Frederic Vitart

Principal Scientist
Research Department, Earth System Predictability Section, Extended Range


Frederic Vitart has a scientific background in weather and climate. He has over 20 years of expertise in operational probabilistic forecasting  and numerical model development at ECMWF. His current main duty at ECMWF is to lead research on extended-range forecasting.


Professional interests:

Frederic Vitart's main professional interests include:

  • Sub-seasonal and seasonal prediction
  • Tropical cyclone prediction
  • Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)
  • Tropical-extratropical interactions
  • Forecast verification



Career background:
  • Research scientist at ECMWF since Nov. 1998
  • 1994-1998 Ph.D student in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences program at Princeton University, USA
  • 1992-1994 Research scientist at Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA), France
  • 1990-1992 Visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratoty, USA
  • 1990 Graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris
External recognitions
  • Co-chair of the WWRP/WCRP sub-seasonal-to-seasonal Prediction (S2S) project
  • Former member of the WGNE/MJO-Task Force