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Eumetcal Newsletter - Issue 03/07

Issue 03/07

1. Fourth Eumetcal Workshop date, place & call for abstracts announced
2. Eumetcal signs a cooperation agreement with ABoM
3. Estonian Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (EMHI) joins Eumetcal
4. Radar Meteorology Course dates announced
5. New Eumetcal Steering Group formed
6. Eumetcal Advisory Board discontinued
7. Eumetcal info tour ‘08
8. Eumetcal NWP Course finished successfully

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1. Fourth Eumetcal Workshop date, place & call for abstracts announced

Please mark your calendars on the last week of August 2008 (25 to 29) for the fourth international Eumetcal Workshop for trainers and NMS staff on European training activities and training coordination. In 2008 the workshop will be combined with the meetings of various Eumetcal Themed Resource Working Groups, which are open discussion groups for all interested participants of the workshop.

The workshop will discuss issues in continuous professional development of weather forecasters and hydrologists and present modern training tools and techniques. There will be dedicated speakers dealing with activities of the Eumetcal programme, distance learning, eLearning, learning management systems and online pedagogy. The Workshop will also include practical hands-on sessions with the ability to learn about new training softwares and tools.

The registration for the Eumetcal Workshop will be opened in spring 2008. If you would like to present in the Eumetcal Workshop, please send a short abstract by 29th February 2008 by email to the Eumetcal TSO to the address: jaakko.karppanen@fmi.fi

The Eumetcal Workshop is free of charge to all participants. Participation is also welcome to non-members and beyond European Meteorological Services. The Eumetcal Programme cannot offer financial support for travel expenses to the workshop. Reimbursement of travel costs can be applied from EUMETSAT on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Eumetcal Training Support Officer for more information.

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2. Eumetcal signs a cooperation agreement with ABoM

The Eumetcal Responsible Member, the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABoM) have signed an agreement on the cooperation between ABoM and the Eumetcal Programme. The agreement is the first cooperation contract for Eumetcal with a non-European NMS and is very warmly welcomed.

At a first stage ABoM will cooperate with Eumetcal in the Radar Meteorology and Aviation Working Groups and participate in the upcoming Radar Course (see section 4). ABoM will also share training material with the Programme members though intraLibrary.

In connection to the cooperation, the Eumetcal Training Support Officer, Mr. Jaakko Karppanen will visit ABoM for the period of April-June in Melbourne, Australia to upload material and develop radar meteorology training material in cooperation with the Australian experts and Bruce Muller from the COMET program.

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3. Estonian Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (EMHI) joins Eumetcal

Eumetcal is rapidly expanding into the Baltic countries and January 2008 will mark the inclusion of all three states as Estonia becomes a member in Eumetcal. We are very happy to have EMHI onboard in our shared effort to increase the level and quality of training in European NMSs. The inclusion of EMHI brings the total of Eumetcal countries to 23, making it a significant international cooperating body in the field of meteorology.

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4. Radar Meteorology Course dates announced

During its third meeting, the Eumetcal Themed Resource Working Group on Radar Meteorology (WGR) decided to put the developed radar training syllabus (available at: http://www.eumetcal.org/-Radar-Meteorology-) into action and to hold a blended learning course with the topic of “Weather Radar Applications in Nowcasting for Weather Forecasters” in late 2008 / early 2009.

The course will be managed by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) and lead by Dr. Wilfried Jacobs and will include trainers also from DLR, FMI, ABoM, MSC and Romania. The course will be announced in May 2008 in full detail, but you can mark your calendars for the period of 10 November 2008 to 6 February 2009 with a break for Christmas holidays in between.

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5. New Eumetcal Steering Group formed

The Steering Group for the Eumetcal III Programme held its first meeting in EUMETSAT facilities on 10-12 October following invitations from all members NMSs to appoint members to the group. The Steering Group experienced some changes and for the first time we now have a representative from the Baltic countries and KNMI present in the group.

The Steering Group members are:

Vibeke KRISTENSEN, Met.no, Norway
Viktorija CEGLIENE , meteo.lt, Lithuania
Veronika ZWAZ-MEISE, ZAMG, Austria
Annemarie BRAAM, KNMI, The Netherlands
Francois LALAURETTE, ENM, Météo-France
Ramon VAZQUEZ, INM, Spain
Wilfried JACOBS, DWD, Germany
Volker GÄRTNER, EUMETSAT
Gordon BRIDGE, EUMETSAT

Mr. Francois Lalaurette was elected as the Steering Group chairman and Ms. Annemarie Braam as the vice-chairman. Mr Gordon Bridge (EUMETSAT) will act as the steering group secterary. The next Steering Group meeting will be held on 6-7 March 2008 in De Bilt, Netherlands hosted by the KNMI.

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6. Eumetcal Advisory Board discontinued

The Eumetcal Advisory Board (EAB) was held during the first two Eumetcal Workshops as a forum with the aim to gather input to the programme from participating members and trainers. The Advisory Board and especially the ad hoc composition of the board members was confusing to the participants and the procedure of drafting recommendations to the Steering Group was not seen necessary.

Following the experiences previous years and from 2007, the Steering Group decided to discontinue the Eumetcal Advisory Board. The board will be transformed into a panel discussion with the Working Group leaders. This type of approach allows for a more free discussion and direct input to the Working Groups and Steering Group members. This forum aims to become more unofficial in nature and to provide a true discussion forum on where and how the Eumetcal Programme should direct its development efforts.

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7. Eumetcal info tour ‘08

The Eumetcal Programme Manager (Mrs. Carola Sundius) and Training Support Officer (Mr. Jaakko Karppanen) will visit the new Eumetcal members during 2008. The tour of information visits will begin in Budapest, Hungary on 28-29 January, continue to Nicosia, Cyprus on 4-5 February then move to Tallinn, Estonia on 14 February and will end up in Croatia in the autumn.

The Training Support Officer will also visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre (BMTC) in Melbourne and the MetService New Zealand in Wellington to inform them on Eumetcal activities and to discuss ways forward in cooperation. Eumetcal will also be present in the ERAD, EUMETSAT and EMS conferences.

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8. Eumetcal NWP Course finished successfully

The second Eumetcal blended learning course dealing with NWP topics was successfully finished on 14th December with warm evaluation from the 15 participants. The course was lead by Vesa Nietosvaara from FMI with trainers David Ball (MSC), Erik Hagemark (Met.no), Renate Hagedorn (ECMWF), Wilfried Jacobs (DWD), Magnus Ovhed (Met.no) and Veronika Zwatz-Meise (ZAMG).

For the first time both trainers and students were remotely connected in their own offices with visiting lectures from Norway, Austria, UK, Finland and Canada. The students attended weekly online distance lessons from all corners of Europe through their computers and met for four days in Langen, Germany for a face-to-face period. The course covered different aspects of operational use of NWP products in weather forecasting with leading experts in the field.

Overall response of the course was extremely positive, students were engaged in learning and trainers found the new distance learning and learning management tools very inspiring and fun to use. The two first Eumetcal courses have been run using a Learning Management System (Moodle) and a commercial web conferencing tool (Saba Centra Live) to handle all communication between trainers and students. The results so far indicate a tremendous potential in the method and we will be definitely using these techniques in the future courses as well.

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Thank you for reading,

Jaakko
Eumetcal Training Officer

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