Aeolous is already revolutionizing weather prediction Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Aeolus, which was launched in August of 2018 to revolutionize weather predictions.
The Earth Explorer satellite carries an instrument that is made up of a powerful laser, large telescope, and a very sensitive receiver.
This technology will provide meteorologists with measurements that can help to improve weather forecasts.
After just a few months in orbit, Aeolus has already proven that it is capable of generating accurate global wind profile data from space.Aeolus was launched in August 2018 to test the usefulness of direct wind profile observations from space for numerical weather prediction. It works by measuring the backscatter of laser light from air molecules (‘Rayleigh-clear’ data) and from clouds and aerosols (‘Mie-cloudy’ data).
ECMWF started assimilating wind data from the European Space Agency’s ground-breaking Aeolus satellite operationally on 9 January 2020 after tests showed that they significantly improve weather forecasts. Aeolus was launched in August 2018 to test the usefulness of direct wind profile observations from space for numerical weather prediction. The Aeolus wind data for that path and beyond, from about 6°N to 42°N, are shown below. Aeolous is already revolutionizing weather prediction.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: European Space Agency