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7th Seminar for Homogenization

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The Seventh Seminar for Homogenization and Quality Control in Climatological Databases jointly with the COST ES-0601 “HOME” Action Management Committee and Final Meeting will be held from 24 - 28 October 2011 in Budapest, Hungary. The goal of this Meeting is to promote the discussion of homogenization and data quality control methods, with emphasis on their practical applications and theoretical aspects and summarizing the results we have achieved in the Cost ”Home” Action. The organization details are attached:

Background

The first six Seminars for Homogenization of Surface Climatological Data were held in Budapest and hosted by the Hungarian Meteorological Service. The material of the 5th seminar is available in the series of WMO World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme. The proceedings of the 6th Seminar are published by the WCDMP as well. The distribution of the material is in progress.

Climate change impacts have become more important according to the Forth Assessment Report of IPCC. But there is no climate change research without good quality long-term time series. The World Meteorological Congress urged efforts to develop standardized methods for homogenisation and quality control. Furthermore, it suggested undertaking measures, using recently developed techniques, to test homogeneity of all long climatological time series, to homogenize them as far as possible and to make such high quality time series available. The COST Action was launched on homogenisation in 2007 and it will be finished this year. The experiences of this action will be relevant in the data quality control and homogenization practice.

Highlights and Call for Papers

Homogeneous and high quality time series are indispensable for the examination of climate change and climate variability. The goal of this Seminar is to promote the discussion of homogenization and data quality control methods, with emphasis on their practical applications and theoretical aspects. The main topics are intended to be the following:

  • Methods for homogenization and quality control of monthly data
  • Comparison of series, inhomogeneity detection, correction of series
  • Methods for homogenization and quality control of daily data
  • Experience regarding homogenization and quality control of different meteorological elements
  • Theoretical evaluation of methods
  • Test procedures for evaluation of methods

If you intend to present a paper at the Seminar, please send us a short abstract (max. 1 page) not later than 16 September 2011. Electronic submission is preferred. The abstracts of the presentations will be available during the meeting. Publication of the proceedings is foreseen after the Seminar. Paper format information will be provided in the second circular.

Organization Details

Persons intending to participate the Seminar are required to pre-register by 16 September 2011. The pre-registration form is available from the organizers. Registration fees (including book of abstracts, coffee break, social event, proceedings) will be defined in the second circular. The meeting is free for the MC members of HOME COST Action. Limited funding support may be available for participants from developing countries and at the same time having duties at Regional Climate Centres. The deadline for sending the applications for funding is 30th the June.

The second circular including registration fees, pre-registration form and accommodation information will be sent in September 2011.

Location and Dates

The Seminar will be held from 24 - 28 October 2011 in Budapest, Hungary. The Seminar will be organized by the Hungarian Meteorological Service and supported by COST Office and WMO.

Language

The official language of the Seminar will be English.

For further information, please contact:

Mónika Lakatos ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Tamás Szentimrey ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Hungarian Meteorological Service
P.O.Box 38, Budapest, H-1525, Hungary
Tel: +36-1-346-4624
Fax: +36-1-346-4669

You can download the Pre-Registration Form here