Fourth Calibration and Monitoring Workshop

Event overview

In a changing climate the ability to monitor meteorological conditions accurately and robustly, coupled with the need to provide warnings of high impact events makes the calibration and monitoring of weather equipment an essential concern for weather service providers. The introduction of dual polarisation to weather radar networks has brought opportunities to improve data quality, but also raises the challenges of increasing the number of parameters to calibrate and monitor.  Furthermore, increasing international weather radar data exchange, through programs such as OPERA means that accurate, internationally traceable standards for calibration are essential if products are to be consistent across national borders. 

This workshop continues a series previously hosted by DWD* (2017, 2019) and Météo-France (2021) and aims to: share experiences of current approaches to radar calibration and monitoring, examine issues facing radar networks and approaches to mitigating them, discuss upcoming technologies and techniques that can be used to help national meteorological services, and promote international best practice.             

We would like to invite practitioners from the NMSs, academia, and industry to attend the workshop which will be held in a hybrid format at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter and online. The Met Office headquarters are located in Exeter in the southwest of England, approximately 300 km from London. There are rail links to London and airports at Bristol and Exeter. The Met Office has an ambition to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2030. Therefore, we encourage attendees to consider low emissions transport options, or attend virtually.

Suggested submission themes

Calibration: Experiences and approaches to reflectivity and dual pol. calibration

Electro/Mechanical Considerations: Pointing, component aging, etc.

New Technology: SSPA, remote calibration signal sources, polarisation basis control,  AI, etc.

Network Threats: Wind turbines, interference, etc.

Monitoring and Processes


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Abstract Submission

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The deadline for abstract submissions is 31st July 2023


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*Michael Frech, Tiemo Mathijssen, Theo Mammen, Marco Gabella, Marco Boscacci, 2021: Monitoring of weather radars: lessons learned from WXRCalMon17 & WXRCalMon19 and recommendations, OPERA5 OA1 report, March 2021