Model Evaluation Tools (MET) Community Tutorial

2011 Model Evaluation Tools (MET) Community Tutorial


  • Announcement
  • Agenda
  • Registration
  • Payment Information
  • Travel and Lodging

2011 Tutorial Overview

The Model Evaluation Tools (MET) Community Tutorial (June 27 and 28) will be offered at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado. The MET Tutorial consists of both lectures and hands-on practical sessions. The lectures are given by MET development team members, including modelers, statisticians, and software engineers. The practical sessions will provide essential skills to run MET to complete both basic and advanced verification of WRF.

MET Verification Software

For detailed information, please see the MET Verification Software webpage at


Basic knowledge of atmospheric science, numerical modeling, and statistics, as well as Linux, is required for the class. This tutorial will focus on running MET to verify WRF for a few test cases. The hands on tutorial will not provide basic WRF training; therefore, all participants are encouraged to have knowledge about the WRF model. Also, only a rudimentary introduction will be given to forecast verification methods. Students are encouraged to study forecast verification in advance if they lack prior verification experience. Suggested references include:

  • Jolliffe and Stephenson (2003): Forecast Verification: a practitioner's guide, Wiley & Sons, 240 pp.
  • Wilks (2005): Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Science, Academic press, 467 pp.
  • Stanski, Burrows, Wilson (1989) Survey of Common Verification Methods in Meteorology

Available Spaces

Due to the constraints of physical space and computers, registration for the tutorial with both lecture and practical sessions will be limited to 40.

Registration & Payment

The registration fees are:

  • Full Tutorial: $200
  • First Day Only: $100
  • Lectures Only: $125
    All three include lunch and refreshments

No refunds for cancellations made after 1 June 2011.

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation that you have registered and that your acceptance is pending. Once you have been confirmed for the tutorial, the credit card information that you entered into the registration will be charged. At this point another confirmation that you have been accepted to the tutorial class will be sent once payment has been received. If you choose to pay by another option, then while you have been accepted into the tutorial, you will only be confirmed once we receive your payment. If we do not receive your payment by 1 June then you will be removed from the tutorial and your spot given to someone on the waiting list. Participants on the waiting list will be notified as soon as possible regarding available space in the class.

If you have any questions or are unable to register please e-mail:

Summary of Important Dates:

  • 14 April 2011: Registration Opens
  • After 1 June 2011: No refunds for cancellation
If you need to cancel your registration for the Tutorial, please be aware of our policy:
  • Before 1 June 2011, we will refund your registration fee less $25.00 to cover administrative fees.
  • After 1 June 2011, there will be no refunds.
We are looking forward to your attendance!


MET Tutorial Schedule

Monday - June 27, 2011

  8:30                   Registration for MET Tutorial
  9:00 - 12:00      Introduction to Verification Lectures:
                            Categorical Statistics
                            Confidence Intervals
                            Continuous Statistics

12:00 - 1:00         Lunch

  1:00 - 2:30         MET Lectures:
                             Data Preprocessing Tools
                             Verifying with Point Observations
                             Accumulating Results with Stat Analysis Tool

  2:30 - 2:45         Break
  2:45 - 5:00         Practice

Tuesday - June 28, 2011

  8:00 - 10:00       MET Lectures:
                             Verifying with Gridded Observations
                             Ensemble Verification

10:00 - 10:15        Break

10:15 - 12:00        Practice

 12:00 - 1:00         Lunch

  1:00 - 3:15          MET Lectures:
                              Overview of Spatial Verification
                              Verifying with Objects
                              Verifying with Wavelets
                              METViewer Database and Display System

  3:15 - 3:30          Break
  3:00 - 5:00          Practice


If you have any questions or are unable to register please e-mail:

Payment Methods

1. Credit Card
After you register online, you will receive a confirmation message letting you know that you are registered for the workshop/tutorial. If you cannot pay the day you register, visit the registration page and re-sign in at your convience to pull up your invoice and pay by credit card.

2. In-house Transfer
This is an option ONLY for those attendees who are having their registration fee paid by a UCAR/NCAR Lab/Division/Program.

Travel Links

The tutorial will be held at the NCAR Foothills Lab, 3450 Mitchell Lane, in Boulder, Colorado. A detailed Boulder Map is available, as well as a more specific NCAR / Hotel map. Below you will find directions from Denver International Airport and transportation links.

When you arrive at Denver International Airport (DIA):

Transportation between the Denver International Airport and Boulder

About Boulder:

Special Lodging Deals

Golden Buff Lodge
1725 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 1-800-999-2833 or 303-442-7450
Rate: $74 plus tax per night
Amenities: Deluxe breakfast coupons for each date of their stay, internet access

When making your reservation please use the following Group Code: "20149" or "NCAR-MET Tutorial" to get the special rate.


Transportation will be provided each morning and evening to the hotel listed. Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to use this service