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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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Series of Severe Convective Storms Testbeds

May – October 2024 / Wiener Neustadt (Austria), Darmstadt (Germany)

ESSL and EUMETSAT are organising a series of testbeds to prepare forecasters from the EUMETSAT Member States for data from Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and Metop Second Generation (Metop-SG) satellites.

Testbeds are a useful approach for teaching forecasting severe convective storms using state-of-the-art or experimental forecasting tools, as well as for evaluating the tools.

During a testbed, forecasters learn by doing, by making severe weather forecasts and nowcasts using a mix of new nowcasting and forecasting tools, followed by a verification.

Particular focus is given to the use of proxy-MTG satellite data and, once operationally available, real data from MTG, preparing forecasters for the use of next-generation satellite data. A range of state-of-the-art nowcasting tools and numerical weather prediction-based guidance will be evaluated.

Dates & locations for 2024:

  • • 13-17 May, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
  • • 3-7 June, EUMETSAT (Darmstadt, Germany)
  • • 1-5 July, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
  • • 16-20 September, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)
  • • 7-11 October, ESSL Research and Training Centre (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)

Keep an eye on the Training Calendar for more information.

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

17 - 26 June 2024 / 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. This year's advanced course aims to discuss remote-sensing principles, methods and techniques for extracting information from the environmental satellite data (both GEO and LEO), with an emphasis on the latest measuring technologies, the new MTG mission.

The course will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, group lab projects and tests. Throughout the course, participants will be actively engaging with satellite data using visualisation tools such as SIFT, McIDAS-V and Jupyter Notebooks.

Nominated participants from EUMETSAT members can apply via the Training Calendar.

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Forecaster's Event Week

3 - 7 June 2024 / Online

Between 3 - 7 June, EUMeTrain is organising a very practice-oriented event week - the Forecaster's Week. For one week, there will be lectures and workshops on topics clearly related to weather forecasting. The spectrum of lectures ranges from aviation meteorology, sahara sand to convection and RGBs. The working methods of various weather services, their country-specific challenges and products will also be highlighted this week. As always with our Event Weeks, the presentations will also be recorded. Further information will be made available on the EUMeTrain website.

If you have any questions or suggestions for further topics, please contact: or

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Join us to learn about ocean extremes

27 May 2024 – 31 May 2024 / Liege, Belgium

This year, the 55th International Liege Colloquium will focus on ocean extremes. The final day of this event, which runs from 27 May to 31 May, will be dedicated to training on the use of tools to identify and characterise these extremes. As part of this, EUMETSAT will conduct a 3-hour practical session on the use of satellite data to monitor physical and biogeochemical ocean systems, providing workflows focussed on detecting harmful algal blooms, extreme waves, sea ice minima and marine heatwaves.

These workflows, which will consist of a series of Python-based Jupyter Notebooks, will be made available in a cloud computing environment, and will cover the use of EUMETSAT Marine Earth observation products from the Copernicus Programme and those generated from our Mandatory Missions by our Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application facility.

Product experts will be on site to answer any questions participants have about our programmes, missions and data.

For more information on how to register for the colloquium, including the training session, please visit the this link.

The EUMETSAT training team looks forward to seeing you there!

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The National Severe Weather Warning Service at the Met Office

25 April 2024 / Online

Established in the wake of a major windstorm over the UK in October 1987, the National Severe Weather Warning Service is the Met Office's flagship weather warning service.

This impact-based public warnings services uses a matrix to communicate the likelihood and impact of a number of weather hazards, in particular the general public and emergency planning and responder communities.

In this webinar, one of the Met Office's Chief Operational Meteorologists, who is responsible for issuing these warnings, will talk through the warnings service, explaining how warnings are made and what the matrix used to communicate the warnings is used. One of the Senior Scientists in the Weather Impacts Science Team who has developed some of the decision aids used to make these warnings will discuss aspects of these decision aids. Finally, there will also be input from the Met Office Civil Contingencies Advisors who are involved in communicating these warnings to the emergency responder community.

The webinar will be presented by Dan Suri (UKMO). It will take place on Thursday 25 April 2024 at 11:00 UTC / 13:00 CEST. It is free and open for everyone.

Register here.

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AIs in Education webinar

2 May 2024 / Online

EUMETCAL is announcing a webinar on AI in Education: Customizing ChatGPT for Enhanced Support and Interaction in Educational Activities to take place on 2 May, 13:00 UTC.

This webinar delves into an array of AI solutions currently transforming educational activities, spotlighting ChatGPT’s versatile applications. We'll guide you through the process of tailoring ChatGPT to meet specific educational needs, enhancing its utility in creating learning materials. Join us to explore how AI not only augments current educational practices, but also paves the way for future innovations.

Register here.

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WGCEF webinars

23 May 2024, 20 Jun 2024 / Online

Two more WG CEF webinars have been scheduled in the upcoming months - MeteoSwiss warning system by Josué Gehring on 23 May 2024 and IMO warning system by Helga Ívarsdóttir on 20 June 2024. Both webinars start at 11:00 UTC. Further details will be made available in future.

Both webinars are free and open for everyone.

Register here:

MeteoSwiss, warning system

IMO warning system

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EUMeTrain Weather Briefings

Monthly / Online

Once a month EUMeTrain organizes a Weather Briefing open to everyone to discuss the present weather situation. The basis of the discussions are today's satellite images and the corresponding numerical weather prediction data. A basic knowledge on conceptual models used in satellite meteorology is of advantage to follow the presentations.

The Weather Briefings are offered by meteorologists from Croatia, Portugal, Finland, Hungary and Austria. At the end of the briefings, participants have the opportunity to discuss with the presenters. Find them here or on the EUMeTrain channel on YouTube.

To find out about the future Weather Briefings, go here or keep an eye on the Training Calendar.

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Resources & Tools
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The EUMETSAT User Portal is now live


The EUMETSAT user portal, the most recent addition to our online services, is the one-stop-shop for our satellite data users.

By exploring the portal, users can browse the data catalogue, learn about the portfolio of data access options and learn how data may be used for atmospheric composition, climate, emergency, marine and weather monitoring. In the near future, users will be able to register for, and personalise subscriptions to, data via the user portal, replacing the existing Earth Observation Portal.

The user portal is a major step forward in how our users obtain and access our satellite data and information, enhancing the experience for all.

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Easy-to-build simulator tool for meteorological training


Meteorological simulators are used in training events to challenge the meteorologists in preparing actual forecasts and warnings. Making decision in a safe environment and enabling meteorologists to work on significant weather event cases as they unfold is an engaging and authentic way to learn. Simulators can also be useful in assessing competencies, such as in aviation forecasting. Adding tasks, such as preparation of actual forecasts, enhances the simulation experience.

EUMETSAT has recently developed a simple simulator creator, easy to use, requiring minimal coding skills. It is openly available at European Weather Cloud for anyone to use. Data is organised in simple menus, tasks appear at desired times and new tasks and data are shown as time progresses. The first version of the tool was published in 2023, and the first user experiences by European and African users have shown that the tool works great for assembling and displaying meteorological data in a simple web browser.

Access the User Guide at EUMETSAT User Portal.

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New lesson: Determine Warning Levels Based on Impacts


Last October, for our third hackathon event, EUMETCAL was invited by KNMI to work on an e-learning module on diagnosing a weather event and determining the risk level based on not only the meteorological criteria and thresholds, but also the location, timing, human activities, media coverage and other factors.

The work is now complete, and we are happy to announce the new e-learning lesson “Determine Warning levels based on Impacts” available here.

We thank Marcel Bult (KNMI), Yorick de Wijs (KNMI) and Tsvet Ross-Lazarov (EUMETCAL/COMET) for their hard work preparing and creating this module.

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New lesson: Electrical Phenomena


We are pleased to introduce a new e-learning module on Electrical Phenomena. The module delves into the complexity of the Earth's global electrical circuit and explores various associated phenomena. This self-paced online module unravels the physical concepts behind lightning and other electrical phenomena, allowing learners to experience the meteorological conditions under which these phenomena can occur.

The module addresses forecasters, weather observers, and anyone eager to deepen their understanding of the Earth’s global electrical circuit.

Access the e-learning module here.

We would like to thank Dorothé Lucassen (KNMI) and Fabienne Werder (EUMETCAL Programme/MeteoSwiss) for their dedicated efforts in preparing and creating this module.

Consider combining this module with the Optical phenomena hackathon module, focusing on polar stratospheric clouds and noctilucent clouds.

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New lesson: Mountain Wave Turbulence for Aviation


The third module that was designed during the EUMETCAL Hackathon in spring, Mountain Wave Turbulence for Aviation, has now been published.

This e-learning module deals with the basic development of mountain wave turbulence. The knowledge transfer takes place in a dialogue between a pilot and an aviation weather forecaster and consists of short phases of knowledge transfer and many quiz-like interactions. After this online module, the user will be able to reproduce the generation processes of mountain waves. In addition to the necessary meteorological prerequisites, the effects in the atmosphere and visual characteristics are also recognised.

You can find the module here.

We thank Markus Fuchs (DWD), Gligor Mitkovski (M-NAV), Tor Ivar Mathisen (MetNo) and Madita Klepper (DWD) for their hard work developing and implementing this module.

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New lessons: Space Weather Decision Support for Aviation


Last October, for our second hackathon event, EUMETCAL was invited by ItAF to work on e-learning materials for a NATO Space Weather course. This hackathon has resulted in a set of e-learning materials in which learners can familiarize themselves with the types of space weather events impacting aviation, and the time scales over which airline operations may be affected. In addition, these materials offer practice with the interpretation of Space Weather products to be used in briefings and answer questions from aviation partners.

This set of e-learning materials consists out of:

All being combined in the EUMETCAL Space Weather learning pathway.

The complete NATO Space Weather Course will consist of two parts: an asynchronous phase in which learners will be doing the above-mentioned e-learning materials at their own pace and an online synchronous phase in which participants will practice what they have learned in the asynchronous phase of this training.

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Stories & Achievements
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The EUMETSAT-ESSL 2023 Testbeds & Expert Workshops

2023 / Austria

A series of EUMETSAT - ESSL Testbeds and Expert Workshops took place throughout 2023.

A total of 60 forecasters from 25 countries participated in the 4 weeks of tested organised in Wiener Neustadt (Austria). Participants had the opportunity to test and evaluate novel products, listen to expert talks and conduct daily weather briefings and verification sessions. In small groups, they engaged in daily forecasting, nowcasting and evaluation of forecast and nowcasting supporting tools.

Alongside the testbeds, a number of workshops took place throughout 2023 covering FCI test data, Cloud top features and MTG Lighting Imager.

In a survey circulated 5 to 9 months after the events, over 75% of the respondents (>50% response rate) reported having changed the way they do storm forecasting following their participation in a testbed event.

New series of testbeds are planned for 2024. These will focus on finalising the preparation for the shift from proxy to real MTG data.

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Learning how to interact with EUMETSAT Data Access services APIs through EUMETSAT Data Access Client

2 - 30 April 2024 / Online

At EUMETSAT Data Access Service unit, our primary goal is to simplify the process of accessing EO products from our extensive archive. Particular attention is given to our data access services, where we strive to provide an easy way to interact with our services' APIs, which represent the most complete and valuable way to obtain data. We aim to ensure that everyone can effortlessly explore and download our product collections, regardless of background or pre-existent skills.

We've recently launched a 5-week course designed to equip users with the necessary skills for accessing our data services.

Throughout the course, users will gain invaluable insights into navigating our data access services, such as Data Store and Data Tailor. From understanding the data retrieval processes using the Python library EUMDAC through Command Line Interfaces to mastering the utilization of our Jupyter Notebooks, participants will acquire a deep understanding of our service's capabilities. Upon completion of four modules, a certificate of participation is available.

Keep an eye on the EUMETSAT Data Access Services and their activities aimed at supporting the community harness the power of meteorological data for their needs.

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Jobs & Opportunities

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Remote Sensing Scientist – Polarimetry

by 25 April 2024

The Remote Sensing and Products (RSP) Division is tasked with providing the scientific expertise required to develop, implement, validate, maintain and evolve the operational observational products for all EUMETSAT satellites and agreed third party missions, as well as establishing the user requirements for future EUMETSAT satellite programmes.

EUMETSAT is now inviting highly motivated candidates from its Member States to apply.