The societal need for better weather forecasts and climate projections is huge. The accuracy and reliability of weather and climate information have improved by: new and better observations, more powerful computers, and new science and technology. The Global Weather Enterprise continuously pushes the boundaries to unlock socio-economic benefits through the delivery of meteorological and climate services.
Dr. Florence Rabier, Director-General of European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), will outline her vision for future scientific advances, increased observational coverage, specific benefits for people, and taking co-operation to the next level.
The webinar explored the issues surrounding open data in the context of weather and climate data and services. New government-level policies, such as the European Union Open Data Directive, are likely to have a significant impact on the delivery of meteorological and climate services. There is the potential for unlocking significant socio-economic benefits from the application of such policies.
In the presentation: ‘A Vision for Numerical Weather Prediction in 2030’, Professor Tim Palmer of Oxford University shared his vision of the way global ensemble forecast systems should develop and address the question: ‘How many global ensemble systems do we need worldwide?’.