Advances in Weather Prediction

Richard B. Alley, Kerry A. Emanuel, and Fuqing Zhang | Science Magazine
Friday, January 25, 2019

Better weather and environmental forecasting will continue to improve well-being

Read their perspectives piece in Science Magazine.

Improvements in weather forecasting have provided many societal benefits and saved billions of dollars over the years, write climate researchers Richard Alley, Fuqing Zhang, and Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science in EAPS and co-director of the Lorenz Center, in Science Magazine. As the American Meteorological Society celebrates its 100th anniversary, the scientists look back on how and why the field has been able to make such great strides, citing increased observations, better numerical modeling, data assimilation, more shared knowledge about Earth systems,among many factors. They also prescribe ways that forecasting can and is continuing to improve.  

The paper was also discussed on Science Friday and in The Atlantic.

Story Image: Advances in weather forecasting are helping to improve environmental forecast, for example, of wildfire activity. (Photo: Vladimir Melnikov/Shutterstock)