5-7 October 2020
Europe/Berlin timezone

An online conference organized by the RealPEP research group

Update: We are happy to announce that all available recordings from the conference can now be watched and are listed here


Flash floods in small to meso-scale catchments and intense precipitation over cities from severe local storms pose increasing threats to our society. For the timely prediction of such events, the value of high-resolution and high-quality quantitative precipitation estimation and corresponding forecasts cannot be overrated.

Seamless predictions harmonizing nowcasting and NWP across forecast lead times from minutes to days would greatly help to improve the value and efficiency of warnings. We invite contributions of recent ideas and achievements along the process chain from quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE), observation-based nowcasting (QPN), combination of nowcasting with NWP and flash-flood prediction (FFP). Area-covering and high-resolution polarimetric weather radar observations currently provide core information for QPE/QPN like precipitation intensity, hydrometeor types, and wind gusts augmented with satellite and lightning observations.

With the perspective to enable/improve seamless predictions of surface precipitation and flash floods from the time of observation to days ahead, potential topics of this session are advances in quantitative high-resolution precipitation retrieval including promising sensor synergies, advances in nowcasting including life cycle information, advances in NWP data assimilation for short-term forecasts, concepts for merging observation-based QPN with NWP, and concepts to transfer the uncertain precipitation estimates over the forecast range into river runoff and flash-flood predictions.

Conference Format

The RealPEP online conference will be carried out using the German Research Network DFN.
Talks are by invitation only and we are currently in a process of putting together an exciting programme
with contributions by both international experts and young researchers.
The talks will be streamed, while discussions take place in a range of targeted discussion rooms,
moderated by the RealPEP research group principle investigators and research scientists.

Please register if you intend to take part to be provided with links and further information.


  • Seamless prediction
  • Quantitative precipitation estimation
  • Precipitation nowcasting
  • Numerical weather prediction
  • Flash flood prediction

Program overview



Confirmed Speakers

Seamless Prediction

  • Dave Turner (Keynote)
  • Ulrich Blahak (Keynote)
  • Silke Trömel (Keynote)

Quantitative precipitation estimation

  • Alexander Ryzhkov (Keynote)
  • Jian Zhang 
  • Petar Bukovcic
  • Remko Uijlenhoet
  • Vojtech Bares
  • Ju-Yu Chen
  • Julius Polz

Precipitation nowcasting

  • Loris Foresti (Keynote)
  • Marc Schleiss
  • Aitor Atencia
  • Ricardo Reinoso-Rondinel
  • Cintia Carbajal Henken
  • Xavier Calbet
  • Jordi Figueras i Ventura

Numerical weather prediction

  • Sarah Dance (Keynote)
  • David Simonin
  • Lisa Neef
  • Lucas Reimann
  • Klaus Vobig
  • Jacob Carlin
  • Axel Seifert

Flash flood prediction

  • Maria-Helena Ramos (Keynote)
  • Marco Borga
  • Francesco Silvestro
  • Angélica Caseri
  • Linda Speight
  • Carina Furusho
  • Darren Lumbroso



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