Science Summit on seamless research for weather, climate, water and environment

Science Summit on seamless research for weather, climate, water and environment


Start date

20 October 2017

End date

22 October 2017
WMO Headquarters, Avenue de la Paix 7, Geneva, Switzerland

Important notice - 29 September

As a result of the high risk of eruption of Agung volcano in Bali, it has been decided that the Science Summit, CAS-17, JCOMM-5 and all associated WMO meetings be relocated to WMO Headquarters, in Geneva (Switzerland). Dates remain the same (20-22 October for Science Summit). 



Some impressions from the Science Summit

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The Science Summit, organized by the Commission for Atmospheric Sciences, will provide an opportunity to shape the WMO research agenda, building on the closer collaboration between weather, climate, water and environment research. An additional focus of the Summit is to close the gap between research and the derived societal benefits.

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The world we are living in is changing. Fundamental changes in the environment, an ever-growing global population, and rapid changes in technologies create new challenges and opportunities. High-impact weather, climate, water and environment events undermine the resilience of people and the infrastructures they are relying on.

A coordinated research effort and new investments are required to build science for services through seamless prediction systems, benefiting from future infrastructures while nurturing scientific talents. A clear benefit to countries and all citizens emerges through the WMO research activities on facilitating the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge, to make the latest research advances more accessible and usable, especially for developing countries.

The aim of the Science Summit is:

  • To provide an opportunity for a forward-looking debate on some of the solutions related to the primary scientific and research challenges that WMO Members are facing
  • To foster a common understanding between operations and research community and other international research initiatives on a new model of co-design to optimize research and innovation as well as operations interplay in the interest of users
  • To build a strong unified vision on those research topics central to dramatic advances in predictive skill across time scales for weather, climate, water and related environmental issues
  • To give clear recommendations to WMO Members through the Executive Council and Congress on research and innovation priorities, how these will benefit the world and how best these should be resourced

     The ideas and suggestions that will be developed during the Science Summit will directly feed into CAS-17 and will guide the decisions and recommendations made by the Commission


Topics of the Science Summit

The discussions at the Science Summit will revolve around the topics covered in the CAS-17 documents and are structured in five thematic sessions. For each of these sessions, a set of key questions has been developed, which will help to steer and target the discussions. 

The five thematic sessions of the Science Summit are:

Seamless prediction in 2023
Improving predictive capacity across weather, climate, water and environment.

Future infrastructures
Planning and investing in future infrastructures (computing, data-handling, observations).

Science for services
Developing and implementing a new interactive model for integrating research and operations.

Nurturing scientific talents
Guaranteeing the sustainable development of science; breaking through geographical, gender and age barriers; ensuring institutional continuity and transfer of knowledge.

Innovation and resources
Catalyzing innovation and mobilizing resources in weather, climate, water and environment research globally and locally.

→ The key questions that will steer the discussion at the Science Summit are available here as PDF


Structure of the Science Summit

The Science Summit will follow a different approach as the Technical Conferences that preceded previous CAS sessions.
There are three major components of the Science Summit, and each of which is equally important to achieve the targeted outcome:


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Renowned scientists from different fields of atmospheric and related sciences and a broad range of institutions have been invited as key-note speakers. In 30 min presentations (20 min presentation + 10 min questions) they will outline their perspective on the key questions, guided by thinking about what would be some experiments or approaches that could revolutionize predictive capabilities in the near future. There will be two keynote presentations per session.


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The points that have been raised during the keynote presentations will directly feed into a round table discussion. In each session, 4-5 panelists will briefly comment on the points raised by the keynote speakers and add their perspective on the session specific discussion topics. This will be followed by an interactive discussion among the panelists and all participants.


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Another important contribution to the assessment of atmospheric sciences and its future will be delivered by interactive group dialogues among all participants of the Science Summit. This lively exchange on the session topics will be key to derive concrete outcomes, identify roadblocks, and define priorities, guided by the broad and manifold expertise that can be provided by all of the participants.

The keynote speakers and panelists have been identified by the Organizing Committee, taking into account their expertise and background, to achieve a good coverage across the different fields of atmospheric sciences, across regions and across NMHSs and academia.


→ In addition to these presentations and discussions, a poster session will allow for further scientific exchange among the participants. If you would like to present your research activities, novel methods and tools, data sets or other aspects of your work, please inform us by sending a title for your poster to Julia Keller (, not later than 18th of October. Please note that space for posters is limited and that posters are accepted on a "first-come, first-served" basis. 


Organizing Committee

Øystein Hov (President of Commission for Atmospheric Sciences)
Sarah Jones (Head Research and Development, DWD, Germany)
Greg Carmichael (Professor, University of Iowa, USA)
Deon Terblanche (WMO)
Oksana Tarasova (WMO)
Paolo M. Ruti (WMO)


Preliminary programme of the Science Summit

A PDF Version of the programme is available here

Thursday, 19 October 2017

16:00 – 18:00            Registration

Friday, 20 October 2017

08:00 – 18:00            Registration 

08:15 – 08:45            Meeting of Key Note Speakers and Panelists of Sessions on Seamless Prediction and Future

09:00 – 09:10            Welcome by                                     Chair: Øystein Hov
                                 Elena Manaenkova            
                                 WMO DSG

09:10 – 09:30            Welcome and Logistics by 
                                 Deon Terblanche, Paolo Ruti and Oksana Tarasova 
                                 WMO Secretariat

09:30 – 10:00            Introduction by                               Chair: Elena Manaenkova
                                 Øystein Hov
                                 CAS President, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
                                 Presentation Øystein Hov


 "Seamless prediction in 2023" Key questions and biographies of speakers and panelists  

                                 Key note talks                                 Chair: Øystein Hov

 10:00 – 10:30           Improved weather forecasts and warnings through
                                 enhancing partnerships across the science, policy, and practice communities
                                 David Johnston 
                                 Massey University and GNS Science, New Zealand
                                 Presentation David Johnston

10:30 – 11:00            Seamless Prediction of Water Across Scales –  Getting It Right Where It Matters, When It Matters,
                                 How It Matters
                                 Ana Barros
                                 Duke University, USA
                                 Presentation Ana Barros

11:00 – 11:20            Briefing of World Cafe Moderators
                                 (only participants who have been assigned as moderators)

11:00 – 11:30            Coffee/Tea Break


11:30 – 12:30            Round Table                                    Chair: Sarah Jones
                                 Kevin Gurney (Arizona State University, USA)
                                 Gilbert Brunet (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada)
                                 Peter Li (Hong Kong Observatory, China)
                                 Amanda Lynch (Brown University, USA), WCRP co-chair
                                 Xudong Liang (China Meteorological Administration, China)

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch


" Future Infrastructures" Key questions and biographies of speakers and panelists

                                 Key note talks                                 Chair: Øystein Hov

13:30 – 14:00            A (c)loud revolution in weather and climate research and forecasting
                                 Wilco Hazeleger
                                 eScience Center, The Netherlands
                                 Presentation Wilco Hazeleger

14:00 – 14:30            Radical shifts in environmental sensing – tapping the sensor revolution
                                 Steven Hamburg
                                 Environmental Defense Fund, USA
                                 Presentation Steven Hamburg

14:30 – 15:30            Round Table                                    Chair: Oksana Tarasova
                                 Peter Bauer (ECMWF)
                                 Alastair Lewis (NCAS, University of York, UK)
                                 Moeka Yamaji (JAXA, Japan)

15:30 – 15:40            Introduction to World Cafe by Deon Terblanche and Julia Keller

15:40 – 15:50            Group Photo

15:50 – 16:15            Coffee/Tea Break


16:15 – 18:15            World Cafe
                                 Seamless prediction in 2023 & Future Infrastructures
                                 All participants involved

18:30 – 19:30            Meeting of World Cafe moderators (wrap-up)



Saturday, 21 October 2017

08:00 – 18:00            Registration 

08:15 – 08:45            Meeting of Key Note Speakers and Panelists of Sessions on Science for Services and Nurturing
                                 Scientific Talents

 "Science for Services" Key questions and biographies of speakers and panelists

                                 Key note talks                                 Chair: Øystein Hov

09:00 – 09:30            Future Seamless Data-Processing and Forecasting System: Improving Nations Readiness through
                                 Continuous Global Science and Technology Advancements

                                 Michel Jean
                                 Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada, Director General, President WMO CBS
                                 Presentation Michel Jean

09:30 – 10:00            Science for serving a smart energy sector: How weather dependent renewable energies challenge
                                 traditional weather forecasts

                                 Andrea Steiner
                                 German Meteorological Service, Germany
                                 Presentation Andrea Steiner

10:00 – 11:00            Round Table                                    Chair: Greg Carmichael
                                 Veronique Bouchet (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada)
                                 Celeste Saulo (Argentinian Meteorological Service, Argentina)
                                 Christopher Gan (Association of Southeast Asian Nations Specialised Meteorological Centre,
                                 Phil de Cola (Sigma Space Corporation, USA)
                                 Nadia Pinardi (JCOMM, Italy)

11:00 – 12:30            Posters (with Coffee/Tea)

11:00 – 11:30            Meeting of GAW and WWRP Donors – Salle B

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch


"Nurturing Scientific Talents"  Key questions and biographies of speakers and panelists

                                 Key note talks                                 Chair: Øystein Hov

13:30 – 14:00            Nurturing Scientific Talents
                                 Elizabeth Ritchie
                                 University of New South Wales, Australia
                                 Presentation Elizabeth Ritchie

14:00 – 14:30            Some thoughts about nurturing scientific talents  
                                 Mariane Diop-Kane
                                 ANACIM, Senegal
                                 Presentation Mariane Diop Kane


14:30 – 15:30            Round Table                                    Chair: Paolo Ruti
                                 Valerio Lucarini (University of Reading, UK)
                                 Victor Dike (Chinese Academy for Sciences, China)
                                 Guy Brasseur (MPI Hamburg, Germany), Chair WCRP JSC
                                 Julia Keller (YESS representative, WMO Secretariat)

15:30 – 16:00            Coffee/Tea Break

16:00 – 18:00            World Cafe 
                                 "Science for Services & Nurturing scientific talents"

18:15 – 19:30            Meeting of World Cafe moderators (wrap-up )


Sunday, 22 October 2017

08:00 – 14:30            Registration 

08:15 – 08:45            Meeting of Key Note Speakers and Panelists of Sessions on Innovation and resources 

"Innovation and Resources" Key questions and biographies of speakers and panelists

                                 Key note talks                                 Chair: Øystein Hov

09:00 – 09:30            The Era of Science in Transition: How can we make disruptive innovation?
                                 Satoru Ohtake
                                 Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan
                                 Presentation Satoru Ohtake

09:30 – 10:00            Building bridges between environmental science and business operations
                                 Amith Singhee
                                 IBM Research, India
                                 Presentation Amith Singhee

10:00 – 11:00            Round Table                                    Chair: Deon Terblanche
                                 Alan Thorpe (University of Reading, UK)
                                 Nam Jae-Cheol (Korea Meteorological Association, Republic of Korea)
                                 Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC - UNESCO)
                                 Elena Manaenkova (WMO – Deputy Secretary General)
                                 Jan Polcher (Ecole Polytechnique, France)

11:00 – 11:30            Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 – 12:30            Breakout Groups 

                                 "Innovation and Resources"

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch

13:30 – 14:30            What do we bring from the Science Summit to CAS-17?
                                 Chair: Øystein Hov
                                 Summary presentation



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