YESS-YHS ECR Workshop Highlights

Highlights of the YESS & YHS ECR Workshop 

”Towards Regional Information to Improve Our Understanding on
Weather, Water, and Climate Extreme Events”

Held from 3-5 May at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore, Canada.

The workshop was attended by 40 early career researchers from 23 countries, jointly held with the GEWEX Open Science Conference.

The workshop was centered around three major scientific topics in the field of regional information, in order to improve our understanding on weather, water and climate extreme events. Firstly, the need to foster close interactions between scientists and users to improve the mutual understanding and consideration of objectives, challenges, and constraints. Secondly, we discussed projections/predictions across various spatial and temporal scales to deliver the required regional-to-local information about extreme CWH events. Finally, we shared ideas on the current state of observational data to support the understanding and prediction of extreme events, while simultaneously recognizing the opportunities and limitations of new technologies to collect Earth system science data.

You can check the ECR Workshop’s agenda here.

A short video impression from the workshop:

As an outcome from the workshop, YESS  – together with the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) –  published a perspective paper on major challenges and opportunities that arise in the study, of the understanding, and the provision of regional information for Climate, Weather and Hydrological (CWH) extreme events (Langendijk et al., 2019; doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00006).
A news item about the published paper can be found here.

DAY 1 

YESS’ member Gaby Langendijk and YHS’ member Caroline Aubry-Wake welcoming the Workshop participants

YESS’ member Faten Attig Bahar and YHS’ member Caroline Aubry-Wake introducing both organizations

Left: Peter Van Oevelen from GEWEX introduces goals, challenges and objectives of the GEWEX OSC 2018. Right: YESS’ member Marisol Osman introducing the YESS-YHS ECR Workshop objectives.

Left: Izidine Pinto introduces the discussion on scale-interactions, climate information and user-needs. Right: Prof. Dr. John Pomeroy, director of Global Water Futures gives an impulse talk on the role of Integrating observations, prediction systems and models in weather, climate and hydrology research.

Visit to the Fortress mountain Observatory. Inspiring explanation on how observations are conducted on these high altitudes and in this complex environment by John Pomeroy.

DAY 2 

Left: Marisol Osman opens day 2 with a recap of day 1. Right: Impulse talk by Greame Stephens (NASA JPL).

Inspiring discussions of WG1 on Data Sources, the main conventional & unconventional sources, gaps and needs.

WG2 discusses an ECR perspective on the scientific challenges for scale-interaction & user needs.

DAY 3 

Discussing the main outcomes of the Working Group 1 & 2 discussions – consolidating a ECR perspective to be outlined in a White Paper after the workshop.

Informal discussions between the ECR participants and the GEWEX GLASS Panel

Left: Receiving feedback on the ECR Workshop. Right: Closure and thanking the main contributors to the organisation of the ECR Workshop.

We had a very inspiring and fruitful ECR Workshop.

We wish to thank the Global Energy and Water Exchanges project (GEWEX), as well as the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)—the research arms of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), who supported the participation of the majority of the co-authors of this paper, as well as the organization of the Young Earth System Scientists—Young Hydrologic Society (YESS-YHS) workshop,

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