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Nature. 2015 Sep 3;525(7567):47-55. doi: 10.1038/nature14956.

The quiet revolution of numerical weather prediction.

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1
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Shinfield Park, Reading RG2 9AX, UK.
2
Environment Canada, Trans-Canada Highway Dorval, Qu├ębec H9P 1J3, Canada.

Abstract

Advances in numerical weather prediction represent a quiet revolution because they have resulted from a steady accumulation of scientific knowledge and technological advances over many years that, with only a few exceptions, have not been associated with the aura of fundamental physics breakthroughs. Nonetheless, the impact of numerical weather prediction is among the greatest of any area of physical science. As a computational problem, global weather prediction is comparable to the simulation of the human brain and of the evolution of the early Universe, and it is performed every day at major operational centres across the world.

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26333465
DOI:
10.1038/nature14956

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