ALADIN
High Resolution Numerical Weather Prediction Project
Website of the ALADIN Consortium

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 : Governance
The governance and the management of the ALADIN Consortium is defined by the 4th MoU and by the 18th General Assembly in 2013 (see also history of chair persons) : General Assembly Chairperson : Abdalah Mokssit (Ma), elected in November 2013 Vice-Chairperson : Martin Benko (Sk), elected in (...)
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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 [4] : the Minutes of the PAC meeting are one of the preparatory documents of the GA. See (...)
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Section : Documentation on cycles and coordination meetings
memorandum of Common cycle 41, July 2014 memorandum of IFS cycle 40R3, July 2014 memorandum of ARPEGE cycle 40T1, April 2014 memorandum of IFS cycle 40R2, March 2014 memorandum of IFS cycle 40R1, August 2013 memorandum of Common cycle 40, July 2013 memorandum of IFS cycle 39R1, July 2013 (...)
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Section : ALADIN annual workshops (joint with HIRLAM ASM from 2007)
WK24: Participants
The National Meteorological Administration of Romania will host the 24th ALADIN workshop / HIRLAM All-Staff Meeting 2014 (07-10 April 2014) and HMG/CSSI meeting (11 April 2014), in Bucharest. Practical information on the local organiser webpage WK24: Participants Agenda and list of (...)
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Section : Internal contacts
List of ALADIN Directors or usual representatives to the General Assembly, updated on August 21, 2014 COUNTRYNMSFORENAMEFAMILY NAMEEMAIL ALGERIA ONM Brahim IHADADENE b.ihadadene@meteo.dz AUSTRIA ZAMG Michael STAUDINGER michael.staudinger@zamg.ac.at with copy to wang@zamg.ac.at BELGIUM RMI (...)
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Section : Documentation on cycles and coordination meetings
IFS/ARPEGE coordination meeting, Reading, June 15, 2015 IFS/ARPEGE coordination video-conf, February ??, 2015 (date to be discussed later) Minutes of IFS/ARPEGE coordination video-conf, November 13, 2014 Minutes of IFS/ARPEGE coordination meeting, Toulouse, June 2, 2014 Minutes of IFS/ARPEGE (...)
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Section : Newsletters
ALADIN-HIRLAM Newsletter : number 2
During the HMG/CSSI meeting in April 2013, ALADIN and HIRLAM consortia decided to join their effort and produce a commun newsletter, twice a year. NewsletterEditoDownload N°4, due in March 2015 N°3, published on 26-09-2014 The third edition of the combined Newsletter of the HIRLAM and ALADIN (...)
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Section : ALADIN People : who, where, how to contact

When planning your next visit to Toulouse/CNRM/GMAP, please pay attention to French public holidays and Meteo-France closing days (RTTi) !..

From January 1st, 2014, for security reasons, the access to GMAP offices is only allowed between 7:00 and 21:00 on working days. On Saturdays and on (...)


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Section : ALADIN People : who, where, how to contact
Here are a few information for future or present visitors in Toulouse : Useful links : Public transport : Schedules of the Toulouse buses About Toulouse (official page of "Mairie de Toulouse") How to reach Météo-France http://www.meteo.fr/cic/meetings/venue.html Computer resources : for computer (...)
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Section : OOPS
Technical video-conference : meeting number 3 towards CY42 : January 22, 2015 Technical video-conference : meeting number 2 towards CY42 : October 16, 2014 Technical video-conference : meeting number 1 towards CY42 : August 26, 2014 OOPS Steering Committee : June 3, 2014 in Toulouse Technical (...)
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Section : EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings and workshops
List of European Working Group on Limited Area Modelling and Short Range Numerical Weather Prediction network [6] meetings YearDatesEWGLAM meetingSRNW meetingWhereCountryWebsite [7] 1979 8-11 October 1st Norrköping Sweden 1980 7-10 October 2nd Dublin Ireland 1981 24-27 August 3th (...)
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Section : ALADIN Local Team Managers (LTM) meetings
LTM meetingDatePlaceMinutes 19th LTM meeting 6 October 2015 Serbia (besides EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings) 18th LTM meeting 14 April 2015 Copenhagen, Danemark (besides ALADIN workshop) 17th LTM meeting 30 September 2014 Offenbach, Germany (besides EWGLAM/SRNWP (...)
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History of the governance : 1991-2010
Article published on 21 July 2008
by Patricia

The organisation of the ALADIN project changes according to the evolution of the project (see also the history of the project).

1991 - 1995 : gestation

  • From September 1991 until end of 1995, the work on ALADIN centered around visits to Toulouse of scientists of all partners, their ALADIN-related work at home being mostly conditioned by the tasks they had been performing in Toulouse. The number of hours of work shared in Toulouse with colleagues of all origins allowed a homogeneous and united team to be formed.
  • The main difficulty of the set-up was the financing of the travel and visits. Generally speaking, travel was provided by the partners and the grants for the stays were funded by Météo-France or by French ministries or raised in competitive applications by either all partners or by Météo-France and one partner for bilateral support or directly financed by partners.

1996 - 2001 : decentralization and formalization through the 1st MoU

  • With the transition to multiple operational status thanks to a "standard open" code, the situation changed. The manpower involved in the development of ALADIN has kept increasing and covers now not only centralized actions of research and source code maintenance in Toulouse but also deported work in NMS, related to the implementation of local versions of ALADIN, the exploitation of the model outputs, the verification of forecasts and local research developments.
  • The necessary formalization of the project before its decentralization was completed by the signing of a first Memorandum of Understanding by all partners. It layed down he principles observed by ALADIN since the beginning, the choice of software, conditions of its use by the partners and of membership of, admission to, and withdrawal from the ALADIN "club".
  • The 10-years ALADIN anniversary was celebrated in Paris on May 31st, 2001 and a booklet was printed.

2001 - 2005 : 2nd MoU with enlarged definition of the ALADIN partnership, guidelines for the commercial use, creation of a Technical Cooperation Standing Committee

  • A second ALADIN Memorandum of Understanding was signed on May 31st 2001 with mainly:
    • an enlarged definition of the ALADIN partnership, with three levels of "rights versus duties" : Full Member, Associated Member, User;
    • more precise guidelines for the commercial use of ALADIN products;
    • stricter rules for the registration of the manpower dedicated to ALADIN;
    • creation of a Technical Cooperation Standing Committee (TCSC) of for members (Météo-France, a LACE representative, a SELAM representative, a representative of the other partners), in charge of the routine project coordination. This TCSC was replaced by a 6 permanent members working group "Science and Strategy Committee" during the Assembly in Casablanca (2002) : the purpose of this old SSI was to supervise priorities and co-operation with other SRNWP groups, to follow AROME project and to report to the Assembly on progress of the scientific plan.

end of 2005 : the 3rd MoU defines the new organisation

  • the governance and the management are adapted: General Assembly (with its Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson), Program Manager, Policy Advisory Committee, ALADIN Local Teams Managers, Program Team, Committee for Scientific and System/maintenance Issues, System/maintenance and Scientific Coordinators, Support Team
  • the MoU defines more precisely the relationships between governing bodies with a proposed way of circulating information, request and decision between GA, PAC, PM and Directors on one hand, in consistency with HIRLAM and with ECMWF

end of 2010 : the 4th MoU defines the current organisation

  • The evolution of the content from MoU3 is mainly a better balancing within the management entities (LTMs more active in planning and reporting, CSSI more involved in applications) and the harmonisation with HIRLAM, including the possibility to temporarily and jointly active “task-forces”.

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