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.
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 for the ECMWF Council next December 3 – 4, 2014, ALADIN and HIRLAM consortia will organise some internal (...)
The ALADIN Committee for Scientific and System/maintenance Issues (CSSI) and Support Team (ST) members meet at least once a year.
A coordination meeting with HIRLAM Management Group (MG) takes place in spring besides the annual joined ALADIN workshop & HIRLAM All Staff Meeting; another (...)
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 (...)
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 history of the collaboration events and a roadmap and a time-schedule for the cooperation were proposed (see Andras Horanyi and Per Unden presentations at this Assembly). Then, a resolution on ALADIN-HIRLAM cooperation was unanimously adopted.
The HIRLAM Council (Reading, 15 December 2004) gave a very positive answer to this resolution that was presented by Dr. Ivan Cacic.
On December 5, 2005, during the HIRLAM Council, a Cooperation Agreement between the ALADIN consortium and the HIRLAM consortium was signed with prime objective "to provide the ALADIN and the HIRLAM Members with a state-of-the-art NWP-model for Short and Very Short Range Forecasting including Nowcasting, for both Research and Development activities and Operational usage". This Agreement specifies the conditions for the collaboration between the ALADIN consortium and the HIRLAM consortium as mentioned in their Memorandums of Understanding. A shared ALADIN-HIRLAM System is developed to facilitate the transition to a fully common ALADIN-HIRLAM code: with the so-called "HARMONIE" ( Hirlam Aladin Research on Meso-scale Operational NWP in Euromed) dynamics, ALADIN and HIRLAM collaborate more and more closely.
This agreement was renewed on December 1st, 2010: the respective strengths and weaknesses of both consortia complement each other well and, in the recent years, in the so-called "HARMONIE" dynamics, ALADIN and HIRLAM have collaborated more and more closely, giving a new impulse to the European structuring of NWP activities.
In December 2012, the ALADIN General Assembly and the HIRLAM Council created a Task Force to analyse the pros and cons of a further merge. The task Force prepared a draft merger road map that was discussed during the first joint HAC/PAC meeting in May 2013.
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