Sunday, June 10, 2012


date: Thu Sep 25 16:25:50 2008
from: Phil Jones <>
subject: RE: plans for a FP7-proposal under the SPACE call
to: "Klein Tank, Albert \(KNMI\)" <>

It did say 1-3M (and up to 5M). I like EURO4M! We can still go for 3M Euros.
At 16:21 25/09/2008, you wrote:


Thanks. To discuss this further next week is why I wanted to sent out this message

I like the EURO3M, but in that case we should go for 4 million, because it is fashion to
say "4Monitoring".

We can discuss the Friday afternoon chair next week. There will be other volunteers, in
particular if the session is shorter anyway.

Cheers, Albert.

From: Phil Jones [[1]]
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 5:12 PM
To: Klein Tank, Albert (KNMI)
Subject: Re: plans for a FP7-proposal under the SPACE call
Happy to be involved. I see us more in WP1 and possibly helping in
WP3. We can talk about this more next week in Amsterdam.
I realise why I didn't find this call - I only looked at the FP7 Environment call!
Spent my usual 5 mins thinking about the acronym. EUROM is a
possibility. It sounds better in English. I did think of EURO3M,
but this is the money we'll be asking for!
Earlier today I printed off the booklet for next week's meetings. The emails
about people not showing up don't seem that important.
On the Friday, you are down to chair the morning and Joanna
the afternoon. It was suggested that you should switch, but you're
both talking in UC2 in the afternoon. I'll see if Reino or Martine will still
be there. I can start doing it in the afternoon, but I have a 17.20 flight
home. Effie Kostopoulou told me she would likely not be coming, but this
won't be a problem as she was the last speaker. Christos will be
there and he may have her talk, though.
See you next week. I should be at Schipol at 08.30 on the Monday.
At 13:56 25/09/2008, you wrote:

Dear all,
Following a meeting at ECMWF and subsequent discussions with members of the former READY
consortium, KNMI has decided to take the lead in a new proposal responding to the
FP7-SPACE call. The new proposal is on the topic "Monitoring of climate change issues"
in the context of GMES (now Kopernikus). The text of this call (published on 28 August
2008) is included at the bottom of this email.
According to our information, the Commission is aiming at two small-medium size
projects. We aim at a collaborative project of 3 or 4 years with EC contribution of EUR
3 million. The idea is to combine regional observation datasets and regional reanalyses
for monitoring climate change. An independent but related proposal lead by ECMWF is in
preparation focusing on global reanalyses. Submission deadline is 4 December 2008. A
one-stage submission procedure will be followed.
This email is intended to ask your response on several issues below. Please reply before
5 October.
Best regards,
The proposed consortium consists of: KNMI (coordinator), Met Office, SMHI, Meteo France,
DWD, Meteo Swiss, NMA, UEA and URV. These 9 partners form a mixture of those attending
the meeting at ECMWF and members of the former READY consortium. They provide the
necessary expertise for both regional observation datasets and regional reanalysis.
***Project name:
To avoid using the emotionally charged acronym EURRA, I suggest to choose EROM -
European Reanalysis and Observations for Monitoring climate change. Note that MORE would
have been elegant, but this is already in use for another ERA-net project.
***Project structure:
The project structure should reflect that we combine two different but complementary
approaches: regional observation datasets of ECVs on the one hand and model based
regional reanalysis on the other. We do this in order to deliver the best possible and
most complete (gridded) climate change monitoring services for Europe. As a result, I
suggest the following WPs:
WP1: Regional observation datasets
WP1.1: Developing gridded datasets based on long term station series (for Europe and sub
WP1.2: Data coordination (with GMES-ISOWG, GCOS, ECSN, ACRE, MEDARE, etc.) and access to
national archives
WP1.3: Quality control (improve data quality and homogeneity)
WP2: Regional reanalysis
WP2.1: Dynamical reanalysis for the atmosphere (using NAE and Hirlam regional models
nested in ERA)
WP2.2: 2D downscaling for the surface/near surface (added value through additional
observations and over orography)
WP2.3: Improvement of capability for reanalyses (better basic input)
WP3: Tailored information and climate change products (for future GMES services using
output from WP1 & WP2)
WP3.1: Integrated ECV data products (providing best possible and most
complete/up-to-date descriptions of the evolution of the Earth system)
WP3.2: Climate Indicator Bulletins (providing scientific input for policy implementation
and near-real time reporting for emerging extreme events)
WP3.3: Validation and dissemination (including stakeholder involvement and responding to
user feedback)
WP4: Project management, coordination and sustainability

Please comment on this structure and identify your potential role in each work package.
As indicated above, a clear link exists with the global reanalyses proposal which is in
preparation by a consortium lead by ECMWF. The other link is with the EUROGRID proposal
which is in preparation by ECSN members for the EUMETNET Council (as a follow-up to
***Time schedule:
From today, there are 10 weeks to go before the submission deadline. This means that
your contributions are needed soon. The good news is that for many parts of the proposal
we can make use of the former READY proposal (see attachment). Furthermore, earlier
experience shows that rather than focusing solely on a detailed workplan, it may be
better to spend time lobbying our ideas. Based on your replies I will provide an action
list soon.
***Call text:
SPA.2009.1.1.02 Monitoring of climate change issues (extending core service activities)
Information about Earth physical parameters must sufficiently describe the current
status of the Earth
environment from regional to global scales, and its evolution in the short to
medium-term. A wide
range of space- and time-scales has to be considered. Whilst the GMES core services
already provide
valuable product portfolios containing many of the Essential Climate Variables (ECV) as
instance identified by the second Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) report 2003,
tailoring of information packages for monitoring of climate change has still to be
addressed in
GMES. Proposals to integrate core services products and to extend their activities for
information generation or to demonstrate how this could be achieved in the most
appropriate way are
invited. In particular, the resultant "information package" should include:
Tailored information and products to assist climate change research to incorporate the
monitored essential climate variables such as, for instance, sea level changes,
(snow cover and ice), sea surface temperature, evolution of atmospheric characteristics
and composition, clouds, land cover and vegetation, deforestation, erosion, hydrological
changes, soil moisture trends etc.
Provision of reliable, up-to-date scientific input (especially through the
Panel on Climate Change, IPCC) for the elaboration and implementation of European and
international policies and strategies on the environment and society, including in the
climate adaptation strategy addressing European, national, regional and local levels.
This "information package" should be based on the generation of time series of
datasets and reanalyses of past observational data enabling adequate descriptions of the
and evolution of the Earth system components.
The development of the capacity required for such climate analyses, focused on a service
approach, including software tools and instruments for the integrated analysis of
different spatial and
time scales, is encouraged and should be tailored towards future GMES services24. In
proposals should ensure that GMES Services, and especially those on marine, land and
monitoring, which include or will include in the near future a global component by
design, as
well as centres involved in reanalysis of large time series of data, are involved in
this "information
package" provision. Links with GEOSS and full compliance with the GCOS requirements are
valuable pre-requisites.
Any additional space-based observation data necessary to the development of each project
will have
to be detailed in the proposals. Space data will be made available through the ESA
GSC-DA grant to
FP7 Fast Track Services and Pilot Services from the first Call. However, it is not
excluded that some
data could also be made available for the project in this topic by ESA on the basis of
grant (details in Section I, Chapter 1.3). Such requirements and their coherence with
the existing
DAP of the GSC-DA have to be clearly indicated.
Funding schemes and projects size: small-medium size Collaborative Projects are
requiring typically an EC contribution of EUR 1 to 3 million (with upper eligibility
limit of EUR 5
000 000 Community requested contribution); also small Coordination and Support Actions
Expected impact:
Projects will be expected to contribute to establishing a data archive of systematic
observation data
related to the climate system, for a continuous record of essential climate variables
coherent with
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements.
Projects will be expected to contribute to the consistency of such a dataset, as well as
to a
sustainable and transparent access to such data for global climate scientific and
Projects will be also expected to improve the structure and coordination of the entities
involved in
the processing and delivery of climate change relevant dataset, in order to avoid
dispersion and
duplication of activities and to pave the way for a sustainable provision compliant with
requirements of climate analysis communities.
24 It should be noted that development and research on specific earth observation and
assessment tools, as well as
environmental models underpinning climate change are undertaken in FP7 theme 6
Environment (including climate

Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

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