Medium-Range Weather Prediction: The European Approach

Hardcover | September 7, 2005

byAustin Woods

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This book provides an overview of the early years of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, and reviews the work of the institute over the past 30 years, describing along the way the European approach to medium-range weather forecasting. Its combination of historical view and scientific insight is unique.

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This book provides an overview of the early years of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, and reviews the work of the institute over the past 30 years, describing along the way the European approach to medium-range weather forecasting. Its combination of historical view and scientific insight is unique.

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.27 inPublished:September 7, 2005Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387269282

ISBN - 13:9780387269283

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Table of Contents

Foreword from the President of the ECMWF CouncilForeword from the Director ECMWFForeword from the President of Committee of COST Senior OfficialsPreface ContentsAcknowledgements1 The First Director2 The Beginnings: the Political Background3 Meteorological Developments 1967 to 19714 The Project Study5 The Convention 6 In the United Kingdom7 1974 to 1980 - The Formative Years8 The Analysis System, from 0I to 4D- Var 9 The Medium-Range Model 10 Ensemble Prediction - Forecasting the Error11 Seasonal Prediction12 Wave Prediction13 Data from on High14 Re-analysis - Towards a new ERA15 Archives and Graphics: Towards MARS, MAGICS and Metview16 The Computer System: CDC, Cray, Fujitsu, IBM17 Communicating the Forecasts: Mail and 50 Baud to RMDCN18 Commercial Issues19 The Staff20 And the outlook is. . . Annex 1 DirectorsAnnex 2 The Council and its CommitteesAnnex 3 List of Abbreviations

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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)