• "" [Extracted from the ECMWF Home Page] The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, the Centre) is an international organization supported by 25 European States. Its Member States are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom. We have concluded co-operation agreements with: - World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) - African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) - Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Originally a COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) project, the Centre was established in 1973 by a Convention. The first real-time medium-range forecasts were made in June 1979. The Centre has been producing operational medium-range weather forecasts since 1 August 1979. The principal objectives of the Centre are: - the development of numerical methods for medium-range weather forecasting; - the preparation, on a regular basis, of medium-range weather forecasts for distribution to the meteorological services of the Member States; - scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of these forecasts; - collection and storage of appropriate meteorological data. In addition, the Centre: - makes available a proportion of its computing facilities to its Member States for their research; - assists in implementing the programmes of the World Meteorological Organisation; - provides advanced training to the scientific staff of the Member States in the field of numerical weather prediction; - makes the data in its extensive archives available to outside bodies. Contact: Computing Services - Data Services - Software Services - Library Services - Other -
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts