THORPEX

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THORPEX: a World Weather Research Programme is an international research programme under the auspices of the WMO World Weather Research Programme. It aims to accelerate improvements in the accuracy of 1-day to 2-week weather forecasts for the benefit of science, society and the economy. This aim will be achieved through international collaboration and cooperation between academic institutions and operational forecast centres. THORPEX is organised thematically into four sub-programmes. This project represents a significant contribution to THORPEX Predictability and Dynamical Processes (PDP) research whose aims are “to assess the various factors that contribute to current limits of predictability for appropriate forecast attributes, and through this determination, develop and demonstrate new dynamical interpretations, and observing systems and forecasting strategies that will extend these limits”. The focus on fundamental research in PDP through the expertise present in PANDOWAE will allow us to gain knowledge of the factors that limit predictability through basic research. Contributions to the Data Assimilation and Observing Strategies (DAOS) sub programme will provide information to improve the initialisation of forecast models and design the future observing system. The infrastructure of THORPEX will enable the transition of this knowledge into operational forecasts. The 6 year perspective given by this DFG research group fits well with the 10 year timeframe of THORPEX and will allow advances made internationally in other areas of THORPEX to feed back into PANDOWAE research. Furthermore, THORPEX provides new opportunities for collaboration between operational centres and academic institutions and these will be exploited within PANDOWAE. The knowledge gained in this research group feed into the planning of the THORPEX-related observational campaigns T-PARC, T-NAWDEX and the HALO-Demonstration missions. The group will also evaluate data sets from the earlier THORPEX-campaigns ETReC and ATReC.

The DFG research group PANDOWAE represents the strongest German contribution to THORPEX. The focus on fundamental research in PDP through the expertise present in PANDOWAE allows us to gain knowledge of the factors that limit predictability through basic research. Contributions to the DAOS working group provide information to improve the initialisation of forecast models and design the future observing system. Research into design of ensemble prediction systems (EPS) and the analysis of their output contributes to the GIFS-TIGGE working group. The infrastructure of THORPEX will enable the transition of this knowledge into operational forecasts. Furthermore, THORPEX provides new opportunities for collaboration between operational centres and academic institution. These are being exploited within PANDOWAE.

 

The official THORPEX Website

THORPEX European Regional Meeting, Garden hall at the "Badisches Landesmuseum" at the Karsruhe Palace, Germany, 24-27 May 2011

 

 THORPEX legacy project