Last week I attended the European Climate Observations, Modelling and Services (ECOMS) at the MetOffice in Exeter. The conference itself lasted three days and for me personally it was the first time to pay Exeter a visit. The event was the last meeting for three EU projects, which in the days before had meetings on their own. All three projects are involved around seasonal and decadal climate predictions and cover different aspects of it. The projects were NACLIM, concentrating on the physical mechanisms and observations, SPECS, focussing on the modelling, and EUPORIAS, looking for the establishing of climate services. As such the topics and the background of the attending scientists were quite diverse, leading to interesting talks and conversations.
In the last week I had the chance to visit for a first time a european project meeting at the SMHI in Norrköping/Sweden. As I am just recently associated to the SPECS project, it was a fairly new, but very interesting insight for me.
The SPECS projects works on seasonal and decadal climate prediction, which means the prediction of climate on the time scale from a few weeks to some years. As such the project is divided in many subprojects, which incorporates many different weather services and research groups from all over europe. The 4th general assembly last week was prior to the last project year and it obviously showed that many strings got together.
For me it was the first time that I attended a project meeting of an EU project. Special about them is that they are quite large, like a little conference, as many different groups with different backgrounds come together to take a look on a specified problem from many different view points. Also, the focus of such projects is very much set on milestones and deliverables. These within the proposal promissed results are checked regullarely on their developments. The pressure to fulfil them on specified dates is high and makes them quite dominating within the design and discussions of such a project.
As such it was a great event and of course it is always a pleasure to pay Sweden a visit. I travelled to the meeting via train and collected quite some delays on my ways to and from the meeting. But this is also the europe of today, where many things work quite well, but there are still some thinks, which could work better.