Calibration of Meteorological Instruments Conference.

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In a bid to better understand the maintenance, long term traceability and calibration of Meteorological instruments Users of meteorological observations have increasing needs for high quality Meteorological and hydrological data.

The traceability of these data to the International System of Units (SI) standards is needed to ensure their quality and to meet the users’ Requirements. The course focuses on the latest science of measurement, siting of Meteorological instruments, care and maintenance of basic and automatic meteorological Instruments, calibration of meteorological instruments, troubleshooting (default detection) in Instruments, and drawing specification for weather instruments and measurement systems.

The course will address ground based instruments and instruments on-board satellites. Lessons Learned from already on-orbit meteorological satellites and new generation satellites from around the world will be introduced and discussed

The Aim of the Conference:

The course aims to bring together researchers, developers, policy makers, development Practitioners, climate scientists, user groups, stakeholders and institutions from Africa and the rest of the world to impart their knowledge and share experiences with others who are anxious to learn. The course will provide a forum for education and knowledge transfer.

What You Will Learn

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and practical skills in the latest science of measurement as well as on the maintenance and calibration of meteorological instruments. Participants are expected to master skills of using conventional meteorological instruments. They will be enabled to measure meteorological elements, understand and operate the routine observation, calibrate the conventional meteorological instruments, and execute the operation of Automatic Weather Station, etc.

Who Should Attend?

Meteorological researchers, developers, policy makers, development practitioners, climate scientists, observers who are working in the field of meteorological observation, use of the meteorological instruments and other related fields from developing countries.

Your Speakers

Dr Joshua Wurman


Center For Severe Weather Research (CSWR)

Prof. David W. Titley

Professor of Practice in Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk

Mr. Zvidzai Malvin Kanengoni

HOD ICT Hardware and Software Technician
Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe

Dr. Nonhlanhla Maphaha

Section Head: Temperature and Humidity Laboratory
National Metrology Institute of South Africa

Mr. Rheinhardt Sieberhagen

R&D Meteorologist
National Metrology Institute of South Africa

Mr. Thabani Mhlongo

Senior Manager: Technical Services
South African Weather Service

Conference Outline

Day 1

The Status of Meteorological Observation in the African Countries including:

  • Meeting the meteorological requirements of developing countries, including Air Quality Monitoring and Management

Introduction of the recent technology in weather observation instruments:

  • Modernization of meterological technology - developments, challenges and opportunities (Instrumentations and sensors (Radar, Lidar, Sonar, radiometers, sounders, etc)
  • Sea and Land surface temperatures and data collection systems

Traceability and maintenance of meteorological instruments addressing:

  • Calibration and maintenance of meteorological instruments (Pressure)
  • Calibration and maintenance of meteorological instruments (Humidity)
  • Calibration and maintenance of meteorological instruments (Temperature)
  • Calibration and maintenance of meteorological instruments (Radar)

Basic radiometric traceability chain required to support calibration and validation of:

  • Land-based instruments ( e.g. pyranometers, spectroradiometers)
  • Satellite-based instruments (e.g. multi-spectral imagers)

Specific instrumentation and methodologies required to support the pre-flight calibration as well as vicarious calibration of satellite radiometric sensors.

Adaptable Observing Networks for Research and Operations.

Day 2

Data storage and long term soluons.

Satellites Earth observaon – new technologies and opportunies

  • Meteorological satellites (low Earth orbit and Geostaonary orbit)
  • Instruments calibraons (on-board and vicarious calibraons)
  • Search and Rescue facilies on-board satellites

The impact of the kelvin redefinition on temperature measurements for meteorology and climatology

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