Department of Physics and Technology

Thomas Spengler (University of Bergen)

Physics Colloquium: The Physics behind Weather Forecasting

Weather and climate science is among the most demanding in terms of challenges for computation and data. Terabytes of data are produced every day for operational forecasting, but at the end most people are only interested in a few symbols on their favourite weather app worth a few kilobytes. I will touch on the physical and mathematical principles of weather forecasting and the challenges and computational demands. I will also focus on current research questions with respect to storm development and touch upon theoretical aspects of ongoing research.