have had a long history in meteorology and climatology. In the dawn
of meteorology when it constituted as an independent science, the subjective
classifications were used mainly in weather forecasting. The usage of
classifications has widened in recent decades, especially after the
advance of computers, which made it possible to develop and routinely
apply automated methods, based on processing large amounts of data.
At present, the classification techniques and their applications play
an important role in the field of statistical climatology.
scientific community is facing the lack of a common reference frame
for evaluation of the classifications methods and for comparison of
their efficiency and skill in various applications. Also, an ever growing
profusion of classification methods calls for a need for a unified,
transferable methodology of synoptic classifications. Keeping this in
mind, a pan-European activity, the COST 733 Action, was established
with the aim of establishing a joint European base for classification
of circulation patterns.
conference will address all the issues related to classifications methods
and their use in the atmospheric sciences. Particular topics to be highlighted
basis of classifications
advances and developments in classification methods
and comparisons of classifications: approaches and results
of classifications in weather forecasting
of classifications in environmental meteorology
of classifications in analyses of past, present, and future climate
conference will focus on all kinds of classifications, concerning
- circulation patterns
- weather state and air-masses
- and many others,
the main emphasis put on classification of atmospheric circulation patterns.
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