Second WMO/MEDARE International Workshop on Addressing climate data sources and key records for the Mediterranean Basin in support of an enhanced detection, prediction and adaptation to climate change and its impacts

Nicosia, Cyprus, 10-12 May 2010

1. Venue and other general info


2. Rational and objectives of the workshop:

The Second WMO-MEDARE workshop builds on the results and agreements taken under the First WMO International Workshop on Climate Data Rescue in the Mediterranean Basin and in the experience and activities carried out by the MEDARE Community since its inception, which was endorsed by WMO EC-60 on June 2008. The workshop will focus on the strategies for the development of long-term and high-quality climate databases for the Mediterranean Basin, which can support an enhanced detection, prediction and adaptation to climate change and its impacts over the Mediterranean socio-ecosystems. It is mainly addressing the MEDARE Working Group 1 (WG1, see at and MEDARE Steering Group (SG, see at: members, while it is open to other scholars and scientists interested in climate data and metadata rescue, preservation, digitization, homogenization, archiving and dissemination across the Mediterranean countries. The following topics will be addressed:

  1. The key role of developing high-quality and long-term climate data and metadata databases in support of an enhanced climate change and climate change impacts research in the Greater Mediterranean Region (GMR.)
  2. Assessment and definition of a Greater Mediterranean Region reference climatological network to be used by scientists, stakeholders, policy-makers and the general public (*).
  3. The implementation of a metadata inventory on a country-by-country basis, targeting the longest and key national climate records, both digitized and non-digitized time series (*).
  4. Identification and implementation of WMO-MEDARE projects and funding possibilities at international, European and national scales.
  5. General discussion and agreement on the WMO/MEDARE data exchange policy.

(*) The invited participants (WG1 members) have an active role prior to and during the workshop. Participants will prepare a metadata inventory to be presented during the workshop. The inventory is focused on the longest records (particularly air temperature, surface precipitation and sea level pressure) available in the participating countries databases / archives and other sources, in digital, paper or other format. This exercise is essential for the identification of the reference climatological network for the Greater Mediterranean Region and, therefore, targets and prioritizes records to be urgently rescued. The main outcome of the workshop would be the definition and implementation of a long-term programme focusing on the development of long, high-quality climate databases for the Mediterranean Basin available from the MEDARE Portal.


3. Program of the workshop:

DAY 1 - 10th May 2010
  • SESSION I: The key role of developing long, high-quality climate data and metadata for the Greater Mediterranean Region
    • 08:30 – 09:00. Registration
    • 09:00 – 09:30. Official Opening: Eliot Christian, WMO representative; Prof. Manfred Lange, Director of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, The Cyprus Institute; Stelios Spashiardis local organiser and on behalf of the Director of the Cypriot Meteorological Service; Dr. Manola Brunet, co-chair of MEDARE on behalf of WMO/CCl; Dr. Elena Xoplaki, local organiser
    • 09:30 – 10:00. WMO climate Data Management and Data Rescue Projects and related international coordination. By Eliot Christian, WMO WIS project office, Geneva (Switzerland)
    • 10:00 – 10:30. The WMO MEDARE Initiative: past activities, current status and prospects: identifying the workshop targets. By Manola Brunet, MEDARE co-chair and director of Centre on Climate Change (C3), Campus de les Terres de l’Ebre, University Rovira i Virgili, Tortosa, Spain
    • 10:30 – 11:00. Coffee Break
    • 11:00 – 11:30. Data availability in the Mediterranean: requirements for climate change detection and modelling research. By Elena Xoplaki, The Cyprus Institute, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), Nicosia, Cyprus and Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
    • 11:30 – 12:00. The development of the Spanish Daily Adjusted Temperature series (SDATS): A case-study discussing from data rescue procedures to daily adjustments application, with a special emphasis on the “screen bias” minimisation. By Manola Brunet, MEDARE co-chair and director of Centre on Climate Change (C3), Campus de les Terres de l’Ebre, University Rovira i Virgili, Tortosa, Spain
    • 12:00 – 12:30. Lessons learnt from the Meteo-France data rescue program: problems identified when locating-transferring-homogenising-archiving-disseminating the data. By Sylvie Jourdain, Météo, France, Toulouse Cedex (France)
    • 12:30 – 14:00. Lunch
    • 14:00 – 14:30. Targeting southern Mediterranean countries deficiencies and needs on the development of high-quality and long climate records. By Manola Brunet on behalf of Azzadine Saci, Centre Climatologique National, DAR EL BEIDA (Algeria)
    • 14:30 – 15:00. Mediterranean data repository: the Cyprus Institute initiative. Dr. Meryem Tanahrte, The Cyprus Institute, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), Nicosia, Cyprus and Max Planck Institute, Mainz Germany
    • 15:00 – 15:30. Leveraging the WMO Information System (WIS) for Climate Data. By Eliot Christian, WMO WIS project office, Geneva, Switzerland
    • 15:30 – 16:00. Coffee Break
  • SESSION II: Key Mediterranean climate records at the national, sub-regional and regional levels. The MEDARE Metadata Base Portal. National climate metadata inventories presentations from NMHS
    • 16:00 – 16:20. Catalonia: By Marc Prohom, Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
    • 16:20 – 16:40. France: Sylvie Jourdain, Météo France, Toulouse Cedex (France)
    • 16:40 – 17:10. Italy: By Filippo Maimone, National Centre of Aeronautical Meteorology and Climatology, POMEZIA, ROME (Italy)
  • DAY 2 - 11th May 2010
  • SESSION II: Key Mediterranean climate records at the national, sub-regional and regional levels. The MEDARE Metadata Base Portal. National climate metadata inventories presentations from NMHS (cont)
    • 08:30 – 09:00. The CCl role on fostering climate data availability, through OPACE 1 and OPACE 2 activities. By Serhat Sensoy, Vice-President of WMO Technical Commission for Climatology (CCl)
    • 09:00 – 09:20. Andorra: By Pere Esteban, Snow and Mountain Research Centre of Andorra (CENMA/IEA), Sant Julià de Lòria, (Andorra))
    • 09:20 – 09:40. Romania: By Sorin Cheval, National Meteorological Administration of Romania, Bucarestí, (România)
    • 09:40 – 10:00. Slovenia: By Mojca Dolinar, Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
    • 10:00 – 10:20. Croatia: By Janja Milkovic, Meteorological and Hydrological Service, ZAGREB, Republic of Croatia
    • 10:20 – 10:50. Coffee Break
    • 10:50 – 11:10. Bulgaria: By Tania Marinova, National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
    • 11:10 – 11:30. Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia: By Silvana Stevkova, Hydrometeorological Service, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
    • 11:30 – 11:50. Greece: By Athanasios D. Sarantopoulos, Ministry of Defence – Hellenic National Meteorological Service, Athens (Greece)
    • 11:50 – 12:10. Armenia: By Anahit Hovsepyan, Climate Research Division, Armstatehydromet, Yerevan, (Armenia)
    • 12:10 – 12:30. Turkey: The TSMS data rescue approach: a combined effort to address different data sources, in order to extend back in time key climate records. By Serhat Sensoy, Turkish State Meteorological Service, Ankara –Turkey
    • 12:30 – 14:00. Lunch
    • 14:00 – 14:20. Cyprus: By Marios Theophilou, Meteorological Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Nicosia, Cyprus
    • 14:20 – 14:40. Syria: By Abdul Kader Kurdi, SYR-METEO – Damascos / Syrian Arab Republic – Syria
    • 14:40 – 15:10. Israel: By Avner Furshpan, Director, Climatology & Agrometeorology Israel Meteorological Service
    • 15:10 – 15:30. Jordan: By Mohammad Semawi, Deputy Director-General Meteorological Department, Amman, Jordan
    • 15:30 – 16:00. Coffee Break
    • 16:00 – 16:20. Lebanon: By R. Al Khodari, Chef de Service de la Climatologie, Beirut Lebanon
    • 16:20 – 16:40. Egypt: By Hamdi Abdel Rahman El-Refaie, Egyptian Meteorological Authority, Koubry El-Quobba, Cairo- Egypt
    • 16:40 – 17:10. Lybia: K.I. Elfadli, By Climate & Agrometeorology Department, Libyan National Meteorological Centre (LNMC), Tripoli, Lybia
    • 17:10 – 17:30. Morocco: By Abdallah Joubij, Direction de la Météorologie Nationale, Casablanca, Morocco
    DAY 3 - 12th May 2010
  • SESSION IIIa / IIIb: MEDARE data and metadata exchange policy / Long-term programme aimed at undertaking MEDARE projects
    • 09:00 – 10:30. Working Groups for selecting/targeting long and key climate records by Mediterranean sub-regions: Western Mediterranean (Morocco, Spain, Andorra, France, Algeria), Central Mediterranean and Balkan countries (Italy, Tunisia, Libya, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece) and Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Egypt)
    • 10:30 – 11:00. Coffee Break
    • 11:00 – 12:30. Round table 1: The definition and adoption of the MEDARE data and metadata exchange policy, with the interventions by Eliot Christian, Serhat Sensoy, Manola Brunet, Sylvie Jourdain, Tania Marinova and Athanasios D. Sarantopoulos on assessing and defining the MEDARE exchange data policy following several available solutions (e.g. WIS, ECA&D templates, MEDARE portal, etc.), discussing the contents and implementation ways.
    • 12:30 – 14:00. Lunch
    • 14:00 – 15:30. Round table 2: Funding possibilities for MEDARE projects, with interventions by Elena Xoplaki, Manola Brunet, Sylvie Jourdain, Sorin Cheval, Avner Furshpan and Eliot Christian on programmes and opportunities to be explored at the international (WMO funds), European (European Commission research programmes: programme, instrument, proposal contents, partners, etc.) and local (local/national opportunities) scales.
    • 15:30 – 16:00. Coffee Break
    • 16:00 – 16:15. Concluding Remarks and Adjourn
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    4. What is expected to be done by the attendees before the workshop takes place?

    5. Organization:

    International Organizing Committee: International Scientific Committee:

    • Dr Omar Baddour, WMO
    • Dr Omar Baddour, WMO
    • Dr Manola Brunet; Spain
    • Dr Manola Brunet; Spain
    • Dr Phil Jones, UK
    • Dr Phil Jones, UK
    • Ms Sylvie Jourdain, France
    • Ms Sylvie Jourdain, France
    • Ms Tania Marinova, Bulgaria
    • Mr Stelios Pashiardis, Cyprus
    • Mr Stelios Pashiardis, Cyprus
    • Dr Thomas C. Peterson, USA
    • Mr Azzadine Sazi, Argelia
    • Dr Elena Xoplaki, Switzerland/Cyprus
    • Mr Serhat Sensoy, Turkey

    • Dr Elena Xoplaki, Switzerland/Cyprus


    6. Provisional list of Participants:


    7. Contacts:

    Scientific matters:

    • Manola Brunet
    • Climate Change Research Group
    • Physical Geography
    • University Rovira I Virgili
    • Pza. Tarraco, 1 – Tarragona 43071
    • Telephone: +34 977559583
    • Fax: +34 977559597
    • E-mail:
    • Elena Xoplaki
    • The Cyprus Institute
    • Energy, Environment & Water Research Center (EEWRC)
    • PO Box 27456
    • 1645 Nicosia, Cyprus
    • E-mail:

    • Institute of Geography
    • University of Bern
    • Hallerstr. 12
    • 3012 Bern, Switzerland
    • E-mail:
    • Stelios Pashiardis
    • Republic of Cyprus Meteorological Service
    • Ministry of Agriculutre, Natural Resources and Environment
    • 1418 Nicosia, Cyprus
    • Telephone: (357) 22802911
    • Fax: (357) 22305500
    • E-mail:

    Organization matters:

    • Omar Baddour
    • Chief Division
    • World Climate Data and Monitoring Program
    • World Meteorological Organization
    • 7 bis, avenue de la Paix
    • CH-1211 GENEVE 2, S
    • Telephone: +41-22-730-8268
    • Fax: +41-22-730-8042
    • E-mail:

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    9. Workshop flyer:

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    10. Abstracts


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