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OMSZ: 2019. november 29. 10:34

10th Seminar for Homogenization and Quality Control and 5th Conference on Spatial Interpolation Techniques in Climatology and Meteorology

19–22 May, 2020
OMSZ (Hungarian Meteorological Service)
Budapest (Hungary)
Kitaibel P. Street 1. H-1024



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Seminar for Homogenization and Quality Control in Climatological Databases in 2019 will be the tenth jubilee meeting. From 2014 the Interpolation Conference were organized together with the Seminars considering certain theoretical and practical aspects, as there is a strong connection between these topics since the homogenization and quality control procedures requires spatial statistics and interpolation techniques for spatial comparison of data. The serial of Homogenization Seminars and Interpolation Conferences have been hosted by the Hungarian Meteorological Service. The proceedings of the Conference were published on the WMO/WCP/WCDMP website.


The homogeneous data series with high quality and the spatial interpolation are indispensable for the climatological and meteorological examinations. The primary goal of this meeting is to promote the discussion about the methodological and theoretical aspects.

The main topics of homogenization and quality control are intended to be the following:

  • Methods for homogenization and quality control of monthly data series
  • Spatial comparison of series, inhomogeneity detection, correction of series
  • Methods for homogenization and quality control of daily data series, examination of parallel measurements
  • Relation of monthly and daily homogenization, mathematical formulation of homogenization for climate data series generally
  • Theoretical evaluation and benchmark for methods, validation statistics
  • Applications of different homogenization and quality control methods, experiences with different meteorological variables
  • Climate monitoring products

 The main topics of spatial interpolation are the following:

  • Temporal scales: from synoptic situations to climatological mean values
  • Interpolation formulas and loss functions depending on the spatial probability distribution of climate variables
  • Estimation and modelling of statistical parameters (e.g.: spatial trend, covariance or variogram) for interpolation formulas
    using spatiotemporal sample and auxiliary model variables (topography)
  • Use of auxiliary co-variables, background information (e.g.: dynamical model results, satellite, radar data) for
    spatial interpolation (data assimilation, reanalysis)
  • Applications of different interpolation methods for the meteorological and climatological fields
  • Gridded databases, gridded climate monitoring products, digital climate atlases, climate normals

Scientific Organization Committee

Barbara Chimani (ZAMG)
Peer Hechler (WMO)
Monika Lakatos (OMSZ)
Ole Einar Tveito (MetNo)
Tamás Szentimrey (Varimax Ltd)


The first half of the meeting will focus on homogenization and the second half on interpolation. The detailed programme will be available later. The Workshop has a plenary session with presentations and posters, but will offer opportunity for discussion on practical issues as well.

Registration and sending abstract

Registration and abstract submission deadline is 1 March 2020.
Persons intending to participate on the meeting are required to pre-register by filling the registration form and send it back to
Publication of the papers in a proceedings in the serial WMO/WCP/WCDMP is foreseen after the meeting.

Registration fee

The registration fee (including abstract book, coffee breaks, lunches, ice breaker and social event) is 120 EUR. The payment of the registration can be processed by bank transfer to IBAN HU72-10004885-10002010-01004131, SWIFT CODE: HUSTHUHB before 4 May 2020 or onsite.

Bank name: Magyar Államkincstár, Bank address: H-1139 Budapest, Váci út 7l., Hungary
Account Holder: Országos Meteorológiai Szolgálat, Account Holder address: H-1024 Budapest, Kitaibel Pál u. 1. Hungary

Please note that onsite registrations can only be processed in Hungarian Forints.


The conference will be held 19-22 May 2020 in Budapest, Hungary 
at the Headquarter of the Hungarian Meteorological Service:

Address: 1024 Budapest, Kitaibel Pál utca 1.


Hungarian Meteorological Service location


How to get from the airport to the city center

Budapest airport (Liszt Ferenc Airport) has two terminals (Terminal 2A and 2B), located quite close. Terminal 2A is Schengen-Airport, therefore you will most probably arrive there.

  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICES called miniBUD is a 0-24h service which costs to the hotels near the Hungarian Meteorological Service about 4400 HUF (15 EUR)/person. This service is available within ½ hour of the arrival of the flight (until all passengers travelling to the same district are picked up). You can buy your ticket at the airport, or order online. More information:
  • DIRECT BUS LINE NO. 100E: FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER / DEÁK FERENC SQUARE The service connects the Airport and the City Centre. Buses – low-floor, air-conditioned vehicles – run every 20 minutes between 3.40 am – 1.20 am. The journey takes 30 – 40 minutes between Ferenc Liszt Airport 2A Terminal and Deák Ferenc tér metro hub (in district V). The bus service can be used with a special ticket that is valid only for this line. It costs 900 HUF (2,7 EUR).
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT is quite complicated. One ticket costs around 350 HUF (1.1 EUR). In general, whenever you change from one vehicle to an other, you should validate a new ticket. (You can change lines within the metro network (metro lines) with the same special ticket. You can buy cheaper tickets in coupon book or a card for couple of days.) Altogether, it would cost you 3 tickets (1050 HUF, 3.3 EUR) to get to your hotel. First you should take bus No 200E from the airport, to the direction "Kőbánya-Kispest". From there take the underground line M3 (this is its terminal). Metro is under reconstruction, at the weekends replacement buses might occur.


The nearest hotels to the venue:

Hotel Papillon

Hotel Budapest

Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Mercure

Regnum Residence

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