News

  • Extra observations used in data assimilation
    11 June 2019

    ECMWF is implementing a substantial upgrade of its Integrated Forecasting System today, 11 June 2019, which will significantly improve global medium-range weather forecasts. One of the key novelties in IFS Cycle 46r1 is that it makes data assimilation more continuous.


  • Snow-covered mountains in the Arctic
    10 June 2019

    June 2019 marks the official start of the Year of Polar Prediction’s three-year Consolidation Phase. On 24 and 25 June, three webinars will highlight the achievements of the WMO’s Year of Polar Prediction to date and the challenges that lie ahead.

  • Aeolus in orbit with laser beam
    4 June 2019

    A first evaluation of data from the Aeolus satellite launched by the European Space Agency in August 2018 has confirmed that the mission’s ground-breaking laser technology can be used to obtain global wind profiles that are very useful to numerical weather prediction.

  • Richard Forbes at EC-Earth meeting May 2019
    28 May 2019

    More than 50 scientists from the European EC-Earth consortium met at ECMWF from 21 to 23 May to discuss how to develop the Earth system model they use to make climate predictions and projections. The EC-Earth model uses ECMWF’s Integrated Forecasting System for the atmosphere–land component.

  • Reproducible workflows Oct 2019 workshop logo
    20 May 2019

    ECMWF will hold an international workshop from 14 to 16 October 2019 at its headquarters in Reading, UK, to investigate how workflows in Earth sciences can be made more reproducible.

  • Extra observations used in data assimilation
    17 May 2019

    ECMWF upgrades its forecasting system on a regular basis, and one such upgrade is planned for 11 June 2019. Director of Forecasts Florian Pappenberger explained how the changes will improve forecasts in two webinars on 15 and 16 May 2019.

  • Webinar - Radiosondes and NWP - image
    30 April 2019

    ECMWF held a webinar on the use of radiosonde data in numerical weather prediction on 30 April 2019. The webinar covered measurement techniques, the processing of radiosonde data and uncertainties in the data.

  • Six ECMWF scientists at the EGU General Assembly 2019
    24 April 2019

    More than 20 ECMWF scientists set out their latest findings on Earth system processes related to weather, climate and atmospheric composition at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 12 April 2019.

  • ECMWF Newsletter 159 cover
    18 April 2019

    The spring 2019 issue of the ECMWF Newsletter is now available. As well as news about ECMWF staff and events, it features articles about new developments and the use that can be made of ECMWF products.

  • TIGGE/S2S workshop poster session April 2019
    15 April 2019

    Scientists from across the world flocked to ECMWF from 2 to 5 April 2019 to discuss predictability, dynamics and applications research using ensemble forecast databases for the medium and sub-seasonal to seasonal range. The Centre is currently testing new forecast products for the sub-seasonal range.

  • Freja Vamborg
    9 April 2019

    The EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) implemented by ECMWF presented the European State of the Climate 2018 report at a top geoscience meeting in Vienna on 9 April 2019. Freja Vamborg is the scientist who pulled the report together.

  • EUMETSAT Research Fellows hosted at ECMWF (as of March 2019)
    1 April 2019

    With their high level of expertise in satellite products and operational weather prediction, EUMETSAT Research Fellows are a critical link between EUMETSAT and ECMWF, helping to ensure that Member States and society gain maximum benefit from European investments in space observations.

  • World Meteorological Day 2019 image
    22 March 2019

    On the occasion of World Meteorological Day 2019, ECMWF Director of Research Andy Brown looks at how the theme of the Sun, the Earth and the Weather ties in with the Centre’s Earth system approach to numerical weather prediction.

  • Oksana Tarasova at CHE-VERIFY General Assemblies March 2019
    20 March 2019

    An ambitious European project to build an operational global carbon dioxide monitoring and verification support capability aims to deliver an early prototype in 2021, project members meeting at ECMWF for their second General Assembly from 12 to 14 March 2019 heard.

  • Peter Lean
    15 March 2019

    ECMWF will soon be able to use more up-to-date weather observations to help define the initial conditions for its forecasts. The change was prompted by a talk given by ECMWF scientist Peter Lean.

  • Laura Ferranti, Gabriele Arduini, Erik Andersson, Beena Balan Sarojini
    8 March 2019

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019, we brought together four ECMWF scientists to talk about why there are so few women in science. There is more common ground in their answers than you might expect.

  • Ocean waves
    1 March 2019

    ECMWF’s high-quality ocean wave forecasts are set to improve further when the Integrated Forecasting System is upgraded later this year. Wave forecasts will benefit from a new physics package as well as improvements in variables that drive the forecasts.

  • Extra observations used in data assimilation
    21 February 2019

    ECMWF upgrades its forecasting system on a regular basis, and one such upgrade is currently planned for June 2019. Director of Research Andy Brown will explain the changes and how they will improve forecasts in two webinars on 26 February and 7 March.

  • Damien Decremer
    14 February 2019

    Modelling, computing and statistics come together in Earth system model diagnostics and calibration work. ECMWF scientist Damien Decremer has the required interdisciplinary expertise.