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LATEST NEWS : Registration for ECMWF training courses in 2018 is now closed. Visit our training catalogue to find more details and the registration page.

ECMWF Courses

High Performance Computing Facility: Cray XC40 (not scheduled for 2018)

Course code: COM-HPCF

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The objective of this course is to introduce users of ECMWF's computer services to the use of ECMWF's Cray supercomputing services, covering those areas of optimisation that will help the student to make more efficient use of the system and avoiding the areas which may adversely impact overall system performance.

 


Introduction to ECMWF computing, services and the Meteorological Archival and Retrieval System (MARS) (not scheduled for 2018)

Course code: COM-INTRO

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The aim of this module is to introduce students to ECMWF's basic computing services, both the workstation system (ecgate) and the data storage/archive facility. MARS is the Centre's meteorological data archive. This course is aimed at new users of ECMWF's computer services.


ecCodes: GRIB data decoding and encoding software

Course code: COM-ecCodes GRIB

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Large amounts of weather and satellite data are exchanged each day routinely in real-time around the world. Pre-defined and standardised data formats are essential to be able to make use of such weather information and observations. The GRIdded Binary format (GRIB) is the primary World Meteorological Organization format for the storage and transmission of two-dimensional weather and climate grids, including the all-important numerical weather forecasts.

ECMWF has developed ecCodes: a package developed by ECMWF which provides an application programming interface and a set of tools for decoding and encoding messages in the following formats:

ecCodes relies on a useful set of command line tools to provide quick access to the messages. C, Fortran 90 and Python interfaces provide access to the main ecCodes functionality.

By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with a set of command line tools which provide an easy way to access and modify information contained in a GRIB. They will also learn how to use encoding and decoding functions in their script

 

ecCodes: BUFR data decoding and encoding software

Course code: COM-ecCodes BUFR

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Large amounts of weather and satellite data are exchanged each day routinely in real-time around the world. Pre-defined and standardised data formats are essential to be able to make use of such weather information and observations. The BUFR is the primary format used operationally on the GTS for real-time global exchange of weather and satellite observations. BUFR is self-describing and is table-driven, that is, it is a single format that uses tables to encode a wide variety of meteorological data: land and ship observations; aircraft observations; wind profiler observations; radar data; climatological data, etc.

ECMWF has developed ecCodes: a package developed by ECMWF which provides an application programming interface and a set of tools for decoding and encoding messages in the following formats:

ecCodes relies on a useful set of command line tools to provide quick access to the messages. C, Fortran 90 and Python interfaces provide access to the main ecCodes functionality.

By the end of the course, participants will be familiar with a set of command line tools which provide an easy way to access and modify information contained in BUFR messages. They will also learn how to use encoding and decoding functions in their script

 

Introduction to ECMWF job scheduler: ecFlow

Course code: COM-ecFlow

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Businesses and organisations, who are providing services to customers, know the importance of job schedulers which orchestrate the execution and facilitate the integration of processes that run on different computers. Such job scheduler, or workload automation, provides a point of control to monitor unattended computer programs.

ecFlow is the work flow package, developed at ECMWF, that enables users to run a large number of programmes (with dependencies on each other and on time) in a controlled environment. It provides reasonable tolerance for hardware and software failures, combined with good restart capabilities. It is used at ECMWF for most of our operational suites, across a range of platforms.

ecFlow executes tasks (jobs) and receives acknowledgements from the associated job when it changes status or when it sends events. It does this using using child commands embedded in the scripts.

ecFlow stores the relationship between tasks and is able to submit tasks dependent on triggers.

ecFlow is complemented by ecFlowview, its graphical interface that allow users to have immediate grasp, using colour coding, on the status of the various programs or processes handled by the scheduler.

The course will look at the various elements of the scheduler and its graphical interface. By the end of the course participants will have a good understanding of the various features of ecFlow and shall be capable of designing their own suite.

Data analysis and visualisation using Metview (not scheduled for 2018)

(Click here to view previous edition of this course)

Course code: COM-VIS

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This course provides an introduction to using Metview for the analysis, post-processing and visualisation of meteorological data stored in different formats. It will cover both interactive analysis and batch usage, following the workflow from the prototyping of data and graphical products to routinely generating them in a scheduling system. Case studies will be used to put these features into a practical context.

Use and Interpretation of ECMWF products

NOTE: if you have been accepted for the course apply for a login UserID and password here

Course codes: OP-I and OP-II

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The objective of this course is to assist Member States and Co-operating States in advanced training on the operational aspects of the ECMWF forecasting system. The course is focussed on the operational aspects of the ECMWF forecasting system. The aim of the module is to increase the student's ability to examine and assess ECMWF output products. It is directed towards those staff who are (or will be) using ECMWF products either directly as forecasting staff, or in research and development work and to trainers and training champions. The course is aimed at maximising the benefits to the users of the Centre's products.

Lectures on aspects of ECMWF forecasting systems will be complemented with practical sessions where the students will use ECMWF in real case situations. Students will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with recently developed web applications for data visualisation.

The ensemble prediction system (ENS) will be presented and the range of available products will be introduced. A large part of the module will be devoted to the interpretation of these products and to the evaluation of their quality. Potential benefits of the probabilistic formulation of the forecast for medium range to seasonal range applications will also be demonstrated.

There will be two editions of this course: the first for trainers and training champions and the second open to all.

 

Data Assimilation

Course code: NWP-DA

Students attending any module of the NWP course should have a reasonable meteorological and mathematical background. Please go to the training pages of the main web site for more details on registering and introductory lecture material.

ECMWF/EUMETSAT NWP-SAF Satellite data assimilation

Course code: NWP-SAF

Students attending any module of the NWP course should have a reasonable meteorological and mathematical background. Please go to the training pages of the main web site for more details on registering and introductory lecture material.

 

Predictability and ocean-atmosphere ensemble forecasting

Course code: NWP-PR

Students attending any module of the NWP course should have a reasonable meteorological and mathematical background. Please go to the training pages of the main web site for more details on registering and introductory lecture material.

 

Parametrization of subgrid physical processes

Course code: NWP-PA

Students attending any module of the NWP course should have a reasonable meteorological and mathematical background. Please go to the training pages of the main web site for more details on registering and introductory lecture material.

Advanced numerical methods

Course code: NWP-NM

Students attending any module of the NWP course should have a reasonable meteorological and mathematical background. Please go to the training pages of the main web site for more details on registering and introductory lecture material.

 

 

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Our Training Resources

 If you are interested in downloading slidecasts of lectures, recording of past webinars or simply electronic version of lectures, then click on the link below.

Please quote ECMWF, when using such resources for training purposes!

  Our training resources

ESCAPE - Training resources

ESCAPE stands for Energy-efficient Scalable Algorithms for Weather Prediction at Exascale. The project will develop world-class, extreme-scale computing capabilities for European operational numerical weather prediction (NWP) and future climate models.

  ESCAPE training resources

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Useful Information
 Accommodation

Full list of hotels

Usually the following hotels tend to have the cheapest rates and are convenient for the centre of town and for getting buses to ECMWF.

Breakfast is available at ECMWF (see below) so you may wish to just book a room without breakfast included.

Great Expectations, Reading, London Street

http://greatexpectations.relaxinnz.co.uk/

Accor Hotels: Ibis Reading Centre
(Hotel code : 5431)
25a Friar St
Tel +44 118 953-3500, Fax +44 118 953-3510 www.accorhotels.com/
Email enquiries: H5431@accor.com

Premier Inn (Reading Central) - much cheaper if you book early
Letcombe Street
Tel +44 870 850 6318, Fax +440870 850 6319
www.premierinn.com/

 Travel

Getting to Reading:

  • If you are arriving from HEATHROW airport take a Rail Air Link bus to READING STATION. Buses depart every half hour from the Central bus station and Terminal 5, journey time about 60 minutes. Tickets can be bought online or at the ticket office at the station.
  • If you are arriving from GATWICK airport take a train to READING STATION. Fast trains depart once an hour, journey time about 75 minutes.

Getting to ECMWF:
Reading Buses run two routes.
 Leopard No.3  and No. 10 services from the train station (bus-stop SA on the map below) to the "weather centre".
Reading buses will not give you any change, but you can use contactless card payment
Fares:
  • £2 for a single journey
  • £4 for a day return
  • £9 Group Day ticket for up to 4 adults

  

Get the Reading Buses app for iPhone for live bus times/tracking and mobile tickets

Get the Reading Buses app for Android for live bus times/tracking and mobile tickets

 Food

Breakfast is available at ECMWF from 8am onwards offering cereal, bread, croissant, fruit and yoghurt and costs around £2 or £3.

Lunch is available with salads, sandwiches, soups and a selection of hot meals and costs around £2-£7.

We will provide tea and coffee in the breaks for you.

If you have any dietary requirements then please let us know so we can arrange with our kitchen staff

A good start for finding somewhere to eat if you arrive in Reading the evening/day before the course is "The Oracle", which is the main shopping area in the centre of town and has restaurants along the riverside ( http://www.theoracle.com/website/ ).  We can you give you some more suggestions when you arrive!