First Announcement: November 2020 around-the-clock International Verification Methods Workshop Online (2020-IVMW-O)


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The WMO Joint Working Group on Forecast Verification Research (JWGFVR) is organizing the 2020 around-the-clock International Verification Methods Workshop Online (2020-IVMW-O). This virtual event intends to fill the time-gap between the 7th and 8th International Verification Methods Workshop, since the latter has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020-IVMW-O will span two weeks, from the 9th to the 13th and from the 16th to the 20th of November 2020, and will consist in 2-hour online daily sessions, with live-stream presentations and discussion. The sessions will be staggered in time in order to accommodate presenters in different time zones, while maintaining the verification discussion spinning around-the-clock.

The goal of the workshop is to discuss recent aspects of verification research and keep the research community updated on new verification practices, as applied to different types of weather forecasts and environmental predictions, on all spatial and temporal scales, from weather and sub-seasonal to seasonal and decadal, as well as for long climate projections. Participants are welcome from operational, research and forecast-user communities.

The workshop will include keynote talks along with contributed presentations. Abstracts are solicited on all aspects of verification methodology. Note that the focus of abstracts and presentations should be on the methodology rather than application of the methods to specific datasets. Subjects of interest include (but are not limited to): physical process diagnostics; error tracking; spatial verification methods; verification of high impact weather and extremes; use of alternative observations; representativeness and observation uncertainty; user-oriented verification and estimation of forecast value; verification of probability and ensemble forecasts; inference and properties of verification methods; verification tools and software; verification practices in operational environment. Abstract contributions from the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) endorsed High Impact Weather (HIW), Polar Prediction Project (PPP) and Sub-seasonal to Seasonal prediction project (S2S) are particularly encouraged.

Abstract submission, registrations and further information are available on the 2020-IVMW-O website.

Abstract submission and registration open: 30 June 2020.

Abstract submission closes: 31 August 2020.

Registration closes: 30 September 2020 (or when 250 registered attendees are attained).

Registration is free of charge.

Participation to the 2020-IVMW-O is only for registered attendees.