Francesca Di Giuseppe

Principal Scientist/Project Manager
Forecast Department, Evaluation Section, Diagnostics

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Francesca leads the development of the Fire Forecasting system at ECMWF. The system  provides operational predictions to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) under the umbrella of the European Copernicus Emergency Management Services. EFFIS is also being expanded into the Global Wildfire Information System to create an integrated system that provides access to all fire related available information on a global scale. Since joining ECMWF in 2011, Francesca has worked extensively on seasonal and sub-seasonal forecasting for sectoral application related to drought, fire and health, with a focus over Europe and Africa.

Professional interests: 
  • Fire forecast modelling
  • Drought modelling
  • Early warning systems development
  • Forecasting of natural hazards driven by Numerical Weather Prediction models
  • Uncertainty/Sensitivity analysis and cascading of uncertainty/sensitivity 
  • Statistical post- and pre-processing of hydro-meteorological variables 
Career background: 
  • 2011–present: Fire Forecast project coordinator, Principal Scientist, ECMWF, UK
  • 2003–2010: Team leader at the Regional  met service in Bologna (ARPAE-SIMC), IT
  • 2000–2003: PhD Meteorology  Department University of Reading, UK
  • 1998–2002: Postdoctoral research scientist, Physics Department University of Bologna, IT
External recognitions: 
  • Convener at the  EGU General Assembly
  • Advisor for  WMO program on "Vegetation Fire and Smoke Pollution Warning and Advisory System (VFSP-WAS)"
  • Nominated expert for REPRISE-Register of Expert Peer-Reviewers for Italian Scientific Evaluation
  • Appointed project examiner for the “Prin 2012” research program of the Italian ministry of University (MIUR)
  • Reviewer for many international journals

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Contact Details:
francesca . digiuseppeecmwf . int