Energy systems are the engine of economic and social development, thus their investments represent generally a sizeable portion of the country’s GDP. Energy planning and operations are markedly affected by meteorological events. Both day-to-day weather and longer-term climate variability have impacts on supply, demand, transport and distribution and energy markets. In addition, the energy sector is undergoing enormous fundamental changes associated with climate. On one hand, a transition to increased energy supply from renewables is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting future energy demand. On the other hand, there is a need to ensure climate resilience across the sector.
Despite the sector being one of the most advanced users of weather and climate information, its rapid evolution constantly creates new needs, significantly increasing the necessity for effective collaboration between meteorologists and energy sector stakeholders. Scientific progress alone is insufficient to increase the value of climate and weather predictions. Improving decision-making processes will require improving communication and mutual understanding between energy specialist and climate scientists.
The purpose of the course is therefore twofold:
1) Update energy practitioners on the state-of-the-art in weather and climate modeling and forecasts at different timescales.
2) Create awareness about the application of weather & climate information for the energy sector and help foster a dialogue between both communities to address major energy challenges in upcoming years.
The course will offer opportunities for discussions and practical examples. These activities will also be aimed at the drafting of mini-proposals for an energy climate service. In addition, the course will include guest lectures to provide in-depth exploration of the current frontiers in the energy and climate nexus and a visit to a nearby energy site.
The course is targeted at energy sector specialists with a broad understanding of meteorology and climate, and to meteorologists and climate scientists who wish to better understand the energy business. World-class experts in these fields will deliver the lectures, which will constitute the core of the course and stimulate peer-to-peer learning among participants.
The course will accommodate no more than 30 students, with roughly equal numbers from developing and developed world institutions and climate and energy experts. A fee of US$ 500 will be charged to each participant to cover catering and organizational expenses.
The venue of the training course is the Regal International East Asia Hotel, Shanghai, China, namely the same as for the 5th International Conference Energy & Meteorology (ICEM).
The course will receive guidance from a steering committee consisting of experts and other volunteers. Steering committee members will contribute to the preparation, eg in developing the suite of examples, other aspects of the curriculum and student selection. The following people are supporting the course:
Prof. Alberto Troccoli (WEMC and UEA, UK)
Ms Roberta Boscolo (WMO, Switzerland)
Dr Sue Ellen Haupt (NCAR and WEMC, USA)
Dr Laurent Dubus (EDF, France)
Dr Rong Zhu (CMA, China)