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RUG meeting 2008

Activity RUG/DEM Document No. EURANOS(RUG)- MN(08)-01
Subject 5th Meeting of the RUG/EURANOS Demonstration activities annual review meeting
Location Hotel LeroDubrovnikCroatia
Start Date 18 March 2008, 09.00H End date 19 March 2008, 13.00H
Recorder of minutes Florian Gering
Agenda attached Yes
Document status Draft Date of preparation 20 May 2008
List of Attendees Members of the RUG + participants in demo projects
(44 participants, see enclosed list of participants)

1. Reporting on experiences with RODOS during the last year:

During the last year Hong Kong, the University of Pisa in Italy and local authorities in the region of Montbeliard in France became new members of the RUG.

All RUG members gave a short overview of their experiences with Rodos during the last year. Most members focused on the Linux version of Rodos: in general the latest version is considered as stable, especially the new user interface RoLite was appreciated very much. Comparison calculations between different dispersion models in Rodos and also for different user settings (grid size) lead to significant deviation of the results. Wolfgang Raskob explained this with the limited model capabilities for modeling vertical wind shear, which should be correctly considered only by the new particle model. Differences in results of the same models in Linux and HPUX require further investigation by FZK.

—> please, can everybody who gave a report during the meeting add a short contribution here ? ←—

Contribution of BfS, Germany: Current Status of the Implementation of RODOS in Germany

Although the overall situation has not changed significantly since the fourth meeting in Lisbon there are improvements of some details:


Some users of type B asked for access to RODOSlite. This was achieved by implementation of ssh internet tunnels. By this, users of type B actually became also users of type A.

A second international C-User, Austria, was established in addition to the Netherlands.

Topographical maps:

Currently efforts are made to combine the topographic maps which are available within the German Integrated Measurement and Informations System for the Surveillance of Environmental Radioacvtivity (IMIS) with RODOS results.

Renewal of hardware and operating system:

The 9 years old HP cluster system of the German RODOS Centre at BfS will be replaced by the LINUX version running on several virtual systems, which allows working in parallel of 7 users. This is the maximum number of users expected in an emergency.

Automation of work flows:

Currently, the NPP monitoring data are automatically transmitted online, but the numerical weather prognoses are only transmitted on demand. After clarification of some questions on the procedure and on technical details now an agreement was achieved with the German Weather Service on the automatic transmission of numeric weather prognoses for all sites of NPPs in Germany and all foreign NPPs near the border periodically two times a day.

Automatic start of RODOS triggered by an NPP monitoring system by sending an xml file in case of exceeded reference levels is in preparation.

Automatic transfer of source term data via xml file from an NPP to RODOS was tested as part of national projects which cover source term assessment and generation of electronical messages.


RODOS was used in some exercises in an assisting manner, e. g. for preparing an exercise of the IMIS system which covered mostly the phase after plume passage and a first prognostic calculation in a command post exercise of authorities of the German state Lower Saxony for the NPP “Unterweser”.

2. Overview on recent RODOS developments:

  • Versions for HP-UX and Linux completed in 2007
    • RODOS-Lite fully integrated
    • Two different dispersion models RIMPUFF and ATSTEP
    • Extension of FDMT to display exceeding of intervention levels
    • Exercise preparation module
  • Special for Linux
    • Particle model DIPCOT is integrated (under test at the moment)
    • Wind field

3. Re-design of RODOS:

Work performed:

  • Prototype delivered in June 2007 with ALSMC integrated
  • Prototype delivered in September 2007 with RODOS-Lite integrated
  • Prototype delivered in December 2007 with bug fixes
  • Prototype delivered in May 2008 with autmatic mode, emergency mode and Emersim integrated

Two members of Kiev team invited to FZK.

Model integration is much more advanced as one year ago

Future work:

  • July 2008

Basic models implemented; basic Automatic mode running; distributed system

Last test version before demonstration

  • November 2008

System ready for demonstration

Complete integration of late phase models

  • March 2009

Bug fixing based on result of demonstration

Management functionalities

The development team of JRodos pointed out, how important it is for their work that the RUG defines typical applications of Rodos in their emergency centres in form of “use cases”. Such use cases can be edited/created by any RUG member on the new RUG webpage:

4. RTD activities in EURANOS:

Christian Kaiser (GSF) gives an overview of the status of development of the inhabited area models ERMIN and IAMM. The development of ERMIN is nearly finished and it is under integration into Argos and Rodos (JRodos), while work on IAMM is still ongoing in parallel to it’s integration into JRodos.

Wolfgang Raskob (FZK) reports about the development of the handbooks for agricultural and inhabited areas (nearly finished) and about the new handbook user group, which has been founded recently.

He also reports about the progress in the area of rehabilitation strategies and management of contaminated territories and about the new user group for long-term rehabilitation, LTR-UG, which also has been found recently.

5. NERIS / RUG webpage:

The concept for the renewed NERIS webpage was presented, which now hosts the webpages of the RUG, the handbook user group HUG and the long-term rehabilitation user group LTR-UG. The RUG webpage will be filled with content in the next weeks and the official launch of the webpage will be announced soon to the RUG. The new webpage will contain – among other things – a bug tracking system, a forum for discussion, wiki pages, contact information and download areas. All RUG members are highly encouraged to “fill the webpage with life” in future. A RUG mailing-list was proposed in this context and should be also realised soon.

New RUG webpage:

6. Brainstorming workshop:

Bojan Tomic announces the brainstorming workshop in Vienna on 15-16 April 2008. The aim of this workshop was to collect the opinion of the emergency management practitioners/policy makers to define the areas where tools and procedures in emergency management are not up to the standard to support practical applications, and where additional/different tools and possibly guidelines and methods would be necessary to address new challenges. Minutes of the meeting can be found in the meantime on the RUG section of the NERIS webpage ( ).

7. EURANOS DEM projects review:

The demonstration manager Bojan Tomic gives a review of the demonstration projects during the year 4 of the Euranos project, including:

  • Handbook demonstrations
  • Small projects demonstration
  • Web-Hipre demonstration
  • Rodos/Linux demonstration

Reports about these demonstrations will be made available on the Euranos webpage ( ).

8. Information and discussion on priorities and planned activities in the remaining EURANOS project:

Main focus of the activities in the remaining time of the Euranos project is to complete the newly developed JRodos to make it fully operational. Among other things, the current models shall be also adapted so that effects of the new ICRP recommendations on emergency management can be considered.

Wolfgang Raskob (FZK) informs that the Euranos project will be extended by 3 months (up to end of June 2009) at no additional costs. He stated that even when JRodos becomes operational, FZK will support the latest versions of Rodos for HPUX and Linux for at least 5 more years.

The RUG complains about the poor information flow especially for known bugs and bug-fixes. To improve this in future, the new RUG webpage includes a tool for bugtracking (bugzilla:, wiki pages ( for creating a common knowledge data base and also a forum ( for rapid communication among the RUG.

9. EURANOS DEM projects for the remaining project period:

The following demonstration projects are planned for the remaining time of the Euranos project:

  • data assimilation demonstrations
  • small projects demonstrations
  • JRodos demonstration

The realisation of demonstrations for a common Rodos-Ensemble exercise and also for the hydrological model chain will strongly depend whether a sufficient number of emergency centers’ express their interest to participate. Bojan Tomic (Enconet) will explore this in the next weeks.

Due to changes in the technical annex related to the development of JRodos the originally planned large exercise demonstrations have to be cancelled and are replaced by the new demonstration for JRodos.

10. Miscellaneous :

  • Michel Hugon (from EC) states clearly, that the RUG must become a self-sustaining organisation after the end of the Euranos project and corresponding plans have to be developed in the next year.
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