Research projects

  • hsaf logo

    2022 to 2027

    H SAF


    Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H SAF) ECMWF is a contributor to the core H SAF soil moisture products (see H SAF official web site) and is represented in the H SAF Steering Group and the Project Team. The ECMWF activities are centred around the development and production of scatterometer root zone soil moisture index products.  The current H SAF scatterometer root zone soil moisture products produced by ECMWF are: SM-DAS-2 (H14): ASCAT near-real-time root zone soil wetness index product, 25 km resolution  ...

  • i-Change logo

    2021 to 2024


    Horizon 2020

    I-CHANGE (Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition) will promote the strong participation and creative role of citizens and civil society  towards environmental protection, as well as changes in habits and the development of more sustainable  standards. To that end, it will adopt a multi-disciplinary, participatory approach and create a set of living  labs to increase the public’s awareness of the scientific processes underlying climate change. Project objectives Raise of environmental awareness through citizen science and understanding of...

  • 2021 to 2023


    European Space Agency

    The Dust-Ocean Modelling & Observing Study (DOMOS) will advance the understanding of dust and ocean interactions in a changing climate through an innovative use of model and observations. The project will develop a new retrieval of dust deposition from satellite lidar data (CALIPSO and Aeolus), will validate the dust deposition field from the CAMS reanalysis and will also provide assimilation tests of IASI and Aeolus aerosol products with the goal of providing a better description of the dust aerosols, for applications in aerosol radiative impacts and ocean biogeochemistry. An

  • Eiffel logo

    2021 to 2024


    Horizon 2020

    EIFFEL (Revealing the Role of GEOSS as the Default Digital Portal for Building Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Applications) will make it easier for the scientific community to explore and use GEOSS datasets .Added-value services interoperable with GEOSS will be designed, using cognitive search and metadata augmentation tools based on AI. Project objectives Creating AI-based cognitive search tools to exploit the untapped potential of available GEOSS datasets Leverage techniques of explainable AI to develop tangible indicators for CC impacts Use data...

  • Highlander Logo

    2019 to 2022


    EU – Connecting Europe Facility

    Seeing climate change as a new opportunity is the challenge that Highlander has taken on. The Highlander project strives for a smarter management of lands, studying new sectors enabled by emerging technologies interested in reducing risks on human health, agriculture and livestock production. Through the use of High Performance Computing, the Highlander project aims to reduce risks associated with climate change by processing data and obtaining accurate climate forecasts, achieving the goal of having a more intelligent, sustainable management of...

  • LEXIS Logo

    2019 to 2021


    Horizon 2020

    The LEXIS project is focused on developing a large-scale HPC & Cloud BigData analytics platform to demonstrate high Technical-Readiness-Level software and infrastructure for three pilot use cases, which each have very high industrial or socio-economical impact: (1) Aeronautics (2) Weather & Climate (3) Catastrophe Alert systems. The focus will primarily be on how HPC and BigData/Cloud systems interact; how they can share data; and methods to compose workflows of tasks running on both cloud and HPC systems. For the weather & climate pilot, there are several complex workflows

  • ESCAPE-2

    2018 to 2021


    Horizon 2020

    ESCAPE-2: Energy-efficient SCalable Algorithms for weather and climate Prediction at Exascale ESCAPE-2 will develop world-class, extreme-scale computing capabilities for European operational numerical weather and climate prediction systems. It continues the pioneering work of the ESCAPE project. The project aims to attack all three sources of enhanced computational performance at once, namely (i) developing and testing bespoke numerical methods that optimally trade off accuracy, resilience and performance, (ii) developing generic programming approaches that ensure code portability and

  • 2018 to 2020


    EU – Connecting Europe Facility

    MISTRAL: Meteo Italian SupercompuTing poRtAL ​The project aim is the creation of a National Meteorological Open Data Portal to provide citizens, public administrations and national and international private organizations with meteorological data from observational networks, historical and real-time analyses and forecasts, with high accuracy. The data will be available in terms of gridded fields, probabilistic products (as rainfall forecasts for flash flood prediction) or point time-series coming from the Italian operational forecast modelling chain and post-processing fields (as...

  • hidalgo logo

    2018 to 2021


    Horizon 2020

    ECMWF and its partners in the HiDALGO project aim to implement a platform for on-demand simulation of complex global challenges which require massive high-performance computing resources alongside state-of-the-art data analytics and visualization. The key use-cases are in the areas of human migration, urban air pollution and social networking. HiDALGO has also applied its technology to provide an agent-based model for Flu and Coronavirus Simulation (FACS) for the 2020 pandemic. The HiDALGO use-case workflows are comprised of four main components: pre-processing, numerical simulation,

  • AURORA logo

    2016 to 2019


    Horizon 2020

    Advanced Ultraviolet Radiation and Ozone Retrieval for Applications (AURORA) is a project funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 687428). Project objectives: The primary objective of AURORA is to explore new ways of exploiting the complementary measurement capabilities of the instruments on board the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions of Copernicus, operating on Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) respectively, for near real-time monitoring of the ozone vertical profile with unprecedented accuracy. A

  • Applicate logo

    2016 to 2020


    Horizon 2020

    APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE) The overarching mission of APPLICATE is to develop enhanced predictive capacity for weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond, and to determine the influence of Arctic climate change on Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, for the benefit of policy makers, businesses and society. Project Objectives Observationally constrain models using advanced metrics and diagnostics Develop enhanced weather and climate models Determine the impact of...

  • Gaia Clim Logo

    2015 to 2018


    Horizon 2020

    Gap Analysis for Integrated Atmospheric ECV CLImate Monitoring (GAIA-CLIM) The aim of the GAIA-CLIM project is to improve our ability to use ground-based observations to characterise satellite observations for a number of atmospheric Essential Climate Variables (ECVs). It will use reference quality in situ observations that are metrologically traceable to international standards (SI units) with well-characterised uncertainties. The key outcomes will be a "Virtual Observatory" facility of co-locations and their uncertainties and a report on gaps in capabilities or understanding, which shall...

  • 2015 to 2021


    European Space Agency

    The DORSY project is linked to the EarthCARE mission and founded by ESA, in partnership with McGill University (CA), University of Leicester (UK) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (CNRS-LATMOS, France). ESA’s EarthCARE mission aims to advance our understanding of cloud-precipitation-aerosol interactions and contribute to the improvement of their representation in numerical models. One of the key EarthCARE mission requirements is to retrieve cloud, precipitation and aerosol properties along the vertical...

  • IMPREX logo

    2015 to 2019


    Horizon 2020

    IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes Learn from today to anticipate tomorrow Recent extreme hydrological events demonstrate the vulnerability of European society to water-related natural hazards, and there is strong evidence that climate change will worsen these events. Improved forecasting through better prediction of drivers of this type of event is urgently needed to appropriately inform science-based risk management strategies and adaptation options. Such enhancement in our forecast capability will increase the resilience of the European society as a whole,...

  • AtlantOS project logo



    Horizon 2020

    Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems (AtlantOS) AtlantOS is a EU Horizon 2020 project with 62 Partners from 18 Countries. It is a research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic. The overarching target of the AtlantOS initiative is to deliver an advanced framework for the development of an integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System that goes beyond the state-of –the-art, and leaves a legacy of sustainability after the life of the project. ...

  • PRIMAVERA logo

    2014 to 2018


    Horizon 2020

    PRIMAVERA aims to develop a new generation of advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models, capable of simulating and predicting regional climate with unprecedented fidelity, for the benefit of governments, business and society in general. Project Objectives Advanced, high-fidelity models The concept of model fidelity, the accuracy with which a numerical simulation captures the behaviour of the real world, is central to PRIMAVERA, and its foundations are in process understanding. It is clear that many of the most pressing questions about regional climate change

  • UERRA Logo

    2014 to 2018


    EU - Framework Programme

    UERRA, Uncertainties in Ensembles of Regional ReAnalysis The objective of UERRA is to produce ensembles of European regional meteorological reanalyses of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) for several decades and to estimate the associated uncertainties in the data sets. It also includes recovery of historical (last century) data and creation of user friendly data services. UERRA is among 5 pre-operational Copernicus Projects: ERA-CLIM2 European Reanalysis of the Global Climate System UERRA Uncertainties in Ensembles of Regional Reanalyses QA4ECV Quality Assurance for Essential Climate...

  • ESA CCI sea level icon

    2014 to 2017

    ESA CCI Sea Level

    European Space Agency

    European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Sea Level (SL)               Sea level is a very sensitive index of climate change and variability. As the ocean warms in response to global warming, sea waters expand and, as a result, sea level rises. When mountain glaciers melt in response to increasing air temperature, sea level rises because more freshwater glacial runoff discharges into the oceans. Similarly, ice mass loss from the ice sheets causes sea-level rise. The increase of freshwater flowing into the oceans reduces its salinity,

  • 2014 to 2017


    EU - Framework Programme

    Global Water Resources Reanalysis EartH2Observe “Global Earth Observation for Integrated Water Resource Assessment” is a collaborative project funded by the European Union. The overall objective is to contribute to the assessment of global water resources through the use of new earth observation datasets and techniques. Integrating earth observations, in-situ datasets and models, the project will construct a consistent global water resources reanalysis dataset spanning at least 30 years. The resulting datasets will be made available through an open Water Cycle Integrator (WCI) data...

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