Research projects

  • CHARMe logo

    2013 to 2014


    EU - Framework Programme

    CHARMe: Characterization of metadata to enable high quality climate observations and monitoring. A major difficulty faced by users of climate data is how to judge whether the data are fit for purpose. This is a serious barrier to widening the use of climate data by non-expert users. Different users require different information, such as reports of validation campaigns, the robustness of algorithms used, etc. We term this information "Commentary" metadata. Much work has been done on producing aspects of Commentary metadata, but there is no robust and consistent mechanism to link it...

  • S2S Logo

    2013 to 2018


    Sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction A WWRP/THORPEX-WCRP joint research project     Multi-model comparisons. A possible use of the S2S database is to make comparisons between the outputs of different forecasting centres. The image shows forecasts of 2-metre temperature anomalies from five S2S models and a verification panel based on observations. The forecast starting date is 11 June 2015 and the forecast range is days 19-25. Aims To improve forecast skill and understanding on the sub-seasonal to seasonal timescale with special emphasis on high-impact weather...

  • mywave logo

    2012 to 2016


    EU - Framework Programme

    MyWave is an EU project running from 2012 to 2014 co-ordinated by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute The project brings together several major institutions responsible for forecasting, research and observation of ocean waves in Europe, including Météo-France (France), Helmholtz Zentrum, Geesthacht (Germany), Puertos del Estado (Spain), ISMAR (Italy), DeltaRes and KNMI (The Netherlands), and HRG (Greece). The expected outcome of the project is a unified European system for forecasts and dissemination of forecasts that includes new and improved wave physics. ECMWF is leading WP1 and...

  • 2012 to 2016


    EU - Framework Programme

    ImagineS is a collaborative project funded by the European Union. Its research and development work will support the Copernicus Global Land Service that started providing pre-operational monitoring products over land in 2014. ImagineS builds on and continues the research and development initiated in the geoland2 project to prepare for exploiting the future ESA Sentinel data in the Copernicus operational phase beyond 2014. ImagineS is also favouring the emergence of new downstream activities dedicated to monitoring crop and fodder production. Main objectives To produce multi-sensor and...

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    Overview OpenIFS provides research institutions with an easy-to-use version of the ECMWF IFS (Integrated Forecasting System). OpenIFS provides the forecast capability of IFS (no data assimilation), supporting software and documentation. OpenIFS has a support team at ECMWF for technical assistance but limited resources for detailed scientific assistance. Objectives Release and support the OpenIFS model to external users for research and teaching. Increase the number of external academic users of IFS through OpenIFS. Increase the number of collaborations between ECMWF and academic...

  • 2011 to 2027

    EFAS and GloFAS


    Strengthening Europe’s response to natural disasters Floods are among the costliest natural disasters in Europe and in the world. Recognising the importance of concerted action to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, the European Commission started to develop a flood forecasting system under the umbrella of the Copernicus programme. This effort resulted in the two complementary forecasting systems being run operationally: the European and Global Flood Awareness Systems (EFAS and GloFAS), at the core of the flood Early Warning and Monitoring component of the Copernicus...

  • EUCLIPSE logo

    2010 to 2014


    EU - Framework Programme

    EU Cloud Intercomparison, Process Study & Evaluation Project (EUCLIPSE) Cloud feedbacks in Earth System Models (ESMs) remain the largest source of uncertainty in projections of future climate. They are also a major contributor to uncertainty in other feedbacks (e.g., surface albedo, carbon cycle) in the Earth System. Through interactions with the large-scale circulation, cloud processes also contribute to synoptic circulations and regional climate. They are therefore critical to the prediction of future changes in precipitation patterns, climate variability and extreme events. The

  • 2010 to 2014


    European Space Agency

    STSE (Support to Science Element) Study – EarthCARE Assimilation The aim of the project was to provide an extensive scientific exploration of assimilation potential of the EarthCARE (Earth, Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer) observations beneficial for the NWP (Numerical Weather Prediction) community in preparation for the future pre-operational use. The EarthCARE research satellite, selected for deployment through collaboration of ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), will carry, among other instruments, a lidar (ATLID)  and a cloud radar...

  • CMUG logo

    2010 to 2021


    European Space Agency

    Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG) an ESA funded project within its Climate Change Initiative (CCI). The purpose of CMUG is provide support for and independent assessment of the various Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products generated in separate CCI projects. The project is currently running the Phase 1 of the CCI extended programme (CCI+). ECMWF is a partner in CMUG, which is led by the Met Office, together with MPI, BSC, LMD, UPMC, DLR, SMHI and Meteo-France. The overall objective of the CCI is to: “Realize the full potential of the long-term global Earth...

  • Aeolus logo

    2008 to 2017


    European Space Agency

    Aeolus is a European Space Agency (ESA) Earth Explorer mission, scheduled to be launched in August 2018 as part of the Living Planet Programme. The mission is intended to have a lifetime of three years. The Earth Explorers are designed to address critical and specific issues that are raised by the science community, while at the same time demonstrating breakthrough technology in observing techniques. Aeolus will demonstrate the capability of a spaceborne Doppler wind lidar to make accurate, globally-distributed measurements (polar orbit) of vertical profiles of wind information in

  • 2007


    European Space Agency

    Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) SMOS is the second Earth Explorer Opportunity mission (launched in November 2009) developed as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Living Planet programme. The SMOS mission provides two-dimensional interferometric radiometer measurements of L-band (1.4 GHz) brightness temperature from a satellite in polar orbit. At this frequency the atmosphere is almost transparent and surface emission is strongly related to soil moisture over continental surfaces, salinity and surface state of the oceans, and to the thickness of sea ice. The key

  • 2006


     TIGGE – global ensemble forecast data The TIGGE dataset consists of ensemble forecast data from 10 global NWP centres, starting from October 2006, which has been made available for scientific research, via data archive portals at ECMWF and CMA. TIGGE has become a focal point for a range of research projects, including research on ensemble forecasting, predictability and the development of products to improve the prediction of severe weather. TIGGE was established as a key component of THORPEX: a World Weather Research Programme to accelerate the improvements in the accuracy of



    Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facilities (ROM-SAF) DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute) is leading entity for the ROM SAF project (former name GRAS SAF), which processes data from GRAS (Global Navigation Satellite System Receiver for Atmospheric Sounding) and other radio occultation instruments. The ROM SAF is part of EUMETSAT and has four participating institutes. Apart from DMI these are ECMWF, IEEC (Institut D'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain, and UK Met Office in Exeter, United Kingdom.  ECMWF statistics for RO data The GPS radio...

  • IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes (IMPREX)

    For a better anticipation on future high impact hydrological extremes disrupting safety of citizens, agricultural production, transportation, energy production and urban water supply, and overall economic productivity, prediction and foresighting capabilities and their intake in these strategic sectors need to be improved. IMPREX will improve forecast skill of meteorological and hydrological extremes in Europe and their impacts, by applying dynamic model ensembles, process studies, new data assimilation techniques and high resolution modeling. Novel climate change impact assessment concepts

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