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This Action is aimed at covering most of European countries and also at linking with other countries actively working in the direction of integrated modelling. The following COST countries have actively participated in the preparation of the Action or otherwise indicated their interest: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK. An interest to the Action was also expressed by several US key organisations, three Russian research institutes and universities from Canada, Japan, and China.

According to these involvements, it is expected that more than 18 COST member countries will participate in this Action. In addition, as this Action provides synthesis of work carried out in previous COST Actions (like 728, ES0602, etc), it is expected that the number of participating countries may reach or even exceed 30 counties.

On the basis of national estimates, the economic dimension of the activities to be carried out under the Action has been estimated over 10Million € (including ca. 100 person-years) for the total duration of the Action This estimate is valid under the assumption that all the countries mentioned above but no other countries will participate in the Action. Any departure from this will change the total cost accordingly.

It should be noted that the participation of Action partners to various EU and nationally funded initiatives in the area of NWP and CWF, is expected to act as a multiplier for both the economic dimension and impact of the Action, as well as for the expected results.


H.1 Who?

The results of the Action are of specific interest for various actors involved in atmospheric environment issues on the scientific, meteorological and environmental applications sides. The direct users of the Action deliverables are: (i) scientific institutes and laboratories working in the related areas, (ii) organizations coordinating European, international, and national research programmes, (iii) meteorological services, environmental research institutes and companies, environment protection and public health authorities at various levels. In addition, the result of the Action are of main interest for Universities and Higher Education institutes, that provide with study programmes in the fields of meteorology, atmospheric environment, environmental engineering, environmental management, etc. It is essential to educate a new generation of scientists to use modern state-of-the-science methods and tools. The Action will also promote such activities by supporting young researcher’s summer schools, seminars, and STSMs.

H.2 What?

The results of the Action will be disseminated through a range of methods. These will include a dedicated public website, COST reports, conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Particular attention will be paid to informing end-users and policy makers and to transmit results to different modellers’ communities.

Several partners of this Action have national or regional NWP and AQ forecasting duties. They also have mandates to inform the public on the developments in these areas. The Action will utilise this channel to disseminate the results and explain the benefits to the widest possible audience. It is also expected that improved quality of the meteorology and air quality information due to synthesising work of the Action will provide additional benefits to the public.

Moreover, the Action will seek the collaboration with bodies like the EEA, WMO, WHO, EURASAP and EUMetNet as well as with organisations that participate in the formulation and application of research policies, like the European Commission and the associated DGs.

The Action will prepare a dissemination and sustainable operation plan that will be updated throughout its duration, including:

  • Main goals and dissemination methods used to achieve/ support operation plan;
  • Methods and tools for the sustainable operation of the Action, as well as for its follow-up and parallel activities;
  • A record of decisions taken from the scientific, policy-making, and other bodies, that are supported from or interacted with the Action;
  • Education related activities supported by the Action, research plans for STSM, etc.

H.3 How?

The results achieved will be disseminated through the following:

  • COST Action web-site continuously updated (including newsletters and reports on the progress of the Action and selected results). This will actually be a portal with functionalities supporting scientific collaboration and information exchange, like a wiki. Moreover, a twitter channel is foreseen for a rapid dissemination of information. In addition, an information aggregation service will be developed, in order to automatically search and harvest information related to the scientific activities of interest, from various web portals worldwide, and then provide this information via a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. For the latter, the Action’s portal will make use of the RSS feeds already produced by organisations like the EEA.
  • Scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks and reports;
  • Scientific and application meetings, conferences, schools and workshops organised, co-sponsored or otherwise supported at various levels by the Action (see the list below);
  • Information provided to relevant international organisations concerning the process, solutions and outreach in order to achieve a broader impact, e.g.: EEA, EUMetNet, EU JRC and WMO;
  • Existing participating or collaborating meteorological and air quality networks and their channels of information dissemination (e.g., by the ALADIN, COSMO, HIRLAM and UKMO communities).

Special efforts will be deployed to have contacts with as many key players and stake-holders as possible. Links will be established with the EC (DG-Environment), relevant European networks and bodies, and also with WMO and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). Links will also be established with international societies interested in problems of meteorology, air quality and climate change. During the meeting of the MC and WGs, international agencies involved in the fields of this COST Action, and representatives of the users, will be invited for exchange of information, coordination, and developing synergies and collaborations.

At least two online coupled models, Enviro-HIRLAM, developed by the Action participants, and WRF-Chem, developed by a large consortium of US organisations and European users, are public-domain systems freely available, which will further strengthen the dissemination outreach and provide wider opportunities for building the joint European models framework and promoting the COST and specifically the Action work around the global communities.

Organised workshops, courses and schools will be also used for disseminating the results especially among potential users and for promoting COST activities in Europe and worldwide. Wherever it is possible the Action will host workshops jointly with other international meetings. These will include:

  • The International Young Scientists Summer School on ACT-NWP Integrated Modelling (Odessa, Ukraine, summer 2011);
  • The International Workshop and School on Regional Climate and Chemistry (Trieste, Italy, summer 2012);
  • The Annual Meetings of the European Meteorological Society (EMS) in session on “Environmental Meteorology” (EU, autumn, 2011-2015);
  • The Annual General Assemblies of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in session on “Integrated physical and chemical weather forecasting with two-way interactions” (EU, spring, 2011-2015);
  • The NATO International Technical Meetings on “Air Pollution Modelling and its Application” (2013);
  • The 8th International Conference on “Air Quality – Science and Application” (2012).

Special attention will be paid in the dissemination of Action results for the benefit of public. For this purpose, the Action will create a portfolio of analysed cases and user scenarios of online integrated meteorological and air quality modelling results. Emphasis will be given to the development of quality of life information services. These services will demonstrate the advantages of the approach in addressing the daily lives of people and may have a positive impact in reducing environmental burdens and health risks.

An additional aspect of information dissemination will be the usage of the infrastructure and technology of the European Chemical Weather Forecasting (initially developed within the COST Action ES0602;, for the dissemination of integrated modelling results. Services for the harmonisation, comparison and combination of NWP and ACT model results, as well as for the comparison of models with air quality observations on near real time basis,  are planned to be investigated and developed on a pilot basis, so that all Action members as well as interested parties will be able to seamlessly access model results. Moreover, user tailored product examples are going to be built, targeted at the demonstration of the practical impacts of ACT/NWP-CLIM modelling to the public and interested users.