ADVANCES IN WEATHER AND CIRCULATION TYPE
CLASSIFICATIONS & APPLICATIONS

(COST 733 Mid-term Conference)

22-25 October 2008, Krakow, Poland

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Classifications 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.

The 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.

THEMES

The conference will address all the issues related to classifications methods and their use in the atmospheric sciences. Particular topics to be highlighted include:

  • Theoretical basis of classifications
  • Recent advances and developments in classification methods
  • Evaluation and comparisons of classifications: approaches and results
  • Applications of classifications in weather forecasting
  • Applications of classifications in environmental meteorology
  • Applications of classifications in analyses of past, present, and future climate variability

The conference will focus on all kinds of classifications, concerning
- circulation patterns
- weather state and air-masses
- regionalization
- and many others,
with the main emphasis put on classification of atmospheric circulation patterns.

 

Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management 30-387 Cracow, 7 Gronostajowa St., Poland
phone: +48/12/664-52-50;
fax: +48/12/664-53-85