International Training Course on Numerical Weather Prediction
2015-03-03

 

International Training Course on Numerical Weather Prediction
18-29 May, 2015. Nanjing, China
 
International Training Course on Numerical Weather Prediction is organized by WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) Nanjing, sponsored by China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and co-sponsored by ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee.
 
Course Description
This course is designed to help participants, through theoretical study and practice, to have a general view of the basic principles of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and interpretation of NWP products. It is also helpful to improve participants’ ability in carrying out operational and research work for short and medium range weather forecasts.
 
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants are expected to be enabled to understand and master basic principles of numerical weather prediction and interpretation of NWP products, including operating NWP models, parameterization of sub-grid physical processes, data assimilation. They will be enabled to make verification and interpretation of NWP products, and operate ensemble forecasting.
 
Target Audience
Weather forecasters and those who are working in the field of weather forecasting, research, disaster risk management, and multi-hazard early warning.
 
Course Content
The training course will mainly cover lectures on fundamentals of NWP and interpretation of NWP products, including adiabatic formulation of NWP models, parameterization of sub-grid physical processes, data assimilation, methods of verification and interpretation, predictability and ensemble forecasting, ensemble forecasting and NWP on tropical cyclones, and study tour to the atmospheric observation station and forecast centre, and so on.
 
Course Format
Lectures, practical sessions, seminar on special topics, study tour, discussion, and participant presentation etc.
 
Student Assessment
1)      An observation will be made by the staff at RTC and lecturers for participants’ attendance and performance at the lectures and other learning activities of the training course.
2)      A paper test will be given to the participants after all the lectures to examine their understanding and acceptance of the knowledge transferred.
3) The instructors will assess participants’ performance in practical sessions.
 
Instructors
Professors in the field from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) and senior experts from CMA.
 
Language Used
       The course will be conducted in English.
 
Participant Qualifications for Admission
Participants are required:
1)      to be specialized in weather forecasting with a minimum of two years’ professional experience;
2)      to be in good physical health with no infectious diseases. Physically fit to fulfil all course activities; candidates with limited physical mobility will not be accepted;
3)      to be proficient in English;
4)      to prepare a report on weather forecasting of the participant’s country and a brief introduction of the participant’s professional experiences for the purpose of academic exchanges;
5)      not to bring family members to the training course in principle, if having family member, the participant has to pay extra expense;
6)      to observe all the laws, rules and regulations of People’s Republic of China and respect the Chinese customs during the training period;
 
Application and Selection Process
1)      The applicants must be meteorologists who are working in the field of weather forecasting from Meteorological and Hydrological Services of developing countries. The nominated candidates are requested to submit the Application Forms and Passport Copy (necessary) together with evidence of English proficiency (if there is) to the WMO RTC Nanjing China for examination and endorsement.
2)      Admission Notices will be issued to the accepted participants by e-mail by the RTC Nanjing. With the Admission Notices, the participants are requested to go through all the necessary formalities for entering China and register at the RTC Nanjing on 18 May 2015.
Only accepted applicants that receive the Admission Notices endorsed by the WMO RTC Nanjing China can participate in the training course.
 
Costs
1)      Tuition fee is free for all the accepted participants that receive the endorsed Admission Notices by the WMO RTC Nanjing China. 
2)      Due to limited funds, the WMO RTC Nanjing China can provide local support such as accommodation, meals, and pocket money (50 Yuan RMB per day) etc. for 30 participants only. Normally one applicant from each developing country or two applicants from each Least Developed Country are endorsed by the WMO RTC Nanjing China for the local support.
3)      Other accepted applicants or their respective governments need cover their accommodation (50 USD per day per person) and meals (20 USD per day per person) during the training period.
4)      The international travel costs including round trip tickets, transit fares and subsistence allowance during the travel are to be covered by the participants or their employers.
5)      The expenses of visa, medical care, insurances and domestic salaries for the participants should be borne by the participants’ employers.
6)      The organizer of the International Training Course on Numerical Weather Prediction does not hold any responsibility for such risks as loss of life, accidents, illness, and loss of property incurred during the whole period of participation in the training course.
 
Deadline for Application
The application should be sent to WMO RTC Nanjing by 6 April, 2015.
Attn: Prof. WANG Suchun, Executive Deputy Director
WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210044, P. R. China
Tel: +86 25 58731404    Fax: +86 25 57010085