Research projects

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    Overview OpenIFS provides research institutions with an easy-to-use version of the ECMWF IFS (Integrated Forecasting System). OpenIFS provides the forecast capability of IFS (no data assimilation), supporting software and documentation. OpenIFS has a support team at ECMWF for technical assistance but limited resources for detailed scientific assistance.

  • EFAS logo

    2011 - 2020



  • EUCLIPSE logo

    2010 - 2014


    EU - Framework Programme

    EU Cloud Intercomparison, Process Study & Evaluation Project (EUCLIPSE)

  • 2010 - 2014


    European Space Agency

    STSE (Support to Science Element) Study – EarthCARE Assimilation The aim of the project was to provide an extensive scientific exploration of assimilation potential of the EarthCARE (Earth, Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer) observations beneficial for the NWP (Numerical Weather Prediction) community in preparation for the future pre-operational use.

  • CMUG logo

    2010 - 2021


    European Space Agency

    Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG) an ESA funded project within its Climate Change Initiative (CCI). The purpose of CMUG is provide support for and independent assessment of the various Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products generated in separate CCI projects. The project is currently running the Phase 1 of the CCI extended programme (CCI+). ECMWF is a partner in CMUG, which is led by the Met Office, together with MPI, BSC, LMD, UPMC, DLR, SMHI and Meteo-France.

  • Aeolus logo

    2008 - 2017


    European Space Agency

    Aeolus is a European Space Agency (ESA) Earth Explorer mission, scheduled to be launched in August 2018 as part of the Living Planet Programme. The mission is intended to have a lifetime of three years. The Earth Explorers are designed to address critical and specific issues that are raised by the science community, while at the same time demonstrating breakthrough technology in observing techniques.

  • 2007


    European Space Agency

    Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS)

  • 2006


     TIGGE – global ensemble forecast data The TIGGE dataset consists of ensemble forecast data from 10 global NWP centres, starting from October 2006, which has been made available for scientific research, via data archive portals at ECMWF and CMA. TIGGE has become a focal point for a range of research projects, including research on ensemble forecasting, predictability and the development of products to improve the prediction of severe weather.



    Radio Occultation Meteorology Satellite Application Facilities (ROM-SAF)

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