Advanced Forecasting

This course will equip you to operate at an advanced level

This Advanced Forecasting course has been designed to complement and follow on from the Initial Forecasting course after two to three years experience in an operational forecasting environment.

It can also be used to complete basic forecaster training which has been taken elsewhere and is particularly suitable for staff who may shortly be moving to a position of responsibility within a forecasting team.

Location: Courses are held in the excellent Met Office College facilities at our Exeter headquarters.

Course length: 10 days.

Aim: To equip a forecaster with the necessary skills to operate at an advanced level within their organisation.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an enhanced understanding of development theory;
  • demonstrate an understanding of advanced synoptic conceptual models;
  • produce forecasts in the absence of central guidance;
  • demonstrate a good understanding of ensemble forecasting methods, their use in medium-range forecasting and their impacts on customer operations;
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the limitations of the forecasts that you produce and the appropriate level of confidence to communicate within those forecasts;
  • assess the impacts of any issued forecast on the customer, especially in severe weather situations;
  • plan and organise the production and prioritisation within an operational team;
  • have a general understanding of major relevant environmental issues beyond forecasting, notably climate change and oceanography.

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Last updated: 7 February 2014