Research Fellowship on Nowcasting of Severe Weather

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The Research Fellow will join the Observation Department of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium. In order to prepare for the upcoming Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) observations and related capabilities, she/he will explore the use of satellite data for improving nowcasting of severe thunderstorms over Europe.

The fellow will make use of the Rapid Developing Thunderstorm (RDT) algorithm, along with observations from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Global Lightning Mapper (GLM) on the geostationary GOES16 satellite and/or observations from the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) and Lightning Imager (LI) when operational on MTG. Additionally, radar data and severe weather reports are used to validate precursors of severe weather, such as sudden jumps in the total lightning activity.