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ALADIN-HIRLAM Newsletter : number 5

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 is mostly dedicated to this 25th meeting.

The 12th HAC meeting and the 3rd joint HAC/PAC meetings took place in Helsinki in May 21st, 2015. The major topic was the ALADIN-HIRLAM convergence : the outcomes of the common declaration adopted by the 1st joint ALADIN General Assembly & HIRLAM Council, the outcomes of the data policy task force guidance about the ALADIN/HIRLAM common agreement for the next MoUs and the organization of the 2nd joint ALADIN General Assembly & HIRLAM Council and the MoUs signatures in Alger.

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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.

Article published on 18 July 2015
dernière modification le 14 September 2015
Section : Software codes
History (reverse order) of the ALADIN cycles ALADIN cycle [1] with memorandum [2]available inMajor modifications introduced in the cyclebased on ARPEGE cyclePhasing team AL43T1 Spring 2016 AL43 December 2015 OOPS changes in observation operator codes, removal of global variables and USE (...)
Article published on 7 August 2015
dernière modification le 6 October 2015
Section : Software and applications

(updated on August 7, 2015 for telecom domains and MF data. LTM, please update your models/domains/platforms data !)

ALADIN runs operationally on a wide range of computers, from single workstations to vectorial computers in shared or distributed memory, and on a cluster of workstations under (...)

Article published on 31 August 2015
dernière modification le 2 September 2015
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 common newsletter, twice a year. NewsletterEditoClick on the picture to download N°6, due in January 2016 Please, do use the proposed templates when preparing the contributions ! (...)
by Patricia , JAM , Eric
Article published on 9 September 2015
Section : ALADINers
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by Patricia , JAM
Article published on 9 September 2015
Section : ALADINers
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by Patricia , JAM , Eric
Article published on 10 September 2015
Section : ALADINers
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by Patricia , JAM , Eric
Article published on 15 September 2015
Section : ALADINers
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by Patricia , JAM , Eric
Article published on 29 September 2015
Section : ALADINers
Article published on 30 September 2015
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 [3] : the Minutes of the PAC meeting are one of the preparatory documents of the GA. See (...)
by Patricia , JAM , Eric
Article published on 1 October 2015
Section : ALADINers
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by JAM , Eric
Article published on 7 October 2015
Section : Stay reports
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Article published on 8 October 2015
Section : ALADIN, HIRLAM or HARMONIE Working Weeks
During the 2015 forecasters meeting, it was concluded that: “Forecasters need guidance to interpret high-resolution model output. This was a recurring problem during the discussions and emphasized by several forecasters. This related to the intrinsic stochastic nature of clouds and microphysics (...)

Training and research
Article published on 15 January 2005
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Research topics for Early Stage Researcher : first guess

During the preparation of the first stage submission, partners gave a first guess of the research topics they would be interested in for Early Stage Researcher.

  • Austria
    • high resolution modelling and predictability of extreme events over complex terrain
  • Belgium
    • physics-dynamics interface : stability and precision
    • improvement of an integrated micro-physics and deep convection scheme at high resolution
  • Croatia
    • modelling of air-sea interaction, with emphasis on Adriatic sea
  • Czech R.
    • problem of non-orthogonality of the vertical coordinate
    • turbulence : from 1D to 3D schemes
  • Finland
    • mesoscale physics
    • DA
    • validation, diagnostics
  • France
    • physics : boundary layer description (moist process / impact of urbanisation), convection &cloudiness, triggering of convection over lakes
    • NH dynamics
    • initialization of soil moisture using an extended Kalman filter and new observations
    • use of remote-sensing observations for data assimilation and verification
    • ensemble methods for data assimilation and predictability
  • Germany
    • numerics, numerical experiments
  • Hungary
    • ensemble methods for data assimilation and predictability
  • Ireland
    • establishment of balance in mesoscale assimilation.
  • The Netherlands
    • code organization
    • predictability in the short range 0-48h
  • Norway
    • high resolution modelling in complex terrain with emphasis on non-hydrostatic effects, processes related to condensation and the PBL
    • verification and objective analysis in high resolution models
  • Romania
    • surface and PBL processes at high resolution for extreme events
    • Ensemble sub-grid processes
    • radar data assimilation
  • Slovakia
    • study of deep convection (HR NWP NH model) with possible applications in nowcasting
    • LAMEPS and its possible application in hydrology
  • Sweden
    • data assimilation and use of remote sensing data.
    • arctic meteorology (snow, ice, etc.)
    • surface and soil parameterization
  • Switzerland
    • further development of GPS tomography and assimilation of humidity data in aLMo
    • detailed studies of precipitation processes in the Alps using aLMo/2
  • United Kingdom
    • high resolution data assimilation
    • high resolution modelling in regions of significant orography


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