Vincent-Henri Peuch

Director for Engagement with the EU
Copernicus, CAMS Services


Vincent-Henri Peuch is Head of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and Deputy Director of the Copernicus Department at ECMWF. He oversees the management, technical and scientific activities that allow for the delivery of information products about atmospheric composition to the users. He has been involved in the design and development of the European Copernicus programme (formerly known as GMES, Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) for over a decade. Before joining ECMWF in 2011, he has conducted research for 15 years on atmospheric composition modelling and data assimilation at Météo-France, pioneering in particular air quality forecasting in Europe. He has directed/co-directed 12 PhD theses. He is an internationally respected scientist on atmospheric environment issues and has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications.

Professional interests:
  • Air quality modelling and forecasting
  • Long-range transport of atmospheric pollutants
  • Ozone layer and its recovery
  • Interactions between atmospheric composition and climate
  • Data assimilation of satellite and in situ observations of atmospheric constituents
  • Enhancing the international sharing of atmospheric composition data
  • Cloud computing and big data 
  • Research to operations transition
  • Development of user-driven applications
  • Capacity building on atmospheric composition monitoring and forecasting
Career background:


  • PhD, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France (awarded 1996, with "Félicitations du Jury"). Thesis: “Numerical modelling of elementary chemical reaction steps involved in catalytic processes”. Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Bigot.
  • Ingénieur de la Météorologie, Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie, France (awarded 1997).
  • Executive Master in Management of International Organizations, SDA Bocconi, Italy (awarded 2016).

Professional Experience

  • Since 2015: Head of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (and Deputy Director of Copernicus Services since 2017), ECMWF
  • 2011-2015: Head of the Atmospheric Composition Division, Research Department, ECMWF
  • 2005-2011: Leader of the Atmospheric Composition Modelling and Data Assimilation Research Team at the National Centre for Meteorological Research (CNRM), Météo-France, Toulouse, France
  • 1997-2005: Scientist (atmospheric composition modelling and data assimilation) at the National Centre for Meteorological Research (CNRM), Météo-France, Toulouse, France




External recognitions
  • Co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Group on "Applications" of the Global Atmospheric Watch Programme of the World Meteorological Organisation
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency
  • Member of the Mission Advisory Group for the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions of the European Space Agency