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

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the 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 sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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