INSPIRE Knowledge Base

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts - ECMWF

LMO Description
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts - ECMWF
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>ECMWF operates one of the world's largest super computing facilities and the world leading advanced numerical models of the Earth system. ECMWF data and products, which include access to its huge archive, are delivered through the European National Meteorological Services of the ECMWF Member States, or via dedicated servers or networks. ECMWF also manages the Regional Meteorological Data Communication Network (RMDCN), comprising both the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) telecommunication system for the European Region and the telecommunication system between ECMWF and its Member States.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    ECMWF delivers advanced global data assimilation and medium-range to extended range forecasts (weather and sea state), and other services including real time quality control of observations. ECMWF also produces periodical re-analysis providing the most accurate four-dimansional history of the atmosphere (called ERA-40).
    ECMWF is an independent international organisation supported by 18 European Member States and 7 Co-operating States. ECMWF is one of the founding Participating Organisations to the GEO process (Group on Earth Observation) to establish a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    global numerical models
    Societal Sector: 
    Governments of Member States and Co-operating States
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    ECMWF services recognised by the environmental community as being of high quality and immense value.
    Primary Business: 
    medium-range and extended-range forecasts of weather and sea state
    Environmental application domains: 
    data management and data exchange; provide forecasts of extreme weather events to the national weather services of the Member States and Co-operating States; atmospheric sciences