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Medium-Range Weather Prediction: The European Approach [Hardcover]

Austin Woods

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7 Sep 2005 0387269282 978-0387269283 2006

This book provides an overview of the early years of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, and reviews the work of the institute over the past 30 years, describing along the way the European approach to medium-range weather forecasting. Its combination of historical view and scientific insight is unique.

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"Austin Woods undertook … ambitious enterprise by guiding the reader through four decades of research and development structured into 20 chapters, which are surrounded by three forewords and three appendices. … The great strengths of Woods’ story lie in his unassuming tone, his short and at times dry personal style … . Furthermore the author has a gift to explain the complex facets inherent in modern weather forecasting in a fashion that puts the interested … reader on a valuable track towards (a better) understanding." (H. Volkert, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 15 (6), 2006)

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Dr. James Austin Woods (PhD Meteorology Penn State University 1970 and 1972) joined ECMWF in 1978 from the Irish Meteorological Service as Head of Meteorological Operations and became Assistant Director in 1984. In 2004 he retired, at the age of 63.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Distorted History of Variational Data Assimilation 22 Mar 2009
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Medium-Range Weather Prediction: The European Approach

This book should include a correction ( errata) related to its distorted account on the historical start of 4-D variational data assimilation.

It was the "mathematician" Francois Xavier le Dimet that pioneered the introduction of the optimal control concept of using the adjoint of the forward model to obtain gradient of the cost function with respect to the control variable in 1981 to the atmospheric science community.

It was first received with reluctance and incredulity but later fully embraced.

This was fully acknowledged by the late Dr Tony Hollingsworth.
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