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[Met-jobs] PRECIS September workshop plus 5 things you need to know about PRECIS 

From "Wivell, Kirsty" <>
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Date Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:02:02 +0000

Title: PRECIS September workshop plus 5 things you need to know about PRECIS 

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Providing REgional Climates
for Impacts Studies

PRECIS workshop September 2016

Places are rapidly being filled at the PRECIS regional climate modelling (RCM) workshop at the Met Office on the 13-16th September, so be sure to register before the deadline (5th August 2016). See below for more information.


5 things you need to know about PRECIS

  • PRECIS can be operated by users with little or no experience running regional climate models.
  • PRECIS has been utilised in hundreds of climate change impacts research projects across the world. Such projects include looking into droughts in the Horn of Africa, a study of climate change impacts in Bangladesh, and an assessment of vulnerability to weather and climate extremes in the Philippines.
  • PRECIS is about detail. An RCM allows for complex local surface features (e.g. mountains, coastlines and islands) to be represented in experiments. These features play an important part in local climate.
  • PRECIS is computationally inexpensive and easy to install and run.
  • PRECIS is driven by tried and trusted global climate models (GCM) used by the Met Office Hadley Centre including selected CMIP5 GCMs e.g. HadGEM2-ES.


PRECIS (Providing Regional Climates for Impact Studies) is a regional climate modelling tool, run on a Linux based PC or laptop, to generate high resolution climate scenarios for any region of the globe. When combined with local knowledge and expertise, climate scenarios generated from our model are invaluable in assessing a country's vulnerability to future climate change and to inform impact studies for capacity building.


PRECIS workshop and your career 

PRECIS training workshops are run in both the UK and internationally. To date we have delivered over 50 workshops in Africa, Europe, Asia and South America. This course would be suitable for climate and environmental modellers, impacts and vulnerability assessment researchers and other researchers from institutes such as universities and meteorological services.

Workshops provide essential scientific and technical training in the use, analysis and application of PRECIS through a combination of theory, interactive learning and hands-on practical exercises. Topics cover various aspects of climate science and climate modelling to further enhance your knowledge and skills. Group sessions provide a great opportunity to discuss the use and application of PRECIS with fellow users and the expert regional climate modellers in the PRECIS team.

The workshop costs £750 per person, which includes all materials, lunches and a course dinner (all participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs). Upon completion of the course, you will receive certification in PRECIS from the Met Office and will be able to download and use PRECIS at your home institution, with access to ongoing user support.




What to do next
At the Met Office we believe PRECIS is an invaluable tool for enhancing the way climate information is produced and used in decision making. The information that can be obtained from regional climate models and subsequent high resolution climate scenarios can inform climate resilience and adaption studies and ultimately enhance capacity building. 

If you or anyone you know may benefit from using PRECIS or the knowledge and skills gained through our training, then we invite you to register your interest for the coming UK workshop. We request that you send us a short CV and 2-3 paragraph concept note to so we can ensure participants possesses the scientific and technical base necessary to benefit from the workshop. Please indicate your motivation for participation, research interest, institution and intended use of the knowledge acquired from the workshop.The deadline to register is Friday 5th August 2016. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on this workshop and we cannot guarantee all applicants a place.

For any enquiries regarding PRECIS 2.0 or if you require any further information on the upcoming workshop, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Wivell

On behalf of the PRECIS team:
Climate Information for International Development

Met Office  Fitzroy Rd  Exeter  EX1 3PB 

The latest release (May 2016) of PRECIS 2.0 can be downloaded at
Email us for the zip file password.



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