Last week I attended the EMS (European Meteorological Society) / ECAM (European Conference on Applications of Meteorology) meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. In summary, it was a very nice meeting, I learned a lot and now I am even more convinced that I am on the right track developing the web-based model verification system.
The first part of the conference was a bit off target for me, but still very interesting - there were sessions about observations, climate & a lot about severe weather warnings (including communication and impact research - very, very interesting stuff). The second part of the conference was more about verification and model evaluation, which is also what my poster was about. The verification sessions were all very interesting and sparked a lot of new ideas... moreover, there is a "find new verifiation measures"-competition by the WMO working group - I'll probably give that a shot! Finally, there was the MesoVICT meeting, which is more of a "meta"-comparison of verification schemes; maybe I'll also take part in this to use it as a testbed for the verification system and the new verification measures that I've come up with.
Besides the lack of a continuous coffee supply chain, the conference was well organized, and I really enjoyed it! There is just one more thing that stroke me rather odd: some of the sessions (at least 2) turned out to be more-or-less one-man-shows, and in my opinion that just is not what a conference like this should be about: in one of the sessions the session chair already had 2 scheduled talks (which is already questionable), but finally turned out to give 5 (out of 6) talks in that very session.