|Last Updated : September 24, 2010|
An Initial Inquiry into Meteorological Data Assimilation and Numerical Modeling Skills within the Federal Government
Nation requires credible and accurate weather, water, climate, and ocean
information to minimize economic losses, enhance business and personal
opportunities, save lives and property, and support national security.
The Federal meteorological community’s environmental prediction
capability has proven to be critical to addressing these needs. It has
been well documented that over the last two decades, noticeable improvements
in numerical weather prediction (NWP) have occurred. In fact, the 72-hour
forecasts of today are as accurate as the 36-hour forecasts were 10–20
years ago. This doubling of forecast skill has been attributed to advances
in data assimilation and numerical modeling, which has directly contributed
to advancing operational forecast and warning products and services.
Furthermore, recent advances in coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling and
data assimilation have brought weather and short-term climate forecasting
(STCF) more into alignment.
|AN INITIAL INQUIRY INTO METEOROLOGICAL DATA ASSIMILATION AND NUMERICAL MODELING SKILLS WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- REPORT-- (FCM-R29-2010)|