Global Atmospheric Research Programme

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The Global Atmospheric Research Programme was a fifteen year international research programme led by the World Meteorological Organization
World Meteorological Organization
The World Meteorological Organization is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 189 Member States and Territories. It originated from the International Meteorological Organization , which was founded in 1873...

 and the International Council of Scientific Unions. It began in 1967 and organised several important field experiments including GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment in 1974 and the Alpine Experiment (ALPEX) in 1982. Its field experiments helped make significant progress in meterorology in particular allowing major improvements in Numerical Weather Prediction
Numerical weather prediction
Numerical weather prediction uses mathematical models of the atmosphere and oceans to predict the weather based on current weather conditions. Though first attempted in the 1920s, it was not until the advent of computer simulation in the 1950s that numerical weather predictions produced realistic...


GATE Timeline

1972 "Experiment Design Proposal," Kuetner, Rider, Sitnikov approved by the Joint Organizing Committee for GARP (JOC) and the Tropical Experiment Board (TEB)

15 June 1974: Experiment Began

17 June - 25 June: In port, stand-down, en route, intercomparisons

26 June - 16 July: Observation Phase I

17 July - 27 July: In port, stand-down, en route, intercomparisons

28 July- 17 August: Observation Phase II

18 August - 29 August: in port, stand down, en route, intercomparisons

30 August - 19 September: Observation Phase III

20 September - 23 September: En route, intercomparisons

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