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Despite having been a widely-used part of the spatial forecast verification landscape for close to a decade now, the ideas behind the Method for Object-Based Diagnostic Evaluation (MODE) tool are still not widely known here at RAL. MODE performs spatial verification of gridded forecasts by resolving the forecast and observation fields into "objects" and then comparing the objects. Since its initial development it has matured into a solid methodology for spatial verification.My talk will give an overview of the ideas and techniques involved in object-based verification from both meteorological and engineering standpoints, and will also show a few novel ways in which the basic MODE techniques have recently been generalized and extended.
After the talk there will be a ten minute Q&A session.