The 2014 New Zealand Meteorological Society conference kicks off tomorrow, Thursday 20th November in Wellington, with perhaps the largest ever contingent of presenters from MetService taking part.

Best known for the daily forecasts and warnings that help New Zealanders stay ahead of the weather, MetService is also actively engaged in the scientific research that keeps those forecasts at the leading edge of international best practice.

Research presentations at the conference cover topics from the fundamentals of local-scale numerical and dispersion modelling through to its application to real-world problems, such as forecasting the altitude to which snow will fall and which air space is safe and not safe for aviators after a volcanic eruption.

MetService is also at the forefront of operational meteorology, locally and overseas. Conference presentations in this area cover topics such as the expansion of high-tech observing systems and the application of their data to detection of hazards like volcanic eruptions and aircraft icing; case studies of major severe weather events, with a view to the important role that meteorologists have in making the big calls; and New Zealand’s work with meteorological communities in the Southwest Pacific and globally.

In keeping with our national fascination with all things weather, one presentation will also take a look back over the rich history of weather and the meteorological service in New Zealand. Delegates will also visit MetService's international headquarters at the conclusion of the conference, which is being held close by at Victoria University of Wellington's Kelburn campus.

In summary, this year’s Meteorological Society conference offers a flavoursome sampling of the depth and breadth of activities recently undertaken by MetService.

Here's a full run-down of MetService presentations at the conference:


Michael Martens
Numerical Weather Prediction and Weather Forecasting – Future prospects

John Crouch
Applications of dual-polarisation weather radar at MetService

Hordur Thordarson
A case study of the August 2011 Polar Outbreak

Fulong Lu
Satellite Diagnosis of Tropical Cyclone Ita before it was named


Keynote: Rebekah LaBar
Storms and Chasing in the USA and Australia

Paul Mallinson
How Low will the Snow go?

Kyle Lee
The Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre

Iman Soltanzadeh
Wellington VAAC ash dispersion modelling with HYSPLIT

Mark Schwarz
Don’t lose your mind: A case for conceptual (as well as computer) models (5 minutes)

James Lunny
World Meteorological Organization – What? Why? & Where? (5 minutes)

Thomas Adams
Detecting aircraft icing from satellite imagery (5 minutes)

Erick Brenstrum
iwonderweather - Weather History Website

Steve Ready
The Role of SWFDDP in the South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Warning System

Tony Quayle
MetService Weather Radar Network Expansion Programme