Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence

Workshop - Water vapour, meteorology and climate

Thursday May 19, 2011 - Meridian room at ROB

During this full day workshop, we review and further coordinate the research and the product/service development carried out within the STCE around the theme 'Observing of the atmospheric water vapour'.

With informal presentations and open discussions, we try to identify areas of common interest and to encourage present and future collaborations. Participants can outline their different activities and plans. The workshop will be organised in three sessions:
  1. The observation of the atmospheric water vapour and the technique/instrumental inter-comparisons;
  2. The use/provision of water vapour observations for weather forecasting (NWP, SRNWP) and nowcasting applications;
  3. The use/provision of water vapour observations for climate applications.


Welcome Session
09:45uIcebreaker - Coffee/Thee
10:00Welcome Eric Pottiaux
Part I - Atmospheric water vapour observations and technique/instrumental inter-comparisons
10:15Water Vapour Observations at the Space Pole: instrumental inter-comparisons Roeland Van Malderen
10:30Open discussion
Part II - Water vapour observations, Nowcasting, (SR)NWP, and Climate
11:30Development of deep convection and identification of preliminary signs by GNSSHugues Brenot
11:45GNSS research and service activities at ROB for nowcasting, (SR)NWP and climate applicationsEric Pottiaux
12:00Overview and current status of the operational nowcasting system INCA at the RMI (INCA-BE) Maarten Reyniers
12:15Research activities in numerical weather and climate prediction with ALADIN at RMIAlex Deckmyn
12:30Recent activities of the regional climate modeling research group (K.U.Leuven): atmospheric water vapour and precipitation in Europe and AntarticaIrina Gorodetskaya
12:45Open discussion
13:30Lunch Break
14:30Continuation of open discussion


  • The workshop is based on informal presentations focusing on present and future activities in the domain. Presenters are thus invited to think his presentation to provide the material needed for the open discussions and to stimulate collaborations
  • The time attributed to each talk is about 15 minutes, including one or two quick question(s). Other questions can be addressed during the open discussions
  • Time slots for discussions are just indicative: we would like to give all chances to the open discussions and therefore, the schedule (particularly the start of session 2) might be shifted earlier/latter depending on the time taken by these discussions. If some participants would like to attend only the second session of the meeting, we can contact them 10-15 min before the session starts

Scientific Committee

Hugues Brenot
Eric Pottiaux
Roeland van Malderen


Date: May 19, 2011
Venue: Meridian Room, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue Circulaire 3, B-1180 Uccle

We encourage you to present your activities in this area to make this meeting as constructive as possible. Anyone interested in attending the workshop and/or presenting its research and ideas is kindly invited to contact eric.pottiaux at Please feel free to pass this information to anybody who might be interested in this meeting.

We are looking forward to see you at this workshop!