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Jean-François Geleyn passed away on 8 January 2015. Jean-François was suffering with his health recently, but the brutal course of events leaves the ALADIN community suddenly orphaned.

Jean-François’s impact on the current generation of NWP specialists is unparalleled, both scientifically and on a human level.

Jean-François first developed the physics of the ECMWF model in the 1970s. Back in Météo-France Paris, he became head of the NWP team. He proposed the concept of variable mesh in ARPEGE and developed the cooperation with ECMWF around ARPEGE/IFS. He built a new NWP team in Toulouse in 1991 (GMAP team) and run it until 2003.

Jean-François created ALADIN in 1991. He acted as ALADIN Program Manager, the main executive officer of the ALADIN Consortium, years before this position was officially defined in the ALADIN Memorandum of Understanding. Until 2010 (a tribute was payed to his 20 years in ALADIN during his last General Assembly as ALADIN PM in Prague), he led the life of the ALADIN consortium and started the merge between the ALADIN and the HIRLAM consortia and a productive scientific interaction within the SRNWP program with the other European consortia. For this outstanding contributions to the fostering of cooperation among scientists in European countries, he received the European Meteorological Society Silver Medal in 2011. As a token of recognition, in March 2011, Jean-François became visiting Professor at the department of Physics and Astronomy of Ghent university, Belgium, passing his longstanding expertise on NWP to students.

The ALADIN community loses its icon and beacon.

A ceremony was organized at the crematorium of Cornebarieu, near Toulouse on Saturday 17 of January at 10:00. Many tributes were payed to Jean-François (see Piet’s tribute on ALADIN behalf). A condolence book was prepared and the numerous messages received at Météo-France or in ALADIN were joint to it. The collection organized by Patricia was used for ornamental funerary articles on behalf of Météo-France and ALADIN and the remaining money will be donated to some foundations for medical research, according to the family choice.

On January, Monday 19th, the opening session of the A.M.A. was replaced by speeches paying homage to Jean-François and the Le Verrier medal Jean-François should have get at his retirement on January 22nd was given to his wife Radmila.

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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.

20 years later, as defined in the 4th 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 pluging 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.

Section : (General) Assembly of ALADIN Partners

Table of contents 19th ALADIN General Assembly 1st joint ALADIN General (...)

For the first time, the ALADIN General Assembly and the HIRLAM Council will held a joint meeting.

Taking advantage of the opportunity of many of their Directors gathering in Reading (...)

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Section : Governance

Table of contents General Assembly Program Manager, full-time Policy Advisory Committee ALADIN Local Teams Managers CSSI : Committee for Scientifi Support Team Task forces

The governance and the management of the ALADIN Consortium is defined by the 4th MoU and (...)

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Section : ALADIN People : who, where, how to contact

Jean-François Geleyn passed away on 8 January 2015. Jean-François was suffering with his health recently, but the brutal course of events leaves the ALADIN community suddenly orphaned.

Jean-François’s impact on the current generation of NWP specialists is unparalleled, both scientifically and on a (...)

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Section : ALADINers
The ALADIN Project alas witnessed in the past years the too early death of some of its strong supporters and/or key participants. We lost ... Arlette Rigaud on 13 August 2000 Marian Wolek on 9 October 2002 Drazen Glasnovic on 19 Octover 2003 Tomaz Vrhovec on 29 December 2004 Vladimir Ivanovici (...)
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Section : On-line registrations
List of participants to the 25th ALADIN Wk & 2015 HIRLAM ASM Back to the main page of the 25th Wk & 2015 ASM Back to the registration page
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Section : On-line registrations
Registration Form : Application Deadline: 7th March, 2015 Consult the list of participants Back to the main page of the 25th Wk & 2015 ASM
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Section : Documentation on cycles and coordination meetings
IFS/ARPEGE coordination meeting, Reading, June 15, 2015 IFS/ARPEGE coordination video-conf, March 17, 2015 Minutes of IFS/ARPEGE coordination video-conf, November 13, 2014 Minutes of IFS/ARPEGE coordination meeting, Toulouse, June 2, 2014 Minutes of IFS/ARPEGE coordination video-conf, March 18, (...)
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Section : ALADIN, HIRLAM or HARMONIE Working Weeks

Table of contents HARMONIE System Working (...) Forecasters meeting Verification working weeks HIRLAM EPS Working Week SURFEX Working Weeks ALARO Working Days

Since MoU4, the ALADIN budget is used for working weeks (organisation and attendance funding) and, (...)

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Section : Scientific plans and reports

Table of contents HIRLAM-ALADIN rolling plan Annual reports by PM to (...) HIRLAM-ALADIN rolling plan

As decided by the 16th General Assembly in November 2011, a common HIRLAM-ALADIN plan will span the period of the two MoUs of the two consortia, i.e. until (...)

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Section : ALADIN, HIRLAM or HARMONIE Working Weeks
Table of contents Programme Presentations Photos Participants list Programme Presentations Piet Termonia: The ALADIN consortium: goals and work practices Neva Pristov: The physics of the model(ALARO) Claude Fischer: AROME France Christoph Zingerle: Model (...)
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by JAM
Section : Visitors in Toulouse
The table below presents the list of Toulouse visitors for 2014 with the subject of their work, their mentor(s), the dates of their visit. NAMECOUNTRYSTARTENDSUBJECTMENTOR BOCHENEK BOGDAN POLAND 12/01/15 29/01/1 Phasing FISCHER SMERKOL PETER SLOVENIA 12/01/15 27/02/15 Phasing FISCHER LANCZ (...)
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Section : ALADIN annual workshops (joint with HIRLAM ASM from 2007)

Table of contents Practical information and (...) Registration to the meeting List of participants Draft agenda - version on (...) Posters

The Danish NMS will host in Helsingor (Dk) the joint 25th ALADIN Wk & HIRLAM 2015 ASM and the besides meetings : Wk (...)

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Article published on 25 January 2005
by Patricia

The 16 Partners (and joined partners) at the first stage

This tables presents the 16 STORMNET partners at the first stage proposal (consult also the map of STORMNET partners).

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Local and English usual names of the Partners are indicated, with address and e-mail contact points for STORMNET.

Country Institute (English name) Institute (local name) Address contact email Joined institute(s)
Austria Central Institut for Meteorology and Geodynamics Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik Hohe Warte 38, A-1190 Wien Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck
Belgium Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique - Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut van België Avenue Circulaire 3, B-1180 Bruxelles Gent University
Croatia Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Republic of Croatia Drzavni hidrometeoroloski zavod, Republika Hrvatska Gric 3, HR-10000 Zagreb University of Zagreb
Czech Republic Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute Ceský hydrometeorologický ústav Na Sabatce 17, 143 06 Praha 4 Charles University, Prague
Finland Finnish Meteorological Institute Ilmatieteen laitos Vuorikatu 24, P.O. Box 503, SF-00101 Helsinki Russian State University, St. Petersburg
France Meteo-France/ National Meteorological Research Centre Météo-France/ Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques 42, avenue Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cédex 1 Laboratoire d’Aérologie, Toulouse
Deutschland German Weather Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Kaiserlaistr 42, 63067 Offenbach University of Bonn
Hungary Hungarian Meteorological Service Országos Meteorológiai Szolgálat Kitaibel Pal utca 1, 1024 Budapest University of Budapest
Ireland Irish Meteorological Service Met Eireann Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9 University College Dublin
The Netherlands Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instuut PO Box 201, 3730 AE De Bilt
Norway Norwegian Meteorological Institute Det norske meteorologiske institutt N.H.Abels vei 40, P.O. Box 43 Blindern, N-0313 Oslo Oslo University
Romania National Meteorological Administration Administratia Nationala de Meteorologie Sos. Bucuresti - Ploiesti 97, 013686 Bucharest University of Bucharest
Slovakia Slovak Hydro-Meteorological Institute Slovenský hydrometeorologický ústav Jeseniova 17, 833 15 Bratislava Comenius University, Bratislava
Sweden Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut SE-601 76 Norrköping Stockholm University
Switzerland Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) Krähbühlstrasse 58, CH-8044 Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
United Kingdom Met Office FitzRoy Road Exeter EX1 3PB


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