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Science Week 27th-30th July 2015

Posted on June 30, 2015

This year's Science Week will start on 27 July and run through to 30 July. It will feature online sessions pertaining to the latest developments in meteorological science with respect to operational forecasting, including sessions about the new generation of geostationary satellites. As always, the event will be hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre.

For more information please visit the Science Week 2015 event page.

For reference, the Science Week resources from the past few events are given below:

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The Australian VLab Centre of Excellence is announcing the launch of the first Phase of the National Himawari-8 Training Campaign in our commitment as a member of the WMO-CGMS Virtual Laboratory for Education and Training in Satellite Meteorology.

Phase I of the training campaign will be conducted during February to April 2015. The material covers the use of 10 minute rapid scan and the "Red-Green-Blue" products that combine multiple channels of data. A weekly online tutorial, hosted by BMTC trainer, Mr Bodo Zeschke will be available to assist forecasters should they have any questions regarding the material. The tutorials will be recorded so that forecasters can view the tutorial session asynchronously should they be unable to attend the live online sessions.

Phase II of training will occur during May to July 2015 and highlight the use of Rapid Scan data and RGB products through case studies. The corresponding resources may be freely accessed by all trainees. Assessment activities (available through the BMTCs Moodle platform) will also be part of this phase. The 2015 Advanced Forecaster Course "Science Week" will be an important part of the training.

Phase III will commence after the receipt of the Himawari-8 data and will include ongoing support and training to stakeholders.

It is planned that this initiative will lead to a high level of collaboration between the Australian VLab Centre of Excellence, the Satellite Champions and stakeholders within the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, our Sponsoring Satellite Operator the Japan Meteorological Agency as well as WMO RAV, RAII and other stakeholders.

The web page dedicated to the training campaign is located at:

 http://www.virtuallab.bom.gov.au/training/hw-8-training/

Roger Deslandes (VLab Manager), Bodo Zeschke (VLab Point of Contact)

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This year's Science Week will start on 29 July and run through to 1 August. It will feature online sessions pertaining to the latest developments in meteorological science with respect to operational forecasting. As always, the event will be hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre.

For more information please visit the Science Week 2014 event page.

In the meantime, check out the Science Week resources from the past few events:

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The Australian VLab Centre of Excellence has commenced monthly RAV Regional Focus Group meetings.

Details about the next Regional Focus Group meeting is given here

The session will be coordinated by Bodo Zeschke

For help on how to join the session please refer to the Events page.

Recordings of past Regional Focus Group meetings may be found on the Regional Focus Group recordings link.

Useful links can be found on the Regional Focus Group Weather and Forecast Discussion Web Links page.

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Last week the Bureau hosted the 4th Asia-Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users Conference. The conference was preceded by an international training event on satellite data utilisation and was hosted by BMTC. The resources from both events are now available for download:

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Following on from successful conferences in China, Japan and Korea, the 4th Asia-Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users Conference will be hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The conference will be held in Melbourne on 9, 10 and 11 October 2013 and will be preceded by a regional training event.

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Science Week 2013

Posted on August 1, 2013

The Melbourne VLab Centre of Excellence hosted its Advanced Forecaster Course “Science Week” from the 22nd to the 26th July 2012. Nineteen online sessions were presented to a classroom and online audience. The content of the presentations consisted of topics relating to the latest developments in meteorological science with respect to operational forecasting. This event is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Training Centres contribution to the international community as a Centre of Excellence in the WMO Satellite Virtual Laboratory Program.

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RGB satellite products for Forecasters

Posted on December 18, 2012

On the 13th and 17th December 2012, the Melbourne VLab Center of Excellence hosted two Regional Focus Group meetings, using the Webinar web conferencing software.

The topic of these meetings was "Effective training and use of RGB satellite products for Forecasters", presented by Bodo Zeschke. This presentation included material from the EumetSAT RGB Satellite Products Workshop, Seeheim-Jugenheim, 17-19 September 2012. It also incuded input from Bureau of Meteorology staff.

The meetings were attended by members of the Bureau of Meteorology, the Japan Meteorological Agency, Meteorological Service of New Zealand and the Chinese Meteorological Administration.

The presentation and the recordings are attached to the links below:

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Aviation Week 2012

Posted on July 22, 2012

The 2012 Aviation Week consisted of seventeen online sessions taking place between 23rd and 27th July 2012 at the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre in Melbourne. Presentations were to a classroom and online audience. The Webinar software was used to facilitate online presentation of the material. The recorded sessions are located at Aviation Week 2012 . This event is the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre’s contribution to the international community as a Centre of Excellence in the WMO Satellite Virtual Laboratory Program.
 
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VIIRS Workshop Resources

Posted on March 26, 2012

Between 13 - 15 February 2012 the Bureau Training Centre (BMTC) hosted a workshop on NASA's new Soumi NPP Earth monitoring satellite and the VIIRS instrument. The workshop featured lectures and hands-on sessions presented by Paul Menzel and Liam Gumley, both from Space Science and Engineering Centre (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin. The workshop was organised by Bodo Zeschke, John Le Marshall and Ian Grant, and was attended by staff from the Bureau, CAWCR, GA and affiliated universities. It was broadcast as a webinar, which allowed wider participation, including participants from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Various resources from this workshop are available below.

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