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Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled


30 Sep 2015 Melbourne - The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has made near real-time imagery from the Japanese Himawari-8 satellite available to the public via its new web viewer. Himawari-8 is currently the most advanced dedicated weather satellite in the world.

Bureau Director and CEO Dr. Rob Vertessy said the benefits are enormous. "Himawari-8 is one giant leap in satellite meteorology: it's like switching from black and white TV to high definition colour in one jump. Or you could compare it to switching from the grainy images of the silent era to IMAX. You can see unfolding weather in detail we've only dreamed of in the past. But it's more than just eye-candy for our forecasters."

"Himawari-8 generates about 50 times more data than the previous satellite. Our forecasters now have access to 16 observation wavebands that capture important detail from many layers of the atmosphere. Previously we received a satellite image just once every hour, now we get a detailed scan of our part of the globe every 10 minutes. It brings the conditions on earth to life."

"Combined with the coming upgrade to our supercomputer, Himawari-8 is a game changer. Weather computer models ingest data and extrapolate to provide a forecast. The better the data we put in, the better the forecast that comes out."

"Our forecasters are now starting to make use of the vast quantity of new data. One of the most immediate benefits is the ability to see storms as they develop. We expect to see continual growth in our use of the data over the coming years", he stated.

Jamie Briggs, Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, attended the launch on behalf of the Australian community. Japan's Ambassador to Australia, Mr. Sumio Kusaka, attended as Japan's representative.

Dr. Vertessy expressed gratitude to the Japan Meteorological Agency for making the data from Himawari-8 freely available to Australia.

"There is a wonderful tradition of global cooperation in meteorology. The Japan Meteorological Agency is making a big investment in Himawari-8, close to a billion Australian dollars, and the Australian community can share the benefits. We are extremely grateful for the excellent relationship we have with our counterparts in Japan", he stated.

The public can view Himawari-8's images via the Bureau's web viewer, which will go through a period of testing, feedback and improvement after the initial release. The viewer can be found on the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au/australia/satellite/ .

"This is a great day for the Bureau of Meteorology and all Australians who have an interest in weather. Now everyone can benefit, both by seeing the weather as it unfolds in fantastic detail and through the improved services it will enable", Dr. Vertessy stated.

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Source: Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...