10th of October, KNMI, De Bilt (The Netherlands)
21 NWS were represented.
Retransmission of the ATOVS data
The Coordinator informed that his effort to extend to the South of Europe the area of reception of the TOVS retransmitted by EUMETSAT has been successful and that a supplementary reception station will be set up in Athens and become operational in the course of 2003.
Plots of the SYNOP messages at not synoptical hours (like for example 1300 or 1400 UTC) show for Europe the largest discrepancies: for several countries, the map is full, for other countries, their map is totally void of SYNOPs. As the importance of hourly SYNOPs is increasing for verification purposes (validation of the daily cycle) and for assimilation (first of all for the continuous assimilation schemes), the Coordinator will write to the NWS which do not disseminate their SYNOPs hourly.
Lead Centre for LAM EPS
The Madrid Workshop on LAM-EPS organised at the initiative of the INM (3-4 October 2002) has been a success. The participants have proposed during the final discussion that such meetings should be organised on a regular basis. The Coordinator proposed to host these meetings in the frame of the EUMETNET SRNWP Programme. He asked the NWS which are interested to become the Lead Centre (LC) for "Short-range EPS" to announce their candidature till the end of the year to the Coordinator. If no candidature is received till December the 31st, the Coordinator said that Switzerland will exert this function, because a LC is needed to assure the continuity of this activity.
Short-range multi model EPS
In the frame of its "Aktionsprogramm 2003", the DWD offered to organise an operational Multi-Model EPS (MM-EPS) for the short-range. It is intended to start with the precipitations. This programme should be realised in 2003 and the NWS will receive from the Coordinator a letter asking them whether they want to participate. This MM-EPS should be based only on operational products and, in this way, cause no supplementary work to the participating NWS: they will only have to send their operational precipitation maps in GRIB format to the DWD.
Hourly frame from the ECMWF
Switzerland asked whether the NWS intending to use the ECMWF frames as boundary conditions for their LAMs would be interested to receive these frames on an hourly basis instead of with a 3 hour frequency as planed by the ECMWF. No NWS has shown interest. The HIRLAM Project Leader mentioned that an hourly frequency would pose a severe telecommunication problem.
ODB (Observation Data Base)
ODB is a new data base software developed at the ECMWF for the archiving and the retrieval of the observations. Meteo-France is very interested by this software and would like to test it. But the documentation is very poor and the support by the ECMWF very weak. The ECMWF Representative (Anton Beljaars) told the Assembly that this software is new and its use outside ECMWF not foreseen. The HIRLAM Project Leader is also interested: it could be an option for the future. Anton will ask the ECMWF and inform the Coordinator. This latter will relay this information to the participants.
Framework Programme 6 of the European Union (FP6)The Coordinator recalled that an EoI (Expression of Interest) for a "Network of Excellence" Project based on the SRNWP Network have been written with the help of a few colleagues and sent to the EU. It remains now to wait whether NWP will be a topic for the first call that should be issued in December. If it is the case, the Coordinator will ask the NWS for their opinion concerning the submission of a proposal.
Coordinator of the SRNWP Network