The Unit consists of four research groups with a staff of approximately 40 persons. The main research topics are: atmospheric modelling, meteorological applications, meteorological remote sensing, and polar meteorology. The Unit acts as a meteorological expert especially in connection with safety issues in close co-operation with the Services Development Unit of the Weather and Safety Directorate.
The Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Group maintains and monitors a regional high resolution numerical weather prediction system as well as carries out related research, particularly in the context of the international HIRLAM consortium. The NWP-system is capable of predicting the weather over Finland and Europe for about two days ahead. The predictions are utilised in the public weather service and as a basis for many specialized forecasts needed for safe aviation, shipping and traffic on roads and rail. Additionally, they are used when forecasting air quality and dispersion of pollutants. The regional numerical weather prediction system is complementary to global systems operated in international cooperation.
Head: PhD Carl Fortelius, phone +358 29 539 4130
The Meteorological Research Applications Group performs research and develops meteorological methods (e.g. probabilistic forecasts), specific weather forecasting systems (e.g. road weather) and forecast verification methods. The Group also participates in the development of methods for environmental research and monitoring. In addition, the group is involved in the development of telematic services (intelligent traffic) as well as in wind energy related surveys and research.
Head: Lic.Phil. Pertti Nurmi, phone +358 29 539 3610
The activities of the Satellite and Radar Applications Group focus on meteorological remote sensing applications. Research is carried out on estimation of surface and atmospheric parameters, such as albedo, snow, precipitation and its phase and visibility, using satellite, radar and camera measurements. The objective is to apply the results of the group in weather service and climate research. A new research topic is the assimilation of satellite based snow products in weather models in co-operation with the NWP group. Remote sensing education and international activities are an integral part of the Group's activities.
Head: PhD Terhikki Manninen, phone +358 29 539 4159
The Polar Meteorology and Climatology Group studies meteorology, ice, snow and the oceans in high-latitudes. The objectives are to better understand physical processes and intearctions in the climate system and to further develop methods for weather and climate models. The research in the group is based on field work in the Arctic and Antarctic, data analyses, and numerical modelling.
Head: Research Professor Timo Vihma, phone +358 29 539 4173
Head of Unit:
PhD Sami Niemelä
phone +358 29 539 4172
phone +358 29 539 5222
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