Quarterly Reports 2012 Q3

C-SRNWP Programme

First Quarterly Report for 2012 (1 January - 31 March 2012)


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


2 May, 2012

1. Headlines

In the first quarter of the year project requirements have been composed with the for three anticipated projects/activities related to short-range NWP (EPS, Nowcasting, C-SRNWP) for the new EUMETNET Programme phase (2013-2017).

Short-range NWP requirements regarding OPERA products have been composed and communicated towards the OPERA management. These requirements have been taken into account in the OPERA project requirements written for the tendering process for the next EUMETNET phase. Also several discussions took place within the SRNWP community (mostly within HIRLAM and ALADIN consortia) about the priorities for anticipated work packages of the future OPERA project.

The communication between the SRNWP community and ECMWF has been continued about possible additional IFS EPS runs to drive high resolution LAM EPS systems. The SRNWP EPS community made an agreement on its requirements in terms of resolution, forecast range and EPS size and communicated this choice to ECMWF. ECMWF has prepared an economic archive (reduced grid over Europe) for the future experiments and asked the SRNWP EPS community to test it technically. These tests have been successfully run by all interested consortia (ALADIN, LACE, COSMO, HIRLAM) and have been reported towards ECMWF.

2. Status of programmatic targets

The main activity of the C-SRNWP programme is the scientific and technical (operational) 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 the previous years and through the regular correspondence (including the annual meeting) between the members of the SRNWP Advisory Committee (which now has to be renamed as SRNWP Expert Team according to the EUMETNET rules). Recent information can be found about the programme in general and about the workplans of the Expert Teams in particular at the SRNWP webpage hosted by the Hungarian Meteorological Service.

2.1. Expert Team issues

The predictability and EPS ET (especially the chair) has been very active on composing the EPS project requirements for the next programme phase. Also this ET has been active in discussing SRNWP EPS requirements with respect to IFS EPS lateral boundary coupling in the future.

The System ET together with the SRNWP-I PM has prepared a maintenance plan for the SRNWP-I "model to model adaptors" achieved in the frame of this programme.

It is to be mentioned that since several months no chair has been found within the ET for physical parametrisations. Also a new chair is to be recruited/elected for the System ET during the summer of 2012.

The SRNWP Advisory Committee has been renamed to SRNWP Expert Team according to the actual EUMETNET rules (without changing its composition). The SRNWP ET has been rather active in the pat three months discussing the SRNWP requirements regarding OPERA products and priorities among anticipated OPERA work packages.

2.2 SRNWP Expert Team (former Advisory Committee) issues

See above from now onwards given the fact that the AC has been renamed to ET.

2.3 Links with the partners

The two most important links with partners are those with the OPERA programme for communicating them SRNWP requirements regarding OPERA products and with ECMWF for communicating SRNWP requirements for driving high resolution short-range EPS systems possibly by additional IFS EPS runs. Besides the above two, the C-SRNWP Programme has contributed to the preparation of the "Workshop of Heads of European Meteorological Forecast Services" by giving a presentation on European SRNWP activities and about the C-SRNWP Programme and its future. The presentation will be given by the Interim Forecasting PM.

5. Financial report

Date: 02.05.2012
Quarterly Income and Cost Statement
Q1 Statement Year to date Forecast to end of year Balance (Forec - YtD) Approved budget Next year's planned budget*
R1 Contributions from participating members 17.500 35.000 -17 500 35.000 0
Total Revenue 17 500 35.000 -17 500 35.000 0
E1 Salary 7 500 30.000 -22 500 30.000 0
E2 PM Travel 507 5.000 -4 493 5.000 0
Total cost: 8 007 35.000 -26 993 35.000 0
Balance in year - surplus / (deficit) 9.493 0 9.493 0 0
S1 Surplus at start of year 0 0 0 0 0
S2 Approved allocation to revenue 0 0 0 0 0
S3 In year project surplus or deficit 9 493 0 9 493 0 0
S4 Surplus at end of period 9 493 0 9 493 0 0
* The 2013 budget column has been left blank because there is so much uncertainty about 2013 budget at this stage.

6. Risks and issues

None to report.