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Training Course – Shanghai, China

May 18 - May 20

An event in partnership with ICEM 2018


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Regal International East Asia Hotel, Shanghai, China, Friday 18th – Sunday 20th May 2018



Energy systems are the engine of economic and social development, thus their investments represent generally a sizeable portion of the country’s GDP. Energy planning and operations are markedly affected by meteorological events. Both day-to-day weather and longer-term climate variability have impacts on supply, demand, transport and distribution and energy markets. In addition, the energy sector is undergoing enormous fundamental changes associated with climate. On one hand, a transition to increased energy supply from renewables is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting future energy demand. On the other hand, there is a need to ensure climate resilience across the sector.

Despite the sector being one of the most advanced users of weather and climate information, its rapid evolution constantly creates new needs, significantly increasing the necessity for effective collaboration between meteorologists and energy sector stakeholders. Scientific progress alone is insufficient to increase the value of climate and weather predictions. Improving decision-making processes will require improving communication and mutual understanding between energy specialist and climate scientists.

The purpose of the course is therefore twofold:

1)      Update energy practitioners on the state-of-the-art in weather and climate modeling and forecasts at different timescales.

2)     Create awareness about the application of weather & climate information for the energy sector and help foster a dialogue between both communities to address major energy challenges in upcoming years.

The course will offer opportunities for discussions and practical examples. These activities will also be aimed at the drafting of mini-proposals for an energy climate service. In addition, the course will include guest lectures to provide in-depth exploration of the current frontiers in the energy and climate nexus and a visit to a nearby energy site.

The course is targeted at energy sector specialists with a broad understanding of meteorology and climate, and to meteorologists and climate scientists who wish to better understand the energy business. World-class experts in these fields will deliver the lectures, which will constitute the core of the course and stimulate peer-to-peer learning among participants.


The course will accommodate no more than 30 students, with roughly equal numbers from developing and developed world institutions and climate and energy experts. A fee of US$ 500 will be charged to each participant to cover catering and organizational expenses.

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Regal International East Asia Hotel, Shanghai, China.

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Steering committee

The course will receive guidance from a steering committee consisting of experts and other volunteers. Steering committee members will contribute to the preparation, eg in developing the suite of examples, other aspects of the curriculum and student selection. The following people are supporting the course:

  • Prof. Alberto Troccoli (WEMC and UEA, UK)
  • Ms Roberta Boscolo (WMO, Switzerland)
  • Dr Sue Ellen Haupt (NCAR and WEMC, USA)
  • Dr Laurent Dubus (EDF, France)
  • Dr Rong Zhu (CMA, China)

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Lecturers and topics

  • Prof. Alberto Troccoli (WEMC and UEA, UK) – Achieving valuable weather and climate services for the energy sector
  • Ms Roberta Boscolo (WMO, Switzerland) – Good practices in climate services development for energy
  • Dr Laurent Dubus (EDF, France) – World energy overview / what is an energy system? How does it work? The importance of weather and climate information
  • Dr David Brayshaw (U. Reading, UK) – Weather, climate and the nature of predictability
  • Dr Sue Ellen Haupt (NCAR and WEMC, USA) – Lessons learned from the shorter ranges: weather forecasting for energy applications
  • Dr Jan Dutton (ClimBiz, USA) – Understanding climate predictability and uncertainty (seasonal, decadal and projections) and probabilistic forecast for energy
  • Prof. Sankar Arumugam (U. North Carolina State, USA) – Climate impacts in the energy sector and Energy demand
  • Prof. Steve Dorling (UEA and WEMC, UK) – Forging a dialogue between the energy industry and the Meteorological community
  • Dr Rong Zhu (CMA, China) – Climate services at the Beijing Climate Center
  • Mr Wentong Ma (SPIC, China) – Lessons from one of SPIC China’s power generators
  • Mr Oliver Knight (TBC) (World Bank, USA) – The Solar & Wind Atlas
  • Dr Carlo Buontempo (ECMWF, UK) – The C3S for Energy

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Tentative Programme 

For titles of lectures, please refer to ‘Lecturers and topics’ section above.

Friday 18th May 2018

Time Activity Lecturer
0900 – 0930 Introduction & Round the Table R Boscolo and A Troccoli
0930 – 1030 Lecture 1 A Troccoli
1030 – 1100 Coffee Break
0930 – 1030 Lecture 2 R Boscolo
0930 – 1030 Lecture 3 L Dubus
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1500 Lecture 4 R Zhu
1500 – 1530 Practical: Imagining (planning) an energy climate service for your country/company A Troccoli
1530 – 1600 Tea Break
1600 – 1700 Working groups – Build your own mini climate service
1700 – 1800 Lecture 5 C Buontempo


Saturday 19th May 2018

Time Activity Lecturer
0900 – 1000 Lecture 6 S E Haupt
1000 – 1100 Lecture 7 D Brayshaw
1100 – 1130 Coffee Break
1130 – 1230 Working groups – Build your own mini climate service
1230 – 1300 Lecture 8 O Knight
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1500 Lecture 9 J Dutton
1500 – 1600 Lecture 10 S Dorling
1600 – 1630 Break
1630 – 1730 1-min ‘poster/elevator pitch’ presentations on Practical


Sunday 20th May 2018

Time Activity Lecturer
0900 – 1000 Lecture 11 S Arumugam
1000 – 1100 Practical exercise on Lecture 11 S Arumugam
1100 – 1130 Coffee Break
1130 – 1230 Lecture 12 W Ma
1230 – 1300 Closing and Farewell R Boscolo & A Troccoli
1300 – 1400 Lunch


Monday 21st May 2018

Time Activity
1000 – 1300 Local visit to nearby SPIC energy installation


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Registration is now open: https://wemc.currinda.com/event/38 

What is included in the Training Delegate Fee:

  • Access to lectures and material
  • Morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks
  • Lunch on each day of the training (Friday to Sunday)
  • One Dinner


In the application form we will request that applicants state their motivation for applying and also to supply a set of keywords that describe their interests (list to be provided; up to 5 keywords per applicant). We will then create a word cloud with the selected keywords. Suggestions of keywords are: 

  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Transport
  • Exploration
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Seasonal Forecasting
  • Climate scenarios
  • Energy scenarios
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Hydropower
  • Building
  • Energy efficiency
  • Resilience
  • Energy security
  • Numerical Weather Predictions
  • Climate models
  • GHG emissions
  • Pollution
  • Storms
  • Flooding
  • Droughts
  • Wave energy
  • Wind speed
  • Temperature
  • Precipitation
  • Cloud Cover
  • Solar radiation
  • Photovoltaic solar power
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Oil spills
  • Energy systems maintenance
  • Energy resource assessment
  • Climate Services
  • Weather Services



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May 18
May 20
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World Energy & Meteorology Council
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)

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