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Fundamental research within the Hans-Ertel-Centre

The Hans-Ertel-Centre (HErZ) carries out fundamental research to improve weather forecasting and climate monitoring. This is prerequisite for the DWD to be able to respond to the future challenges facing its key customers. To this aim an internationally visible competence centre is being established, creating a network between the DWD and leading meteorological research institutions in Germany. This strengthens the university education in meteorology and assures personnel development for the DWD and the research institutes.

The Hans-Ertel-Centre's research is focused on the following research areas:

  • Atmospheric dynamics and predictability
  • Data assimilation
  • Model development
  • Climate monitoring and diagnostic
  • Optimal use of information from weather forecasts and climate monitoring for the benefit of society

along with the cross-cutting theme: “The optimal use of appropriate observing systems”.