Management of Weather and Climate Risk in the Energy Industry

Part of the series NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security pp 39-50

Multi-Scale Projections Of Weather And Climate At The Uk Met Office

  • Carlo BuontempoAffiliated withUK Met Office
  • , Anca BrookshawAffiliated withUK Met Office
  • , Alberto ArribasAffiliated withUK Met Office
  • , Ken MylneAffiliated withUK Met Office

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Due to the availability of unprecedented computational power, national meteorological and hydrological services have had the opportunity to push the limit of predictability beyond the 2 weeks Lorenz suggested in 1963. This has been largely possible through the use of ensemble modelling. The adoption of such a technique has had a twofold effect: by averaging out the most unpredictable scales an ensemble average could directly increase forecast skill; ensembles also provide an estimate of uncertainty. This paper analyses the sources of predictability at different time scales and shows how the ensemble technique has been successfully used to inform decisions on time scales ranging from days to centuries.


Weather forecast ensemble seasonal prediction climate projection uncertainty predictability decadal prediction