MeteoSolutions at the SID 2018

16.11.2018

This year, MeteoSolutions GmbH will be represented at the SESAR Innovation Days 2018 in Salzburg from December 3rd to 7th with a poster on the topic "An Approach to Define Adverse Weather Zones Based on the Flight Management Performed by Pilots in Convective Weather Events". Presented will be the results of a study commissioned by DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH at MeteoSolutions GmbH on the frequency of commercial aircraft flying through convective events of varying intensity. The study was supported by the aviation meteorology department of the German Weather Service (DWD) by providing data and typical weather situations.

MeteoSolutions at the MTWE in Amsterdam

26.10.2018
Vision-based Visibility Measurement Software was presented from 9 to 11 October at the MTWE.

This year's Meteorological Technology World Expo (MTWE) took place in sunny Amsterdam from 9 to 11 October. Around 200 exhibitors and 4000 visitors from more than 100 countries were represented and exchanged information about the latest developments in meteorology. The fair appearance of MeteoSolutions GmbH took place together with JOANNEUM RESEARCH-DIGITAL (JR), an application-oriented research partner and authority in the field of information and communication technology from Austria.

The focus of the appearance was on the presentation of the latest version of the flagship product visIvis for camera-based visibility measurement. Countless experts from all over the world, from Norway to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, showed a lively interest in this innovative and worldwide unique solution. In addition, software solutions such as DIVMET, a method used to increase safety and comfort in air traffic, were presented.

MeteoSolutions at the MTWE 2018 in Amsterdam
Photo (JR) from left to right: DI Dr. Matthias Rüther, Zhanna Bambach (both JR), Dipl.-Met Jürgen Lang, Dr. Fanny Kittler (both MeteoSolutions) and Dr. Harald Ganster (JR).

Determination of characteristic time series of meteorological variables for phytotoxic climate chamber experiments

05.10.2018

Meteosolutions GmbH was commissioned by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to determine and provide characteristic time series of meteorological variables for climate chamber experiments.

The Chair for Ecophysiology of Plants at the TUM is working on a research project funded by the German Environment Agency (UBA) entitled "Validation of phytotoxic ozone flux in needles and leaves as a requirement for a realistic, integrated risk assessment regarding the ecosystem services of forests in Germany" (ValORTree). The aim of this project is the estimation of the growth of beech and spruce trees under future climate conditions with focus on changing carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone (O3) gas concentrations. For the experimental realization in the newly equipped, walk-in climate chambers of TUMmesa meteorological variables in hourly resolution are required, describing the long-term average of the weather conditions for one year. Those characteristic time series should be valid for the Spessart region in Germany, representing a low mountain range, and are required for a present and future period, with the use of different RCP scenarios for the time series generation of the future period.

For the implementation, data from measurement stations operated by the Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG) and the UBA as well as ensemble data from regional climate simulations (ReKliEs-De and EURO-CORDEX) are used and processed. Based on the method for the determination of a test reference year (TRY) of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (German National Meteorological Service), the characteristic time series are determined.

MeteoSolutions at the MTWE 2018

24.08.2018

This year, MeteoSolutions GmbH will again be represented at the MTWE in Amsterdam from 09 – 11 October 2017. As part of a strategic partnership with the JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH and their DIGITAL (JR-DIG) research department in Graz/Austria, MeteoSolutions GmbH and JR-DIG will jointly present the product visIvis. This is a sophisticated solution for the automated determination of meteorological visibility obtained by webcam images.

Additionally, MeteoSolutions GmbH is going to once again present their product DIVMET - a service for determining alternative flight routes during adverse weather conditions, which is particularly suitable for short term supporting pilots in the tactical flight phase during storms.

If you wish, you can already arrange an appointment in advance with the Managing Director of MeteoSolutions GmbH, Jürgen Lang.

R&D Project TBO-Met successfully completed

22.06.2018

The Horizon2020 funded project TBO-Met, in which MeteoSolutions GmbH participated with its DIVMET product, has just been successfully completed. The project was developed under the direction of the University of Seville and with the participation of the Universities of Madrid and Salzburg.

A corresponding press release was published in the SESAR news of May 2018. Due to the very promising results, the project partners were encouraged to further develop the findings and techniques of the TBO-Met project in follow-up projects funded by SESAR.

Presentation at the "2nd International Workshop on Meteorology and Air Traffic Management"

13.04.2018

The "2nd International Workshop on Meteorology and Air Traffic Management" will take place in Salzburg on 3rd and 4th of May 2018. There, the managing director of MeteoSolutions GmbH, Mr. Dipl.-Met. Jürgen Lang, will present the results of a study commissioned by DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. The goal was to determine which convective weather events were flown through on the basis of meteorological data and the routes actually flown by commercial aircrafts.

The abstract of the presentation follows:

An Approach to Define Adverse Wx Zones Based on the Flight Management Performed by Pilots in Convective Weather Events

As a result of the prevailing weather conditions, such as lightning and hail, convective areas are a security risk to air traffic and must therefore be avoided by aircraft. The aim of an current project is to define convective areas (so-called ´Adverse Wx Zones´) geared towards civil aviation.

Using weather radar data, a radar reflectivity threshold of 37 dBZ has been frequently used in aviation as a criterion for dangerous convective weather events. This value was determined empirically in the 1980's based on a 6 class reflectivity product. This criterion is still often used in air traffic. So, it should be verified and if necessary redefined taking into account the current flight management performed by pilots during convective events.

For the study, radar raw data as well as convective warning levels from the NowCastMIX-Aviation system of the German National Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) were considered. In order to analyze the flight management performed by pilots in convective weather events, the data of flight trajectories were merged with the meteorological variables and statistically evaluated. The study area was limited to the lower airspace of the north of Germany controlled by the Area Control Center (ACC) of the German ATC agency (DFS Deutsche Flugsicherungs GmbH) in Bremen.

The study was carried out in two phases. First, the chosen approach was tested using a data set consisting of data from three selected days with thunderstorms in June 2017. In a subsequent phase, the investigation period was extended to June 2017. For this month, the periods of convective weather conditions were determined according to predefined criteria and the corresponding data for these periods were prepared and evaluated. Finally, the results were used for a first proposal to define ´Adverse Wx Zones´.

New DWD website made by MeteoSolutions GmbH

13.04.2018

In March, the German Weather Service (DWD) launched a website that is of particular interest to so-called probe chasers. This page shows the trajectories of the probes regularly launched at the aerological stations of the DWD to measure the vertical profiles of the atmosphere. The probe is carried by a balloon that bursts at very high altitudes. The probe then sinks again and signals the position for some time. The probe chasers are interested in finding the probes and sending them back to the DWD, for example. This way, probe chasers contribute to environmental protection.

The functionality of this website was developed by MeteoSolutions GmbH on behalf of DWD.

Get to know MARLY

07.04.2017

Do you know RADOLAN data which is published by Germany’s National Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD)? Do you plan to use this data in your own applications and research topics? You are welcome to meet us at our stand on the Symposium "Verwendung von Radarniederschlagsdaten in der Ingenieurhydrologie" at RheinMain University in Wiesbaden on 21st of April 2017.

DIVMET is worth funding with regard to safety and comfort in air traffic

21.10.2016

DIVMET is a procedure developed by MeteoSolutions GmbH to determine safe, alternative flight routes in adverse weather conditions and particularly thunderstorms. It is primarily intended for use in the tactical phase, i.e. during the flight itself. Besides improving safety, it also helps to enhance comfort not only by avoiding turbulent flight phases but also by determining the arrival times at defined flyover points when an alternative flight path is followed.

BMWi Within the Meteorology for Air Traffic Management (MET4ATM) project financed within the BMWi’s LuFo V-2 aerospace research program, it is being investigated how this advantage can be used in the interaction with an arrival manager (AMAN) to optimise air traffic at an airport. MeteoSolutions GmbH is working closely with Selex ES GmbH (lead partner), Harris Orthogon GmbH and the Institute of Flight Guidance and Institute of Air Transportation Systems at the DLR on this project. The DIVMET procedure is also linked to a flight planning system developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The project began in April of this year and will run until summer 2019. It is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundeministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi).

MeteoSolutions GmbH at the DACH 2016

21.10.2016

We successfully attended the German/Austrian/Swiss meteorology conference (DACH 2016), which took place in Berlin/Germany on 14–18 March 2016. At the event, we presented our latest product for the automated evaluation of meteorological visibility based on webcam images (WIMetIA). Interest in using this tool is particularly high in the field of aviation meteorology. Concrete queries regarding the WIMetIA product have been received from both national and international potential buyers. The below image shows our new exhibition stand before the conference started.

exhibition stand

New website

07.03.2016

And here it is – our brand new website! We would be delighted if you would take a few moments to explore our new online presence. Please also feel free to send us any feedback you may have. Both praise and constructive criticism are very welcome.

Stand at DACH 2016

25.02.2016

We will be represented at the DACH 2016 with an exhibition stand. The German/Austrian/Swiss meteorology conference will be held in Berlin on 14–18 March 2016. We will present our new WIMetIA software product for the automated evaluation of meteorological visibility based on webcam images at our stand and warmly invite you to drop by. MeteoSolutions GmbH’s Managing Director, Mr Jürgen Lang, will be available to meet you in person. If desired, an appointment can be arranged in advance.

Support for the StuMeTa 2016

22.02.2016

As in the previous year, we will once again support the national conference of meteorology students (StuMeTa), which will take place in Kiel on 4–8 May, with a donation. In doing so, we pursue our aim of supporting young meteorological researchers.

Flag German Deutsch | English Flag English