Meteo/NOA produces and provides a significant number of data and information, by operating:
• The denser network of meteorological stations in Greece (405, December 2019).
• High-resolution operational weather forecasting systems (waving, ultraviolet radiation, transfer of dust, thunderstorms, etc.) not only for Greece but also for Europe.
• A system for weather-related Satellite products (rain probability, clouds’ height and thickness, thunderstorms’ monitoring, etc.)
• Crowdsourcing systems for the reporting of severe weather phenomena
• Early warning systems for severe weather events including forest fires
• Databases for the systematic recording of weather-related natural disasters, impact analysis and vulnerability assessment.
Additional actions at European-level include:
DISARM/IRIS: Integrated observatory and early warning system aiming to assist interested authorities in better preventing, addressing and mitigating the adverse impacts of wildland fires, which include:
• Forest fire risk assessment
• A platform for satellite detection and monitoring of fires.
• A rapid response system for fire spread forecasting - IRIS
DUST: A service for operational forecasting of the transport of African Dust. METEO/NOA is today the only Greek provider of relevant forecasts to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Sand and Dusta Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System.
TALOS: Lightning monitoring and forecasting service at European-level. NOA operates, since 2005, ZEUS lightnings detection system, which, combined with ‘TALOS’ - a lightning forecasting system, makes NOA as one of the very few European Centers that provides full coverage (monitoring and forecasting) of lightning activity.
More information can be found in https://www.meteo.gr, https://www.meteo.gr/talos, and http://map.disarmfire.eu
Dr. Vasiliki Kotroni
Dr. Costas Lagouvardos
Dr. Theodoros Giannaros
Dr. Katerina Papagiannaki