27th EWGLAM and 12th SRNWP Meeting

3-5 October 2005, Ljubljana (Slovenia)



Report of the Final EWGLAM Discussion




I.   Future role and format of the "EWGLAM/SRNWP Annual Meetings"


A detailled discussion took place under the chairmanship of Per Unden. The format of our Annual EWGLAM/SRNWP Meetings has been deeply modified as can be seen from the summary made by Dominique Giard and reviewed by the chairman of discussion (Per Unden) and the SRNWP Co-ordinator (Jean Quiby):




New format of EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings

Why ?

Initiated by a proposal for in-depth changes from Per Unden in March 2005, a lively debate took place along the last EWGLAM meeting (Ljubljana, October 4th). It was discussed how to make the next annual EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings more attractive and more efficient. The objective is both to provide an overview of the main progress in NWP along the past year over whole Europe and to representatives from all European NMSs, and to allow decision making for enhanced collaboration between consortia. The new joint meeting will include the following:

1. Official presentations

National presentations will keep the form of posters introduced by a 5mn talk presenting the most important issues, in operations or research. Besides a table of the operational applications will be updated, each partner filling a predefined standard form (instead of the present maintenance of a list by DWD).

Group reports will be shorter, reduced to 15 mn, and present the main strategic points for each of the five consortia (ALADIN, COSMO, HIRLAM and LACE, UK).

The ECMWF presentation will not change, neither in length (30 mn) nor in content. A similar EUMETSAT presentation could be added in the future.

2. Thematic presentations

They will be divided in scientific domains (data assimilation, dynamics, predictability, physics, ...), shared between consortia (with 2h-2h˝ per consortium for all topics), and include general overviews as well as scientific presentations on innovative issues, and discussions (at least 15 mn per topic). Each consortium will define which partition best reflects its achievements along the last year. The consortia leaders, the SRNWP coordinator, and the local organiser will between them agree on the detailed programme and check that relevant area leaders or scientists are invited (a sort of Programme committee).

3. Business meetings

That's where will be decided how to work together. It should take half a day.

The SRNWP meeting, prepared by the SRNWP coordinator, will be kept in more or less the same format.

It will be followed by discussions in small groups, involving mainly part of the management groups of consortia.

4. Participation

The length of the meeting will be increased, by half a day as a beginning (hence 3.5 days in 2006), more if new meetings are a real success, drawing more and more scientists.

Consortia should try to send more persons from the management groups or thematic coordinators. The 2005 SRNWP presentations for Lead Centres were a typical example of what should be avoided.

And young scientists are welcome to EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings: this is a friendly and useful introduction to NWP life for them, and this brings some fresh ideas to the workshops.


See also the notes taken during the discussion:   http://www.arso.gov.si/ewglam_2005/ewglam-discussion.doc                                                     




II.   Date and place of the 2006 EWGLAM/SRNWP Meeting

The 2006 Meeting will be organised by the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss in short) and will take place in Zürich von the 9th to the 12th of October.

This Meeting will be organised according to the new format described above.


III.   EWGLAM/SRNWP Meeting 2007

The 2007 Meeting will be organised by the National Meteorological Service of Croatia.




IV.   SRNWP Workshops in 2006 and 2007


Surface Processes

Next workshop due in 2006.

No date planned because a new HIRLAM Programme (HIRLAM-A) will start 1st January 2006 with possibly a new Programme Manager (new name for Project Leader).

The Coordinator will contact the HIRLAM Programme Manager in 2006.


Short-range EPS

Next workshop due in 2007.

Will take place in spring 2007 in Italy.


Statistical and Dynamical Adaptation

Next workshop due in 2007.

Will take place in 2007 in spring in Vienna.


Numerical Techniques

Next mini-workshop due in 2006.

Probably at the end of 2006. Location still unknown.

The Co-coordinator will ask Pierre Bénard.


Nonhydrostatic Modelling

Next workshop: 31st of October 2005 in Bad Orb (Germany).

Following workshop in 2007 with a new responsible person: Michael Baldauf

(no longer necessarily in Bad Orb; probably in Langen).



Next workshop due in 2006.

Will take place the 15-17 May 2006 at KNMI.


Variational Data Assimilation

Next workshop due in 2006.

It is a Joint SRNWP / HIRLAM / Met Office Workshop.

Next meeting in 2006, organized by HIRLAM.

The Coordinator will contact the HIRLAM Programme Manager in 2006.