News

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 8 February 2018

    More than 50 experts from Europe and beyond met at ECMWF from 5 to 7 February 2018 to chart the way forward for an ambitious project working towards an operational capacity to monitor fossil fuel CO2 emissions.

  • 5 February 2018

    ECMWF is launching a programme open to anybody keen to develop innovative weather data technologies. Applications to work on any one of 13 challenges can be submitted until 30 March.

  • 2 February 2018

    EC-Earth, a European consortium which aims to provide reliable climate information, is in the final stages of preparing for a climate model intercomparison project expected to feed into the next IPCC report, a meeting hosted by ECMWF has heard.

  • 29 January 2018

    More than 50 ocean and data assimilation experts came together at ECMWF from 22 to 25 January to discuss the way forward for the use of observations of sea-surface temperature (SST) and sea ice in numerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate applications.

  • 26 January 2018

    Developing a 4D variational data assimilation system was one of ECMWF’s biggest-ever projects. A symposium to mark the 20th anniversary of the operational implementation of 4D-Var took place at the Centre on 26 January.

  • 19 January 2018

    The winter 2017/18 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.

  • 11 January 2018

    Tropical cyclones are one of the deadliest weather phenomena. One of the avenues being pursued at ECMWF to improve forecasts of tropical cyclones is to better take into account interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere during the forecast period.

  • 4 January 2018

    The first complete temperature datasets for 2017 show that last year was the third in a row of exceptionally warm years, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) implemented by the European Weather Centre (ECMWF) can announce.

  • 2 January 2018

    ECMWF will be at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, from 7 to 11 January. Find out when our staff are presenting and when they will be available at our booth.

  • 22 December 2017

    The year started with a bang when ECMWF Copernicus reanalysis data showed that 2016 had been the warmest year on record. Other milestones included the decision to build a new data centre in Bologna, a major model upgrade and the implementation of a new seasonal forecasting system.

  • 18 December 2017

    Speakers at a symposium held at ECMWF on 8 December outlined the remarkable contributions to numerical weather prediction (NWP) made by Adrian Simmons in the course of a career spanning five decades.

  • 12 December 2017

    ECMWF is stepping up its efforts to provide processing and visualisation options in the Python programming language. To engage with the developer community, the Centre hosted a Python frameworks workshop on 28 and 29 November 2017.

  • 8 December 2017

    A symposium to mark the decisive contributions of ECMWF scientist Adrian Simmons to numerical weather prediction and climate science took place at the Centre on 8 December.

  • 7 December 2017

    ECMWF Lead Scientist Roberto Buizza delivered a lecture on ’25 years of ensemble prediction’ on 7 December, on the occasion of the 91st Council meeting. A recording of the lecture can be viewed online.

  • 4 December 2017

    Radical changes to prepare weather forecasting systems for the exascale era of supercomputing are under way. Now there are plans for a major international project to help complete this revolution.

  • 27 November 2017

    After a successful conference on climate reanalysis in Rome, the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) being implemented by ECMWF is getting ready to make reanalysis results available to wider audiences.

  • 20 November 2017

    Twenty years ago ECMWF added an extra dimension – time – to the assimilation of observational data into weather models. This pioneering ‘4D-Var’ technique has led to substantial improvements in the Centre’s forecasts.