The Anthony J. Hollingsworth Symposium


(Invited Speaker) Environmental monitoring and prediction

Adrian Simmons, ECMWF, Reading, Berks, United Kingdom

The final years of Tony Hollingsworth's professional life were devoted to establishing a European capability for atmospheric environmental monitoring and prediction based on adopting and adapting the data-assimilation methods for numerical weather forecasting that he had done so much to develop and inspire in earlier years.

Under the auspices of the burgeoning Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative of the European Commission and European Space Agency, Tony founded and led the multi-partner GEMS project that today is well-advanced towards its goal of developing a validated, comprehensive analysis and forecasting capability for greenhouse gases, reactive gases and aerosols. The GEMS system assimilates remotely sensed and in-situ weather and composition data to create global distributions of key atmospheric trace constituents in the troposphere and stratosphere at spatial and temporal resolutions similar to those of climate reanalyses. The system is being employed to produce near-real-time and retrospective coupled analyses of atmospheric chemistry, dynamics and thermodynamics; ancillary systems infer surface fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane. GEMS also provides higher-resolution regional forecasts: the global forecasts provide information from long-range transport of atmospheric pollutants to ten regional air-quality models run cooperatively over a common European domain.

An overview of the GEMS project will be presented and examples of how the system performs will be discussed. Prospects for subsequent routine operation will be outlined.

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Session 4, Anthony Hollingsworth Symposium—IV
Thursday, 15 January 2009, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM, Room 131C

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