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 Regular 22nd General Assembly and 3rd joint ALADIN GA and HIRLAM Council

The ALADIN GA and the HIRLAM Council met in the Polish NMS premises in Krakow (Poland) on November 21-22, 2017 : the 22nd ALADIN GA, then the LACE Council and the HIRLAM Council in parallel, then the 3rd joint ALADIN GA - HIRLAM C meeting.

  • Besides the usual items on their agendas, the assemblies approved the Rolling Work Plan 2018 (and its completely renewed format), and committed the resources of their NMS to realised it : the HAC/PAC was asked to further discuss its scope and to follow its realisation.
  • The convergence roadmap (towards a single ALADIN/HIRLAM consortium after 2020) was debated and guidelines for the next steps were given to the PMs and the HAC/PAC.
  • Due to lack of time, the "Tour d’ALADIN" could not be presented : the slides are on-line : these 2017 highlights sent by the LTMs will be detailed in the ALADIN-HIRLAM Newsletter n°10, to be published end of January 2018.
  • The ALADIN budget for 2018 was approved, with a new position (20%F.T.E for a DA coordinator) : the position is opened.
  • A new matrix of the ALADIN consortium was approved after changes in some positions.
  • The full minutes will be made public after approval, at the end of January 2018.

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 ALADIN-HIRLAM Newsletter n°9

This summer 2017 edition was dedicated to the Joint 27th ALADIN Workshop & HIRLAM All Staff Meeting 2017 that took place on 3-6 April 2017 in Helsinki (Finland). Furthermore a special focus is proposed on 2 specific articles: AROME for nowcasting (AROME-NWC) ;Tuning the implementation of the radiation scheme ACRANEB2.
The editorial recalls the (already long) ALADIN-HIRLAM story and presents the convergence roadmap.
Enjoy reading !

 14th PAC and 5th HAC/PAC meetings, 22 May 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The 14th PAC meeting and the 5th HAC/PAC meeting were held on the premises of the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen.
The minutes are being reread and will be published as soon as they are approved by the participants. An ALADIN-HIRLAM convergence roadmap was presented, in order to address the issues in the 2014 declaration of the 1st joint ALADIN General Assembly and HIRLAM Council meeting : the signing of the new A-H agreement solved the issue about data policy, the scientific legacy is being assessed with the publication of scientific papers; a new process for the Rolling Work Plan was proposed to define/articulate the meaning of the core/common/specific activities and the two core programs (DA, dynamics). The scope of the Common Codes was defined and their list will be proposed at the next GA/C. A working group was created to propose a definition of the ToR of the future single consortium. A first proposal for the starting IPR and their evolution was also discussed.

 Next year events

 ALADIN flyers

After the request of the ALADIN General Assembly, some leaflets (flyers) were prepared at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. The first page is common to all Partners and the 2nd page is personalized for each Partner. Below are some examples, the flyers were printed and a pdf version can be downloaded in the dedicated page.

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ALADIN leaflet : page 1
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ALADIN leaflet : page 2 (CZ)
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ALADIN leaflet : page 2 (FR)
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ALADIN leaflet : page 2 (HR)

The concept of the ALADIN project was proposed by Météo-France in 1990, with the aim of building a mutually beneficial collaboration with the National Meteorological Services of Central and Eastern Europe. This collaboration was to be in the field of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), which provides the basis for the forecasting tools of modern meteorology. The easy to translate acronym (Aire Limitée Adaptation dynamique Développement InterNational) clearly indicates the major axes of this project at its beginnings.

25 years later, as defined in the 5th Memorandum of Understanding,

The goal of the ALADIN Collaboration is to improve the value of the meteorological, hydrological and environmental warning and forecast services delivered by all Members to their users, through the operational implementation of a NWP system capable of resolving horizontal scales from the meso-beta to the meso-gamma scale and improving the prediction of severe weather phenomena such as heavy precipitation, intensive convection and strong winds.

This objective will be fulfilled through continuation and expansion of the activities of the ALADIN Consortium in the field of High Resolution Short Range Weather Forecast, including:

  • Maintenance of an ALADIN System (...);
  • Joint research and development activities, on the basis of the common Strategic Plan and related Work Plans, with the aim of maintaining the ALADIN System at scientific and technical state of the art level within the NWP community;
  • Sharing scientific results, numerical codes, operational environments, related expertise and know-how, as necessary for all ALADIN Consortium members to conduct operational and research activities with the same tools.

About one hundred scientists, from sixteen countries, each with its own specificity in resources and knowledge base, are permanently contributing to the progress of ALADIN NWP system. They are working together on a modern code of the atmosphere that definitely deserves its proper place between the European state-of-the-art NWP models: 80 Full-Time Equivalent persons in the last years of the project’s life. This code is now operated every day in fifteen Euro-Mediterranean countries, on a huge variety of computing platforms ranging from a PC Cluster under Linux to Vector Computers.

ALADIN consortium had a number of unique successes in the past : for instance, the plugging of an existing physics parameterization in the existing code, leading to the AROME model; ALADIN is at the forefront of the gray-zone problematics with the ALARO physics; ALADIN dynamical core is remarkably stable; ...

ALADIN also allowed to build a high-level scientific team, distributed in sixteen countries that managed to reach the level of the best research centres, as witnessed by the PhD theses and publications in international journals. The General Assembly of Partners, the workshops, the meetings, the newsletters regularly offer opportunity of various exchanges within the ALADIN community.

ALADIN is preparing for the serious evolutions expected within the NWP landscape in the coming five to ten years. There is the ever-lasting question where to draw the line between resolved vs. parameterized processes. There is the question of the efficiency and the scalability of ALADIN dynamical core. There are the external drivers, such as the demands of the end users, and the evolution of the high-performance computing machines. Additionally a serious reorganization of the code is now at hand, in particular within the OOPS project. Besides that, the international meteorological context is steadily changing, specifically with the merger of the ALADIN and the HIRLAM consortia.

Article published on 6 April 2017
dernière modification le 3 August 2017
Section : ALADIN annual workshops (joint with HIRLAM ASM from 2007)
The joint 27th ALADIN Wk & HIRLAM ASM 2017 was held on the premises of the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki - Dynamicum - (see How to find FMI, see also the map over Dynamicum) during the first week of April 2017 : 3-6 April :joint Wk& ASM, 4 April late afternoon : LTM (...)
Article published on 10 April 2017
dernière modification le 7 July 2017
Section : Collaboration
HIRLAM-C matrix

After the first contact of the Hirlam Management Group in autumn 2003, many ALADIN-HIRLAM mesoscale collaboration events took place in 2004 : training course, granted licence for research, full code cooperation ...

During the 9th Assembly of ALADIN Partners (Split, 29-30 0ctober 2004), an (...)

Article published on 3 May 2017
dernière modification le 7 December 2017
Section : Scientific plans and reports

Some changes of the work plan build process (w/r to the MoU4 practices) were introduced in 2017 in the framework of the newly signed ALADIN-HIRLAM cooperation agreement, the strategy meeting held in Toulouse and the 2nd joint ALADIN General Assembly and HIRLAM Council.

The Directors approved (...)

Article published on 13 June 2017
dernière modification le 25 September 2017
Section : ALADIN annual workshops (joint with HIRLAM ASM from 2007)
The joint 28th ALADIN Wk & HIRLAM ASM 2018 will be held on the premises of Météo-France in Toulouse during the third week of April 2018 : 16-19 April 2018 :joint Wk& ASM, 20 April 2018 : HMG/CSSI meeting. Some side meetings will also take place during that week, as well as the usual (...)
Article published on 19 June 2017
dernière modification le 20 June 2017
Section : ALADIN annual workshops (joint with HIRLAM ASM from 2007)
AEMET has kindly offered to host the joint 29th ALADIN Wk & HIRLAM ASM 2019 in Madrid. It will be organised during the 1st or the 2nd week of April, more probably on 1-4 April 2018 (Wk&ASM) and on 5 April (HMG/CSSI meeting), the exact dates will be confirmed at the 28th ALADIN Wk & (...)
Article published on 7 August 2017
dernière modification le 7 December 2017
Section : Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) and "Bureau" meetings
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Since the 3rd MoU (November 2005), the governance of the ALADIN project is under the responsability of the General Assembly (GA) who designs the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC meets before each GA [2] : the Minutes of the PAC meeting are one of the preparatory documents of the GA. See (...)
by Patricia , JAM , Eric
Article published on 1 September 2017
Section : ALADINers


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Article published on 21 October 2017
dernière modification le 23 October 2017
Section : Software codes
History (reverse order) of the ALADIN cycles ALADIN cycle [3] with memorandum [4]available inMajor modifications introduced in the cyclebased on ARPEGE cyclePhasing team AL46T1 spring or autumn 2018 see the plans prepared for the 23rd LTM meeting CY46T1 AL46 first quarter 2018 see the (...)
Article published on 6 November 2017
dernière modification le 17 November 2017
Section : ALADIN Local Team Managers (LTM) meetings
LTM meetingDatePlaceMinutes 25th LTM meeting 2 October 2018 Salzbourg, Austria (besides EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings) 24th LTM meeting 17 April 2018 t.b.c. Toulouse, France (besides ALADIN workshop) 23rd LTM meeting 3 October 2017 Reading, UK (besides EWGLAM/SRNWP (...)
by Eric
Article published on 14 November 2017
Section : Stay reports
BOUZGHAIA M.: Branchement de la routine ECRAD dans le modèle ARPEGE
Article published on 7 December 2017
Section : Manpower

Each quarter, the LTMs register the work done in their NMS by their local staff or their visitors during scientific and technial v)sivs or training courses.

The reporting distinguishes 3 types of work : direct work potentially beneficial to all Partners, maintenance of local applications, (...)

Article published on 7 December 2017
Section : (General) Assembly of ALADIN Partners
The 2018 meetings will be held in Zagreb, back-to-back with the EUMETNET/ECOMET meeting, according to the following schedule : 19 November 2018 afternoon : ALADIN GA, 20 November 2018 morning : LACE and HIRLAM councils in parallel, 20 November 2018 afternoon : joint ALADIN-HIRLAM meeting, (...)

Graphics of the participation in the ALADIN project, at the MoU4 signature (December 2010)
Article published on 13 January 2011
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Statistics about the manpower involved in ALADIN are regularly produced thanks to the ALADIN work accounting realized by the LTM (ALADIN correspondents) following the rules defined in the MoU.

The statistics below were prepared at the end of MoU3, for the 15th General Assembly and the MoU4 signature.

 Breakdown of the manpower at the end of June 2010 and during Mo3

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Breakdown of the person.months by countries
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Breakdown of the participants by countries
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Breakdown of the person.months by money fundings
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Breakdown of the person.months by countries

 Manpower evolution of Partners or Components of the consortia

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Evolution of Partners manpower during MoUs
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Evolution of MF, LACE and FR partners manpower
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Evolution of the quartely manpower


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Stay versus home work in the total ALADIN effort
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Exchanges on Flat-rate funding during MoU3
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Effort mid-2005 to mid-2010

 Type of work at the end of June 2010 and during MoU3

Since July 2001, the ALADIN effort is split in 3 categories (direct work, maintenance of local applications, development of interfaces to other applications). The type of work is also characterized (training, tuition, networking,maintenance, validation, development, operational) Since January 2007, the manpower is also split in "in-kind" or "not in-kind" work

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Type of work
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 Statistics on phasing effort

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Phasing participation per year (MoUs)
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Maintenance and phasing effort
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Phasing effort versus total effort


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