Message Impossible? Communicating Weather Information in the Digital Age.

Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017

Time: 14:00 - 19:00


Imperial College London
South Kensington
United Kingdom


The final link in the forecasting chain is communicating meteorological information, forecasts, and hazards to end-users. The communication link between scientists and end-users is essential to ensure adequate action is taken to protect lives and property. To explore the field of meteorological communication, speakers from multiple disciplines will focus their talks on a number of topics including how changing technology has affected the way we communicate weather, how different words or graphics can affect end-user actions, and how an end-user-focused approach can help build resilient communities.

The meeting will also present the findings of a recent survey supported by the Met Office, in which members of the public were asked for their ideas on what weather forecasts might look like in the future, and what information they would like them to contain. Contributions are welcome up until the meeting – a video about the survey can be viewed here:

There will be a drinks reception following the meeting where delegates will have the opportunity to view all shortlisted images from the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Photographic Society’s Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 competition. At the event, the overall Weather Photographer of the Year 2017, Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2017, and the runners up from each category will be announced and prizes awarded. The drinks reception will take place from 6.00pm in the Senior Common Room.

Senior Common Room, Level 2, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London ( Number 20 on the campus map) >>

This meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme and is supported by the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, the Envionmental Physics Group at IOP, the Met Office and The University of Reading.

TRAVEL INFORMATION | Please see here for travel information and directions to Imperial College London >>

Blackett Lecture 1 is located in the Blackett Building (number 6 on the campus map) >>

The Senior Common Room is located on level 2 of the Sherfield Building (number 20 on the campus map)>>


Attendance in person | On-line registration has now closed but you can still register at the RMetS desk at the event.

Remote Participation | If you would like to attend remotely, please register using the orange button below before visiting our Facebook page.

As part of the registration process you will be asked to provide personal information (name and contact email address).  Any information you provide to us will only be used by The Royal Meteorological Society and appointed representatives.


Please note that this meeting will be streamed using Facebook Live.  Although access is free and currently open to members and non members, registration is required.





Meeting Programme

20th Sep 2017 14:00 - 19:00
Session Chair: Andrew James Charlton-Perez
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