Bureau ofMeteorology Research Centre BMRC

Australia with UK Met. Office, in cooperation with WWRP/WMO:

• Adapt Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System as a Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Suite Module to provide medium range (up to two weeks) forecasts ofFWI. Approach includes an ensemble of current operational deterministic global model outputs e.g. Canadian Meteorological Service, UK Met. Office, National Center for Environmental Prediction, Japanese Meteorological Agency, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Deutscher Wetterdienst, etc. ttis activity will provide an initial globally-based FWI employing current global weather prediction systems in a manner that optimizes forecast skill.

• Validation and evaluation of initial Ensemble Prediction System (EPS)-based FWI. Employsatellite based hotspot data and ground-truthing where available.

• Provide FWI module to WMO members as required for global, regional, national and local implementation within the World Weather Watch operational framework.

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