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The course is suitable for those who have a genuine interest in ECMWF forecasting products and want to exploit fully the potential of these products in their daily duties, whether they are producing forecast bulletins or taking decisions that are affected by weather phenomena.

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The course is a mixture of standard classroom lectures and practical activities where real weather cases are analysed in details and attendees are expected to report on at the end of the training week. Networking among the attendees is encouraged by allocating time for the participants to present their work and share their previous experience with ECMWF products.

The aim of the course is to provide the students with background knowledge to help them to make an informed use of ECMWF NWP products and to introduce students to novel products

At the end of the course, the participants will be able:

  • to master to use of ensemble forecasts
  • to understand potentials and weaknesses of NWP products
  • to use novel forecast products
  • to use ECMWF products for forecast guidance
  • to make use of ECMWF products in decision making

The course is assessed by means of an online survey which allows the participants to include their feedback and suggestions for improvements. The learning outcomes are assessed separately using a self-evaluation method.



Pre-course programme

A list of pre-course activities is indicated below. Please note that these activities are integral part of the course and by completing them you will be able to get the most benefit out of the training week.

Pre-course activities
  • Introduce yourself to the other course participants and to the lecturers (click here to go to the forum).
  • Prepare a poster (click here for guidance, maximum size for poster: A1), if you want us to print the poster click here
  • Please complete the following module:

Ensemble Forecasting

Extreme Forecast Index and Shift of Tail

ECMWF extended range forecast

Seasonal Forecasting

Post here your reflections on the modules and any concepts that you would like to review during the face to face version of the course.


  • Write and short essay with your reflections on the following question: "How can a competency framework and a training need analysis help to define a winning learning programme?". Upload the essay here (no more than an A4 page)
Timetable (draft) – 11th to 14th February 2019

PLEASE NOTE: the course starts at 13.30am on Monday 11th February 2019, and finishes at 13.00 on Thursday 14th February 2019.



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Extra resources

 Description of case studies (not available, yet)

  • Case study: Winter 2014
  • Case study: Seasonal and monthly outlooks
  • Case study: Summer 2016
  • Case study: Precipitation in the Gulf of Genoa
  • Case study: Cycle route forecast for Wales


Check our online training resources on:

Ensemble Forecasting

Model jumpiness

Extended range forecasts

Extreme Forecast Index and Shift of Tails

Seasonal forecasts

An introduction to data assimilation

Other online resources are available here


Lectures from the course: Download the 2018 lectures from here