The objectives of the EUMETNET AMDAR Programme (E-AMDAR) are:
A. ascent/descent measurements as a complement and potential substitute for radiosondes on the territory of EUMETNET Members at over 130 (140 in 2008) European airports, 38 (40 in 2008) of which should provide at least 3 hourly profiles between 0600 and 2400 UTC.
B. measurements from data sparse areas having an incidence on short range forecasts in Europe, to be adjusted as necessary according to the results of the EUCOS design studies (routes from Europe to North Africa, South America and Canada, over Siberia and the Arctic). The majority of these observations is a contribution to the WMO World Weather Watch Programme.
The programme will optimise the data collection process and address the need for humidity measurements as soon as practicable.
The Programme will :
The UK Met Office was responsible for the pilot phase of E-AMDAR (1999-2002).
The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) was chosen to be responsible for the Operational phase (2003-2006) and has been re-selected as the Coordinating Member for the current Programme phase which will last until the end of 2012.
The Programme Manager is Mr Stig Carlberg. The Technical Co-ordinator is Mr Stewart Taylor.