4th Conference on Stochastic Weather Generators

Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MDT

NCAR, Main Seminar Room

Stochastic weather generators are mathematical or statistical models or algorithms whose realizations capture the statistical distribution of weather and climate variables. Stochastic weather generators are critical components of many studies requiring weather inputs.  For example, agricultural and hydrologic risk studies, stochastic climate model downscaling, renewable energy volatility and feasibility studies or infrastructure planning studies. 

SWGEN 2018 will bring together a wide range of researchers from applied mathematics, statistics, hydrology, atmospheric science, climate and energy science to discuss and disseminate state-of-the-art methods and recent applications of stochastic weather generators.  Topics of broad interest within this field include:

  • Nonlinear processes
  • Stochastic climate models
  • Multivariate processes
  • Space-time models
  • Nonstationary models
  • Big spatial or spatiotemporal weather data analysis and modeling
  • High frequency data
  • State-space models
  • Multiscale models
  • Extremes
  • Analogue or resampling techniques
  • Non-Gaussian processes

with applications in:

  • Climate model downscaling
  • Renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.)
  • Hydrology
  • Agriculture and crop studies
  • Air quality
  • Insurance
  • Environmental engineering
  • Ecology

The conference highlights will include two keynote speeches by world-renowned experts in the field, 

  • Upmanu Lall, Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Columbia University and 
  • Philippe Naveau, Research Scientist, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement

along with an opening poster session and two days of oral presentations.

Important Application Deadlines (due by 11:59 pm MT):

  • Travel stipend application: Monday July 9. Click HERE to apply.
  • Conference registration with poster or talk: Monday August 13. Register HERE  Be sure to also provide information regarding your poster or talk HERE
  • Conference registration attendance only (no contributed talk or poster): extended to Friday, September 21


Conference Hotels:

Note: Special negotiated rates are available until Monday, September 3, 2018, for the Residence Inn and Courtyard Hotels, and August 30, 2018, for the Boulder Inn. After this day, regular rates apply based on availability. Rooms will book fast so make your reservation early. Please indicate that you are with the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research Group when making your reservation.

Boulder Inn, 770 28th Street, Boulder,  Boulder Inn by Best Western Plus, ($153 per night)

Courtyard Boulder, 4710 Pearl East Circle, Boulder,  Courtyard by Mariott-Boulder, ($189 per night)

Residence Inn Boulder, 3030 Center Green Drive, Boulder, Residence Inn by Marriott-Boulder, ($189 per night)


This conference is the fourth iteration of SWGEN, the previous having taken place in Roscoff, France (2012), Avignon, France (2014) and Vannes, France (2016).

The organizing committee consists of:

  • Will Kleiber, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dorit Hammerling, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Balaji Rajagopalan, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Pierre Ailliot, University of Brest, France
  • Philippe Naveau, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement
  • Henning Rust, Free University of Berlin
  • Ying Sun, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Mathieu Vrac, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climate et de l'Environnement