Monitoring atmospheric composition & climate
 
 
Outreach Cluster

The three components of the OUTREACH cluster aim to maximise the benefit that MACC brings to the users of the atmospheric services offered by Copernicus. They include interactions with user communities in order to determine and evaluate requirements for MACC’s core service lines and thereby ensure that these service lines meet user needs as closely as possible. Users will be supported in their use of MACC products through training. The cluster also provides products and services in specific support of policy responses relating to air-pollution events, and representative test cases are included in other key user areas in order to validate full processing service chains under realistic conditions.

The components are:

  • O-INTERFACE: linking in general to end-users and downstream services;
  • O-POL: linking specifically to European air-quality policy users;
  • O-TRAIN: providing training.

 

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The cluster of outreach components

The work carried out in the OUTREACH cluster is subject to the scrutiny and advice of the User Advisory Board, and is undertaken in close collaboration with the main production components. This includes not only some of the regional components that have either downstream-service test cases or well-identified user segments for their core service lines, but also others where the user segments are less well defined and where there is scope for developing user information and feedback mechanisms and for implementing agreements over service levels.

The O-INTERFACE and O-TRAIN components serve the entire MACC project and users alike by helping to ensure that MACC delivers the most appropriate products to downstream services, other Copernicus core services and end users, and that these products are applied widely and well. The objectives of O-INTERFACE are threefold. The first is to facilitate understanding of the requirements of all types of user, and to work with the other components of MACC to translate these requirements into specifications for MACC’s core service lines, including the underlying upstream processing and product-delivery, documentation, web services and training. The second objective is to ensure an optimal direct link between the core services and existing and planned downstream services. The third is to test selected representative cases of full processing chains under realistic conditions in order to validate the core service lines and their interfaces.

The O-POL component has a more specific focus: to provide information and tools to authorities in support of policy responses for controlling air pollution events. It supports both short-term policy responses to prevent or limit air pollution in emergency situations and long-term policy responses that require the elaboration of international legislation and agreements. It includes source-allocated forecasts and reanalyses of regional air-quality episodes, provision of a toolbox for air quality emergency scenarios and interaction with the European environmental infrastructure.

The O-TRAIN component offers training designed to provide general users, actual and potential, with the information on MACC’s products, production processes and product-development plans It also offers scientific/technical training suitable for the professional development of MACC’s staff, other researchers in the field of atmospheric composition modelling and data assimilation and advanced scientific users of MACC’s products. The general user training takes into account the full set of user requirements, including those for training, and is determined in conjunction with O-INTERFACE and the User Advisory Board.