Julia Wagemann

External Contractor
Forecast Department, Development Section

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Julia is a passionate and highly-motivated data professional and environmental geographer with a strong expertise in handling, processing and analysis of satellite imagery and meteorological and climate data. At ECMWF, she explores web service technologies and their applicability to offer an easier access to ECMWF's reanalysis data.

She has a profound understanding of requirements of a data provider and of data users and is able to effectively communicate to a diverse range of actors, ranging from policy- and decision makers to data users and technical experts.
Julia has work experience in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK), Africa (Kenya, Uganda) and Australia.

Professional interests: 
  • Web service technologies
  • Geospatial data standards (OGC, INSPIRE)
  • Open Data
  • Cloud technologies
  • Data accessibility and re-useability
  • Data interoperability
  • Jupyter Notebooks and reproducible research
Career background: 

Professional experience

  • since Sep 2015: Technical Data Analyst at ECMWF, Forecast Department, Development Section
    • Technical implementation and maintenance of a OGC Web Coverage Service for Climate and Meteorological data
    • Evaluation of existing third-party server technologies for handling meteorological and climate data
    • Promotion of project activities and results at conferences and various user communities
    • Organisation and coordination of a "Open Data" hackathon at ECMWF to raise awareness of ECMWF and Copernicus Open Data
  • Jun 2014 to Aug 2015: EO Big Data Analyst (Young Graduate Trainee), European Space Agency


Master of Science in Environmental Geography / Geoinformatics, University of Marburg. Marburg, Germany (2014). Specialisation in computer science, programming, climate modelling, meteorology. Thesis on "Analysis of vertical-temporal fog dynamics using atmospheric profiling techniques".

Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography, University of Marburg. Marburg, Germany (2011). Specialisation in climatology, geographical information systems, remote sensing. Thesis on "A GIS-based analysis of the upper tree line in southern Ecuador".

Visiting student, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada (2009-2010)

External recognitions: 

2017: EGU Early Career Scientist's Travel Support (ECSTS) grant

2012: Outstanding scientific achievement of the year 2011 (Award for the Bachelor of Science thesis)

2009: University of Marburg tuition fee grant for exchange year at Universite Laval, Quebec


Peer-reviewed publications

  • Wagemann, J., O. Clements, R.M. Figuera, A.P. Rossi and S. Mantovani (2017): Geospatial web services pave new ways for server-based on-demand access and processing of Big Earth Data, International Journal of Digital Earth, 1-19, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17538947.2017.1351583 (open access)
  • Wagemann, J., B. Thies, R. Rollenbeck and J. Bendix (2015): Regionalization of wind-speed data to analyse tree-line wind conditions in the eastern Andes of southern Ecuador, Erdkunde 69/1:3-19, doi: 10.3112/erdkunde.2015.01.01

Other publications

  • Wagemann, J., S. Siemen, F. Venuti and E. Andersson (2017): Open data in the spotlight during week of events. ECMWF Newsletter 151 [web version]
  • Wagemann, J. and S. Siemen (2016): Web standards for easy access to big data, ECMWF Newsletter 148 [web version]
  • Wagemann, J. and A. Ghelli (2016): First Women in Science Lunch held at ECMWF, ECMWF Newsletter 148 [web version]