Short courses

Five short courses are organized on Sunday 1 July 2018 from 9:00 to 17:00. Lunch and refreshments are provided. At least 10 participants are required for the course to be held.

You can sign up for a short course while registering. It is possible to register for a course without registering for the entire conference.

1. Community Radar Software

Lecturers: Irene Crisologo (University of Potsdam, Germany), Scott Collis (Argonne National Laboratory, USA), Maik Heistermann (University of Potsdam, Germany), Daniel B. Michelson (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Kai Muehlbauer (University of Bonn, Germany)

Course description: Participants are introduced to community software packages designed for radar data processing, including (but not limited to) BALTRAD, Py-ART, and wradlib. The course addresses how open source community software could contribute to making science and applications more transparent, reproducible, and efficient.

See course website for a more detailed description.

2. Quantitative Precipitation Estimation: observations from radar, gauges and opportunistic sensing for flood prediction

Lecturers: Pierre-Emmanuel Kirstetter (NOAA), Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis, Marc Schleiss (TU Delft), Lotte de Vos (KNMI)

Course description: The course focusses on precipitation information that can be obtained from various sensors and specifically from weather radars. Understanding of the uncertainties and spatial and temporal resolutions in which various techniques can capture precipitation patterns is needed to combine these techniques. Participants will explore the impact of precipitation patterns on flow response, hydrological modelling and prediction at continental to urban scales. Download the full description of the course below.

3. Radar Aeroecology

Lecturers: Adriaan M. Dokter (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Phillip M. Stepanian (Rothamsted Research)

This short course aims to give an overview of the use of weather radar for biological applications and fundamental research. The training school aims to leave participants equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to use weather radar in developing their own research questions in the cross-disciplinary research field between meteorology and ecology. Download the full description of the course below.

4. Radar-based Ensemble Precipitation Nowcasting

Lecturers: Loris Foresti, Daniele Nerini and Urs Germann (MeteoSwiss), Seppo Pulkkinen (Finnish Meteorological Institute) and Alan Seed (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)

Course description: In this course, participants learn the basics of radar-based ensemble precipitation nowcasting and blending with NWP, as well as come to understand the main scientific challenges thereof. Scientific experts can discuss open questions that require further investigation. Download the full description of the course below.

5. Zdr calibration

Lecturers: John C. Hubbert (NCAR/EOL), Mike Dixon (NCAR/EOL), Richard Ice (Centuria Corporation), Michael Frech (German Weather Service) and Asko Huuskonen (Finnish Meteorological Institute)

Course description: The goal of the course is to educate the student as to the methods, principles, issues, and signal processing techniques required for accurately estimating Zdr bias and its uncertainty. The course is aimed at students, engineers and scientists who desire to know the details of Zdr calibration and how to apply the techniques to their radars and data.

6. Micro Rain Radar

Lecturer: Gerhard Peters

Course description: The micro rain radar (MRR) is a very low power vertically pointing Doppler radar. In this course, the most important applications of MRR are illustrated. With hands-on excercises and discussions, the operational principle and the practical issues of MRR are addressed. Download the full description of the course below.