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WP5: Dissemination and Training

Aim: As a result of the substantial paradigm shift from the use of general-purpose processors to accelerator technologies, an important task of ESCAPE is training, support and dissemination activities.

Since the main outcome of ESCAPE will be strategic guidance for future weather and climate prediction, software libraries, tools and benchmark suites, a core element of WP5 is the dissemination of these capabilities to the weather and climate prediction community. This capability will be managed through open access to a centralized facility, also promoting and seeding its future evolution in interaction with research and application as well as industrial users. Providing this capability will promote community collaboration, will avoid duplication and enhance European competitiveness in the international environment.

The aim of WP5 is to prompt a paradigm shift in the understanding and use of novel technologies and their impact on NWP model design and application. Future recruitment of qualified staff understanding these technologies is essential for European NWP services. With declining student numbers in mathematical and science research, the aim to use research and innovation to recover Europe from the economic crisis is endangered if the proposed research is not accompanied by adequate university education.

Approach and methodology: The open-source data structure framework made available under ESCAPE is an essential step to link business interests with university education and support the relevant research. The academic partners in this project will educate PhD students and research associates in the use of this framework. Weather & Climate Dwarfs provide excellent tools for PhD programmes and further education at NWP services. ECMWF pledges long-term support to European universities in their research and education through its OpenIFS programme and by facilitating regular working visits at ECMWF for early career scientists and research associates.

To achieve a large audience, maintenance and dissemination beyond the project network and lifetime, the project will promote the dissemination of and support for the Weather & Climate Dwarfs through the ESCAPE website portal administered and maintained by ECMWF. The project partner DMI will develop regular workshops, seminars, and e-learning facilities. The project partner PSNC will organize an undergraduate training facility to create interest at the earlier stage of the career path and to ensure high-skillset recruitment opportunities for future computational NWP services and beyond. In the longer term, a centre of excellence for climate and weather could support continued community benchmarking and code optimization efforts, coordinate common tool developments, and strengthen the technical basis of future NWP and climate simulation capabilities.

An important role of WP5 is to facilitate ESCAPE’s communication. In a first stage, the following plans are established:

  • Plan for Exploitation and Dissemination (PED);
  • Plan for Media and Communications (PMC);
  • Plan for management of Software and Simulator suites (PSS).

Secondly, WP5 is responsible for establishing the web portal, a collaborative software platform and collaborative tools (such as wiki) for efficient interactions between project partners and for communicating with external stakeholders.