21 December 2020
I still remember the first time I looked into the configuration of a Delft-FEWS application. It was fascinating seeing all these different XML files which piece and puzzle together a forecasting system. Configuring Delft-FEWS can be challenging in the beginning, but it is definitely a skill that everyone can learn. It normally starts with looking at the FEWS wiki and following a basic configuration course. After the COVID pandemic we quickly realized that we could no longer offer Delft-FEWS courses the traditional way. Travel restrictions made it impossible to organize instructor-led courses. Existing plans to improve course content and moving towards an online learning experience where accelerated. This has led to the development of the Delft-FEWS eLearning platform.
On this platform you will find a:
Basic Configuration Course: with many basic modules from configuring modules, workflows to displays and the forecast tree
Advanced (New) Features Course: with different advanced modules on existing and new Delft-FEWS configuration, including spatial data displays, dashboards and timeseries statistics.
Check the video below for a brief introduction on the Delft-FEWS eLearning platform.
The platform contains many modules on how to configure Delft-FEWS, below are some expert tips to improve the quality of your configuration!
Don’t invent everything yourself, but copy from other applications. Build or manage your own Delft-FEWS system, but use other systems as inspiration.
Become acquainted with the Delft-FEWS Wiki and know where to find example configuration files.
Don’t try to configure everything at once, but break the configuration down in parts that interact with each other: Modules vs Workflows: DisplayGroups vs Topology, General Adapter vs Models.
Use process flow diagrams to visualize how different workflows and processes within workflows are connected.
Make use of templates within your configuration for repeatable tasks.
Split configuration of workflows into different categories, historical vs forecasts, pre-processing vs model runs.
Make use of ensemble IDs to differentiate between different NWP products (e.g. DWD, ECMWF, GFS) both for deterministic as well as ensemble products.
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