The World Weather Open Science Conference

15-21 August 2014, Montreal, Canada

Theme: Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: from nowcasting through medium range to seasonal forecasts

Weather prediction is achieving immense progress. Driven by research and by the development of ever more sophisticated infrastructure – in telecommunications, computerization and observation systems – predictive skill now extends, in some cases, beyond 10 days. Warnings of severe weather events are now issued many days in advance. Partly due to these advances, the needs of the users have simultaneously diversified, and now routinely encompass “environmental” prediction products related to air quality or hydrological processes.

Over the last few decades a number of major international research programmes have been critical in fostering the necessary collaboration for the progress we are observing – most notably, the WMO World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and THORPEX. As science is advancing critical questions are arising such as the possible sources of predictability on weekly, monthly and longer time-scales; seamless prediction; and the effective utilization of massively-parallel supercomputers.

The World Weather Open Science Conference will examine the rapidly changing scientific and socio-economic drivers of weather science with as objectives

  • To review the state of knowledge in weather and weather prediction science and thereby confirm a roadmap for the legacy of THORPEX;
  • To explore the many applications of weather prediction to the natural environment;
  • To encourage a new generation of research scientists who can contribute to new and advanced earth system prediction models;
  • To raise the visibility and importance of a strong and vibrant world weather science research activity, in harmony with the needs of operational weather services and their stakeholders, in the public and the private sectors.

For more information, please contact

World Weather Research Programme
c/o World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, avenue de la Paix – PO Box 2300
CH 1211 Geneva 2 – Switzerland
E-mail: cpa[at]

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