Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Japan to implement 30-year supercomputer weather forecasts

Japan is planning to use supercomputers to make long-range 30-year weather forecasts that will predict inclement weather trends, officials said Tuesday.

Starting next year, a supercomputer will map out global warming trends for the next 300 years and use simulations to make predictions.

The simulation image of a typhoon approaching to the Japanese Archiperago created by the Earth Simulator supercomputer, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, is shown in a monitor screeen at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology's Earth Simulator Center in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, July 18, 2006.
A simulated typhoon approaching the Japanese Archiperago created by the Earth Simulator supercomputer, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, is shown in a monitor screeen at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology's Earth Simulator Center in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye via Yahoo News.

After studying the forecasts, the government and other agencies can use the information in planning for future infrastructure including disaster preparations.

The Earth Simulator, introduced in 2002 and one of the world's fastest computers will churn out weather forecasts for areas as small as 1.9 miles over the entire globe.


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