15th International Winds Workshop

12 – 16 April 2021 Virtual
De Bilt, the Netherlands


One of the key meteorological parameters for weather forecasting, meteorological studies and climate applications is wind. It has therefore been a major task for the science and operational community to exploit the imagery data from satellites in order to derive Atmospheric Motion Vectors (AMVs) by tracking observed cloud and moisture features. The globally derived AMV fields are an established and essential product, especially for numerical weather prediction, and are complemented by other satellite-based observations of the atmospheric flow. The biennial International Winds Workshops are the forums used by the International Winds Working Group (IWWG) for co-operation in the operational and research community, and have strongly contributed to the improvement in quality of the derived wind fields.

The Workshop is an opportunity to present advances and new ideas in this specialised field. We therefore encourage participation from all organisations operating meteorological satellites, as well as from data users and the science community. Presentations on operational and experimental wind retrievals from satellite imagery data and their use for Numerical Weather Prediction, nowcasting, or in climatological applications are welcome. In addition, research work on wind retrievals from active and passive microwave instruments and active optical systems (lidar) is encouraged.

Workshop venue and organisers

This workshop will be hosted on WebEx in De Bilt at the Netherlands at KNMI. Dr. Ad Stoffelen (KNMI) is facilitating the arrangements for this meeting on behalf of the organizing committee members. The workshop is being co-organised by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institude (KNMI), EUMETSAT, and the University of Wisconsin (UW), Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and is co-sponsored by KNMI, EUMETSAT, NOAA/NESDIS, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The meeting is being organised by a joint Scientific Program Committee:

  • Dr Régis Borde (Eumetsat), Co-chair
  • Mr Steve Wanzong (UW-Madison/SSEC/CIMSS), Co-chair
  • Dr Ad Stoffelen (KNMI)

Presentations and final papers

Abstracts are welcomed for an oral presentation and/or poster presentation at the workshop. Abstracts should be emailed to the IWWG Co-Chairs together with the attached registration form - please see the first announcement for details. The deadline for the receipt of abstracts and registration is 1 February 2021.

Workshop proceedings will be prepared and placed online shortly after the meeting. Instruction for submission of final papers will be provided closer to the time.

Visa information

Participants are encouraged to check visa requirements as early as possible, and contact Ad Stoffelen for an invitation. Information is available from the Netherlands Consular Service.