0a631d49-6b26-4e38-8a77-551029813b03The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) recently announced an agreement that involves research in the areas of development of modeling, data assimilation and joint development of meteorological software.

The work between the institutions will be collaboration on graphics and preparation of precipitation data. The agreement will help to improve forecasts and is an extension of EUROBRISA (a Euro-Brazilian initiative to improve seasonal forecasts for South America).

This new agreement, at an early stage, goes beyond the existing initiative, “because it is the beginning of a very important and intense phase of exchange of information between the two organizations,” said Hilda Carr, Head of Communications of the ECMWF. “The agreement will remain in force indefinitely while it is beneficial for both sides,” she adds.

The activities have already begun for the supply of precipitation data from Brazil.

The two organizations have jointly developed, among other activities, the METVIEW, a free software for accessing, processing and meteorological data visualization.