Global Atmospheric Modelling

  • Robert Sadourny
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 22)

Abstract

The history of the numerical modelling of atmospheric motion is intimately linked with the history of weather forecasting which started with World War I. The first try in numerical weather prediction was Richardson (1922)’s, who both invented finite difference modelling and… massively parallel processing, as he viewed a network of parallel personal computers (the brains and hands of individuals) passing and receiving individually processed information to their neighbours in a huge mass-production room. With regard to parallel processing, he was in advance by three quarters of a century. With regard to numerical analysis, he was too early by a quarter of a century: his calculation failed because he did not know about the CFL criterion and choose a time step too large for his horizontal resolution. One must add that he envisioned an associated optimum data coverage by dreaming of a Cartesian observing station network in exact coincidence with the computational grid: which promised a brilliant future to the small city of Romorantin, in the centre of France, as a major meteorological observing station.

Keywords

Entropy Methane Dioxide Anisotropy Convection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Sadourny
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique du CNRSÉcole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France

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