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MACC-II Open Science Conference, Academie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, 27 - 30 January 2014

MACC-II is organising an open science conference from Monday 27 January 2014 to Thursday 30 January at the Academie Royale de Belgique in Brussels. The conference will cover all the scientific areas of MACC-II as well as applications: greenhouse gases, reactive gases, aerosol, regional air quality, solar radiation. The conference welcomes presentations from MACC-II partners as well as from scientists outside the consortium in order to bring together the expertise from the wider research community on atmospheric composition. More information can be found here.

ECMWF Workshop on parameter estimation and inverse modelling for atmospheric composition, ECMWF, Reading, UK, 22-24 October 2013

Under the umbrella of the EU-funded projects GEMS, MACC, and MACC-II, ECMWF has extended its data assimilation and forecasting system to include atmospheric composition. Analyses and forecasts of reactive gases, greenhouse gases, and aerosol are now routinely provided on a daily basis. The modelling and data assimilation of atmospheric composition differs in several ways from the modelling and data assimilation for numerical weather prediction, such as the atmospheric chemistry, available observations, and the greater importance of mass conservation for long-lived tracers.

However, another important aspect is the significance of the surface boundary conditions. Current practice is to prescribe these boundary conditions based on emission inventories, off-line carbon flux models, off-line fire detection systems, and ad-hoc definition of volcanic emissions. However, for a future operational forecasting system better solutions should be found in order to minimize the model error. This is especially important with the introduction of long-window 4D-Var. The aim of the workshop is to explore the options to optimally define the boundary conditions in a near-real-time 4D-var data assimilation system. For more information and applications, check this page.

MACC-II/GMES-PURE Atmosphere Services User Workshop, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, UK, 11-12 June 2013

The European Council has recently agreed on funding the Copernicus programme (formerly GMES) within its budget for the period 2014 - 2020. While this agreement still requires approval from the European Parliament, this is a clear step forward towards sustainable operational Copernicus Services.

On this occasion, we invite all users of the current services for atmosphere, delivered in the context of the MACC-II project, as well as potential new users and interested parties to attend the User workshop of Copernicus Services for Atmosphere. Future operational Copernicus atmosphere services are shaping right now! For details and applications, please check this page.

MACC-II Summer School, Anglet, France, 9-16 June 2013

The MACC-II "MODELING AND FORECASTING OF ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION AT DIFFERENT SCALES" summer school will focus on issues such as the acquisition and analysis of in situ and satellite observations, the development of global and regional chemistry-transport models, the data needed as input to the models such as surface emissions, and the use of observations in data assimilation and inverse modelling. Working groups will be organized, where more advanced lectures on specific topics will be provided as well as demonstrations and work on the MACC-II products.

The MACC-II school is an open scientific event for all PhD students, post-docs, users of MACC-II products and data providers. For details and applications, please check this page.

Second General Assembly of MACC-II - Toulouse, France 6 November - 9 November 2012

Starting on Tuesday 6 November until Friday 9 November the second General Assembly for MACC-II has taken place at Meteo-France's Centre International de Conferences.  The assembly focused on project reporting and assessment of progress towards operational implementation of the services.  It has been devoted to sub-project, cross cutting and/or side meetings, two days of plenary session followed by the projects board meeting. More information can be found on the Assembly web page.

Presentations are availalable here.

First General Assembly of MACC-II - Reading, United Kingdom, 27 February - 2 March 2012

From 27 February until 2 March 2012, ECMWF hosted the final General Assembly of the Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate (MACC) project combined with the first General Assembly of its follow-on project MACC-II. The aim of the meeting was to review and present the achievements of MACC as well as the plans for the coming year for MACC-II. This was achieved through a set of parallel meetings on individual themes as well as cross-cutting sessions on Monday and Tuesday, followed by plenary presentations and discussions on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday was devoted to meetings of the MACC-II Advisory and Management Boards.

Presentations are available here.

Final meeting of D-INSITU and O-INT sub-projects - Reading, United Kingdom, 24 - 25 November 2011

A meeting for participants in the D-INSITU and O-INT sub-projects will be held at ECMWF on 24 and 25 November, 2011. Its particular aim is to review activities that will not continue in the follow-on project MACC-II and to discuss conclusions and scope for future collaboration.

MACC Conference on Monitoring and Forecasting Atmospheric Composition - Utrecht, The Netherlands, 23-27 May 2011

The MACC Conference on Monitoring and Forecasting Atmospheric Composition, which also served as the third general assembly of the project, was an open scientific event. It provided an opportunity for users of MACC products and the wider scientific community to learn about MACC, interact with project partners and present their own work related to the analysis and forecasting of atmospheric constituents and the development of associated global and regional services. It was held close to Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 23 to 27 May 2011. See here for further details. The presentations can be found here.


Copernicus- and MACC-related events

Atmospheric Composition Observation System Simulation Experiments (OSSE) Workshop - Reading, United Kingdom 22 - 24 October 2012

Observing System Simulation (OSSEs) have been extensively used by the numerical weather prediction community in order to help develop and optimize contemporary meteorologigal satellite instruments.  Such numerical experiments are now also increasingly used in other fields of earth observation, in particular for oceanography composition applications.  The purpose of the workshop is to study the contribution of future GEO/Air Quality instruments to the global observing system of atmospheric composition using OSSEs.

More details on the workshop and presentations can be found here.

4th WCRP International Conference on Reanalyses - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, 7 - 12 May 2012

The 4th WCRP International Conference on Reanalyses (ICR4) provides an opportunity for the global community to review and discuss the major observations and modeling research associated with reanalyses, including the current uncertainties, such as consistency of the time series, and the complexity of Earth system. Characterizing the uncertainty and quality of reanalyses is a task that reaches far beyond the international community of developing institutions, and into the interdisciplinary research community, especially those using the reanalyses products in their research and applications. More information can be found on the conference web site.

EGU General Assembly 2012 - Vienna, Austria, 22 - 27 April 2012

The EGU General Assembly 2012 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. Especially for young scientists, it is the aim of the EGU to provide a forum where they can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences. More information can be found on the conference web site.

Planet under Pressure - London, United Kingdom, 26 - 29 March 2012

The research community has a responsibility to provide the knowledge needed to move society towards effective stewardship of the planet. Scientists have a duty to communicate the urgency of this challenge to society. But science alone is not enough. The 2012 Planet Under Pressure conference is intended to be a major opportunity to link global-change science in a two-way engagement with the wide range of other stakeholders working towards global sustainability. More information can be found on the conference web site.

Innovation Convention - Brussels, Belgium, 5 - 6 December 2011

This Convention is a major event linked to the European Commission Innovation Union flagship initiative. It will gather more than 1200 participants involved in the innovation chain, including high-level policy makers, leading CEOs, deans of universities and research centres, bankers, venture capitalists, top researchers and innovators. It will also include a big exhibition to showcase exciting research and innovation results being developed in Europe, for which a call for exhibitors was launched mid-July. For more information, please visit the event website

3rd International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting Research - Potomac, MD, USA, 29 November - 1 December 2011

The goal of the International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting Research (IWAQFR) is to provide a venue for the discussion of science issues and advancements related to air quality forecasting. Workshop objectives include improving operational air quality forecasts, promoting collaborations among air quality forecasting researchers and practitioners, and nurturing an international air quality forecasting community. For more information, please visit the event website.

GEO Plenary - Istanbul, Turkey, 16 - 17 November 2011

The GEO Plenary is the main body of designated representatives of the Members and Participating Organizations of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).  It is the GEO's primary decision-making body.  The GEO Plenary meets at least once annually.