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Reviews of consumer model AWSs

PostPosted: 2013 Jun 06, 07:39
by Stephen Burt
COL members within reach of south-east England will be interested in next month's RMetS SE Centre meeting, which will be held (as usual) in Reading Town Hall at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month, Wednesday 3 July.

Our speaker is Simon Bell, a PhD student from the Aston University in Birmingham. For his PhD project he is assessing the relative merits of various models of consumer AWSs with a view to understanding whether they may represent a viable and reliable source of high spatial resolution surface observations for direct input into numerical weather models. As part of this project he is running a detailed side-by-side comparison of several AWSs (including models by Davis Instruments, Oregon Scientific and Fine Offset/Maplins), and he will report some preliminary findings.

His abstract is below. It promises to be an interesting presentation and discussion, and one which will be of interest to many COL members. The meeting is open to all (you don't have to be a RMetS member) and is free. The venue is 2 min walk from Reading railway station, which has excellent connections for all parts of southern England and the Midlands. Space is limited, however, so it's best to arrive early to be sure of getting a seat!


Amateur Weather Observations – Opportunities and Challenges
Simon Bell - Aston University, Birmingham
The rise of automated weather stations, which are both affordable and easy to set up, has led to an influx of meteorological data from members of the public. The current state of these ‘amateur’ observations is described, detailing their spatial and temporal coverage, the weather station models being used, and how websites such as the Met Office’s Weather Observations Website (WOW) act as hubs for sharing such data. Possible uses of the data are introduced - for example, can we feed the observations into data assimilation schemes, or use them for post-processing weather model output, or in urban climate studies? Some of the errors inherent to amateur data are reviewed and methods which attempt to learn a station’s bias and quantify our uncertainty about the observations are discussed. The results of a field comparison, where some of the most popular amateur weather stations were tested, are also presented.

Re: Reviews of consumer model AWSs

PostPosted: 2013 Jun 27, 18:34
by Stephen Burt
Reminder - next Wednesday - Reading Town Hall (2 min walk from the railway station), 7 pm.