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BALTRAD - 2nd Newsletter, July 2010

2nd Newsletter (pdf):

Highlights: BALTRAD now, End-user event in Aalborg,
BALTRAD at other events, forthcoming events

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Project acronym: BALTRAD

Project title: An advanced weather radar network for the Baltic Sea Region: BALTRAD

Application call: 1

Priority: 2. Internal and external accessibility

Project website: www.baltrad.eu

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Lead Partner:

Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut
Folkborgsvägen 1
60176 Norrköping
SE
Ilmar Karro
E-mail: ilmar.karro@smhi.se
Phone: +46 11 495 8416
Fax: +46 11 495 8001

Project Manager:

Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut
Folkborgsvägen 1
60176 Norrköping
SE
Daniel Michelson
E-mail: daniel.michelson@smhi.se
Phone: +46 11 495 8494
Fax: +46 11 495 8001


Information Manager:

Finnish Meteorological Institute
P.O. Box 503
00101 Helsinki
FI
Mrs Anu Lahdensuu
E-mail: anu.lahdensuu@fmi.fi
Phone: +358 9 19291 (switchboard)
Fax: +358 9 179 581



Summary description of the project:

Accurate and timely weather forecasts warn of hazardous conditions e.g. snow storms, hail, freezing rain, or floods, they can help save lives and property, and they can help optimize activities for several sectors of the economy. Weather radar systems are capable of monitoring rain, snow, hail and wind over large geographical areas in both time and space. Several such systems can be networked to cover countries, regions and eventually continents. The objective of the BALTRAD project was to create a cutting-edge real-time weather radar network for the Baltic Sea Region, the so-called BALTRAD network. After 3 years of close cooperation the project has developed the world’s most advanced international weather radar network. The BALTRAD network is decentralized, preserving the partnerships transnational integrity. BALTRAD delivers value-added precipitation information to improve short-term weather forecasts.

BALTRAD is an initiative of the national weather and hydrological services in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus. These are the institutes that own and operate the radars in each country, and that will be responsible for ensuring BALTRAD's sustainability at the end of the project. The project attracted local, regional and national authorities to use the forecasts to improve their services for society. The national radiation and nuclear safety authority in Finland, for example, is a full partner in the project.

Integral to the project are so-called "pilots" which demonstrated the end-to-end value of BALTRAD. Such a "pilot" is an application where an independent end user should benefit from receiving customized radar-based information to be used in e.g. optimized traffic management, road clearing for snow (including reduced salt loads), aviation (de-icing), improved flood forecasting, and crisis management

The results of this project are an element of regional infrastructure for the BSR: an end-to-end weather radar network. These results contain standard methods for exchanging and processing data. Such functionality is transferable within the region to meet national and regional needs. Technology developed by and for the BSR will also be transferable outside the region, to the rest of Europe where it can be proposed as the standard for exchanging weather radar data in the World Meteorological Organization Information System (WIS).

The software is produced under the open source principle and is available for everybody at http://git.baltrad.eu/. The BALTRAD project ended in January 2012. Fortunately, the cooperation continues in the form of an extension-stage project. The project BALTRAD+ will have an enhanced partnership welcoming the weather services from Germany, Lithuania and Norway, along with municipal water management interests in Denmark.


Achievements of the project so far:

During the 3-years of project lifetime the project has developed and applied the BALTRAD System which is the world's most advanced international weather radar network. The developments made use of the outstanding talents of the international project team in the best manner. The project has achieved to include all data from all weather radars in each country in the partnership. Weather radar data are available on line in real time in the BALTRAD network: 12 Swedish, 8 Finnish, 2 Estonian, 1 Latvian, 1 Belarus, 8 Polish, and 5 Danish radars. This puts an end-user in the position to either observe the situation in the Baltic Sea region as a whole or to zoom into his area of interest and use a sub-set of the whole composite. An example how this composite looks like is available on the BALTRAD webpage under http://baltrad.eu/radar-animation. The BALTRAD system as it stands now significantly reduces the time it takes for weather radar products to reach the consumer. BALTRAD is an initiative

of the national weather and hydrological services in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus. These are the institutes that own and operate the radars in each country, and that will be responsible for ensuring BALTRAD's sustainability. In addition, cooperation has been established with the weather services in Germany, Lithuania, Norway and Russia to pave the way for a wider application. Since BALTRAD aims to deliver customized high-quality products for end-users (e.g. road management authorities, air traffic control, local rescue services) steps have been undertaken to investigate the needs of potential end-users and develop concepts on how the BALTRAD system could deliver the required information to these end-users. The achievement of this activity is the final version of the so-called BALTRAD Application Case Log. This is a compilation of cases where the BALTRAD system can be applied. The areas covered are Hydrology, Meteorology, Aviation,

road and railway control and protection, Nuclear Safety, Civil protection, Hydropower, Urban water management, Agriculture, Ecology, Education and Mass Media. For the areas Aviation, Nuclear Safety and Hydrology the project has developed dedicated applications where the end-users are applying the BALTRAD system. Collaboration outside the project partnership has continued; our relationship with the operational weather radar community in Europe, through EUMETNET (the Network of the European Meteorological Services) OPERA, has continued. This is enhancing the liaison at the European scale. To summarize, the project has prepared and integrated the final version of the BALTRAD system and has demonstrated that it can be deployed as planned. The project has met all its objectives and continues the interregional cooperation with an extended partnership in the BALTRAD+ project.



Project Duration: Oct 2008 - Jan 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.133.500,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.625.230,00
ENPI co-financing: 43.020,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
60176 Norrköping | SWEDEN
Folkborgsvägen 1
Region: Östra Mellansverige
Contact person: Tord Kvick
Phone: +46 11 495 8190
E-mail: tord.kvick@smhi.se
Web: www.smhi.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:935.456,00
ERDF co-financing:691.692,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Finnish Meteorological Institute
00101 Helsinki | FINLAND
P.O. Box 503
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Markus Peura
Phone: +358 9 1929 3617
E-mail: markus.peura@fmi.fi
Web: www.fmi.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:206.965,00
ERDF co-financing:155.223,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Meteorology and Water Management
01-673 Warszawa | POLAND
Ul. Podleśna 61
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Maciej Szewczykowski
Phone: +48 22 569 4491
E-mail: maciej.szewczykowski@imgw.pl
Web: www.imgw.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:373.250,00
ERDF co-financing:317.262,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Latvian Environmental Geology and Meteorological Centre Ltd.
1019 Riga | LATVIA
Maskavas Street 165
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Edgars Smalins
Phone: +371 67032627
E-mail: edgars.smalins@meteo.lv
Web: www.meteo.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:61.988,00
ERDF co-financing:52.689,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Danish Meteorological Institute
2100 København | DENMARK
Lyngbyvej 100
Region: Hovedstaden
Contact person: Rashpal S. Gill
Phone: +45 39 157342
E-mail: rsg@dmi.dk
Web: www.dmi.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:296.900,00
ERDF co-financing:222.675,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Republical Hydrometeorological Center
220114 Minsk | BELARUS
Nezavisimosti av., 110
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Vladimir Filimonov
Phone: +375 17 267 2531
E-mail: fil@by.mecom.ru
Web: www.pogoda.by
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:34.600,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK)
00881 Helsinki | FINLAND
P.O. Box 14
Region: Etelä-Suomi
Contact person: Juhani Lahtinen
Phone: +358 9 7598 8426
E-mail: Juhani.Lahtinen@stuk.fi
Web: www.stuk.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:50.096,00
ERDF co-financing:37.572,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Estonian Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
10149 Tallin | ESTONIA
Toompuiestee 24
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Tarmo Kaldma
Phone: +372 666 0901
E-mail: tarmo@emhi.ee
Web: www.emhi.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:174.250,00
ERDF co-financing:148.112,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00