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PRECIS workshops

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PRECIS workshops are held both in the UK and internationally. To date we have delivered over 50 workshops in Africa, Europe, Asia and South America. Workshops provide the necessary knowledge and skills to use and apply of PRECIS, and give participants from around the world a chance to share knowledge, build networks and form collaborations.

Regional Climate Modelling workshop, Exeter UK, 2-5 May 2017

The Met Office invites you to attend its annual Regional Climate Modelling workshop at Met Office Headquarters in Exeter from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th May 2017.

The workshop will teach participants the basics of regional climate modelling science using a combination of hands-on practical exercises and theoretical sessions. It is primarily aimed at users with little or no prior experience of running regional climate models and would be suitable for climate and environmental modellers, impacts and vulnerability assessment researchers and other researchers whose work requires the use of climate information.

We're excited to announce that the May 2017 workshop will feature the debut of a new way of running the PRECIS regional model:  PRECIS in the Cloud. PRECIS will make use of the JASMIN cloud-computing / data-cluster facility at the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). JASMIN provides a globally unique computational environment allowing scientists to bring their processing to the data. The workshop will give participants the necessary scientific and technical knowledge to run PRECIS on JAMSIN and to make best use of PRECIS output.

The workshop costs £500 per person, which includes training materials, lunches and a course dinner. All participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

We now invite you to submit your applications for the 2017 workshop. We would be grateful if you could indicate your interest or forward this mail to colleagues who would find this workshop beneficial. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on this workshop and we cannot guarantee all applicants a place. Applicants should send a short CV and concept note (covering motivation for attending, research interests and institution) to PRECIS for early consideration of a place on the course.

The deadline for applications is Friday 24th March, although places are likely be filled before this date, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

*Email PRECIS for more information and to receive notification of future workshops.*

Anyone wishing to use PRECIS is required to attend a workshop (for which minimal costs apply). At the end of a workshop participants receive certification in PRECIS from the Met Office, and they are then able to install the model at their home institution.The knowledge and skills gained through PRECIS workshops, coupled with the simple user interface make PRECIS a valuable tool to gain experience in climate modelling.

A PRECIS workshop typically covers the following topics:

  • Linux fundamentals
  • An introduction to the PRECIS system
  • Modelling the Earth climate system and climate change
  • Downscaling techniques and regional climate modelling
  • Designing RCM experiments
  • Uncertainties and working with climate model ensembles
  • Introduction to Climpact2
  • Investigation into extreme phenomena
  • PRECIS model output and analysis
  • Data processing and validation
  • PRECIS2.0 in action

Workshops combine teaching with interactive sessions that give participants practical experience using the PRECIS interface to set up and run experiments, and use PP utilities and other software to process and analyse the output data.

Further support

  • For more information, or to organise a PRECIS workshop at your institution, please contact PRECIS.
  • If you have previously attended a PRECIS workshop and require further support, please take a look at the  PRECIS user support page and the PRECIS PRECIS user forum where you will see frequently asked questions or can post a question of your own.

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