Massachusetts Firm Awarded Contract to Support Athens Olympics

Lexington, Massachusetts – AER, Inc. has been selected to provide its Nowcasting System by the Joint Venture for the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) Modernization – a group comprising the Greek companies Gener SA, Space Hellas SA, Atese SA, IFS Hellas SA and Gigerton SA. The HNMS Modernization Project encompasses a number of new systems which will be installed to support improved meteorological services during the August 2004 Athens Olympic Games and beyond.

AER’s Nowcasting system provides local, highly specific weather forecasts by combining advanced cloud forecasting techniques with the industry’s leading regional atmospheric model – with inputs from meteorological radar and satellite systems. The forecasts are given at 15-minute intervals out to six hours and include rainfall, cloud cover, wind and visibility. Developed by AER under contract with the U.S. Air Force for their global predictions, the cloud forecasting algorithms have superior skill through over 10 years of scientific advancements. Forecasts for Greece will be provided for the entire country, down to a range of about half a mile in the Olympic area, using modeling techniques also developed by scientists at AER.

“We are delighted to be able to contribute our advanced science to this prestigious project,” said AER’s President and CEO, Cecilia Sze. “It is exciting to be part of the Olympic Games, especially in its birthplace of Athens, and we look forward to a long cooperation with our customer and the Greek meteorological community.”

About AER:
Founded in 1977, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. is an award-winning environmental research and consulting company with demonstrated expertise in remote sensing, satellite meteorology, numerical weather prediction, climate dynamics and radiation, circulation diagnostics, atmospheric chemistry, air quality and risk assessment, planetary sciences, and systems engineering. In addition to its Lexington, MA headquarters, AER has offices in Omaha, NE, and San Francisco, CA.


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