Tutorial Information

The verification tutorial is aimed at university students (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate) and earlier career scientists in weather and climate science, including university research scholars, independent scientists, and scientists in weather and climate services.

Note: The tutorial has no registration fee. Participants are expected to cover their accommodation and travel expenses. Limited financial support might be available for two applicants from developing countries.

A maximum of 30 students can be accepted for the tutorial. If more than 30 applications are received, the tutorial committee will select those students who are likely to benefit most from the tutorials.

Successful applicants will be selected on a merit basis, accounting for their motivational letter, career status (early career being preferred over senior scientists) and experience, with considerations for gender, geographical and institution-type balance.


Registration and abstract submission open 12 November 2023
Abstract submission closes 19 January 2024
Abstract acceptance letters 16 February 2024
Workshop program available online 15 March 2024
Registration Closes 12 April 2024

Application Opens 12 November 2023
Application Closes 19 January 2024
Application acceptance letters 16 February 2024

The tutorial lectures will be hosted by the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) on the University of Cape Town campus.

Topics covered in the lectures will include:
  • Basic concepts in forecast verification;
  • Meta-verification concepts and inference;
  • Continuous and categorical scores;
  • Probabilistic and ensemble verification;
  • Spatial verification methods;
  • Verification of high impact weather and warnings;
  • Tropical cyclones verification;
  • Verification on sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) timescales;
  • Evaluation of climate projections.

Participants are expected to have some computational ability in either R or python , and a personal laptop, for performing the assignments independently. The theoretical lectures will be supplemented by practical assignments designed to complement the lecture material. Moreover, participants will be grouped into teams to work on group projects expanding on the practical assignments. Each team is expected to work independently and present the outcome of their project at the scientific workshop, the week following the tutorials.