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Meteorological Masterclass: Flood Forecasting Hours to Months Ahead

Wednesday 24 February 2021: Flood forecasting hours to months ahead
Dr Linda Speight: University of Reading

This Masterclass will discuss the very latest work in probabilistic hydrometeorological forecasting – hours to months ahead – and the use and communication of flood forecasts to support decision-making. It will look at how well we can forecast floods at a range of scales and how we can balance lead time and uncertainty to answer the important operational question “when and where will impact occur?”. It will also cover how flood forecasting can be used in locations with limited data to support early action and will close with a discussion on what the future research directions are for flood forecasting.

Part of the University of Reading /Royal Meteorological Society Masterclass Series: Anticipating floods, droughts and heatwaves. Forthcoming dates include:

Wednesday 10 March 2021: Representing convection in Numerical Weather Prediction models and its implications
Professor Bob Plant, University of Reading

The forecasting of convective precipitation remains among the most challenging and most stubborn problems in meteorology. In this talk, Bob will review the fundamental scientific challenges, discuss recent progress and advances being made in this field, and highlight some of the implications for operational forecasting.

Wednesday 24 March 2021: Heatwaves and climate change in urban microclimates
Professor Sue Grimmond, University of Reading

The focus of this talk is on heatwaves and how urban areas can exacerbate their impact because of the well-known canopy layer urban heat island effects, and why cities and their residents are particularly vulnerable. Impacts of heatwaves have been very significant if people are not appropriately prepared (as witnessed during the 2003 heatwave across Europe). Attention will be directed to the important impact of scale and an understanding of the dynamics of urban climate, challenges in predictions and advance warning, and strategies and interventions for heat stress mitigation.

About the series
These masterclasses are intended to provide additional training for professionals working in Meteorology and Climate Science, and its operational application.

Each masterclass webinar will run from 3pm to 4.30pm, starting with a presentation followed by the opportunity for questions and discussion with the speaker. While the webinars are part of a series, delegates can choose which seminars they attend (attendance at all three is not compulsory).

Registration:  Member: £20.00 | Non-member: £25.00

Last year we welcomed 542 delegates throughout the series – view all three seminars on the RMetSoc YouTube channel here.



24 February 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Professor David Brayshaw, Meteorology


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