Meteorology for nuclear accidents —(story, here)—
MeteoSwiss operates the CN-MET wind analysis & forecasting system for nuclear incidents in Switzerland & neighboring countries
MeteoSwiss operates the CN-MET wind analysis and forecasting system for nuclear incidents in Switzerland and neighbouring countries. It comprises a monitoring network that has been optimised for this specific purpose, along with the COSMO-1 weather forecasting model. This combination of measurements and the COSMO-2 model provides an important basis for the provision of emergency management in Switzerland.
In close cooperation with the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI), MeteoSwiss has developed the CN-MET (Centrale Nucléaire et METéorologie) wind analysis and forecasting system, which began operating at the end of 2009. This system includes a large number of special measuring devices as well as the COSMO-1 weather forecasting model.
The combination of precise measurements and high-resolution model forecasts makes it possible to determine wind fields and weather developments around Switzerland's nuclear power stations and those in neighbouring countries and thus to calculate the dispersion of contaminated air masses. Both the ENSI and the National Emergency Operations Centre (NAZ) use the information to assess the current situation. On this basis, the NAZ is able to take measures to protect the population. —(story continued, here)—