Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Budapest Seminar on Homogenization and Quality Control

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT
9TH SEMINAR ON HOMOGENIZATION AND
QUALITY CONTROL IN CLIMATOLOGICAL DATABASES
AND
4TH CONFERENCE ON SPATIAL INTERPOLATION TECHNIQUES IN CLIMATOLOGY AND METEOROLOGY
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
3 – 7 April 2017
Organized by the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ
Supported by WMO

Photo Budapest parliament

Background
The first eight Seminars for Homogenization and Quality Control in Climatological Databases as well as the first three Conferences on Spatial Interpolation Techniques in Climatology and Meteorology were held in Budapest and hosted by the Hungarian Meteorological Service.

The 7th Seminar in 2011 was organized together with the final meeting of the COST Action ES0601: Advances, in Homogenization Methods of Climate Series: an integrated approach (HOME), while the first Conference on Spatial Interpolation was organized in 2004 in the frame of the COST Action 719: The Use of Geographic Information Systems in Climatology and Meteorology. Both series were supported by WMO.

In 2014 the 8th Homogenization Seminar and the 3rd Interpolation Conference were organized together considering certain theoretical and practical aspects. Theoretically there is a strong connection between these topics since the homogenization and quality control procedures need spatial statistics and interpolation techniques for spatial comparison of data. On the other hand the spatial interpolation procedures (e.g. gridding) require homogeneous, high quality data series to obtain good results.

The WMO CCl set up team to support quality control and homogenization activities at NMHSs. The main task of the Task Team on Homogenisation (TT HOM) to provide guidance to Members on methodologies, standards and software required for quality control and homogenization of long term climate time-series. The results of the homogenization sessions can improve the content of the guidance is under preparation.


Marx and Engels at the museum for communist area statues in Szobor park.


Communist area statues in Szobor park.


Thermal bath.


To go to the Hungarian weather service, you probably need to take a tram or metro to [[Széll Kálmán tér]] (Széll Kálmán Square).


The post office at Széll Kálmán Square.


"Szent Gellért tér" station of Budapest Metro.
Highlights and Call for Papers
The homogeneous data series with high quality and the spatial interpolation are indispensable for the climatological and meteorological examinations. The primary goal of this meeting is to promote the discussion about the methodological and theoretical aspects.

The main topics of homogenization and quality control are intended to be the following:
  • Methods for homogenization and quality control of monthly data series
  • Spatial comparison of series, inhomogeneity detection, correction of series
  • Methods for homogenization and quality control of daily data series, examination of parallel measurements
  • Relation of monthly and daily homogenization, mathematical formulation of homogenization for climate data series generally
  • Theoretical evaluation and benchmark for methods, validation statistics
  • Applications of different homogenization and quality control methods, experiences with different meteorological variables

The main topics of spatial interpolation are the following:
  • Temporal scales: from synoptic situations to climatological mean values
  • Interpolation formulas and loss functions depending on the spatial probability distribution of climate variables
  • Estimation and modelling of statistical parameters (e.g.: spatial trend, covariance or variogram) for interpolation formulas using spatiotemporal sample and auxiliary model variables (topography)
  • Use of auxiliary co-variables, background information (e.g.: dynamical model results, satellite, radar data) for spatial interpolation (data assimilation, reanalysis)
  • Applications of different interpolation methods for the meteorological and climatological fields
  • Gridded databases, digital climate atlases, results of the DanubeClim project

Organizational Details
Persons intending to participate on the meeting are required to pre-register by filling the form enclosed. To have a presentation please send us also a short abstract (max. 1 page). The pre-registration and abstract submission deadline is 20 February 2017. Publication of the papers in proceedings in the serial WMO/WCP/WCDMP is foreseen after the meeting. Paper format information will be provided in the second circular. The registration fee (including book of abstracts, coffee breaks, social event, proceedings) is 120 EUR. The second circular letter with accommodation information will be sent to the pre-registered people by 28 February 2017.

Location and Dates
The meeting will be held 3-7 April 2017 in Budapest, Hungary at the Headquarter of Hungarian Meteorological Service (1. Kitaibel P. Street, Budapest, 1024).

Language
The official language of the meeting is English.

For further information, please contact:
seminar@met.hu
Hungarian Meteorological Service
P.O.Box 38, Budapest, H-1525, Hungary

The pre-registration form can be downloaded here.



* Photo Budapest Parliament by Never House used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.
* Budapest-Szobor park by Simon used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.
* Budapest-Exterior thermal baths by Simon used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.


* Szobor park by bjornsphoto used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.
* Photo "Szent Gellért tér" station of Budapest Metro by Marco Fieber used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.

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