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meteorologist , physicist , researcher

Mariano Hortal, Spanish physicist, meteorologist, researcher. Nominee Prince of Asturias award, European Center Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, 1999; named Best Physics Student in Madrid, Complutensis University, 1967, 1968; recipient Extraordinary End of Study award, 1969; scholar Goethe Institute, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, 1969, Spanish Education Ministry, 1970-1972. Member of Spanish Meterol. Institute, Royal Meteorological Society.


Hortal, Mariano was born on November 24, 1946 in Leon, Spain. Son of Fernando Hortal and Dolores Reymundo.


Bachelor in Physics, Complutensis University, Madrid, 1969. Postgraduate, University Bristol, England, 1970—1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics cum laude, Autonomous University of Madrid, 1974.


Assistant professor Complutensis University, Madrid, 1969—1970. Associate professor Autonomous University, 1972—1988. Meteorologist INM, since 1976, head numerical weather prediction division, 1978—1988.

Principal scientist European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, England, 1988—1992, head numerical aspects section, 1992—2006. Project leader dynamics European Consortium High-resolution Ltd. Area Weather Modelling, since 2006.


  • Achievements include research in improvements in the European Center Medium-Range Weather Forecasts forecast model, contributing to keep it as the most accurate and efficient weather forecast model in the world. First to have Numerical Weather activities in Spain. First to low temperature research lab at the Autonomous University of Madrid, including the installation, setup and operation of a helium liquifier.

    Development of SETTLS scheme for numerical weather prediction. Development of finite elements in the vertical of the forecast model at European Center Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Introduction of the reduced Gaussian grid for a spectral numerical weather forecast model.

    Participation in the introduction of the semi-Lagrangian scheme in the European Center Medium-Range Weather Forecasts forecast model.


Member of Spanish Meterol. Institute, Royal Meteorological Society.


Married Isabel Farizo, August 25, 1970. Children: Pablo, Jorge, Javier.

Fernando Hortal

Dolores Reymundo

Isabel Farizo

Pablo Hortal

Jorge Hortal

Javier Hortal