Monitoring atmospheric composition & climate

Most of the tasks undertaken within the MAN sub-project are concerned with general project requirements such as leading and coordinating the project's internal working, establishing the project's external advisory bodies and ensuring response to their recommendations, guiding the project's external relationships, fulfilling the FP7 reporting requirements and responding to project reviews and requests from the EC and REA.  In these matters MACC-II will follow and refine the practices and approaches adopted and evolved over the course of the GEMS and MACC projects, in liaison with the REA's project officer.  The REA will be informed of the assignment of project employees, by experience, work package and category of effort, as provided by way of example for ECMWF in Appendix 2.1.

A key task of the management team will be to align MACC-II and develop the institutional structures and managment abd governance arrangements needed for the project's transition in 2014 to become the fully operational Copernicus Atmospheric Service.  Important in this regard will be interaction with the IG or any successor body that might be designated for the purpose, as discussed in section B2 1.3.

The above range of tasks is covered by work package, WP151 and WP152.

The management of MACC-II also includes a work package, WP153, deveoted to the definition of quality criteria and validation guidelines, and to the monitoring of service compliance with these guidelines and with international quality standards.  The ultimate objective of WP153 is to design and set up an appropriate quality assurance framework for the subsequent Copernicus Atmospheric Servoce, with emphasis on concepts of validation in an operational and evolutionary environment.

This work includes:

  • monitoring the integration of user requirements in the design of the system and of its interfaces, and in the validation of the srevices provided;
  • providing the project with an overall service validation protocol;
  • producing a homigeneous description of service specifications;
  • promoting the best possible use of existing validation resources, interfaces, high level recommendations, and the experience gained within GEMS, PROMOTE and MACC;
  • fostering compliance with exchange of information standards set by the EC, such as conforming to the INSPIRE directive and the SEIS approaches;
  • fostering compliance with standards and requirements in the GEOSS context;
  • documenting actual service validation;
  • exploring concepts of operational validation for the subsequent Copernicus Atmoshere Service.

This work will be carried out in close collaboration with the VAL and INT sub-projects in particular.