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The Training Bulletin

Joint newsletter related to new activities and resources
in European meteorological training

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Activities & events
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A new phase for the EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine Training Service

2022 / Online

In January 2022, EUMETSAT commissioned phase two of their Copernicus Marine Training Service, building on the extensive list of training activities over the last five years. The new service, which features experienced trainers and applications experts in ocean colour, sea surface temperature and altimetry, expects to deliver a busy calendar of events this year.

The team invites users to get in touch: "In the short team, we look forward to engaging with you at some of the following events in the next quarter. In the longer term, this year we expect to deliver training events at Ocean Optics, the IOCCG Summer Lecture series, the OSTST science team meetings, as well as deliver a suite of short courses and our annual long form Copernicus Marine Data Stream course. This list is not exhaustive, and if you are planning events where we can contribute, then please get in contact with us at

"Throughout the year we also expect to deliver an extensive array of public resources to support users of EUMETSAT Copernicus marine data via case studies, python-based code examples and knowledge bases. If you have feedback or questions on any of these items, please contact us via email at We would be happy to hear it!"

See the next article for more details on upcoming marine training activities.

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Upcoming EUMETSAT Copernicus marine training activities

2022 / Online

  • 16-20 May - At the 53rd Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics we hope to discuss ways in which satellite data can support the monitoring of deoxygenation events. Bite sized sessions on how to best access data to support these applications are planned.
  • We'll be at the ESA Living Planet Symposium (LPS) and European Geophysical Union (EGU) conferences with posters and oral sessions. We are looking forward to discussing new options for Copernicus marine data access from EUMETSAT (LPS: C5.03), and ways in which we can collaborate to expand our training reach (EGU22-11436).
  • 30 May-17 June - If you are a marine or remote sensing educator, or plan to be in the near future, we invite you to apply for the online Supporting Marine Earth Observation Educators (SMEE) workshop designed in collaboration with IODE and Mercator Ocean.
  • 27 June-1 July, Barcelona - If you are part of the GHRSST community, we hope to meet you at the 23rd science team meeting, for discussions on collaborative training approaches to serve the SST community.
  • 29 June-1 July, Pamplona - For our Spanish-speaking community, we will be conducting a short course on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich (S6-MF) and developments in altimetry at the XIX Congreso de la Asociación Española de Teledetección.
  • 15 June - Join us for a short webinar on S6MF (see training page). If you would like more information on the origin of the mission, its capability and role as the new reference sensor, we encourage you to sign up. Practical information on data access and examples of usage will be provided.

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Registration open for the EUMeTrain Marine Course

24 October to 7 December 2022 / Online

The 5th EUMeTrain Marine Course is being held online, both in synchronous and asynchronous modes, from 24 October to 7 December 2022.

The course addresses marine forecasters across Europe and aims to strengthen their competencies in analysing, forecasting, and issuing warnings related to hazardous meteorological phenomena.

During the course, students will learn about winds in the marine environment (namely scatterometer wind observations), ocean waves (both model outputs and altimeter observations), and marine fog. They will have the opportunity to be in direct contact with experts in these areas.

The course will be led by IPMA in cooperation with EUMETSAT and with the support of Eumetcal.

The registration to the course is free and will be open until 31 May 2022. The number of participants is limited to 25. For more information on the course, see the Marine Course announcement.

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International Summer School on Applications with the Newest Multi-spectral Environmental Satellites

20 to 29 June / Bracciano, Italy

The Italian Air Force - Department of Meteorology and EUMETSAT are organising the International Summer School on Applications with the Newest Multi-spectral Environmental Satellites in Bracciano, Italy from 20 to 29 June 2022.

The overall objective of the course is an in-depth explanation of methods and techniques used to extract information from the environmental satellite data (both GEO and LEO), with emphasis on the latest measuring technologies, namely MTG mission, due to be launched by the end of this year.

The course will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, group lab projects and tests. Throughout the course, participants will be actively engaging with selected satellite data, exploring its utility using different visualisation tools that are widely available, such as SIFT, McIDAS-V and Jupyter Notebooks.

Nominated participants from EUMETSAT members can apply.

Apply via the EUMETSAT training website.

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Joint organisation of the Convection Working Group and the MTG 3T Forum

16 to 20 May 2022 / Budapest, Hungary and Online

The Convection Working Group and the MTG 3T Forum will be jointly held from 16 to 20 May 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.

In order to facilitate the exchange of ideas, in particular for MTG, the two groups will new developments and research in convective event analysis and forecast, plus plans for using next generation satellite data and products.

The topics to be covered:

  • New imager channels and products.
  • Data visualisation for the new generation satellites.
  • Satellite vertical profiles.
  • Lightning observations from space.
  • Research -Operations conversations.
  • Multi - sensor and integrated approaches.
  • Multi - sensor and integrated approaches.

The meetings will have approximately 70 participants from around the world. Online participation to the event will also be supported.

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MTG + EPS-SG User Days

31 May to 2 June 2022 / Darmstadt, Germany

User Days on the next-generation satellite programmes, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG), will be held in-person in Darmstadt Germany in on 31 May-2 June.

With the first MTG imaging satellite due for launch in late 2022, operational services need to ascertain their readiness to access and process data products, and learn how to most effectively use them.

The three-day event will include panel discussions, technical exhibitions, exchange of knowledge and experience and hands-on and brainstorming sessions among participants.

Find out more about the event.

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High impact weather webinars

11 April and 2 May 2022 / Online

The High Impact Weather summer course (HIW) focused on the use of a particular forecasting method based on Doswell's ingredient-based forecasting method IBM. This method assumes that three ingredients are needed for convection: moisture, lift and instability (plus vertical wind shear to take the modes in convection into account). It was created by Rob Groenland (KNMI) and Eumetcal in 2021.

After the course concluded, material was made available to the public as a standalone time-independent material. It can be accessed on the Eumetcal Portal.

Rob will hold two more follow-up webinars - on 11 April at 9:00 UTC and 2 May at 9:00 UTC. Register for webinars. Both webinars and the course material are free and open to all.

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Resources & Tools
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Appearance of snow in Cloud Phase RGB imagery


A new case study on snow cover in Spain in January 2021, monitored using VIIRS Cloud Phase RGB imagery, is now available.

Cloud Phase RGB is a candidate to become a standard RGB created from data of the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) of the future Meteosat Third Generation satellites. In Cloud Phase RGB the 2.25μm channel is used, which will be a new channel with FCI. Currently, NOAA-20/VIIRS and NPP/VIIRS data can be used as proxy data for MTG-FCI over Europe.

In this study, we examined the appearance of the snow in Cloud Phase RGB images using NOAA-20/NPP VIIRS data. We put emphasis on how using the 2.25μm channel contributes to a more detailed visual assessment of the physical properties of snow. The study contains a brief summary of the physical background, example images, and analysis of the temporal change in the snow characteristics in Cloud Phase RGB images. It was found that the colour shade of the snow in the Cloud Phase RGB is sensitive to the snow grain size.

Read the case study.

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Quick guides on new visible channels of the future FCI imager


Two quick guides on the new visible channels of the Meteosat Third Generation FCI imager - VIS0.4 and a VIS0.5 - have recently been published. The new guides contain examples, applications, guidelines, physical background, benefits, and limitations.

These include:

  • Using these channels to product True Colour RGB images.
  • Getting more accurate information on aerosol plumes, like smog, dust, volcanic ash, smog, thanks to strong scattering on aerosols and molecules.
  • Aerosol plumes detection even over land.
  • Distinguishing between aerosol plumes with fine and coarse particles.
  • Identifying some components of sea surface water, e.g. sediment and algae bloom.
  • Better monitoring of vegetation.

Access the quick guides.

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Stories & Achievements
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Training School & Workshop on Dust Aerosol Detection and Monitoring

25 January to 2 February 2022 / Online

A second edition of the dust training school and workshop was organised online at the end of January. Around 90 attendees were active in the school, while 24 were further selected for the workshop.

The training course provided an awareness of the state-of-the-art satellite-based, ground-based, and model-based products for aerosol detection and monitoring, as well as offering opportunities to learn about the applicability and effectiveness of the respective products. It included live data discovery sessions, recorded webinars for self-study and Q&A sessions with experts.

The workshop also held intensive three day practical training on different types of data for dust monitoring and prediction. Participants worked in small groups, together with a trainer, on guided exercises during two-hour daily sessions.

Access the study materials.

The event was jointly organised by EUMETSAT and the WMO SDS-WAS Regional Center, managed by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the Spanish Meteorological State Agency (AEMET), with the support of Copernicus and ACTRIS programmes.

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3 online sessions about SINFONY - The Seamless INtegrated Forecasting sYstem of DWD

26 Jan 2021 / 15 Jun 2021 / 07 Dec 2021 / Online

During 2021, Dr Ulrich Blahak and Dr Wilfried Jacobs, from Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), ran three sessions about SINFONY with around 40 participants. Several national meteorological services in Europe participated, providing information about developments and ongoing projects at their services. Eumetcal supported the organisation of the events.

Project SINFONY is an ongoing project at DWD for developing the new Seamless INtegrated FOrecastINg sYstem—SINFONY, that yields very-short-range forecasts from 0-12 hours without inconsistencies. Presently, forecasts of up to two hours are based on nowcasting, whereas longer forecasts are mainly done by numerical weather prediction (NWP). There is no seamless transition of structures in forecast fields over lead time from Nowcasting to NWP. As well as the new forecasting techniques (inclusive Ensemble forecasts of 'Cell objects', both in radar and NWP), the assimilation of new data categories (in addition to radar satellite data and lightning detection) is under development. Additionally, 12 hour NWP runs will be available every hour. First tests exhibit promising forecasting skills. The combined products will also reduce the vast forecast information to a manageable level, to be efficiently used in the forecasting practice.

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Recordings of the 2022 EUMeTrain Wind Event Week now available

28 February to 4 March 2022 / Online

EUMeTrain recently held an Event Week on various topics related to wind in meteorology. The topic was discussed from various angles, ranging from the measurement point of view, including radar, to the aviation perspective (aircraft and ballooning) and from wind energy to tornadoes and turbulence. Two-and-a-half days were dedicated to SAFs and their wind products, such as satellite-derived winds and transport mechanisms involved in transport processes. The impact of wind on clouds, as seen in gravity waves, and wind measurements using innovative techniques such as UAS (drones), were also addressed in presentations.

Ninety-four participants from three continents and 25 different countries joined the sessions, with presenters coming mainly from Europe and the USA.

Check out the recordings.

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Resources available from the 2022 HSAF user workshop

24 to 28 January 2022 / Online

The 5th H SAF workshop aimed to present satellite-derived products related to precipitation, soil moisture, and snow over land, in support to hydrology and water management.

Twenty-seven oral presentations and six keynote speakers were active at the workshop. More than 200 participants joined the workshop, from Italy (37), Morocco (19), Turkey (13), France (10), Germany (10) and Nigeria (10).

Access the workshop material.

The workshop was organised by ZAMG and H SAF, with the support of EUMeTrain.

EUMETSAT's H SAF is the Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H SAF). It provides both continuous quality assessment of products and the evaluation of their hydrological impact, for the benefit of the end user communities.

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Short introduction to the Train the Trainer course


If you are involved in training at your office or in the international community, you could face some questions:

  • How to make the course interesting and attractive?
  • How to engage participants, and what methods could be used?
  • Should learners be put at risk?
  • What challenges should our brains experience?
  • Training Development Plan – is it a help or an obligation?
  • What are the main points of feedback and training assessment?

You will find answers to these questions, and much more, on the Train the Trainers course organised by Eumetcal.

Since last November, 17 trainers from different European countries have been involved in a six month online course. Two experts – Fabienne Werder (MeteoSwiss) and Tsvetomir Ross-Lazarov (COMET program) designed and implemented the course.

After the kick off session, seven active sessions were organised, as well as a final Show and Tell session. Using different online tools (collaborative, polling etc.) and the Eumetcal Moodle platform, participants were able to discuss, create individual presentations, and complete exercises. No barriers between experts and learners led to a friendly and easy-working atmosphere where problems were shared, discussed and solved together.

Find our more about the next edition planned for November 2022 or explore all resources of the Expert Center on the same page.

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Jobs & Opportunities

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Experts needed on the subject of icing in aviation

Autumn 2022

This year in autumn, FMI is organizing a 2-day workshop on the subject of subject of icing in aviation. The aim of this workshop is to discuss with experts how the new generation of satellite data can be used in an effective manner during these situations.

Do you have any recommendations for an expert or experts in satellite, icing and aviation who are willing to help FMI to provide the workshop? If you do so, please send an email to with the name and contact details of your expert(s).

Thanks a lot for your support!
FMI and the Eumetcal Team