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European met agencies collaborate to improve forecasting
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17th November 2021

European met agencies collaborate to improve forecasting

Met Éireann announced that it is to join forces with national weather services in Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands, to jointly operate a new supercomputer that will bring significant advancements to short-term weather forecasting.

As well as taking short-term weather forecasting to the next level, the new multimillion High-Performance Computer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will be used to advance climate science research, supporting our Governments’ and businesses with long-term decisions and policy-making as we continue to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

With global temperatures projected to increase further over the next decades, weather patterns are expected to become more extreme and more challenging to forecast.  The “United Weather Centres-West” collaboration is a scientific and technical response to this challenge, with four countries jointly operating a supercomputer that will allow more timely and accurate weather forecasts and warnings to help protect life and property.

Planned to be operational by early 2023, the new supercomputer will provide high-resolution weather forecasts that will be used to:

  • Provide more accurate and timely weather warnings that will allow our emergency services to prepare for potential impacts of severe weather;
  • Help people and communities make better decisions to protect lives, homes and businesses when impacted by extreme weather events such as heatwaves, flooding or heavy snow;
  • Enable the agricultural sector to make earlier decisions to protect and better manage their crops and livestock;
  • Provide more timely and focused information to marine communities;
  • Support the transport and energy sectors with more detailed and timely weather information to allow increased economic and environmental benefits.

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