On Nov.30, a meeting on promoting the Forecast System on Dynamical and Analogy Skills (FODAS) was held in Beijing. Representatives from 31 provincial climate centers attended the meeting.
FODAS system possesses the function of receiving real-time data, retrieving historical facts and model results, statistical-dynamic prediction for national and regional precipitation and temperature and others. Since its operation in 2009, it has provided accurate forecast on characteristics of China's main rain band during flood season for consecutive five years. It predicted successfully that China's precipitation was less than normal years generally in summer of 2009, and was more in eastern parts in 2010. And in 2011, it forecasted the precipitation was less in eastern China and was above-normal years in middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. In addition, FODAS also predicted successfully the rain bands moved towards the northward in 2012. The system forecasted successfully that there would be wetter in northern parts of China and South China, rainless in central parts in this year.
The system has been applied in thirteen provinces such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Jiangsu. In recently, the system is approved by the State Copyright Bureau and will be promoted in the meteorological departments nationwide. >> More