At the HIRLAM Council meeting recently held at ECMWF in Reading a large step has been taken in de direction of HIRLAM-B.
All present members confirmed that they will continue with the HIRLAM-B project, starting January 1st 2011. Lithuania will join the consortium and Latvia's acceding membership will not be renewed. A new MoU and updated strategy are in a pretty advanced state.
The council unanimously requested Jeanette Onvlee to continue as Programme Manager for the next phase and Jeanette was happy to accept the position. The management group wil furthermore consist of 6 project leaders for Data Assimilation and Use of Observations, Physics, Dynamics, Probabilistic Forecasting, System and Applications and Operational Cooperation, respectively. We expect the application process for the project leaders to start in september. This will be announced here.