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Medium-Range Weather Prediction

The European Approach

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  • The book is unique in combining a historical view of one of the world's leading meteorological institutes and a scientific insight in the work is has done over the past 30 years

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XIV
  2. The first Director

    Pages 1-17
  3. The Project Study

    Pages 36-47
  4. The Convention

    Pages 48-61
  5. In the United Kingdom

    Pages 62-71
  6. The Medium-Range Model

    Pages 98-114
  7. Seasonal prediction

    Pages 129-141
  8. Wave prediction

    Pages 142-157
  9. Data from on high

    Pages 158-166
  10. Commercial issues

    Pages 221-228
  11. The Staff

    Pages 229-235

About this book

About 450 million people live in the 18 States that set up the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Thirty years ago, they est- lished an independent institution with a clearly defined objective. It was not to be a university-type institute for research, neither was it to be an ope- tional weather forecast office. It would combine the scientific and technical resources of its Member States to use the most powerful computers in order to extend the range of weather forecasts beyond two or three days, the limit of useful forecasts at that time. It would be small; the work force was to be limited to about 150, incl- ing administrative and other support staff. In 2005, 30 years after the Convention was signed, the staff totalled about 160. The Centre attracted the best talent in its specific field of endeavour. Each year about ten scientists left, to be replaced by newcomers bringing younger minds and fresh ideas. It is not surprising that it quickly became a world leader in its field. It is widely recognised as having maintained its leading position. This book considers how the Centre was conceived in the confusing and difficult political period of the 1960s in Europe. It summarises the political, scientific, technical and financial discussions that led to the drafting of its Convention, and how it came to be built 60 km west of London, England.

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Weather
  • Weather forecasting
  • earthquake prediction
  • research
  • meteorology
  • remote sensing/photogrammetry
  • climate change

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Austin Woods undertook … ambitious enterprise by guiding the reader through four decades of research and development structured into 20 chapters, which are surrounded by three forewords and three appendices. … The great strengths of Woods’ story lie in his unassuming tone, his short and at times dry personal style … . Furthermore the author has a gift to explain the complex facets inherent in modern weather forecasting in a fashion that puts the interested … reader on a valuable track towards (a better) understanding." (H. Volkert, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 15 (6), 2006)

Authors and Affiliations

  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, Berkshire, UK

    Austin Woods

About the author

Dr. James Austin Woods (PhD Meteorology Penn State University 1970 and 1972) joined ECMWF in 1978 from the Irish Meteorological Service as Head of Meteorological Operations and became Assistant Director in 1984. In 2004 he retired, at the age of 63.

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USD 139.00
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Softcover Book
USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)