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

Same venue, and days before, ICEM 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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The venue of the training course is the Regal International East Asia Hotel, Shanghai, China, namely the same as for the 5th International Conference Energy & Meteorology (ICEM).

The Regal International (Fuhau Huanqiu Dongya Fandian) is located in Xuhui District, the attractive former French Concession. The hotel is set amidst the Shanghai International Tennis Centre and is located on the exclusive Hengshan Road, a short 5-minute stroll from Xujiahui Commercial Centre.

Convenient to Shanghai transportation hubs, the Regal is just a 20-minute drive from Hongqiao International Airport and within easy reach of downtown Shanghai both by taxi and subway (the Metro is within easy walking distance). For further information on the venue please visit

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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
  • Ms Rong Zhu (CMA, China) – Climate services at the Beijing Climate Center
  • Dr Wentong Ma (SPIC, China) – Lessons from one of SPIC China’s power generators
  • Dr Jake Badger (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
  • Dr Carlo Buontempo (ECMWF, UK) – The C3S for Energy
  • Prof. Ping Liang  (Shanghai Climate Center, China)

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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
1100 – 1200 Lecture 2a and Lecture 2b L Dubus
1200 – 1300 Lecture 3 R Zhu
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1500 Lecture 4 P Liang
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 R Boscolo & 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 – 1330 Lecture 8 J Badger
1330 – 1430 Lunch
1430 – 1530 Lecture 9 J Dutton
1530 – 1630 Lecture 10 S Dorling
1630 – 1700 Break
1700 – 1800 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 – 1330 Proposal presentations, Closing and Farewell R Boscolo & A Troccoli
1330 – 1430 Lunch


Monday 21st May 2018

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


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