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Big data - more usable, more useful

UK Met Office deterministic and ensemble forecast data is NOW available via Earth on AWS. This includes both global and UK high-res weather forecast data. For more information contact the Data Provisioning Team: email or call us on +44 (0)1392 885680.

From its earliest beginnings over 150 years ago, our weather forecasting was driven by data.  Simple observations recorded and used to hand-plot synoptic charts have now been exchanged for the millions of  observations we use every day, mainly by satellite but also from weather stations, radar, ocean buoys, planes, shipping and the public.

As this observational data is received it is constantly and rigorously assimilated and tested before it is fed into our suite of models.  The expertise of hundreds of scientists, operational meteorologists, mathematicians and collaboration partners throughout the world are essential to ensuring the integrity of the ingressed data.

The 215 billion observations of data we receive every day require huge computational capability and the  Met Office supercomputer provides the storage and processing power needed to manipulate the selected data in a timely and effective manner. In turn our models create enormous data outputs, which are used for climate and weather prediction and by data users throughout the world to make weather outlooks more accurate than ever before.

But the huge amount of data we collect, model and store continues to increase exponentially, and this is our ‘Big data challenge’. It’s increasingly important to ensure that our data is available in reusable and inter-operable formats and that it can be delivered quickly and efficiently in the most relevant and innovative form to our customers.

From April 2019 customers will be able to directly access our operational model data for application and service offerings:

  • Global Atmospheric Hi-Res Model - 10km deterministic
  • Global and Regional Ensemble Prediction System (Global) MOGREPS-G
  • UK Atmospheric Hi-Res Model (UKV) - 2km deterministic
  • Global and Regional Ensemble Prediction System (UK) MOGREPS - UK 

Take a look at the video below to see how Met Office UK is transforming and shaping the future delivery of weather data.



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