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The measurement of sea-surface wind vectors are operationally input to meteorological models and to shipping routing forecasts. In addition there is a growth in the request to support renewable energy projects such as wind farms.

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EU/ECMRWF - ERA 40 Atlas (Website released February 2006)

11 October 2006

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The ERA-40 project is being funded for a three-year period from 1 April 2000 by the European Union under its Fifth Framework Programme in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. The ERA-40 Atlas describes the climate during 1979 - 2001, the period with the best and most time-consistent product quality for the globe as a whole. The Atlas contains surface and column-integrated fields, and upper-air fields derived on pressure levels, on isentropic levels and on the 2 pvu potential-vorticity level from values on the models native hybrid levels.

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