Announcement of the release of the reanalyses.org collaborative website
November 10, 2010
A reanalyses comparison table on the reanalyses.org website
ESRL is hosting a new, wiki-based collaborative website, reanalyses.org designed for international reanalysis creators and users. Reanalysis is a scientific method for developing a comprehensive record of how weather and climate are changing over time. Observations and a numerical model that simulates aspects of the Earth system are combined to objectively generate a synthesized estimate of the state of the system. Reanalysis products are used extensively in climate research and services for monitoring and comparing current climate conditions with those of the past, identifying the causes of climate variations and change, and preparing climate predictions. Information derived from reanalyses is also being used increasingly in commercial and business applications in sectors such as energy, agriculture, water resources and insurance.
The goal of reanalyses.org is to facilitate comparison between reanalysis and observational datasets. The reanalyses.org website content will be provided by reanalysis developers and users. Detailed data descriptions, data access methods, analysis and plotting tools, and dataset references will be made available. As a wiki, it will be easy to keep up-to-date. Knowledgeable contributors can easily write about a topic. Comparisons and diagnoses of reanalysis datasets will be facilitated by the ease of adding to a wiki. Wiki contributors will have the option of keeping some discussions within the contributing group as drafts until they are ready to be made public, encouraging scientific discourse.
(reanalyses.org is a collaboration of the Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth initiative, the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Working Group on Surface Pressure, and the GCOS/World Climate Research Programme Working Group on Observational Data Sets for Reanalysis, and their partners.)
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