European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Data Center Description

[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
- 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
- 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
- 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


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