The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – IX invites college students engaged in computer science, environmental science and meteorology to join the NOWCASTING COMPETITION.
“Nowcasting” comprises the detailed description of current weather along with forecasts obtained by extrapolation from the current time to six hours ahead. Using the latest radar, satellite and observational data as input information for developing accurate weather “nowcast”, the competition participants will develop a computer program and/or set of algorithms that will automate data analysis and the creation of small-scale weather systems affecting Metro Manila.
The competition is open to students of any nationality who are currently enrolled in any college/university in the country and it will be conducted from September 2013 – June 2014. A team from PAGASA will be created to oversee the implementation. The expected output is a working “nowcasting” model for Metro Manila including source code with appropriate documentation. Input data should include: radar, satellite, automatic weather stations (AWSs), automatic rain gauges (ARGs), and the output from PAG-ASA-WRF model. These data could be downloaded from the PAGASA website by the participants on a prescribed period.
The forecast area is Metro Manila. Basically, the computer program/s should be able to monitor convective storms and predict storm attributes such as probability of hail, hail size and storm velocity. It should also include probable Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) in the next six (6) hours. Near real-time outputs should be provided in graphical form and corresponding .csv format are automatically archived. Data from the 25 PAGASA rainfall stations will be used for the evaluation of the output.
The models will be judged based on the accuracy of the rainfall forecast. The models will likewise be compared to what are being used in PAGASA. The QPF outputs of the developed model will be compared to the actual observation for Metro Manila.
Prizes at stake for P 200,000 (1st prize); P150,000 (2nd prize) and P100,000 (3rd prize). Twenty-five percent (25%) of the prize shall go to the Faculty Adviser. Dates to remember: 02 September 2013 – Start of competition promotion; 20 November 2013 – Deadline of submission of entries; 30 November-31 December 2013 – Eliminations.
This initiative is a joint effort of Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), which aims to attract and encourage students to embrace the science of Meteorology by utilizing their research and computer programming skills in providing short-ranged weather forecast.