Annual Seminar 2020

ECMWF | Reading | 1-4 September 2020


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17 March 2020

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Numerical methods for atmospheric and oceanic modelling: recent advances and future prospects

This seminar will review recent advances in numerical methods for atmospheric and oceanic models that form part of modern weather prediction systems. There are several objectives that drive research and development in numerical methods, such as improving the accuracy and efficiency of discretisations and addressing long-standing biases; improving conservation properties; improving the coupling of the dynamical core with physical parametrizations and other Earth system components; and improving uncertainty estimates in ensemble predictions.

A closely related topic to be covered in this seminar is how to develop  efficient time-critical, very high-resolution global solvers on massively parallel architectures, addressing demanding communication and algorithmic scalability problems. This need has stimulated research and development not only in new numerical methods but also in the adaptation of existing numerical algorithms to enable their efficient execution with heterogeneous high-performance computing architectures based on accelerators. Both are essential activities that allow global weather prediction centres to exploit new technologies for implementing demanding next-generation high-resolution forecasting systems.

Seminar aims

The seminar is part of ECMWF's educational programme and is aimed at young scientists but also more established scientists that want to engage more with numerical methods for atmospheric and oceanic modelling.

Attendance information

To register, please complete the online registration form by 28 June 2020.

This seminar is free to participants from ECMWF's Member and Co-operating States. We will charge a registration fee (see below) for any other applicants.

Please note that no funds are available from ECMWF to support participant's attendance at the seminar.

The seminar is open to a maximum of 100 participants.

The deadline for registration is 28 June 2020.

Call for Poster Abstracts

Attendees are invited to submit poster abstracts on the topic of numerical methods for atmospheric and oceanic modelling for display during the Annual Seminar.

Abstracts for the posters will be reviewed by the Organising Committee. Submitters will be notified by 12 July whether their poster has been selected or not.

Posters should be standard A0 size (portrait orientation), 841mm (width) x 1189mm (height).

The submission deadline is 28 June 2020.

Registration fee

The registration fee is 255 GBP for participants not residing in one of ECMWF's Member or Co-operating states. This includes an ice-breaker, one evening dinner and coffee breaks.

EMS travel award

The European Meteorological Society invites applications for a Young Scientist Travel Award (YSTA) to support the participation of young scientists at the Annual Seminar. The award includes financial support for travel expenditures of 500 euros. 

Further information about eligibility and the application procedure.

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2020.

Organising committee

Michail Diamantakis, Samuel Hatfield, Christian Kühnlein, Sarah-Jane Lock, Kristian Mogensen, Andreas Müller, Inna Polichtchouk