The South-East European Consortium for Operational weather Prediction (SEECOP) was established at the first Consortium meeting in March 2015, following the interest of several countries in the region to collaborate in the field of operational numerical weather prediction and corresponding technical and scientific support. The SEECOP Consortium AGREEMENT was approved by Members in October 2015.
The major objective of SEECOP is to provide its Members with a state-of-the-art NWP system based on the application of the Non-hydrostatic Multiscale Model on the B grid (NMMB model) developed by NCEP (major developer: Dr. Zavisa Janjic), both for research and development activities and for operational usage in meteorological and hydrological forecasting, other applications driven by the atmosphere, and corresponding warning services.
Following the principle of seamless predictions (https://www.wmo.int/media/content/seamless-prediction-minutes-months), SEECOP was formed by extending the activities of the South-East European Virtual Climate Change Center (SEEVCCC), using the same modelling system for different time/space scales, from local/mesoscale to climate scales. SEEVCCC, hosted by the Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia (RHMSS), was established at the UNECE Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” (Belgrade, 10-12 October 2007) with the aim of bringing together scientists from different areas of climate research to perform climate monitoring, long-range forecasting, and monthly/seasonal forecasting.
SEECOP was presented to the European NWP community as a new SRNWP consortium during the 37th European Working Group on Limited-Area Modelling (EWGLAM) and 22nd Working Group on Short Range NWP (SRNWP) meetings held from 5 to 8 October 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.