News

  • Earth system diagram
    6 June 2018

    A wide-ranging upgrade of ECMWF’s Integrated Forecasting System (IFS), implemented on 5 June 2018, brings better global weather forecasts, with particularly consistent gains in the extended range.


  • OpenDataHack2018 event image
    24 May 2018

    More than 90 data enthusiasts will converge on the Centre on 9 and 10 June 2018 for a hackathon weekend to develop innovative climate data applications. They will be able to test the capabilities of the brand new Climate Data Store (CDS).

  • Artist's impresssion of NOAA-17 satellite in orbit
    11 May 2018

    Sunday 13 May marks the 20th anniversary of the start of a new era in meteorological satellite observations. On 13 May 1998, the NOAA-15 satellite was launched, beginning the ATOVS series of satellite observations that continues to this day.

  • Physics Dynamics Coupling Workshop image
    8 May 2018

    Registration for a workshop on physics–dynamics coupling (PDC18) from 10 to 12 July 2018 at ECMWF remains open until 1 June. The workshop will address challenges in coupling the growing number of Earth system processes represented in weather and climate models.

  • Willem Deconinck
    1 May 2018

    The next generation of numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems will be based on highly parallel and flexible data structures. Willem Deconinck is at the forefront of developing the necessary numerical techniques and software tools.

  • Annual Seminar graphic
    25 April 2018

    ECMWF’s Annual Seminar 2018 will be devoted to the assimilation of observations to initialise forecasts of the different components of the Earth system. Registration is open until 27 July.

  • ECMWF Newsletter 155 cover
    20 April 2018

    The spring 2018 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.

  • ECMWF poster session at EGU 2018
    17 April 2018

    ECMWF scientists delivered several well-received talks and courses at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly from 8 to 13 April in Vienna, where numerical weather prediction (NWP) was generally strongly represented.

  • European State of the Climate Summary 2017 cover
    10 April 2018

    The EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), both implemented by ECMWF, have drawn up an overview of climate indicators in 2017 with a special emphasis on Europe.

  • Melanie Ades
    27 March 2018

    As ex-hurricane Ophelia hurtled towards Ireland in October 2017, the sky over parts of Europe turned red. ECMWF scientist Melanie Ades works on the satellite observations that help us to understand why.

  • World Meteorological Day graphic
    23 March 2018

    World Meteorological Day 2018 is dedicated to the risks related to weather and water events and climate change: we need to be weather-ready, climate-smart, and water-wise, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says.

  • Snow-covered mountains in the Arctic
    16 March 2018

    Weather data collected by radiosondes launched in the Arctic in February and March 2018 as part of the Year of Polar Prediction are feeding into ECMWF forecasts. The availability of such observations is significant as this region is normally only sparsely observed.

  • HPC workshop graphic
    9 March 2018

    Registration is now open for the biennial workshop on high-performance computing in meteorology to take place at ECMWF from 24 to 28 September 2018. The meeting will cover a wide range of issues with a particular focus on scalability and I/O.

  • International Women's Day 2018 montage
    8 March 2018

    Women are still sorely underrepresented in science globally. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we look at the achievements of some of the women driving forward weather science at ECMWF.

  • Lightning strike
    5 March 2018

    ECMWF will soon provide global forecasts of one of the most spectacular phenomena in the atmosphere: lightning. Predictions cannot be made for individual flashes, but forecasts for average lightning activity can have useful skill up to several days ahead.

  • NASA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S)
    28 February 2018

    Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) will be the second in a series of new, advanced geostationary satellites designed to give higher resolution data, delivered more rapidly to forecasting centres such as ECMWF.

  • ECMWF UEF2018 registration graphic
    23 February 2018

    ECMWF invites users of its forecasts and products to submit abstracts for the ‘Using ECMWF’s Forecasts’ meeting from 5 to 8 June 2018. The programme will include talks and keynote addresses to stimulate discussion and interactive sessions to encourage networking.

  • Flooding in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
    19 February 2018

    The 2018 HEPEX workshop in Melbourne, Australia, was themed ‘breaking the barriers’ to highlight the challenges facing researchers and practitioners and how they can be overcome.

  • Phil Browne
    12 February 2018

    Phil Browne trained as an applied mathematician before joining ECMWF to help develop a key aspect of operational numerical weather prediction (NWP): coupled ocean–atmosphere data assimilation. He sets out the challenges involved and how he is addressing them.