INSPIRE Thematic Working Group on Atmospheric Conditions & Meteorological Geographical Features (TWG AC-MF) Kick-off meeting

$ Disclaimer: This is my personal summary of the meeting and not a formal record : -- BruceWright - 02 Jun 2010

Date 20 May 2010
Venue Meteo-France, Toulouse, France

Attendee Organisation
Bernard Strauss (Facilitator) Meteo-France
Spiros Ventouras (Editor) STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Alessandro Sarretta (Contact) JRC
Frédéric Guillaud Meteo-France
Raymond Sluiter Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
Esa Falkenroth Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Erwin Petz Zentralanstalt f. Meteorologie und Geodynamik
Ilkka Rinne Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Bruce Wright Met Office

Absence Organisation
Sheila Cryan European Environmental Agency
Stefano Nativi Italian National Research Council (CNR - IMAA)


BernardStrauss introduced the session by suggesting that the key questions were around:
  • Scope
  • Range of information to be made available
  • Space representation (vertical)
  • Time representation
  • Real time aspect
  • Coordination with other groups

It was agreed that:
  • Atmospheric Conditions (AC) and Meteorological Geographical Features (MF) split should be initially ignored and addressed later (i.e. develop a single set of use cases, model, etc)
  • Scope is critical to fix, as the domain is very large, so...
  • Use Cases should be used to focus on which data are really needed
  • Cost-benefit arguments may also help focus activity
  • Testability of use cases is also important
  • Need to ensure interfaces managed with:
    • OGC Met-Ocean Domain Working Group (MO.DWG)
    • WMO Inter-Programme Expert Team for Metadata & Data Interoperability (IPET-MDI)
    • Eumentnet INSPIRE Expert Team (E-INSPIRE-ET) which replaces INSPIMET
  • Take MO.DWG conceptual modelling use cases as a starting point
  • Use INSPIRE Forum (open to all) to share information with MO.DWG, IPET-MDI and E-INSPIRE-ET
  • Links to the TWGs for Sea Regions & Oceanographic Geographical Features and Environmental Monitoring Facilities will be provided by the JRC contact, AlessandroSarretta, who covers all three TWGs


Dates Activity
May - Oct 2010 Develop Version 1 of Data specification (for internal review)
Nov 2010 - Aug 2011 Develop Version 2 of Data Specification (for wider consultation & testing)
Sep 2011 - Jan 2011 Develop Version 3 of Data Specification (for devlopment of first version of Implementing Rules )
Feb - May 2012 Review Version 1 of Implementing rules & develop further two revisions

N.B. Implementing Rules hold mandatory requirements only, Guidelines have mandatory and optional requirements

Use Cases

The MO.DWG Conceptual Modelling Uses cases were reviewed and held in the agreement of a provisional set of 4 use cases, which would be used to test the process, and ensure that the scope did not become unmanageble; these are:

1. Use of Meteorology in Support of Emergency Response
Based on the MO.DWG UC8 (possibly with some elements of UC3 - routine use of operational forecasting activity at national weather service in support of severe weather warning service). This might cover nuclear, chemical, etc release, wild fires, wind storms, coastal flooding, flash flooding (but see next UC), snow / ice storm. Actors are decision makers, emergency responders, citizens.

2. Flood Forecasting
Based on MO.DWG UC11, broadened to cover Flash, Short-Range and Medium-Range (including ensemble predictions) Flooding. This is seen as an important UC, due to the cross-boarder impacts of large flood events.

3. Climate Assessment (past data)
Loosely based on MO.DWG UC7. Particular focus on impacts/uses for other areas, possibly including Planning, Building, Agriculture, Energy, Communications, Human Health (although this might form a seperate UC)

4. Use of Climate Change Scenarios
Loosely based on MO.DWG UC7. Use of climate predictions for impact studies; e.g. IPCC data & regional downscaled data. Potential links to Habitats & Biotopes, Species Diversity and links (for example) with wind power planning.

There was a lot of discussion on the MO.DWG UC3 Routine operational forecasting activity at national weather service in support of severe weather warning service, with provisional agreement that most warninf fit into a wider class of:
  • Probability of Threshold Exceedance
There non-warning examples (e.g. probability of exceeding 30degC for an ice cream vendor). A further aspect of warnings is impacts, but it was agreed that this is outside the scope of the TWG - this is an aspect of sharing the information with other themes! MeteoAlarm was cited as a good example of what was required. This use case is not initially being looked at, but will have to be.

It was also agreed that Aviation (MO.DWG UC1 & UC2) would not initially be tackled, as it is complex, good progress is alreading being made as part of SESAR (and other activities) and it is not clear of the position of Aviation with respect to INSPIRE.

Plans for Potential Further Meetings

9 Jun 2010 12 UTC - Webcon/Telcon
Follow-up of initial actions from kick-off meeting
23-24 Jun 2010 - Face-to-Face
INSPIRE Conference, Krakow - Short meeting of those in attendance
21-24 Sep 2010 - Face-to-Face
OGC TC, Meteo-France, Toulouse - opportunity for meeting
14 or 21 Oct 2010 - Face-to-Face
TWG AC-MF second meeting, RAL, Didcot
15-17 Nov 2010 - Face-to-Face
Third MO.DWG, Met Office, Exeter - opportunity for meeting

Agreed Actions

Progress as far as possibly by the 9 Jun 2010:

Topic revision: r1 - 02 Jun 2010, BruceWright
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