International workshop on fine-scale rainfall nowcasting

31 MARCH 2014

Location: Ramada Hotel / Conference room Tiffany's

Desguinlei 94, 2018 Antwerp (Belgium)


The workshop is aimed at radar/meteo experts and the scientific RainGain partners, and will cover the following topics related to fine-scale and short-term rainfall forecasting, applicable to urban flood forecasting:

  • Combination of (X- and C-band) radar data with Numerical Weather Prediction (provided by the national meteo offices MetOffice, RMI, Meteo France, KNMI, …)
  • Advective-statistical forecast modelling
  • Spatial and temporal downscaling
  • Error/uncertainty estimation in function of forecast lead time / probabilistic forecasts


  • 8h30  Arrival & Welcome Coffee
  • 9h00  Welcome and overview of the agenda
  • 9h00  Radar-based rainfall forecasting by national meteo services (integration with numerical weather prediction)
·       Maarten Reyniers, RMI Belgium
·       Jean-Luc Cheze, MeteoFrance
·       Jarmo Koistinen, FMI Finland
  • 10h30  Coffee Break
  • 11h00  Methods for fine-scale rainfall nowcasting (for urban drainage applications)
·       UKMO's STEPS system for radar-based rainfall nowcasting and experiences incl. hydrological impact analysis: Clive Pierce, UK Met Office
·       Recent experiences with STEPS for Belgium (PLURISK project): Loris Foresti, RMI Belgium
·       Radar-based cell tracking and rainfall nowcasting: Lipen Wang, KU Leuven
·       Danish experiences with short term nowcasting in urban drainage applications: Søren Thorndahl, Aalborg University
  • 13h00  Lunch
  • 14h00  Methods for fine-scale rainfall nowcasting (cont…) + quantification of uncertainties in rainfall nowcasting (statistical methods and stochastic modeling)
·       Probabilistic radar nowcasting for urban runoff nowcasting: Miguel Rico-Ramirez, University of Bristol
·       Probabilistic uncertainty estimation in urban runoff nowcasting: David Getreuer Jensen, Aalborg University
·       Multifractal predictability and prediction: Daniel Schertzer, ParisTech
·       Uncertainty analysis in urban drainage: Patrick Willems, KU Leuven
  • 15h15  Coffee Break
  • 15h45  Discussion on recommended methods for fine-scale rainfall nowcasting by RainGain WP2 + planning
  • 16h40  Bus leaves hotel for Dinner Cruise
  • 17h30-20h30   Flandria - Guided Tour Port of Antwerp