DHI is an independent, international consulting and research organization authorized by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation as an Approved Technological Service Institute (GTS). DHI provides a broad range of research, consulting and policy services as well as leading edge technologies.

AEMET is a National Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. It is responsible for the official meteorological and climatological functions in Spain, including aeronautical and maritime services, as well as meteorological support to Defence. The direction and most of the general management activities, as well as most of the technical departments, are located at the AEMET headquarters in Madrid. There are 15 Regional Centres distributed throughout the continental territory and the isles.

UC is one of the leading research universities in Spain. With 1,098 professors and researchers (485 Ph.D. permanent staff), 28% women, UC has been involved in the EU FP from the start. The UC Research Groups have participated in 27 – FP5 projects and 16 – FP6 (totalling 2.4% of the EU funds for the whole country). Regarding the present proposal, UC has leading research groups at European and International level in environmental sciences. Most of these groups are involved in sustainable development policies in collaboration with administrations of different regions in Spain.

MeteoSwiss is, by federal mandate, the national provider for weather and climate services in Switzerland. In this role, it serves the general public, authorities, research and industry. MeteoSwiss monitors the atmosphere over Switzerland and operats the corresponding networks.

ENEA is the Italian government agency responsible for the areas of new technology, energy and the sustainable economy. Its two fundamental tasks are to conduct research in these areas and to diffuse the results nationally.

TEC is a private consultancy with a long-term involvement in research projects focusing on the relationship

First EUPORIAS stakeholder workshop

During the last week of January 2013 the first EUPORIAS stakeholders’ meeting took place at ENEA Headquarters in Rome. Forty-three people representing ten different sectors from across Europe registered for the workshop. The primary objective of the workshop, in line with EUPORIAS’ main aims, was to start a process for bridging the existing gap between producers and users of seasonal and decadal information.

Management board meeting

On May 23rd we had the first management board meeting of EUPORIAS. In order to minimise the carbon footprint of the project the meeting was hold remotely using WebEx. No issues of significance were raised during the discussion and the project at this stage appears to be on track with all the deliverables and milestones which were expected being delivered.