Speaker: Mark Parrington Senior Scientist, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, ECMWF
The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) is implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Union to provide operational analyses and forecasts of global, and European, atmospheric composition. As the global profile of CAMS grows, with more users and increasing media interest in environmental issues, the operational products come under more scrutiny and highlights the requirement for routine monitoring of the forecasts and analyses. Several evaluation and validation activities already exist within CAMS, to assess new model developments and provide quality assurance of CAMS outputs, but these do not cover day-to-day monitoring of the NRT products necessary for evaluating service performance, identifying potential issues, and providing specific information to users/media. A ‘Weather Room’ concept has recently been implemented in CAMS, mirroring the system established at ECMWF for monitoring meteorological forecasts, to identify significant atmospheric composition events (for example, wildfires, dust storms, air pollution episodes) and evaluate their representation in CAMS NRT products. In this colloquium I will present an overview of the development of the CAMS Weather Room, it’s practical implementation and some recent case studies.