Verification and post-processing of weather forecasts

20. July 2020

Fellowship term ends for Tilmann Gneiting as one of ECMWF’s first three Fellows

CST group leader Tilmann Gneiting was appointed a Fellow at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)  in July 2014, together with Rupert Klein (FU Berlin, Germany) and Tim Palmer (University of Oxford, UK), when the fellowship scheme was launched. After six years, the fellowship term ended. “Joint work with Prof. Gneiting and members of his Computational Statistics Group at HITS has demonstrated the benefits of using state-of-the-art calibration for ECMWF forecasts”, the ECMWF announced today. “ECMWF has benefited from the statistical expertise of Prof. Gneiting and his group in a number of verification, post-processing and diagnostic activities, including during several visits to ECMWF by Prof. Gneiting and his team.” During his term, Tilmann Gneiting gave  keynote talks on verification and statistical post-processing methods at ECMWF. Moreover, several joint papers have been published, among them a publication in Geophysical Research Letters, on Grid‐ versus station‐based postprocessing of ensemble temperature forecasts.  

ECMWF Director-General Florence Rabier praised the dedication of the outgoing Fellows: “ECMWF is grateful to Tilmann, Rupert and Tim for their impressive contributions and tremendous engagement during their Fellowships,” she said. “The Centre has benefited greatly from their expertise and we look forward to continued collaboration in the future.”

See the whole article on the ECMWF website

About HITS

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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