meeting summary Summary of an Informal Workshop on Adaptive Observations and FASTEX Chris Snyder National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado* 1. Introduction sors to subsequent cyclogenesis and to improve the forecast s of the mature frontal cyclone. Current In many midlatitude forecast situations, especially FASTEX plans for the upstream observations involve downstream from oceans or other regions of sparse three to five ships and one or two high-altitude, long- data, the majority of forecast error arises from defi- range aircraft. Further details of the experiment are ciencies in the operational analysis used as initial con- given below. ditions for the forecast model. In addition, sensitivity An informal workshop was held on 25 and 26 May studies have shown that the growth of errors or other 1995 at the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology small perturbations is generally localized in relatively (MMM) division of the National Center for Atmo- small regions that vary in location from day to day, spheric Research (NCAR), to discuss ideas for adap- depending on the character of the flow. The goal of tive observing in general, and the possibility of testing adaptive (or, more specifically, targeted) observing these ideas during FASTEX in particular. What fol-
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Published: May 4, 1996
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