Laura Ferranti

Forecast Department, Evaluation Section, Diagnostics


Laura Ferranti works on diagnostics and evaluation of ensemble forecasts with focus on extended and seasonal time range. Her activity includes the assessment of the operational forecasts and developments of products. She contributes to the Sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction (S2S) project.

Professional interests:
  • Predictability at sub-seasonal and seasonal time scales
  • Evaluation of ensemble forecasts
  • Early warning of severe events
  • Diagnostics of atmospheric teleconnections
  • Weather regimes and cluster analysis
  • Flow-dependent verification
Career background:
  • 2014-present: Principal scientist, ECMWF Forecast Dep. Evaluation Section                       
  • 2005-2013: Senior Scientist, ECMWF Operational Dep. Met. Operations Section
  • 2002-2004: Scientist, ECMWF Operational Dep. Met. Operations Section
  • 1987-2001: Consultant, ECMWF Research Dep. Diagnostics and Predictability


  • 1994-1997: PhD, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK
    The Asian summer monsoon and its predictability
    supervisors: Prof B. Hoskins, Prof. J. Slingo, Prof. T.N. Palmer
  • 1982-1986: Degree in Physics, University of Bologna, Italy
    Fenomenology and modelling of the lee cyclogenesis
    supervisors: Prof.  A. Speranza and Prof. A. Trevisan.
External recognitions
  • 2002-present: Member of WMO CBS-CCl inter-programme Expert Team on operational predictions from subseasonal to longer time scale (IPET-OPSL)
  • 2017-present: Member of WMO WCRP Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction (WGSIP)