Conference introduction


High Impact Weather Project (HIWeather)


The HIWeather Workshop will be hold in Beijing, China from 20 to 22 November 2018


 Call for Applications

HIWeather research focuses on: entire value chain of the provision of weather forecasts and warnings on time-scales of minutes to two weeks.


HIWeather seeks to:

1. Advance understanding of weather processes and predictability

2. Advance weather-related hazard forecasting on various scales

3. Advance forecasting of impacts

4. Measure skill and value of forecasts and warnings

5. Improve the communication and perception of forecasts and warnings


with a focus on hazards and impacts that result from disruptive winter weather, extreme localized winds, wildfires, urban flood, as well as urban heat and air quality. The workshop will be guided by the question on how the value of warnings can be increased.


We invite applications for workshop participation from all scientists who are working in any of the above-mentioned research areas. Please express your interest in participating in the workshop, together with an abstract for an oral or poster presentation (if applicable, max. 300 words) via email to the HIWeather International Coordination Office:, before 17 September 2018. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 80 and a selection will be made, if necessary, based on the application.


 *The workshop is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and hosted by Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS), China Meteorology Administration (CMA)

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HIWeather Workshop Outline


Sessions (oral and poster)


Panel Discussions


Group Discussions






Sessions (oral and poster)


1)     What makes a successful warning?


Communication of forecasts and warnings, responses to warnings,  interaction with users


2)     Advances in weather processes and predictability


Understanding of physical and dynamical processes of high-impact weather events, as well as their predictability


3)     Advances in weather-related hazard forecasting


Multi-scale prediction of weather hazards


4)     Advances in impact forecasting


Impact modelling and forecasting, consideration of vulnerability and risks


5)     Measuring skill and value of warnings


Aspects of verification and evaluations of forecasts and warnings




Panel Discussions:


Extreme hydrology events – Landslides and urban flooding


Urban health hazards – Air quality and heat issues




Group Discussions:


Identify challenges in meeting the needs for HIW-related warnings


Develop activities to address these challenges







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