Quarterly Report (1st of January, 2009 - 31st of March, 2009)


Andras Horanyi, C-SRNWP PM
Hungarian Meteorological Service
1024 Budapest, Kitaibel Pal utca 1., Hungary

1. Headlines

The programme had been continued on the basis of the "bricks" put in the previous year as regards the eight Expert Teams and the Advisory Committee. The Expert Team workplans were put on the SRNWP webpage (srnwp.met.hu) and the intensive email exchanges had been continued within the members of the Advisory Committee. The first preparations towards the annual EWGLAM/SRNWP meeting had been also started (to be organised in Greece at the very end of September). The invoices for the 2009 contribution fees had been submitted and the contracts for the two new members (Bulgaria and Czech Republic) were prepared and exchanged.

2. Status of programme targets

The main activity of the C-SRNWP programme is the coordination between the five LAM Consortia in Europe (ALADIN, COSMO, HIRLAM, LACE and Met Office). The coordination is ensured by the eight Expert Teams (data assimilation and use of observations; diagnostics, validation and verification; dynamics and lateral boundary coupling; link with applications; physical parameterization: upper air; predictability and EPS; surface and soil processes: model and data assimilation; system aspects) established last year and through the regular correspondence between the members of the SRNWP Advisory Committee. Beside that two SRNWP-related programmes are ongoing: SRNWP-I (Interoperability) and SRNWP-V (Verification).

2.1 Expert Team issues

The Expert Teams continued their activities based on their respective workplans (which are available at the srnwp.met.hu webpage of the SRNWP programme). Some changes were proposed and accepted in the Expert Team memberships.

2.2 SRNWP Advisory Committee issues

The SRNWP Advisory Committee kept contacts through emails. The Advisory Committee meting to be held in Zurich (2-3 April) was prepared (agenda and preparatory materials).

2.3 Links with the partners

The invoices for the 2009 contribution fees had been prepared and submitted to the members. Contracts were compiled for the two new formal member of SRNWP: Bulgaria and Czech Republic. The contracts were exchanged and signed. The remaining missing contributions from 2008 had been completed (from Cyprus and Italy).

3. Communication and cooperation

The Programme Manager attended several meetings on behalf of the programme, which are as follows:

Some further steps were done as regards the cooperation with the university/academia researchers. A COST proposal (initiated by the university people about building stronger cooperation with the "operational" NWP experts including also links with climate modelling) submitted, but refused last year is decided to be updated. A proposal for the European Science Foundation is also under preparation (about mesoscale predictability), which is initiated by several university expert together with the WWRP MWFR (WMO World Weather Research Programme Mesoscale Weather Forecasting Research) group.

4. Benefits Delivery

None so far.

5. Financial report

date 31 March 09
Income and Expenditure Statement
Revenue Year to date Forecast revenue to end of year Next year's revenue budget
1 Contributions from participating members € 0 € 35000   € 35000
Total revenue to date € 0   Total Nxt Yr € 35000
Total Revenue to End of Year € 35000
Expenditure Year to date Forecast expenditure to end of year   Next year's expenditure budget
1 Staff costs € 7500 € 30000 € 30000
2 PM travel & subsistence € 1406 € 5000   € 5000
Total expenditure to date: € 8906   Total Nxt Yr € 35000
Total Expenditure to end of Yr € 35000
Surplus / Deficit to date -€ 8906
Surplus / Deficit at end of year   € 0    

6. Risks and issues

None to report.

7. Programme change requests to Council

None to request.

8. Outlook for rest of the year

The next important event of the programme is the SRNWP Advisory Committee meeting to be held in Zurich at 2-3 April. Important discussions are anticipated beside the "usual" SRNWP issue regarding the contribution of SRNWP towards the EUMETNET Strategy and to the possible structure optimisation. Furthermore discussions will be realised about the links between SRNWP and the university/academia researchers. Later in the year the most important event of the programme will be the annual EWGLAM/SRNWP meeting to be organised in Greece (28 September - 1 October, 2009).