Cloud Tracking Workshop

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Cloud Tracking Workshop

A workshop covering applications, key tools, opportunities, and datasets

When and where

Date and time

April 17 · 9:30am - April 21 · 12pm BST


Beecroft Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford 20 Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PB United Kingdom

About this event

  • 4 days 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


Lagrangian analyses of clouds and other atmospheric phenomena provide significant potential to understand and constrain their full lifecycle. There exist a wide range of tools to detect and track clouds in observations and models. However, most existing tools are restricted to specific data sources or use cases, limiting their broad applicability. The aim of this workshop is to discuss scientific applications and opportunities emerging from cloud tracking while at the same time providing an overview of key tools and datasets. Such key tools and datasets are expected to play an important role in the analysis of the observations from upcoming space missions focused on clouds and convection including EarthCare, INCUS and AOS, as well as with the model datasets arising from revolutionary development of k-scale models.


The first two days of the workshop will be organised as a discussion heavy general scientific workshop on cloud tracking, with sessions focusing on scientific applications, tools and datasets. The third day of the workshop will be devoted to science and strategy related to the tracking and object-based analysis of clouds (tobac) tool, an open-source modular framework for cloud tracking across a wide range of observational (satellite, radar) and model data sources. The workshop will be followed by a two-day tobac developers meeting.


It is anticipated to summarise the workshop findings in a review / perspective paper on the scientific opportunities and methodologies for cloud tracking.


Date: 17-21st April 2023

Location: Simpkins Lee Seminar Room, Beecroft Building, Department of Physics, Oxford

A map of key locations can be viewed at

The workshop will be hybrid, and online attendance is possible. Please make sure to select the correct ticket type upon checkout. If you choose to attend online, a Zoom link will be emailed to you nearer to the event.

Accommodation: We ask that delegates arrange their own accommodation for the duration of the workshop, and early booking is advisable.

Travel: The easiest way to get to Oxford from Heathrow or Gatwick airports is to use the 'Airline' bus. The most convenient stop for the conference is Gloucester Green bus station, the final stop, which is a ten minute walk from the venue. Details can be found at

Access: The conference venue is fully level-access, and we are happy to accommodate any other accessibility requirements you may have. Please leave us details upon checkout.


If you would like to submit an abstract to the workshop, please complete the form at by 17th March


Outline programme only, we will fine tune once we have your input;

Monday and Tuesday

Cloud tracking: scientific applications, tools and datasets


tobac science and strategy

Thursday and Friday

tobac developers meeting


If you have any questions regarding the workshop or its organisation, please do not hesitate to contact


This workshop is organised jointly with the GEWEX Aerosol Precipitation (GAP) initiative, a Global Atmospheric System Studies (GASS) Panel project, and has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 724602).

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