12th International Precipitation Conference


The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
University of California Irvine
June 19 - 21, 2019

Precipitation estimation and prediction at regional to global scales:
Advances in Hydroclimatology and Impact Studies

IPC12 Conference Program

The IPC12 Conference Proceedings

All oral presentations, posters, short course presentations, and conference photos are now posted on Google Drive.

Conference Theme

Precipitation remains one of the most challenging processes to model and predict at the local, regional and global scales with significant implications for our ability to quantify water cycle dynamics, inform decision making, and predict hydro-geomorphic hazards in response to extremes. A key to these efforts is adequate observations across space and time scales to constrain and improve models, inform data assimilation efforts, and detect and attribute changes in large scale dynamics and regional extremes. Building on the previous International Precipitation Conferences (IPCs), IPC12 aims to bring together the international community to integrate research, discuss challenges and opportunities, and craft future directions. Innovative contributions are sought that focus on three main themes: (1) estimation of precipitation from multiple sensors; (2) water cycle dynamics and predictive modeling at local to global scales; and (3) hydrologic impacts of precipitation extremes and anticipated change.

The Soroosh Sorooshian Hydrometeorology Symposium 

A special feature of IPC12 will be to honor the pioneering career of Distinguished Professor Soroosh Sorooshian in advancing hydrometeorology research and applications, providing community leadership, and mentoring a cadre of colleagues over the past four decades. As the founder of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS), he has built global capacity for monitoring, forecast and mitigation of hydrologic disasters through the development of precipitation products, leveraging and extending the benefits of space and weather agencies' technological resources into applications that assist hydrologists and water resource managers worldwide with equitable access to relevant information. A trademark of CHRS is the PERSIANN product used worldwide for hydrologic prediction and water resources applications. The Soroosh Sorooshian Hydrometeorology Symposium will be integrated through IPC12 with special lectures planned during the second day of the conference (June 20).

Short Courses

As part of IPC12 we are offering four short courses on Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. These are: (1) Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (QPE): observations from radar, gauges and satellites for flood prediction; (2) Hands-on workshop on Extreme Value Analysis; (3) CHRS PERSIANN: algorithms, data products and applications; and (4) A deep dive into the configuration and features of the National Water Model. The short courses will start at around 9:00 am on June 18, 2019 until around 7:00 pm. Attendance of the short courses is mandatory for early career scientists who receive travel support. 

History of IP Conferences

The first IPC was organized in Caracas, Venezuela in 1986 as a Chapman Conference, and it has since been hosted around the world. IPC12 brings the community back to the US (17 years later; IPC7 in 2001 was hosted in Maine) in the beautiful setting of Irvine in Southern California.

  • 2013, IPC 11, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • 2010, IPC 10, Coimbra, Portugal
  • 2007, IPC 9, Marnes la Vallée, France
  • 2004, IPC 8, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2001, IPC 7, Rockport, USA
  • 1998, IPC 6, Waimea, USA
  • 1995, IPC 5, Elounda, Greece
  • 1993, IPC 4, Iowa City, USA
  • 1991, IPC 3, College Station, USA
  • 1988, IPC 2, Cambridge, USA
  • 1986, Chapman Conference "Rainfall Fields: Estimation, Analysis and Prediction" (IPC 1), Caracas, Venezuela

The agenda and other details on the conference are forthcoming. Please hold the dates of June 19-21, 2019 and spread the word to your colleagues. For questions please contact the organizing committee at IPC12@uci.edu.