Report 2005-4: October - December
Annual Meeting 2005
The most important event of this quarter has been the Annual Meeting which took place in Ljubljana from the 3rd to the 5th of October, perfectly organised by the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. 20 NWS were represented.
All the information about that meeting (agenda, national posters, scientific presentations, reports of the lead centres, report of the SRNWP business session, list of participants) can be found in the website of the Programme (see http://srnwp.cscs.ch/Annual_Meetings/2005/entrypage2005.htm).
The main results of this meeting are:
- a new format for the EWGLAM/SRNWP Annual Meetings has been defined. The aim of the new format is to bring out thank to a strictly structured agenda and more discussions the possibilities of collaboration between NWS belonging to different Consortia and between the Consortia themselves.
Three resolutions have been passed:
- one concerning the Programme OPERA: necessity of compositing work at the radar data hub (the present situation shows that this requirement will be satisfied)
- one concerning the necessity for the EUCOS Programme to not only consider the needs of the general NWP - i.e. the NWP on the synoptic scale - but also the high resolution NWP
- one concerning the use of the BUFR code for the dissemination of the upper sounding data.
Conferences and Workshops
The Sixth SRNWP Workshop on Nonhydrostatic Modelling (31 Oct. - 2 Nov.) took place in Bad Orb (Germany) organised by the DWD. About 70 scientists attended the Workshop, but only 10 European NWS were represented, together with a very strong delegation from Japan and 3 scientists from the USA. Many participants came from German universities.
As usual, all the presentations as well as summarises of the working group discussions can be found in the Programme web site (http://srnwp.cscs.ch/Lead_Centres/2005Nonhydrostatic/2005BadOrb_Programme.pdf)
The 3rd of November, the Programme Manager had a discussion at the DWD with the PEPS team.
The pre-operational phase computes probabilistic forecasts for several parameters 4 times a day. The models of 20 European NWS are used, which makes this project - in terms of number of models - very probably the largest multi-model ensemble forecasting system in the world.
The production has reached a very high degree of reliability. Unfortunately, the development of the method (calibration, verification) is slow due to lack of manpower.
Enhanced cooperation in NWP in Europe
Following the document "A vision for NWP in Europe" written by the former Chief Executive of the Met Office, Dr. David Rogers, a scoping meeting took place the 24th of November in Exeter. This meeting prepared the "2006 NWP Meeting" (see below)
OUTLOOK January - March 2006
EUMETSAT SAF for Land Surface Analysis
This SAF will hold its Second Workshop the 8th-10th of March at the headquarters of the Instituto de Meteorologia in Lisbon. The organisers have asked the Programme Manager to present the state of the use of the satellite information in Europe for the determination of the surface parameters in the NWP models. Reference: https://landsaf.meteo.pt/
2006 NWP Meeting
This meeting will be kindly hosted by the ECMWF the 15-17 March. The Programme Manager will hold a talk on "Topics for possible collaboration". Among others: poor-man ensembles, better data dissemination, homogenisation of formats (GRIB!), larger use of BUFR, forecasts on a common format, interface for exchange of post processing packages.
4th of January 2006