera-covered area. It automatically detects suitable landmarks to estimate the general visibility and, with the help of distance maps, derives visibility measures that can be reported in customised and standard formats (e.g. METAR). The talk will present the basic capabilities of VisCam, the application scenarios at Austro Control as well as the achieved results.

13:00 - Exclusive outlook on Lufft technologies for meteorological and airport applications
Holger Wille, product and business unit manager - optical sensors, Lufft, GERMANY
Lufft will introduce its innovative visibility sensor VS100k. With its visual range of over 50km and capability to distinguish between flying insects and droplets/aerosols, it is suitable for meteorological and airport applications. Combined with a precipitation and present weather sensor, such as WS100 or OTT Hydromet Parsivel, it becomes a present weather system. Connected to ambient light sensors, it is a candidate for runway visual range systems. Additionally, Lufft will present the field test result of its most precise weather sensor and latest ceilometer model serving as components in AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System), meteorological and environmental monitoring systems.

13:30 - 15:30 - Earth Observation

13:30 - Mega-constellations: a strategic move for meteorological and climate services
Yvette Ramos, expert, Ynovaimo, SWITZERLAND
Satellites are used to carry a broad range of payloads, to serve a large number of services, including broadcast, communication, broadband, earth observation navigation, science and research. A satellite constellation is made up of several satellites working together to deliver a specific service in low earth orbit, with low latency, global coverage, mass-produced satellites at a reduced cost. This presentation aims at raising awareness of other possibilities for connectedness, to bring innovative services in the areas of climate, weather and disaster risk management, while using satellite constellations, beyond the provision of connectivity.

14:00 - Atmosfear: is the economy growing more vulnerable to weather?
Dr Vladimir Jankovic, senior lecturer, University of Manchester, UK
What indices are there to suggest that the economy is becoming more vulnerable to the weather? How is this information conveyed to business, the meteorological industry and the public? How is the meteorological industry responding to this information? Is there a strategy that meets the industrial need for weather information and the technological production of weather information?

14:30 - Use of cosmic-ray muons for meteorological purposes over Jamaica
Lawrence Brown, meteorologist, Meteorological Service, Jamaica, JAMAICA
Cosmic rays are sub-atomic particles that travel enormous distances from outside the Earth’s atmosphere. These play an important role in the modulation of our weather and climate due to their impact on the microscopic aerosols. Muons are formed from the decay of pions and kaons and traverse the atmosphere to the surface. The muon flux is modulated by atmospheric conditions, diurnally, latitudinally and with changes in height. The characteristics of the muons allows them to be used as natural meteo-atmospheric sensors to monitor weather systems over any area.

15:00 - Groundwater monitoring and control in desert areas using satellite communications and earth observation
Simon van den Dries, managing director, Rencos BV, NETHERLANDS
Groundwater in desert areas such as UAE and KSA is depleting at a rapid space. Some countries have warned of complete depletion if no measures are taken now. This service starts H2 2017 with a feasibility study of the European Space Agency. Rencos is the provider of the BlueDesert service. This service allows water authorities, environmental agencies and utilities to measure, manage and control their groundwater. BlueDesert consists of sensors and PLCs connected over satellite that measure the level and control pumps , valves, etc.

15:30 - If possible, we would like to speak about the EUMETSAT Data Collection System (DCS)
Nicholas Coyne, additional data service manager, EUMETSAT
The Meteosat satellites located at 0° longitude, and over the Indian Ocean at 41.5° East, acquire Data Collection Platform (DCP) data, in the form of observations and environmental parameters, from operators of DCPs, which are located within the footprint of the satellites. This presentation will focus on the types of platforms supported by the Meteosat satellites, including both Standard and High Data Rate transmitters. It will describe who can use the system and also how to receive the data. The presentation will also give information about the future plans for the system.

*This Programme may be subject to change.

Day 1

Tuesday 10 October

11:00 - 12:30 - Agriculture/Environmental

11:00 - Measure the invisible water
Hans van Rheenen, innovation manager, Eijkelkamp Soil & Water, NETHERLANDS
Rain and snow can be seen, but the greatest amount of water loss from virtually all areas in the world is caused by evapotranspiration. Reliable figures are lacking on this invisible water loss, largely because evaporation is so difficult to measure. A new lysimeter provides these measurements by using a system of weighing cells to measure water content changes, and sensors to mimic the surrounding soil water conditions in an isolated, undisturbed soil column. In this way, accurate data is obtained on the soil water content and water fluxes including evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge.

11:30 - Network monitoring CO2 and assessing atmospheric mixing during inversions
Dr Bruce Bugbee, president, Apogee Instruments, USA
Mountain valleys experience pooling of cold air at the valley floor during nights with stable atmospheric conditions. When cold air pooling persists for several days, anthropogenic emissions are trapped and accumulate. Accurate, low-power, infrared CO2 analysers continuously monitor CO2 on automated weather stations and are positioned in a network that includes measurements at multiple elevations. Precise air temperature and wind measurements from aspirated shields and 2D-sonic anemometers are coupled with a CO2 emissions model to estimate atmospheric mixing and inversion depth. The long-term goal is to estimate the collective rate of pollutant emissions from the population of the valley.

12:00 - Rainfall real-time monitoring with X-band radar network
Dr Emmanuel Buisson, president, Weather Measures, FRANCE
In 2015 and 2016 Weather Measures installed two X-band radar networks in France for precision agriculture and flash-flood applications. The presentation will describe the global approach we took for the building of these X-band radar networks: the choice of the sites and the radar type, the process of the installation, the first measurements and the complex process of calibration with comparison to local rain gauges. Today, the two X-band radar networks are operational and we present in detail different applications in agriculture and for a flash-flood alert tool.

12:30 - 14:00 - Aviation

12:30 - Introduction of dual thermistor radiosonde (DTR) for in-situ solar correction
Dr Yong-Gyoo Kim, principal research scientist, KRISS, KOREA
This presentation will introduce a dual-thermistor radiosonde (DTR) with different emissivity, as a new SI-traceable in-situ radiosonde solar correction technique. It is based on the fact that temperatures of radiosonde thermistors will depend on the degree of solar irradiance on each sensor; thus, if we know the relationship between the solar irradiance and temperature of thermistors, we can get the correct air temperature directly during flight. The speaker will present the principles of the dual-thermistor technique and how to calibrate, and will show the current experimental results including real sounding results.

13:00 - SkyCast Wind and Thermodynamic Profiling System for monitoring hazardous weather
Bill Conway, CEO, WDSS International, USA
The SkyCast Wind and Thermodynamic Profiling System (WTPS) contains instrumentation, hazardous weather detection algorithms and display systems that provide important observational and nowcasting tools to enhance forecasters’ abilities to determine the presence of hazardous weather conditions. The WTPS is applicable to locations that need constant updates on local atmospheric conditions. WTPS is used to monitor: temperature, humidity and liquid water content; atmospheric stability and convective indices; presence of wind shear; low-level jet formation/strength/dissipation; presence of fog and its characteristics; presence of icing conditions. This talk will describe the WTPS and its applications.

13:30 - Global convective weather for aviation
Kevin Kronfeld, principal systems engineer, Rockwell Collins, USA
The presentation will highlight some of the deficiencies in global convective weather for aviation avoidance and the challenges they create. It will introduce a new global convective product being developed by Rockwell Collins for aviation and explain how it will benefit global aviation weather avoidance decision making.

14:00 - 14:30 - Traffic/Highways

14:00 - Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) intelligent road weather applications
Dr Pertti Nurmi, head, meteorological research applications, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FINLAND
FMI is highly active in associating its road weather R&D expertise with the strongly evolving ITS/ICT communities by developing and providing intelligent road weather applications for road end users. The presentation provides an overall picture of these activities under several international collaborative projects (ASSIST, WIRMA, Intelligent Arctic Trucks, CyberWI, 5G-Safe). Key ingredients in these actions are implementing of FMI road weather model (RWM) in new environments (e.g. Netherlands, Norway) and testing of the applicability of mobile vehicle observations as RWM input data. Studying various wireless communication protocols and tackling cybersecurity issues are also among the fundamental R&D activities.

14:30 - 16:00 - Wind

14:30 - Meteorological measurements in the North Sea for future offshore wind farms
Hans Verhoef, project manager, ECN Wind Energy, NETHERLANDS
The Dutch government has an ambitious target for implementing offshore wind energy. Meteorological measurements play an important role. In this presentation we will focus on the role meteorological measurements play in achieving this target. Besides traditional meteorological masts, we will address fixed lidar and floating lidar systems.

15:00 - Scanning lidar in offshore wind – how far can it go?
Dr Mike Anderson, advisor, RES, UK
The Offshore Wind Accelerator has carried out a four-month trial of two pairs of scanning lidar devices – Leosphere and Lockheed Martin. These devices were installed in Dublin Bay and validated against two vertical profiling lidars to determine their accuracy and precision. The devices were set up to measure wind speeds in a nominal offshore wind farm within the bay, which stretched to over 10km from the devices at its furthest point. The results show phenomenal accuracy at ranges never tested before in offshore wind (>13km).

15:30 - Comparison of wind speed measurements between small and miniature Doppler sodars and a lidar
Jean-Michel Fage, president, Remtech, FRANCE
Because nowadays wind energy requires very high windmills, the wind must be measured well above met towers, which makes remote sensing of wind essential. The Remtech short-range (PA-XS) and medium-range (PA0) sodars are small and light portable systems that measure remotely the vertical profile of wind speed, direction, thermal stratification and turbulence parameters at different heights. Their power consumption is very low (less than 10W) and because the design is mostly software orientated, the hardware is minimised, resulting in high reliability (over 100,000 hours MTBF) with no maintenance needed. But the most important feature, which is totally unique, is that the systems do not need any post filtering. This is thanks to multi-frequency coding, adaptive S/N variation per frequency point, unique noise subtraction technique and apparent angle of arrival technique. We will present results of the intercomparisons of wind speed and wind direction measured by our Sodar's versus a Lidar.

*This Programme may be subject to change.

Day 2

Wednesday 11 October

10:30 - 13:00 - Measurement and Technology

Prof David McLaughlin, professor and associate dean, University of Massachusetts, USA

10:30 - Off-the-shelf instrumentation of small UAVs
Anders Petersson, president, Sparv Embedded AB, SWEDEN
UAVs hold great promise to deliver in-situ measurements that were previously impossible or cost-prohibitive. We will introduce common challenges of UAV-based sensing and how we address them for an off-the-shelf solution called Sparv Sensors, which is both flexible and easy to use. As a case in point, we present how we help Uppsala University capture high-resolution carbon dioxide readings and correlate them with detailed inversion layer data. This is used to calculate carbon dioxide flux to map the role of lakes in the carbon cycle.

11:00 - Sonic thermometry: reference for temperature measurements in fan-aspirated radiation shields
Mark Blonquist, chief scientist, Apogee Instruments, USA
Sonic anemometers can serve as sonic thermometers if humidity measurements are available (speed of sound in air depends on temperature and humidity). The advantage of sonic thermometry is absence of a physical sensor that must equilibrate with air, providing rapid response and eliminating radiant heating. Temperature from sonic thermometry is directly connected to first principles because speed of sound in a gas (air) is directly related to gas thermodynamic temperature and can be used as a reference to determine the influence of radiant heating on physical sensors. A sonic thermometer was used to verify performance of fan-aspirated radiation shields.

11:30 - Design of efficient calibration laboratory for meteorological services
Adam Krovina, head of calibration laboratory, MicroStep-MIS, SLOVAKIA
According to the WMO, the measuring instruments of all meteorological services have to be regularly calibrated. There is still much data coming from instruments lacking any calibration and adjustment. Our efforts are to make it easy for a meteorological service to set up and operate a calibration laboratory for a variety of physical quantities common for meteorological measurements. MicroStep-MIS develops its own calibrators for pressure (Pressurewell) and relative humidity (Humiwell). MicroStep-MIS develops software for calibration automation, compatible with third-party sensors and devices. MicroStep-MIS also operates an ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratory for calibration of temperature, relative humidity, pressure and rain gauges.

12:00 - Chemical sensors in global atmospheric monitoring
Dr Peter Edwards, senior research fellow, Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, UK
Lower-cost chemical sensors may prove to be a disruptive technology for air pollution measurement, potentially placing large numbers of devices into the hands of the general public. The precision and accuracy of low-cost sensors is an area of active research and there is considerable debate regarding the use of sensor-derived data for regulatory or management purposes. In this presentation the potential role of lower-cost sensors in global change detection is considered, summarising recent scientific assessments of the technology and possible applications by the reactive gases science advisory group of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch.

12:30 - The future demands of monitoring technologies
Carsten M Steenberg, CEO, RainWise Inc, USA
The presentation will discuss the future of air quality monitoring CO2, PM2.5. and utilisation of sky cameras for the (visual monitoring) of cloud cover; future communication protocols such as IoT via LoRaWAN; onboard cell modem demands and the challenges associated with power management of wireless weather stations.

13:00 - 15:00 - Early detection warning

Prof David McLaughlin, professor and associate dean, University of Massachusetts, USA

13:00 - real-time Tracking & Nowcasting of Thunderstorms (rTNT)
Daniel Betz, CPO, nowcast GmbH, GERMANY
Nowcast has developed a new feature in lightning detection: real-time Tracking & Nowcasting of Thunderstorms (rTNT). All lightning events are not only located in real-time but also processed further right in the moment of their appearance. Shape and parameters of thunderstorm cells are updated right after every new stroke has been detected. This event-driven processing allows for shortest response time and precision in evaluation of a thunderstorm situation. Especially forecasting of hail is set to fastest reaction time ever using LINET’s three-dimensional lightning data. rTNT enables customers to mitigate risks of thunderstorms, especially severe ones causing life-threatening danger.

13:30 - Climatological analysis and early warning system in the Sirba basin
Dr Alessandro Pezzoli, senior lecturer, DIST - Politecnico di Torino, ITALY
In the last decades the variability in rainfall in the Sahel zone has had great consequences on the economy of the Sirba basin, a transboundary basin between Niger and Burkina Faso. The basin constitutes a really important water resource for both states. The basin posed safety problems for its indigenous populations because of an increasing number of flood events due to an increase in high-intensity precipitation rather than an increase in the total amount precipitation. The climatic characterisation of the Sirba basin is developed in view of a successive implementation of an early warning system against floods.

14:00 - StormTrack: a novel storm tracking and nowcasting system
Dr Michele de Rosa, researcher, GEO-K Srl, ITALY
StormTrack is a system able to detect, track and make nowcasting of thunderstorms by analysing the Meteosat Second Generation images. No ground data is used for the storms monitoring. The system is pre-operational and its coverage spans from South America to the Indian Ocean and from Northern Europe to South Africa. The thunderstorms trend is updated every 15 minutes over the whole covered area and every five minutes over Europe. The purpose of the system is to provide a first level of storms warning to prevent natural disasters in countries with no weather data coverage.

14:30 - Value of eye tracking technology for the meteorological industry and beyond
Jörg Hoheisel, UX consultant and area manager, Central Europe, Tobii Pro, SWEDEN
In industries involving visual skills, such as weather forecasting, it is crucial to understand an individual's visual strategy and evaluate it, especially in today’s world where workers have to deal with an increased amount of data while operating complex systems. Eye tracking, as a behavioural research tool, provides objective and unbiased insight into an individual’s cognitive workload, revealing how people engage with information: what they focus on, the frequency of their gaze and what type of information is most important to them. These insights can help to design more efficient systems and interfaces for the most accurate information processing.

15:00 - 17:00 - Radars

Prof David McLaughlin, professor and associate dean, University of Massachusetts, USA

15:00 - Technology update on low-cost X-band weather radars
Prof David McLaughlin, professor and associate dean, University of Massachusetts, USA
The CASA project in the USA advanced the concept of dense networks of small, low-cost X-band weather radars as a means to fill in low-altitude surveillance coverage gaps in today's C- and S-band weather radar networks. Much theory has been developed and prototype X-band networks are operating in numerous places around the globe. But full-scale adoption of this concept requires many hundreds or even thousands of radars. This paper will survey the present state of commercial X-band radar offerings with an emphasis on phased-array technology. This will be an update of the author's 2014 presentation in Brussels.

15:30 - Inserting multi-function lidars into operational weather observation networks
Dr Ludovic Thobois, aviation and meteorology science and applications manager, Leosphere, FRANCE
Existing weather observation networks have been continuously evolving from synoptic network with synoptic stations, satellites and now remote sensing. The emergence of new sensors like the coherent Doppler lidars based on optical fibre technology implies a rethink of the architecture of existing networks. In this paper, a study will be presented to list the opportunities offered by such sensors and the challenges to overcome in order to insert them into existing networks. A series of trials and pioneer projects will be presented, showing recent advancements in terms of validated products and how to combine them with other sensors.

16:00 - LIdar – new techniques create new data
George Georgousis, CEO, Raymetrics SA, GREECE
Those familiar with lidar in the meteorology sector commonly think of Doppler lidars for measuring wind. However, the lidar technique encompasses a range of technologies that measure the atmosphere in different ways, including backscatter, Raman and depolarisation lidars, differential absorption lidars (DIAL), lidar-induced fluorescence (LIF) and more. The techniques are all new to the marketplace. We will discuss the lidar technique itself, including its capabilities (and limitations). This will include newly available technologies for particle identification (e.g. for volcanic ash detection), pollution tracking, 3D/incoming cloud heights, fog detection and remote visibility measurement. We will also discuss future product developments.

16:30 - Meteorological radar networks: balancing efficiency and effectiveness
André Weipert, head meteorological information systems, Selex ES GmbH, GERMANY
The operation of weather radar networks is a growing demand worldwide. The seamless operation of different weather radars in a centralised or decentralised network environment is a manifold challenge since production year, weather radar suppliers, technological standards, bandwidth (X,C,S), operational surveillance, legacy system integration, meteorological data processing and assimilation, data standards and interfaces as well as data consolidation, calibration and accuracy may vary significantly. This presentation shows a multi-tier approach to establish in iterative steps a coherent and sustainable strategy for national weather services or civil aviation authorities to tackle these challenges successfully.

*This Programme may be subject to change.

Day 2

Wednesday 11 October

11:00 - 12:00 - Marine

Dr Robert Weller, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

11:00 - Surface meteorological and air-sea flux observations from surface buoys
Dr Robert Weller, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Climate quality surface meteorological and air-sea flux observations are being collected at three sites in the open ocean. These stations were established in 2000, 2001 and 2004, and the surface moorings are recovered and replaced once a year. The low-power instrumentation and sensors in use are described. Laboratory and field calibrations are used to quantify the accuracies achieved on these surface buoys. The data is withheld from GTS and provides an independent basis for examining the performance of models and remote sensing methods in representing open ocean surface meteorology and air-sea fluxes.

11:30 - Marine weather forecasting – navigation, meteorology and personality
Gianfranco Meggiorin, president, Navimeteo, ITALY
The presentation will discuss: marine weather services for route optimisation and safety at sea; the main sources, software solutions and the added value of the human interface; the importance of the personality in every single forecast; onboard observations; push weather and advanced warnings in the yachting and cruising sectors.

12:00 - 14:30 - Aviation

Dr Robert Weller, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

12:00 - EMADDC: towards operational collection of Mode-S EHS observations in Europe
Jan Sondij, senior advisor aviation meteorology, KNMI, NETHERLANDS
The status and latest developments of the SESAR deployment project European Meteorological Aircraft Derived Data Center (EMADDC) will be presented. New air traffic control surveillance technology like ADS-B and Mode-S offer great potential to either obtain or derive wind direction, wind speed and temperature observations in numbers unprecedented in the European region. The project objective is to install an operational service for collecting, processing and disseminating Mode-S EHS/MRAR ADD meteorological data for the aviation and meteorological domain. Assistance with collecting and decoding raw Mode-S information is part of this project that is operated by KNMI and the UK Met Office.

12:30 - Towards an integrated and holistic approach for early warning systems
Dr Roelof Bruintjes, chief scientist, Advanced Radar Company, USA
Observational systems in meteorology and hydrology are often independently operated and interpreted. For the development of optimal and accurate products for early warning systems it is important that these systems and data are integrated to enhance the products delivered. Furthermore, warnings should be tailored to the user needs. Examples from aviation and hydrology will be discussed as part of the presentation.

13:00 - Airport wind and runway contaminant analysis on runway excursion
Frédéric Barbaresco, senior expert, Thales Air Systems, FRANCE
This talk will present first results of the European Future Sky Safety programme dedicated to the P3 project addressing solutions for runway excursions. The main objectives are: to identify shortcomings and improve methods and models for analysing aircraft ground control under crosswind and on slippery runways; to gain insight into the impact of water/slush-covered runways on braking performance for modern tyres and anti-skid systems; to study and develop algorithms to identify veer-off risk using operational flight data; to explore new concepts for prevention or mitigation of runway excursions.

13:30 - Innovating meteorological solution for aviation: MFI presents the SAAPI project
Jean Sébastien Cases, VP, sales and marketing, Meteo France International - MFI, FRANCE
Improve air safety in Africa: this is the challenge MFI has taken up in collaboration with the ASECNA by developing an exclusive meteorological solution dedicated to aviation issues. Meant to be implemented in 17 African countries, the SAAPI solution relies on a 100% web-based architecture for easy access to data and simplified implementation or maintenance on a national and transnational level. SYNERGIE-WEB, MFI’s leading forecasting system, is the cornerstone of the SAAPI solution providing unique visualization capabilities and efficient decision-making tools."

14:00 - Weather for space launch systems
Tim Bush, sales manager, OTT Hydromet – MeteoStar, a Division of Sutron Corporation, USA
Weather plays an important role in the decision process to launch large space rockets. Weather criteria are involved with the safety of the launch vehicle itself, the possible local effects of an accident with the launch vehicle (blast and toxics) and the down-range weather for recovery. MeteoStar LEADS provides an integrated approach of ingesting the relevant weather data then running sets of algorithms against the vehicle requirements and weather parameters. The solution is network centric and provides web-based situation awareness, in real time, to all involved in the launch and tracking process.

14:30 - 16:00 - Agriculture/Environmental

Dr Robert Weller, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

14:30 - Weather derivative products to hedge against risk of unfavourable weather
Rebecca Leonardi, partner, Wx Risk Global, USA
There is reluctance to consider disaster risk management as a tool to offset the financial impacts of adverse weather and compensate for economic suffering in developing countries. There is a clear link between the transpiring weather markets and the solutions to the problems created by climate-based natural disasters. There are numerous opportunities for risk to be amassed and shared globally. The natural disasters that account for loss of life also cause severe economic problems in developing nations. Weather derivatives can provide financial protection at the critical juncture when weather events strike, before famine and crop devastation have begun.

15:00 - Cavity ring-down spectrometer for real-time high-precision atmospheric ammonia measurements
Renato Winkler, application scientist, Picarro, NETHERLANDS
Ammonia emissions from agricultural and industrial activities have become an ever-more important topic for scientists and regulatory bodies due to the severe impacts of ammonia on human health and the environment. Atmospheric ammonia is a known precursor gas of fine particle matter, PM 2.5 and 10. Here we present our latest Picarro G2103 NH3 analyser and how it has been used to accurately measure NH3 emissions. The analyser covers a very large operational range from sub-ppb up to 50ppm, and allows for a wide range of field-based atmospheric monitoring applications.

15:30 - Wind-induced undercatch on rainfall measurements specifically in hydrological applications
Mark Dutton, Managing Director, Environmental Measurements Limited, UK
Michael Pollock, KTP associate at Newcastle University, Environmental Measurements Limited, UK
Rainfall measurements are currently prone to substantial error due to wind-related errors. As the wind approaches the rim of the rain gauge it naturally speeds up; as a result it removes a percentage (as much as 20%) of the rainfall that would have been collected in the device. Rainfall is the critical component of the hydrological cycle. When inaccurately measured, runoff, groundwater recharge, crop growth and pollution estimates and flood warnings are all subject to error. EML, with partners NextSense and MMI from South East Asia, have developed a new automated hydrology system to reduce these errors.

16:00 - 17:00 - Panel Discussion-WMO/WB/HMEI
This panel will focus on the growing partnership between the public/private sectors and the World Bank, project funding and future plans.

*This Programme may be subject to change.

Day 3

Thursday 12 October

10:30 - 12:30 - Radars

Dr Alessandro Pezzoli, senior lecturer, DIST - Politecnico di Torino, ITALY

10:30 - Wind and thermodynamic surveillance for local weather forecasting
Dr Randolph Ware, chief scientist, Radiometrics, USA
The need for near-continuous wind and thermodynamic (temperature and humidity) soundings for accurate local high-impact weather forecasting is widely acknowledged. Radiometrics (RDX) integrated radar wind and radiometric thermodynamic profiling systems satisfy this need. Other options for RDX profiling systems include acoustic (sodar) and Doppler lidar wind profilers, and cross-polarisation aerosol lidars. Applications include: airport and launch operations, air quality, wind and solar energy forecasts, fire weather, thunderstorm risk, electric load forecasts, fog forecasts, icing risk. We present integrated profiling examples that address these applications.

11:00 - Operation results from the FURUNO WR-2100 weather radar installation in Hvidovre, Denmark.
Niels Einar Jensen, manager, Furuno Denmark AS, DENMARK
Peter Rasch, managing director and partner, Informetic AS
The presentation will outline experiences using a dual-polarity, 3D, Doppler X-band weather radar, rain and flow gauges and disdrometer in comparison with C-band radar data for urban catchment

11:30 - Novel precipitation estimation with polarimetric cloud radar
Dr Alexander Myagkov, scientist, Radiometer Physics GmbH, GERMANY
Scanning polarimetric cloud radars, which are becoming increasingly available nowadays, have great potential for accurate estimations of precipitation intensity. Having Doppler capabilities, such radars can resolve raindrops having few cm/s difference in the terminal fall velocity. Measured polarimetric signatures characterise raindrop shapes, which are linearly related to their sizes. Combined analysis of Doppler and polarimetric information provided by a scanning polarimetric cloud radar allows for estimation of drop-size distribution and rain intensity. In this talk, such an approach is illustrated by observations with a newly developed W-band cloud radar.

12:00 - Value-added weather radar products for decision support
Bob Dreisewerd, chief development officer, Baron Services Inc, USA
The proliferation of dual polarisation weather radars during the past decade has led to improvements in the detection of weather events. Baron Services, a global leader in providing critical weather intelligence to its customers, has focused its efforts on improving radar data quality and creation of highly accurate and meaningful radar products. Baron has developed and implemented patented, innovative value-added weather radar products beyond those products typically provided with a standard weather radar solution. This presentation will detail some of the recent product innovations, and provide validation of the product accuracy and the resultant value of the products.

12:30 - 13:00 - Keynote

Dr Alessandro Pezzoli, senior lecturer, DIST - Politecnico di Torino, ITALY

12:30 - Issues, concerns, opportunities and challenges in Antarctic research stations
Dr Ravindranath Nayak, Head, marine instrumentation division, National Institute of Oceanography, INDIA
Much attention has been paid to the maintenance and enhancement of manned Antarctic research stations. Modern facilities and robotic collections along with micro air vehicles for sample collections in harsh environments are under serious consideration and prototype scenarios. These will surely serve as the next-gen instrumentation systems for Antarctic research logistics once standardised to IEEE and other global standards soon.

13:00 - 15:00 - Measurement and Technology

Dr Alessandro Pezzoli, senior lecturer, DIST - Politecnico di Torino, ITALY

13:00 - Subsecond irradiance measurements with a fast response secondary standard pyranometer
Dr Mario Po, researcher, EKO Instruments, NETHERLANDS
In this paper we evaluate a recently developed ISO 9060 secondary standard global irradiance sensor intended for high-end applications. The sensor permits measurements with a response time below 1 sec at a confidence level >98%. Validation of the sensor measurements is performed by comparing its measurements with the output from conventional secondary standard pyranometers, and faster photodiode-based sensors. The new sensor is capable of accurately measuring irradiance variations below 1s, such as cloud enhancement events, which the conventional slower thermopile detectors tend to smooth.

13:30 - Supplementary air quality monitoring
Hannamari Jaakkola, business development manager, Vaisala Oyj, FINLAND
Air quality affects quality of life, but current monitoring networks do not provide enough information on local conditions. In today’s statutory air quality networks, measurements are made with fixed stations using standard reference methods. Analysers using these methods are well established and accurate, but costly to acquire, operate and maintain, so the quantity and spatial density of these stations is relatively low. Typically, stations are several kilometres apart even in big cities. Supplementary air quality monitoring provides a new type of cost-effective solution for monitoring ambient air quality, providing real-time information about the local air quality.

14:00 - ALERT2: US/AU open standard RF protocol for excellent hydromet data
Ilse Gayl, chairman, OneRain Inc, USA
For 40 years, many flood managers have relied on monitoring networks using ALERT, an inexpensive radio protocol. Real-time rainfall, water levels and other parameters in an open standard created a healthy supplier market. Today’s requirements for efficient bandwidth use, complete error-free data, and more monitoring sites led to a new protocol: ALERT2, trademarked by the non-profit USA-based National Hydrologic Warning Council. Used by leading US flood management agencies, it is starting in Australia and is supported by at least 11 vendors. Current enhancements include two-way and control functions, encryption and hybrid media network support (e.g. ALERT2 over IP).

14:30 - From sunrise to sunset: an improved sunshine duration measurement
Dr Niek-Jan Bink, Director/co-owner, M&Air BV, NETHERLANDS
Currently the WMO defines sunshine as when direct irradiance exceeds a threshold of 120W/m2. When using this definition, it is not possible to easily determine sunshine during sunrise and sunset. We propose a method consisting of two elements: measuring illuminance instead of irradiance and a unique airmass-based threshold. Preliminary results show improved sunshine detection at low solar elevation angles as well as improved accuracy with relation to pyranometric-based methods.

*This Programme may be subject to change.

Day 3

Thursday 12 October

11:00 - 11:30 - Requirements of developing countries

11:00 - Environmental monitoring in DCs with a new open hardware solution
Dr Adriano Fedi, senior engineer, Acrotec Foundation, ITALY
This work aims at describing the application of a new open hardware solution in the Caribbean area and in Bolivia. ACRONET Paradigm covers every aspect regarding environmental monitoring systems, from design to data visualisation. Some activities are normally in charge to the end users: local people are normally involved in installation and maintenance activities. Furthermore, data is fully accessible as schematics, bills of materials and firmware are, also giving the possibility for people with proper expertise to realise everything with full autonomy. These aspects tend to make ACRONET Paradigm particularly suitable for application in DCs.

11:30 - 13:30 - Agriculture/Environmental

11:30 - Working with weather: advances in agricultural field management
Russell Heilig, VP of development, Davis Instruments, USA
Continued development of affordable and robust monitoring equipment has greatly aided farm and field managers in making strong operating decisions. The combination of local sensors and reliable telemetry has made the processes of irrigation, frost and crop management much more efficient, allowing managers to better evaluate areas of concern, and more optimally deploy resources. The presentation will walk through examples of how this new data is being assembled, processed and presented to the decision makers to help optimise their field operations.

12:00 - Handheld wind measurements as input to numerical weather prediction
Kasper Hintz, industrial PhD student, Vaavud, DENMARK
Sensors for smartphones, including low-cost anemometers, are becoming increasingly available. Incorporating data from such sensors in numerical weather prediction and via sharing has great potential to improve decision making in many industries, such as agriculture and construction, etc. as well as in many recreational situations, such as sailing, drone flying and so on. This data can be used in post-processing, to estimate surface characteristics such as roughness length, etc., and potentially in data assimilation. Realising the full potential, of course, requires the data to be thoroughly validated – a task for which machine learning is well suited.

12:30 - Seasonal weather predictions and remote sensing applied to irrigated agriculture
Vittorio Marletto, agrometeorologist, Arpae, ITALY
Climate services are essential to help agriculture in adaptation to climate change. A European project ( is providing and testing a new range of services to irrigated farmland, based on seasonal and weekly weather predictions, satellite remote sensing and modelling of soils and crops. The services include crop mapping, irrigation needs forecasting, crop water demand and other relevant variables. Users of the new services include irrigation districts, reclamation consortia and possibly individual farmers. Tests are under way in four demonstration areas in Italy, Spain, Romania and Morocco.

13:00 - Meteorological risk assessment – 30 years of history and real-time weather mapping
Karl G Gutbrod, CEO, Meteoblue AG, SWITZERLAND
Historical weather data is key for estimating crop yield, risk analysis or site assessments. Furthermore, it can be used as a forecasting tool by comparing the current season with the outcome of similar years in the past. For short-term forecasting, every application requires specially tailored weather maps that can be configured on the fly. For week-ahead planning, weather forecasts are of key importance to assess short-term risks. With interactive weather maps, spatial patterns can be analysed from the global to the local scale. Visualising current observations, satellite data, weather forecast, air pollution and ocean data can be combined to meet user-specific needs on the fly.

13:30 - 14:00 - Military

13:30 - Mobile weather support capabilities
Jos Leten, wing commander, Belgian Air Force, BELGIUM
In different conflict zones or disaster areas, military forces require accurate meteorological and oceanographic information, tailored to the client's demands. Highly skilled personnel and state-of-the-art equipment is needed to fulfil this mission. International cooperation is a must to overcome all challenges. This presentation offers an insight into how to deal with the unexpected.

14:00 - 15:00 - Panel Discussion- Private/Public Global Weather Enterprise
This panel will focus on the growing partnership between the public and private sectors, plans on how to move forward and improve active engagement with the end result being a high quality enterprise, that ensures worldwide comparability.

*This Programme may be subject to change.


Tue 10 October 10.00 - 16.00

HMEI Annual meeting from 16:00hrs. All welcome. HMEI drinks party from 17:30hrs

Wed 11 October 10.00 - 19.00**

**free drinks party from 17.30hrs to 19.00hrs

Thur 12 October 10.00 - 16.00
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