Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 States. It provides weather services with medium-range forecasts of global weather (up to 15 days ahead), monthly forecasts, and seasonal forecasts. ECMWF’s computer system at its headquarters in Reading, Shinfield Park, is one of the largest for meteorology worldwide and contains the world’s largest archive of numerical weather prediction data. It runs the world’s most sophisticated medium-range prediction model of the global atmosphere and oceans. The National Meteorological Services of Member States and Co-operating States use ECMWF’s products for their own national duties, in particular to give early warning of potentially damaging severe weather.
ECMWF was established in 1975, in recognition of the need to pool the scientific and technical resources of Europe for the production of medium-range weather forecasts and of the economic and social benefits expected from it.
The ECMWF strategy puts the early warning of severe weather as its principal goal. This is particularly important as severe weather is predicted to become more frequent and more intense in some parts of the world under climate change. ECMWF can contribute to the development of strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In particular, ECMWF’s emphasis on the provision of reliable predictions of severe weather can be seen as a key contribution to help society adapt to the dangers and threats associated with global warming. Also scientists and researchers around the world use ECMWF’s forecast products to monitor the environment and analyse climate change.
ECMWF’s monthly and seasonal forecasts provide early predictions of events such as heat waves, cold spells and droughts, as well as their impacts on sectors such as agriculture, energy and health.
The meeting is on Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
It will be held at:
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Weather Centre (S-bound),Reading,Wokingham RG2
Meetings are open to non-members and free but reservations are essential. Please see the event page for more information.