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After the Joint 25th ALADIN Workshop & HIRLAM All Staff Meeting 2015 (13-16/04/2015, Elsinore, Denmark), please consult the dedicated webpage : agenda, list of participants, pdf files of the presentations and posters, minutes of the discussions and working groups, some photos.

90 people from 23 countries (all the 16 ALADIN countries were represented in Elsinore) gave more than 50 presentations and presented about 35 posters. Some working groups and many side meetings also took place during the week.

The ALADIN Local Team Managers held their 18th meeting (the first one ever where all partners were represented).

The ALADIN CSSI and the HIRLAM Management Group had their annual coordination meeting on Friday, at the Danish Met Institute premises in Copenhagen.

The 5th edition of the combined Newsletter of the HIRLAM and ALADIN consortium will be dedicated to this 25th meeting. People who gave a presentation or presented a poster in Elsinore are kindly asked to write down an article and send it to Patricia before the end of July (please do use the proposed templates).

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.

Article published on 20 January 2015
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 (...)
Article published on 27 January 2015
dernière modification le 9 January 2015
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

Article published on 27 January 2015
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
Article published on 30 January 2015
dernière modification le 12 May 2015
Section : ALADIN, HIRLAM or HARMONIE Working Weeks
Since MoU4, the ALADIN budget is used for working weeks (organisation and attendance funding) and, after the GA gave its approval in 2013, to send ALADIN people also to HIRLAM WW. Below is the list of these WWs, with links to reports or outcomes when available. HARMONIE System Working Weeks May (...)
Article published on 4 February 2015
Section : Scientific plans and reports

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 2015. It will be a "rolling plan", "rolling" meaning that this plan will be adapted in the course of the (...)

Article published on 5 February 2015
dernière modification le 11 May 2015
Section : ALADIN, HIRLAM or HARMONIE Working Weeks
ProgrammeReportPresentations Piet Termonia: The ALADIN consortium: goals and work practices Neva Pristov: The physics of the model(ALARO) Claude Fischer: AROME France Christoph Zingerle: Model verification and tools Alex Deckmyn: The GLAMEPS system Florian Weidle: The LAEF system Piet (...)
by JAM
Article published on 5 February 2015
dernière modification le 9 February 2015
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 (...)
Article published on 16 April 2015
Section : About the aladin websites

After the Joint 25th ALADIN Workshop & HIRLAM All Staff Meeting 2015 (13-16/04/2015, Elsinore, Denmark), please consult the dedicated webpage : agenda, list of participants, pdf files of the presentations and posters, minutes of the discussions and working groups, some photos.

90 people (...)

Article published on 6 May 2015
dernière modification le 19 May 2015
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 (GA) Chairperson : Abdalah Mokssit (Ma), elected in November 2013 Vice-Chairperson : Martin Benko (Sk), elected (...)
Article published on 11 May 2015
Section : Software and applications

HARP originally stands for the Hirlam-Aladin R Package for verification (although R package is extensively used in the HARP, the tool package is not limited to the R language and utilities).

The main goal of the HARP development is to provide the HIRLAM-ALADIN community with suitable tools for (...)

Article published on 12 May 2015
Section : ALADIN Local Team Managers (LTM) meetings
LTM meetingDatePlaceMinutes 20th LTM meeting 5 April 2016 Tunisia (besides ALADIN workshop) 19th LTM meeting 6 October 2015 Serbia (besides EWGLAM/SRNWP meetings) 18th LTM meeting 15 April 2015 Elsinore, Danemark (besides ALADIN workshop) minutes 17th LTM meeting 30 September 2014 (...)
Article published on 12 May 2015
Section : ALADIN annual workshops (joint with HIRLAM ASM from 2007)
The Institut National de la Météorologie (NMS of Tunisia) will host the joint 26th ALADIN Wk & HIRLAM 2016 ASM and the besides meetings : Wk and ASM on 4-7 April 2016, LTM meeting on 5 April, HMG-CSSI on 8 April 2016.

Article published on 1 March 2004
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ALADIN Training NETwork (ALATNET) was the name of a project (1st March 2000 - 29 February 2004) supported by the TMR/IHP Programme of the European Community. It aimed at diversifying and widening the international research effort arount the Numerical Weather Prediction Limited Area Model (ALADIN) with basic objective to built the ALADIN NWP system up to a state where it can treat the dynamics and physics of atmospheric phenomena at scales down to 10 km and where it can assimilate in a continuous and balanced mode all relevant data for the prediction of extreme weather events. ALATNET offered pre-Doc and post-Doc positions in 5 teams. Theoretical training courses, exploring the leading-edge topics of NWP (high-resolution modelling, data assimilation, numerical methods) and open to the whole European NWP community, were organized regularly and completed the local, practical, training for newcomers.

See some manpower and money statistics about ALATNET.

See informations about ALATNET PhD thesis.

See also all information on the "old" alatnet website.


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