NCAS meteorologists help Land Rover BAR to bring the Cup home.
Researchers from one of the UK’s foremost atmospheric research institute are helping Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR sailing team in their bid to win the America’s Cup sailing competition for Britain.
The researchers, from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), are helping the Land Rover BAR meteorologists to use a complex weather prediction system to its full potential. The flexible and efficient computer model will provide accurate weather forecasts over the Bermuda venue for the America’s Cup challenge in summer 2017.
Director of NCAS, Professor Stephen Mobbs says: ‘Our researchers are experts at using this particular model, which means they know exactly how to tweak it so it’s as accurate as possible. We hope this collaboration allows the race team to maximise their chances in this year’s America's Cup’.
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