Training course: Parametrization of subgrid physical processes

ECMWF | Reading | 20-24 November 2023

This five-day course is a combination of lectures, hands-on practicals using the Single Column Model, and group problem classes. 

During the course each parametrized process is introduced and then discusses theory, modelling and verification over several sessions.

Please make sure to consult the confirmed timetable on the left-hand side menu for timings of classes.

Processes considered

  • General aspects of parametrization and their relation to systematic forecast errors
  • Radiation in numerical weather prediction
  • The parametrization of moist processes (convection and clouds)
  • The planetary boundary layer
  • Land surface processes
  • Parametrization of subgrid-scale orographic effects
  • The representation of physical processes in data assimilation

Pre-course study

Participants will be expected to take up to 4 online modules before taking the course. This will provide introductory information on parametrization, convection and single column modelling that will be used in the practical sessions.

It is anticipated that this study will take around 3 hours depending on levels of prior knowledge.


Participants should have a good meteorological and mathematical background, and are expected to be familiar with the contents of standard meteorological and mathematical textbooks.

Introductory material not covered by the course can be found in our lecture note series.

Some practical experience in numerical weather prediction is an advantage.

All lectures will be given in English.

20 November (09:00) - 24 November (17:00)

Location: Reading (UK)

Course format: In-person only

Course code: NWP-PA

Course fee: £923

A course fee is payable by participants who do not reside in an ECMWF Member or Co-operating State.

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