Learn about the work the UK Met Office and NOAA are doing to develop and futureproof the World Area Forecast System (WAFS).
The future of WAFS
Work is underway to determine the future of WAFS to make it ready for the next generation of aviation. With rapid advancement in data and technology, it is essential that development takes place to ensure the service continues to deliver meteorological information to the aviation community. These changes are largely driven by ICAO’s Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) ensuring that the developments are structured and align to agreed operational objectives.
As World Area Forecast Centres (WAFCs), the UK Met Office and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working collaboratively to ensure that the next generation of WAFS data sets deliver accurate and improved meteorological data. As the aviation industry rapidly changes, these new and improved data sets will contribute towards limiting the environmental impact of air travel, cope with increased traffic and capacity demands and help air traffic management strategies to mitigate against and avoid hazardous weather conditions.
Between now and the end of the project, we want to keep you updated with developments about the new WAFS. As new information becomes available, this page will be updated with new documents which outline the aims and progress of the project.
The following documents are currently available for you to download and view:
- The Next Generation WAFS Delivery System (2022)
- WAFS 10 Year Timeline
- Information on the new 0.25 degree WAFS Hazard data sets