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Memorandum of Understanding for the
“ALADIN Consortium”

ACKNOWLEDGING that an accurate weather forecast is increasingly important to reduce weather related threats to life, health, economy and property;

RECALLING that an ALADIN project is already existing since the early 90’s, and that the associated consortium, under two successive Memoranda of Understanding, has brought the ALADIN community to the forefront in the field of High Resolution Short Range Weather Forecast, through:

  1. Concept, definition, development, operation, maintenance of a common and state-of-the-art High Resolution Numerical Weather Prediction limited area system called “ALADIN”;

  1. Training, recruitment, motivation and academic rewards of an increasing community of developers and users;

  1. Publishing significant scientific achievements in the most recognized international journals;

  1. Management, organisation and establishment of principles, objectives and perspectives of increasing performances for a group of members;

  1. Collective commitment of human resources to operational and maintenance support, and to joint organisation and management structures;

NOTING with satisfaction that the strengthening of the links between the members of the ALADIN consortium has enhanced the individual and joint contributions of its members to weather forecasting to environment management and monitoring of climate, and has thus contributed to sustainable development;

WISHING to develop their individual capabilities to fulfil their national needs and responsibilities in order to bring the best available quality of service to all users of meteorological services in their countries;
WISHING to optimise the individual and collective contributions of their countries to the WMO programmes;
STRESSING their continuous commitment to the common strategic objective of enabling their respective countries to get the best possible operational forecasting system compatible with their available resources and to access the most advanced mesoscale modeling capabilities for research purpose;
RECOGNISING, however, that resource constraints may limit their individual ability to fully run and exploit the most advanced mesoscale system, and that, therefore, this common strategic objective can only be met through a flexible approach taking into account the range of these constraints;
RECOGNISING that the maintenance and further development of state-of-the art mesoscale forecasting models require substantial investments, in particular in terms of human resources, and that such tasks and investments are better shared for mutual benefit;
WILLING to face collectively the challenge of providing the best possible weather forecast services with optimised human and financial resources in their shared ambition of being the national excellence and an international reference in meteorology;
WISHING to continue and expand the successful activities of the ALADIN project in the field of High Resolution Short Range Weather Forecast by developing the science, the know-how, the expertise and the use around a common High Resolution Limited Area Numerical Weather Prediction System;
CONFIRMING their commitments to implement the WMO Resolution 40 (Cg XII);
RECOGNISING the relevance of the “guidelines for relations among National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Services regarding commercial activities” attached as Annex II to this Resolution, that aim at maintaining and strengthening in the public interest the cooperative and supportive relations among N(H)MSs in the face of differing national approaches to the growth of commercial meteorological activities;

The National (Hydro-) Meteorological Services (N(H)MSs) of Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, and Turkey hereinafter referred to as the Parties and collectively as the “ALADIN Consortium”

have agreed as follows:


Purpose and Objectives

1.This Memorandum of Understanding (hereafter referred to as MoU) sets forth the goal and general objectives agreed by the Parties for their cooperation (hereafter referred to as the ALADIN Cooperation), and the terms and conditions under which they will cooperate to achieve these goal and objectives.

2.The goal of the ALADIN Cooperation is to improve the value of the meteorological, hydrological and environmental warning and forecast services delivered by all Parties to their users, through the operational implementation of a numerical weather prediction (NWP) system capable of resolving horizontal scales from the meso-beta to the meso-gamma scale (1-3 km mesh size) and improving the prediction of severe weather phenomena such as heavy precipitation, intensive convection and stormy winds.

3.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:

  1. Maintenance of an ALADIN System defined as the set of shared pre-processing, data assimilation, model and post-processing/verification software codes, tools and data required for and available to each Party to produce and use the best possible operational mesoscale forecasts compatible with its available resources;

  1. A joint research and development plan aimed at maintaining the current ALADIN meso-beta model at state of the art level and developing, with contributions of the Parties to the common code libraries involved:

  • a meso-gamma capability (called AROME), and;

  • less computationally expensive, intermediate models compatible with the range of resources affordable to the Parties;

        1. Sharing of 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.

4.The following definitions are used in this MoU:

  1. The ALADIN System is defined as the set of pre-processing, data assimilation, model and post-processing/verification software codes, tools and data shared by all Parties and available to each Member and acceding Member for producing and using the best possible operational mesoscale forecasts based on a configuration compatible with its available resources.

  1. The ALADIN System is composed of shared software codes of three different types:

  • the ALADIN Common Codes, defined as the codes jointly developed and maintained by the Parties and the ALADIN acceding Members referred to in Article 2, and owned by them in proportion of their contributions;

  • the ALADIN Co-owned Codes defined as the codes jointly developed and maintained with other consortia or partners and co-owned by the Parties and these consortia or partners (e.g. Common ALADIN-HIRLAM Code);

  • the ALADIN Shared Third-Party Codes contributed and owned by partners, other consortia or third parties who have granted appropriate rights to the Parties for the use of such codes for the implementation of this MoU.

  1. A Version of the ALADIN System is the latest release of the ALADIN System available for operational use. (Too exclusive statement)

  1. A Configuration of the ALADIN System is a subset of ALADIN Codes used by a Member or acceding Member for its own implementation.

  1. ALADIN Products are defined as outputs of the Configurations of the ALADIN System implemented by the Members or acceding Members for their operational requirements. ALADIN Products are Type A products in the ECOMET sense, i.e. “meteorological information that results from the transformation or processing of data sets in the form of pictures, charts, text or data files, is considered to require meteorological know-how to be interpreted, and has been prepared specifically to meet the operational requirements of an N(H)MS. (Add ”)

  1. Official Duty: all activities which take place within the organization of an NMS, and external activities of the NMS resulting from legal, governmental and intergovernmental requirements relating to defence, civil aviation and the safety of life and property.

  1. National Territory: The national territory of a State, including its internal waters, its archipelagic waters, its territorial sea and its exclusive economic zone, as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) signed in Montego Bay on 10 December 1982 and having entered into force on 16 November 1994.

  1. International Waters: Waters not included in the internal waters, archipelagic waters, territorial sea or exclusive economic zone of any State (defined as High Seas in the UNCLOS Convention).

  1. European Economic Area includes the 25 Member States of the European Union plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. (Swiss ?)

  1. National Use of ALADIN Products: any sublicensing of Products or value added services by an NMS to a nationally-based end user or to broadcaster/publisher for target recipients in the national territory of that NMS, but not including sub-licensing to service providers.

  1. Educational Use: Any use of ALADIN Products by a school, university, scientific institute or similar (private or institutional), solely for educational purposes, without transmission or redistribution of these products to any further third party, or use of them to generate a value added service.

  1. In the context of Articles 8, 9 and 10, the term “ALADIN” means a ‘brand name’ for the Common Codes and tools jointly developed and owned by the Parties, and the products generated by the various configurations of the ALADIN System.

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