Samantha Burgess

Deputy Director of Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
Copernicus Department, C3S Section


Dr Samantha Burgess is Deputy Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), working at the science-policy interface to improve understanding of climate risks and uptake of climate services. Within C3S, Burgess leads the climate monitoring, climate observations and quality assurance parts of the programme, working with partners to inform better decisions for society and governments. Burgess has previously focused on environmental resilience, ocean governance and sustainable finance in roles including chief scientific advisor, research director and head of policy in government, the private sector, NGOs and academia.

Professional interests:
  • climate monitoring
  • extreme event attribution
  • climate resilience
  • data visualisation
  • environmental data rescue
Career background:
  • 2020-present - Deputy Director; Copernicus Climate Change Service, ECMWF
  • 2016-2020 - Head of ocean policy; WWF - European Policy Office
  • 2014-2015 - Chief Scientific Advisor; Marine Management Organisation
  • 2012-2020 - Director; OceanTerra consulting
  • 2010-2012 - Senior research manager - ocean; Earthwatch Institute
  • 2007-2010 - Postdoctoral research fellow; University of Oxford - Department of Earth Sciences
  • 2003-2007 - PhD; Australian National University - Research School of Earth Sciences