Quarterly Report (1st of July, 2010 - 30th of September, 2010)


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


18 October, 2010

1. Headlines

In this period as well, the C-SRNWP programme was deeply involved in EUMETNET matters as regards the strategic orientation of EUMETNET. Now C-SRNWP PM is acting as Capability Programme Manager on an interim basis, which means that he is involved in the discussions about the practical realisation of the new EUMETNET governance and programme structure and the definition of the roles for the different Capability Programme Managers. During this process it was underlined that at this stage the CPM duties can be carried out only partially, due to resource limitations. As regards the C-SRNWP activities the main emphasis was (together with the SRNWP Expert Teams) to propose and accept the detailed programme of the forthcoming EWGLAM/SRNWP meeting (with special emphasis on its scientific sessions).

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 in 2008 and the regular contacts between the members of the SRNWP Advisory Committee. Beside that, two SRNWP-related programmes (responsible member: Met Office) are ongoing (their reports are prepared independently): 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 webpage of the C-SRNWP programme). All Expert Teams were involved in the organisation of the scientific programme of the EWGLAM/SRNWP meeting (to be held in Exeter at 4-7 October). Beside that, the "predictability and EPS" Expert Team continued their discussions as regards next steps around the freshly refused (by EUMETNET Assembly) EUREPS proposal and also some coordination was realised around the possible common standpoints for receiving boundary conditions on a regular basis from the ECMWF EPS suites. The "surface" Expert Team was especially active as far as the surface and near-surface data exchange is concerned for the validation of the surface schemes of the numerical models. The webpage for accessing the data is ready (handled by the COSMO colleagues) and the first data requests are already fulfilled (the data is uniquely provided to the SRNWP members).

2.2 SRNWP Advisory Committee issues

The SRNWP Advisory Committee continued its activities through correspondence. The main areas of discussions were still centred around the SRNWP roadmap and strategy with special emphasis on its forecasting aspects and its inter-relations with the other capability areas.

2.3 Links with the partners

The partners got information about the latest news of the programme through two levels: the Consortia leaders forwarded the relevant information through their respective Consortia structure and the C-SRNWP Programme Manager directly informed the SRNWP contact points on the main issues of interests around the programme (mainly about the proposals submitted to the Assembly).

3. Communication and cooperation

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

4. Benefits Delivery

None so far.

5. Financial report

Date: 14.10.2010
Quarterly Income and Cost Statement
Q3 Statement Year to date Forecast to end of year Balance (Forec - YtD) Approved budget Next year's planned budget
R1 Contributions from participating members 34.800 34.800 0 34.800 35.000
R2 In-kind subsidy of Hungarian Meteorological S.* 0 2.000 -2.000 0 0
R3 Surplus approved for use in year as S2 200 200 0 200 0
Total Revenue 35.000 37.000 -2.000 35.000 35.000
E1 Salary 22 500 30 000 -7 500 30 000 30 000
E2 PM Travel* 5.696 7.000 -1.304 5.000 5.000
Total cost: 28.196 37.000 -8.804 35.000 35.000
Balance in year - surplus / (deficit) 6.804 0 6 804 0 0
S1 Surplus at start of year 200 200 200 0
S2 Approved allocation to revenue -200 -200 0 -200 0
S3 In year project surplus or deficit 6.804 0 6.804 0 0
S4 Surplus at end of period 6.804 0 6 804 0 0
- Revenue - R2 and Cost - E2: The increased travel costs (around 2 000 euro) will be covered as in-kind subsidy of the Hungarian Meteorologial Service.

6. Risks and issues

None to report.

7. Programme change requests to Assembly

None to request.

8. Outlook for rest of the year

At the very beginning of October the annual EWGLAM/SRNWP meeting is organised in Exeter (Great Britain). The discussions and agreements during the meetings will be reflected by the different "Minutes" and the proposed steps should be realised. Important and significant work is anticipated for the compilation of forecasting strategy of EUMETNET.