During the last SRNWP business meeting (Dubrovnik, 11th of October, 2007), the creation of the following Expert Teams was proposed (listed below in alphabetic order together with some hints of their content):

  1. Data assimilation and use of observations
  2. Diagnostics, validation and verification
  3. Dynamics and lateral boundary coupling
  4. Link with applications
  5. Physical parameterisation (upper air)
  6. Predictability and EPS
  7. Surface and soil processes (model and data assimilation)
  8. System aspects

For the time being the SRNWP Advisory Committee will deal with the issues related to the socio-economic benefits of the NWP models and also considers the client-oriented verification.

Terms of references of the Expert Teams

The "Terms of references (ToR)" below gives a guideline to the Expert Teams to start their work. The Expert Teams have the right and possibility to comment and amend the ToR below and they are asked to prepare their workplan.


  1. The core of the Expert Team is the 5 contact points from each LAM Consortia (ALADIN, COSMO, HIRLAM, LACE, MetOffice).
  2. The Expert Team elects its chairperson among the Consortia contact points.
  3. The Expert Team chairperson is the main initiator of the activities of the Expert Team and makes liaison towards the SRNWP Programme Manager.
  4. The Expert Teams should be sufficiently "large-spread" in order to cover sufficient expertise.
  5. Young scientists should be also members of the Expert Teams.
  6. The basis of the work of the Expert Teams is the annual workplan to be agreed by the Team itself and surveyed by the SRNWP Advisory Committee.
  7. Most of the work of the Expert Teams are realised through email exchanges, but if needed, meetings can be organised (beside the workshops).


  1. Supervise the programmes (EUMETNET supported ones and "cooperative" programmes not supported financially by EUMETNET) belonging to their expertise.
  2. Organise their work in order to optimise the share of the work between the LAM Consortia.
  3. Foster exchange of technical and scientific ideas and expertise.
  4. Support training activities.
  5. Organise (or co-organise with other ETs) workshops regularly (typically once per two-years), where beside SRNWP members scientists from outside Europe and from the academic institutions (and universities) might be invited.
  6. Give expertise towards other EUMETNET Programmes (if needed).
  7. Prepare reports to the SRNWP Advisory Committee and to the SRNWP Programme Manager
  8. On cross-cutting issues liaise with the other Expert Teams.

Actions needed

  1. Approve (amend, modify) this document; as soon as possible by the Consortia heads
  2. Nomination of contacts to each Expert Team, deadline: end of November
  3. Election of chairpersons of the Expert Teams, deadline: end of December
  4. Compilation of annual workplan (with plan of actions) for the Expert Teams, deadline: end of February