Organization of RC LACE

Organization of RC LACE
RC LACE Council consists of the Directors of each Member. Council is the overall authority of RC LACE. Council is chaired by its President, assisted by Vice President, elected among the Directors, for the period of two years, with one possible re-election.
  • Council shall meet in ordinary session twice a year. It may meet in extraordinary session at the request of either the President or 1/3 of the Members.
  • Council determines the policy of RC LACE, approves its budget, supervises the execution of the programme. Council takes decisions on the strategic goals of the programme based on documents and reports of the executive and advisory bodies of RC LACE and independent reviewers.
  • Council considers for approval any important document of RC LACE, like Strategy, Scientific Plan, progress reports, RC LACE Steering Committee (LSC) reports, Account of Incomes & Expenses Reports and Contracts.
  • Council could demand the actions and advises from LSC and Management Group (MG) on matters of interest.
  • Council takes the decisions on the MG appointments.
  • Council determines RC LACE membership issue and the relation with international projects and organisations.
Steering Committee & Steering Committee Chairman
RC LACE Steering Committee (LSC) is the advisory body of RC LACE and it consists of a representative from each Member and a representative from Météo-France (without a right to vote). One representative of the other ALADIN partners and HIRLAM are also taking part in the LSC meetings as observer. The LSC representatives are delegated by Members. The LSC members should not be at the same time Management Group member. The LSC Chairperson is elected within the LSC members by a simple majority and for a period of two years with one possible re-election. LSC shall evaluate all suggestions and ideas related to NWP issues and it shall meet twice a year, at least one month before the Council meeting. The Management Group should participate at the LSC meetings (without a right to vote). LSC shall report to Council.
Term of References (TOR) of Steering Committee

The responsibilities RC LACE Steering Committee (LSC) are as follows:

  • Evaluation of all the aspects of Programme activities.
  • Propose Strategy and present it to the Council for approval.
  • Evaluate Scientific plan and advise Management Group in planning process.
  • Evaluate Project proposals according to the Strategy and priorities of the Members.
  • Evaluate the progress of Projects and possibly advise the modification or termination of Project.
  • Evaluation of voluntary contributions through local R&D activities.
  • To prepare report about quality of the RC LACE Programme that is presented by LSC Chairman during the Council session.
  • To verify the execution of commitments to the ALADIN Programme.
  • LSC shall meet twice per year and act as the main forum that would evaluate all suggestions and ideas related to the NWP issues of the RC LACE Programme.
  • LSC may invite some experts out of RC LACE and ALADIN community to LSC meetings in order to present NWP related achievements.
  • LSC is coordinating common scientific actions with the HIRLAM programme.
TOR of RC LACE Steering Committee Chairman

The responsibilities of RC LACE Steering Committee (LSC) Chairman are as follows:

  • To organise and chair the LSC sessions.
  • In periods between LSC sessions to follow the work of the Management Group.
  • In periods between LSC sessions to distribute and coordinate the expertise work of LSC members.
  • To report the quality and progress of the RC LACE Programme to Council.
Management Group
Management Group is the executive body of RC LACE and comprises Programme Manager (PM), System and code coordinator (SCC), Data Manager (DM) and Area Leaders for at least data assimilation, dynamics, physics and predictability. Programme Manager is the chief executive officer of RC LACE. The Management Group is appointed by Council for three years with the possibility of two-year prolongation of the appointment.
  • Programme Manager (PM);
  • Area Leaders (ALs):
    • AL for Data Assimilation;
    • AL for Dynamics and Coupling;
    • AL for Physics;
    • AL for Predictability
    • AL for Applications and Verification
  • System and code coordinator (SCC) and
  • Data manager (DM).