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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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Introduction to Machine Learning for Earth Observation - A practical approach

27- 29 September 2022 / Darmstadt, Germany

Interested in increasing your knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques? Participants from Member State weather and associated services are welcome to apply for the course "Introduction to Machine Learning for Earth Observation". This course will take place at the EUMETSAT headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany on 27-29 September 2022.

The training will provide an overview of machine learning potential for EUMETSAT data, and the main machine learning techniques, with hands-on modules using real world data. Attendees will need to be comfortable editing Python using Jupyter notebooks.

More information and link to apply can be found on the EUMETSAT training site.

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Register for the 4th Joint ECMWF/ESA/EUMETSAT School on Atmospheric Composition

September,October 2022 / Online

The 4th joint school presents the state-of-the-art in atmospheric composition monitoring and modelling, with a focus on chemistry and climate. As usual, it will consist of two parts:

  • 28-30 September: Scientific lectures from leading scientists in the field; open to all
  • 4-6 October: practical hands-on sessions; restricted to selected participants

The school is of interest for early-career scientists, researchers from academia and research institutes, young scientists from industry, and anyone interested in atmospheric composition monitoring and modeling.

Find our more about the event at https://atmostraining.info/. Registration are open until 25 July 2022.

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Eumetcal Workshop 2022

19-21 October 2022 / Online and De Bilt, Netherlands

The Eumetcal 2 programme would like to invite you to a hybrid workshop dedicated to creating a European community of practice in education and training. We hope that in this community we can share our educational challenges, ideas and strategies about providing education as well as resources and professional development opportunities that are available at "any time" and "anywhere".

In the workshop we hope to build up trust and a create a good foundation for collaboration within our community. Some other sessions will explore using evidence-based teaching and learning pedagogies for hybrid and online learning, sharing of training resources, using new tools or using existing tools more effectively. The aim of the workshop is to enable ourselves to create better training that is available at anytime, anywhere.

The workshop will take place online and at KNMI (De Bilt) and will start on the 19 October at 07.00 UTC / 09.00 local time. It will end on Friday, the 21 October at noon.

More information will follow later this summer.

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Upcoming EUMETSAT Copernicus marine training activities 2022 - Part 1

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The EUMETSAT Copernicus marine training team is looking forward to a busy second half of the year. During Q3 and Q4 of 2022, they invite you to:

  • 30 June, onlineshort webinar on accessing Sentinel-3 via the EUMETSAT Data Store. Practical examples of GUI and API based functionality will be discussed.
  • 11-15 July, online – Interested in interfaces between remote sensing & human health? We will be contributing to the training programme of Open Network on Water Related Diseases (ONWARD) project.
  • 18-29 July, France – At the IOCCG Summer Lecture Series we will be there discussing ocean colour remote sensing in complex waters.
  • 29 Sept – Short course on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich via webinar. For more information, please see the EUMETSAT short course training page.
  • 2-7 October, Vietnam – One day training course as part of the 2022 Ocean Optics. We will cover the basics of using Sentinel-3 OLCI data, including data access and Python and SNAP-based workflows.

Continue in the next article.

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Upcoming EUMETSAT Copernicus marine training activities 2022 - Part 2

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Continuation from the previous article:

  • 31 Oct-25 Nov – Our flagship Marine Data Stream course will commence in late October and run for four weeks. It will focus on the use of Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 for marine applications, plus data from contributory missions and downstream services. The course will feature a self-paced, online preparatory stage and, in the final week, an intensive virtual classroom where we co-develop the applications you are interested in.

In addition, you will also find us at Sentinel-6 and Sentinel-3 validation team meetings, the OSTST science team meeting, and Oceans from Space. If you are planning events where we can contribute, get in contact with us via copernicus.training@eumetsat.int.

We will continue to develop our public resources to support users of EUMETSAT Copernicus marine data via case studies, python-based code examples and knowledge bases. Please check these regularly for updates. If you have feedback or questions on any of these items, please contact us via our helpdesk email ops@eumetsat.int. We would be happy to hear it!

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Workshop: Earth Observation Products for Wildfire Monitoring and Forecasting

18 - 20 October / Lisbon, Portugal

This three day workshop will take place at IPMA in Lisbon, Portugal and will focus on:

  1. showcasing new data and products for wildfire monitoring from satellite missions and Copernicus services
  2. reporting on specific wildfire events in 2021/2022, including practical workflows from data collection to fire management
  3. analysing climate impact and emission estimations

The workshop is jointly organised by EUMETSAT, ECMWF, ECMWF-EFFIS, AC-SAF, LSA-SAF and Pyrolife – University of Wageningen.

More information will be available soon on the EUMETSAT website.

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Training on dust monitoring and forecasting in Casablanca (French)

6 - 13 November 2022 / Casablanca, Morocco

For the French speaking community, a training on dust monitoring and forecasting will be organised this autumn in Morocco. The training will be jointly organised and offered by Direction General Meteo (DGM), SDS-WAS WMO Regional Center, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, EUMETSAT and Meteo France.

More information will be published on EUMETSAT's training website soon.

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Eumetcal Train the Trainer Course

November 2022 - March 2023 / Online

Do you need to deliver training and know a lot about meteorology, but are unsure how to make effective learning experiences for your learners? Do you need to create a quiz, which you know all the answers for, but don't know how to write good questions that will test your learners? Do you wish to make your training and workshops more engaging and memorable, but are unsure how to do it? Then you should participate in the third Eumetcal Train the Trainer Course starting in November.

Its main purpose is to help trainers, and those working in the education and training community, to increase their capabilities to design, develop and deliver online or blended courses. You will learn about the latest research in learning science, and have the opportunity to apply your new knowledge in many challenging, but fun, tasks. With the help of the course facilitators, you will formulate learning objectives, develop activities, and draft assessment questions on a topic chosen by you. You will practice analysing your courses and determine how well they helped your learners achieve the course objectives.

The first two courses were very successful and participants produced interesting training materials. Join the course and be part of this collaborative team as well!

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Event week "Application of water vapour products for analysis and nowcasting"

12 Dec 2022 - 16 Dec 2022 / Online

Water vapour products (single channels, and RGBs) exhibit a high potential for improving nowcasting in many fields. However, they are not commonly used in many forecasting services. To aid forecasters a EUMeTrain event week will be held from 12-16 December 2022, focusing on the application of water vapour products for analysis and nowcasting.

Online presentations from experts will enable forecasters to create successful nowcasts by including also water vapour products in their daily work. Theoretical background will be one aspect. However, an important focus will be the practical application, using both MSG and future MTG channels.

The following subjects will be covered:

  • Basics about water vapour channels (inclusive MTG).
  • Fronts and cylogenesis (Norwegian theory and Shapiro-Keyser).
  • Structures in water vapour products as indicators for convection.
  • The relationship between water vapour and Saharan dust.

In addition, techniques will demonstrate how to derive the vertical water content, to estimate humidity in low levels, and to diagnose precipitable water content.

The announcement with more details (presentation titles with corresponding abstracts and the schedule) will be fixed by end of August 2022 on the EUMeTrain website.

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The Atmospheric Composition team at the EUMETSAT conference

19 - 23 September / Brussels, Belgium

We will be at the EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2022 with two conference talks and two hands-on workshops:

  • Mon, 19/09 – 17-17:15: Using Jupyter Notebooks for Earth Observation data access, processing and visualisation
  • Wed, 21/09 – 17:15-17:30: Next-Generation Satellites: Case Studies and Jupyter Notebooks
  • Wed, 21/09 – 12:30-14:00: Hands-on workshop on Analysis Ready Data for Atmospheric Composition
  • Thu, 22/09 – 12:30-14:00: Hands-on workshop on Atmospheric Composition data

See you in Brussels!

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Resources & Tools
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RGB Colour Interpretation Tool

Online

EUMeTrain has developed an improved tool to help with RGB colour interpretation.

In order to analyse satellite products like the Natural Colour RGB, Airmass RGB and 24h Microphysics RGB, you need a tool which tells how much of each colour (red, green and blue) there is and what the reflectivities, temperatures or temperature differences are that describe that specific colour of a pixel. In the past, EUMeTrain had a tool which did just that, however it was limited, as you could only choose some predefined products produced from SEVIRI data. Now, with this new tool users can add their own RGB composites, change the colour ranges for each product , and use different gamma corrections for the images they need.

To try out the upgraded tool, go EUMeTrain's website and download the "RGB Colour Interpretation Tool". When you download it, there are already some predefined recipes which you can use to analyse more products than before, but there are also instructions on how to add your custom recipes to analyse whatever product you want.

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What's new at Eumetcal?

Online

The Eumetcal Portal has recently been updated to a new, modern-looking design. Along with the fancy new UI, the portal has received a few new features. The new design allows us to make new events and resources more visible and to highlight certain events, making them eye-catching.

Additionally, we've got two new features for the Catalog - Learning pathways and Experts database. Pathways allow us to create a series of linked courses and activities. Users only needs to sign up once and the system does all the work for them. In the Expert database, users can choose to be flagged as an expert in a field and be visible to the community, or searchable through the search function using the keywords.

We've also updated our registration process, making it easy for users to be automatically sorted into a group and given access to learning activities, without having to wait for admins to do that. Less waiting, more learning!

All of these features are fully operational and we hope that the community will make a good use out of them.

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Newly published: 2 Thematic training modules on Fire and Dust monitoring

Online

We recently developed and published two thematic modules on "FANGS - Fire Applications with Next-Generation Satellites" and "Dust Aerosol Detection, Monitoring and Forecasting". Both modules are in form of an online book, which is based on Jupyter notebooks. The thematic modules have been developed to support training on the two thematic applications. The modules introduce you to different datasets and products on dust monitoring and forecasting as well as proxy and simulated data to detect and monitor the fire life-cycle.

Both online books are accompanied by a dedicated Jupyter-based training platform, where the Jupyter notebooks can be executed:

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Stories & Achievements
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Convection Working Group and MTG 3T Forum meetings

16 - 20 May 2022 / Budapest, Hungary

The Convection Working Group and MTG 3T Forum meetings were held jointly on 16-20 May 2022.

This event was intended for CWG and MTG 3T Forum participants. Ninety online and on-site participants from 22 countries, took part. During the week, the groups discussed various current topics on convection monitoring through satellites, including the new imager channels and products, data visualisation, satellite vertical profiles, and lightning observations from space.

This event was arranged in hybrid mode, with half of the participants onsite in the Budapest meeting room, while the other half attended remotely. In the current circumstances this arrangement proved out to be the most effective to allow fruitful discussions onsite and online, with seamless communication between the audiences.

The next Convection Working Group meeting will be hosted by CHMI, Czechia, in late 2023 or early 2024, and it will be the first Convection Working Group meeting in the Meteosat Third Generation era.

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The MTG & EPS-SG User Days took place in Darmstadt

31 May – 2 June 2022 / Darmstadt, Germany

The user days on the next-generation satellite programmes, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG), were held as an in-person event, bringing together users of EUMETSAT data from the national hydrometeorological services, other operational agencies, the R&D community, and manufacturers of software and hardware.

In this first community gathering organised since the COVID-19 outbreak, 153 external participants from 32 countries (28 member states) attended.

The event covered a number of subjects, including:

  • Assessing users' readiness for next-generation MTG-I1 data.
  • Discussing research & developments needed to fully exploit the innovation potential in MTG and EPS-SG data, incl. with the European Commission, CAMS.
  • Highlighting innovative data processing and visualisation techniques in a technical exhibition with six manufacturers of software and hardware.

The agenda, presentations and reports from the round table discussions are available on the meeting website.

A report from the meeting is under development. It will describe findings and recommendations regarding user preparation, and R&D related to next-generation satellite data.

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EUMETSAT engagements at the Liège Colloquium, 2022

16 - 20 May 2022 / Liège, Belgium

This year, the 53rd International Colloquium on Ocean dynamics, hosted by the University of Liège, focused on low oxygen environments in marine and coastal waters.

While not directly measurable from space, satellite-based SST and ocean colour can provide useful ancillary information to describe environments where deoxygenation may occur - such as in relation to harmful algal blooms or where turbidity signals may indicate hydrogen sulphide production. Our training at the event comprised of two, two-hour training sessions, featuring live demonstrations on accessing Sentinel-3 data and working with OLCI and SLSTR. In support of these events we also presented a poster with links to further resources, based on regional case studies focused on deoxygenation events off the Namibian and South African coasts.

The event highlighted several ways in which satellite data can be more widely used in support of operational cruise planning, and opened new avenues for cross-platform information exchanges with in situ oceanographers.

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Shaping the future - EUMETSAT support for Climate Services

8 - 10 Jun 2022 / Darmstadt, Germany and Online

EUMETSAT and the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) invited the governmental climate offices of EUMETSAT member states to discuss their needs from satellite-based climate data and services. Twenty-seven participants representing 15 member states and Copernicus services, met in Darmstadt, or joined the discussion online. Examples of successful applications of satellite-based climate data were demonstrated, such as the Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS), from the EU's Joint Research Centre, or the climate dashboard by the Met Office.

In several working groups, participants discussed possibilities to facilitate an uptake in the use of satellite data to improve their services. Concrete projects to collaborate on this have been identified.

The participants appreciated the format of the workshop and emphasised the importance of high quality, long-term and homogenous Climate Data Records, as provided by EUMETSAT.

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Supporting Marine Earth Observation Educators Workshop (SMEE)

30 May - 17 June 2022 / Online

May/June 2022 saw the most recent implementation of the Supporting Marine Educators Workshop (SMEE). Thirty-five professionals from across the educational spectrum, from over 20 countries, met to discuss our experiences in training, share available training material, and develop new resources for future use.

Through a mix of open discussion sessions, one-to-one appointments, and self-paced modules, we worked to produce a wide array of learning artefacts based on data from the EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine Data Stream, the Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS), and International Oceanographic Data Exchange (IODE).

Examples include:

  • Development of undergraduate and high school lesson plans on using satellite-based ocean colour data in specific regions.
  • The ncorporation of SST data in regional diving apps.
  • Collaborative Jupyter Notebook design between EUMETSAT and OSI-SAF.
  • Development of training resources to support the upcoming NASA PACE mission.

The SMEE course will run every two years, so we hope to see you in 2024 if you are interested in collaborating with us in a train-the-trainer capacity.

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Switzerland goes World Weather

May / June 2022 / Winterthur, Switzerland

In their daily weather business, our forecasters usually talk about alpine meteorology, snow and, maybe, thunderstorms, but very rarely about tornadoes, hurricanes or monsoon. That's what we wanted to change in this year's two-day training course.

For several reasons, among others social media and provisional TAFs, we found it important that our meteorologists in Switzerland have the possibility to think outside of the box and learn more about such interesting and relevant world weather events!

We aimed to gather experts from around the world to speak about those phenomena. And thanks to our colleagues from EUMETSAT, Eumetcal members, and our connections to North America, we were able to find experts on topics like Saharan dust, tropical weather, medicanes, African easterly waves, and more.

At the start of the two-day course, our meteorologists heard a presentation about global catastrophe research, to warm up with the topic. In a self-learning phase, the participants were able to delve deeply into two of topics of their interest and create factsheets, drafts for social media posts, and collect images for a common gallery. The final highlight was a presentation on tornadoes from our KNMI colleague.

Overall, the course was a big success. We were able to build up a good knowledge base during the course and are now prepared for the next hurricane or atmospheric river.

Are you planning a similar course? Contact us: forecast_training@meteoswiss.ch, we are more than happy to share with you what we have!

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International Summer School 2022

20 - 29 June 2022 / Bracciano, Italy

This year EUMETSAT's International School concentrated on application of data from the newest multi-spectral environmental satellites. In aimed to enable users of satellite data to enhance their understanding of different satellite data and how to use such data in various application areas.

The course provided an in-depth explanation of methods and techniques used to extract information from environmental satellite data, with emphasis on the latest measuring technologies. The course consisted of lectures, laboratory sessions, group lab projects, and quizzes.

Special attention was given to the Meteosat Third Generation imaging mission - exploring its potential trough dedicated Jupyter Notebook labs, that were run through virtual machines hosted by the European Weather Cloud.

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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 petteri.pyykko@fmi.fi with the name and contact details of your expert(s).

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