Research in Geography - Research - Geography - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Real-Time Weather Forecasts

Centre for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) students and academic staff have been generating real-time weather forecasts with a model called WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) for the past year.

The model performs its twice daily forecasts on an IBM Blue Gene platform at the University's High-Performance Computing (HPC) facility.

The forecasts not only provide valuable datasets for research, but also contribute towards teaching. Currently research is underway to design better forecast products for hazardous conditions such as high air pollution in urban areas, fire weather, and frost, which can have important economical consequences.

In addition, an assessment of the quality of wind energy is being carried by the group to better understand the characteristics of this important renewable resource in New Zealand. Have a look at the UCAR forecasting website for the latest forecasts.