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Poster presentations

Since 2009 the EMS has been highlighting high-quality poster presentations at the EMS Annual Meetings through an Outstanding Poster Award.
This site is a compilation of the selected posters, including the citation on why a specific poster was selected for the award, a link to the abstract and a link to download the poster.

Highlight: Award Poster at the EMS&ECAC 2014:

Michael Ponater, Vanessa Rieger and Simone Dietmüller: Can feedback analysis be used to understand efficacy differences between radiative forcings? 

Poster LB40 in session UC2: Climate prediction and scenarios on dacadal and centennial timescales at the EMS&ECAC 2014. Link to Abstract 

award poster 2014: Ponater et al

This poster presented some complex and innovative science in a clear, concise and attractive way. The judges were looking for excellent presentation but also some very good and innovative science, as the EMS is a scientific organisation. This poster provided both and was the unanimous winner by the whole panel.

 The Selection Committee consisted of following individuals:

  • Ingeborg Auer, Austria
  • Frank Beyrich, Germany
  • Marie Doutriaux Boucher, EUMETSAT
  • Thomas Halenka, Czech Republic
  • Ewen McCallum, United Kingdom (Chair)

Selected posters 2009 - 2013

Selected poster at the EMS&ECAM 2013

J.S.R. Owen, P Knippertz, and T.M. Trzeciak: Severe European cyclones: a storm-prone situation perspective (Poster FF93 in session CL4: Climate prediction and scenarios from seasons to century at the EMS&ECAM 2013). Link to Abstract 

Award Poster 2013: Owen et. al.

This visually appealing poster attracts the reader’s eye to a set of four maps documenting some characteristics of the well-known wind-storms Kyrill, Emma, Klaus and Xynthia. A set of four corresponding diagrams depicts the evolution of different indicators for potential developments of wind-storms within an area covering Western Europe and the North Atlantic, during a 6-month period for each storm. Boxes, which are neatly placed around and between the two main figures, explain in a clear and concise way (a) the general goal of the study, namely to identify “storm-prone situations” and evaluate their representation in climate models; (b) the methodology based on scientific aspects which are, albeit not new, well referenced; and (c) the conclusions that four different jet types could be successfully identified and that individual storms, however, cannot be easily associated with one singular type. The results are potentially important for the predictability of wind-storms, and - to an even greater extent - for assessing a possible increase in the number of severe storms related to climate change.

Selected poster at the EMS&ECAC 2012

J.E.J. Eyre, D.M. Hollis, M.C. Kendon, T.P. Legg, and M.J. Prior: UK climate trends, as revealed by statistics for 1981-2010 (Poster GF35 in session UC1 at the EMS&ECAC 2012). Link to Abstract 

The optical, pictorial appearance of the poster is unique and different from any mainstream presentation: The reader is taken step-by-step in a circular clockwise (or should we – being in the northern hemisphere – better say anticyclonic?) pattern through a well laid-out sequence of climate investigations. The scientific quality is – albeit not new in climate research – of high quality. The most recent climate trends in the U.K. are clearly presented and brought into context with long-term trends. These latter are depicted in an again creative manner as frame around the primary analysis. The results are of high value for any climate-dependent medium to long term planning issues in the U.K

Selected posters at the EMS&ECAM 2011


K. Hocke, S.C. Studer, N. Kämpfer, O. Stähli, and E. Maillard: Diurnal variations in surface air pressure, integrated water vapour, and stratospheric ozone (Poster PH41 in session AW2 at the EMS&ECAM 2011). Link to Abstract

This poster was attractive with a clear layout, well balanced. The poster presents new scientific findings with the inference of atmospheric tides on atmospheric parameters.


Arthur Bossavy, Robin Girard, & Georges Kariniotakis: Forecasting uncertainty around the timing of large variation of wind power (Poster PH14 in session AM3 at the EMS&ECAM 2011). Link to Abstract

The overall presentation is clear, well balanced, easily accessible; little text is supporting few pictures. The presented scientific approach is innovative, sound and with high potential in  the domain of renewable energy forecast.


Yukimasa Tsubota: Solar-Energy Education: Making a Miniature Solar Oven (Poster PH153 in session CE4 at the EMS&ECAM 2011). Link to Abstract


In addition the Select Committee wanted to encourage dissemination of other activities which are not purely scientific but support them, such as education. Therefore it attributed a special mention to Poster for its recreational approach and clarity.

Selected posters at the EMS&ECAC 2010

Svetlana Reneva, State Hydrological Institute, St.Petersburgh: Effect of wetland types on methane emission from Russian frozen wetlands under conditionsof climate change (Poster P1-68 in session AW11 at the EMS&ECAC 2010). Link to Abstract 

The contribution is a clear and concise presentation of an important aspect of climatic change, namely a possible increased release of methane in the Russian Arcitc, a topic of high relevance for the living conditions in this sensitive environment.

Marie Berthelot, Laurant Dubus, and J. Gailhard, EDF, France: Improvement of ECMWF monthly forecasts of precipitation over France with an analog method (Poster P1-68 in session AW9 at the EMS&ECAC 2010). Link to Abstract

Citation: The contribution tackles an issue of high significance with an appropriate use of up-to-date forecasting tools and nevertheless presents the results in an easily understandable manner.

Selected posters at the EMS&ECAM 2009

Maud Martet
, M. Josse, Mr. Peuch, M. Peuch, and Mr. Bonnardot, Météo France, MOCAGE-accident: From research to operational applications (Poster P111 in Session AW11 at the EMS&ECAM 2009.) Link to Abstract

The contribution presents a comprehensive modelling study integrating various applications with a dedicated user-friendly interface for operational use. The poster is fit-to-purpose, and concentrates on the core message.

Helen Dacre
and Suzanne Gray, University of Reading, (Poster P111 in Session AW2 at the EMS&ECAM 2009.) Link to Abstract

The contribution presents the use of innovative methodologies for classifying cyclone features and underpinning dynamics. The poster is well balanced, with clear statements and well summarized conclusions.

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