Gianpaolo Balsamo

Principal Scientist
Research, Earth System Modelling, Coupled Processes


I contribute to the development of ECMWF Integrated Forecasting Systems in the Research department. In particular, I coordinate the research on Coupled Processes within Earth System Modelling. Representing the Earth surface (soil, snow, vegetation, urban areas, water and ice contrasts) at kilometric scale has sizeable scientific and technological challenges and large scope to enhance Earth system monitoring and predictive skills. 

Professional interests:
  • Numerical weather prediction and Earth system science
  • Surface-Atmosphere interactions and predictability
  • Earth Observations and use of machine learning
  • Climate-change and low-frequency variability
Career background:
  • Team-leader, Principal scientist, Earth System Modelling/Coupled Processes, ECMWF 2016-present
  • Senior scientist, Model Division/Physical Aspects, ECMWF 2009-2015
  • Scientist, Model Division/Physical Aspects, ECMWF 2006-2009
  • Visiting scientist at the Meteorological Service of Canada, ECCC 2004-2005
  • ALATNET (PhD/postdoc) researcher at Météo-France/GMAP, CNRM 2000-2003
  • Weather forecasting and land modelling at the ARPA 1999-2002
External recognitions
  • WCRP/GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Exchanges, Science Steering Group member
  • WCRP/NTCP Grand Challenge on Near-Term Climate Prediction, Steering Group member
  • CGMS/IESWG International Earth Surface Working Group, co-chair
  • Copernicus CO2 European Commission CO2 Monitoring Task-Force member
  • EUMETSAT/LSA-SAF Land Surface Analysis Satellite Application Facility, Steering Group member
  • EUMETNET/SRNWP Short-Range Numerical Weather Prediction, Land expert team member