ECMWF appoints new Director of Copernicus Services
Jean-Noël Thépaut takes the helm of the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) at ECMWF.
Copernicus, the European Union’s flagship Earth observation programme, announces the appointment of Jean-Noël Thépaut as the new director of two of its services at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
Jean-Noël will be responsible for the two Copernicus services implemented by ECMWF on behalf of the European Union; the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). He replaces Juan Garces de Marcilla who stepped down on 1st October, after four years at ECMWF.
Before taking up the role, Jean-Noël worked as Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) based at ECMWF in Reading, Berkshire. His distinguished career has included being Head of ECMWF’s Data Division and Deputy Director of its Research Department. He was also involved in the early development of variational data assimilation systems at ECMWF and Météo-France and has served on several related international committees. Previously, he graduated from the French National School of Meteorology and completed a PhD from the PARIS-VI University in 1992 in the field of atmospheric data.
Jean-Noël was a key player in the team at ECMWF which implemented the two EU Copernicus Earth observation services, the C3S and CAMS which have gone from strength to strength since they were launched in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
As Director of ECMWF Copernicus Services, Jean-Noël will lead the C3S and CAMS into a new era in its provision of reliable, quality assured data on climate change and atmosphere. The C3S has already made the transition from a prototype service to fully operational, making available an extensive range of products to thousands of users across Europe and the rest of the world – from policymakers and businesses to citizens. These include climate data records of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), global and regional climate reanalysis, multi-model seasonal forecasts, global and regional climate scenarios, and climate impact indicators. CAMS which provides consistent, quality-controlled data on air quality, solar energy, greenhouses gases and climate forcing, has seen a huge uptake in users since its inception.
Jean-Noël comments: “In a time when climate-change and air quality is at the top of every government, business and individual’s agenda, I am very excited to be taking up this appointment and leading these two services of ECMWF. C3S and CAMS are important services that help organisations and individuals adapt to the effects of climate change and the Earth’s environment.”
You can find an interview with Jean-Noël Thépaut here: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/news/2019/what-next-copernicus-services-implemented-ecmwf