EU Copernicus programme: acting on climate change


Copernicus supports society by providing information about the past, present and future climate changes around the globe. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, delivers substantial economic value by informing how to protect citizens from climate-related hazards such as high-impact weather events, improving the planning of mitigation and adaptation practices for key human and societal activities and promoting the development of new services for the benefit of society.

Join us to learn about how the programme supports adaptation and mitigation of climate policies, and how sectors such as agriculture, water, energy or insurance are benefiting from the wealth of information that the programme is providing.

Background information

This event is part of the CONNECT University Summer School 2021 on Digital for our Planet that aims to present cutting-edge innovations addressing how can digital technologies be harnessed to tackle climate change, both in terms of a greener digital system, as well as their role in helping reducing carbon emissions across industries. Check this blogpost for the full programme and more information. 

EU Copernicus programme: acting on climate change


Moderator and introductory speech: Erik Andersson, DG DEFIS, European Commission

From June 2019, Erik Andersson is seconded by ECMWF to the European Commission, Brussels, to work for the Earth Observation Unit at DG-DEFIS. Erik has a scientific background in data assimilation, the global observing systems, the impact of observations on the quality of weather forecasts and the use of observations in Copernicus. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Science, Dynamic Meteorology, from the University of Stockholm.

At DG-DEFIS, Erik is working on developing Copernicus Services for the monitoring of CO2 emissions, focusing on anthropogenic fossil fuel emissions in the context of the Paris Agreement. The CO2 monitoring and validation service will be based on satellite and in-situ measurements.

While at ECMWF (until May 2019) Erik was the Deputy Director of Forecasts, co-managing the Forecast Department with ~100 staff. The department is responsible for the 24/7 timely production of ECMWF's computer-based weather forecasts, forecast quality, software development, liaison with forecast users, user support and the operational running of the Copernicus Services. The department also manages the acquisition, processing and quality control of observations, globally, of the atmosphere and oceans. The job includes many international engagements.

  • Carlo Buontempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast

Title of the presentation: A quick introduction to the Copernicus Climate Change Service

Dr. Carlo Buontempo is the director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast. In his role he coordinates the activities of many researchers and technicians working on the implementation of the service.

 Carlo completed a PhD in physics at University of L'Aquila in 2004 then he moved to Canada for his post-doc before joining the Met Office in the UK.

Carlo worked at the Hadley Centre for nearly a decade where he led first the climate adaptation team and then the climate service development team. In this role he led numerous projects involving climate change adaptation and regional modelling in Europe, Africa, Asia and North
America. In 2012 Carlo became the scientific coordinator of EUPORIAS, and project funded by the European Commission through the 7th framework programme.

Carlo is the chair of the Partners Advisory Committee of WMO's  Global Framework for Climate Services he is also associated Editor to the Journal of Climate Services and contributing author to the upcoming IPCC AR6 WG1. 

  • Valerie Fernandez, CO2M Project Manager, European Space Agency

Title of the presentation: The CO2 Monitoring Mission - the approach for the CO2 Anthrogenic sources monitoring

Following a PhD in Signal theory and joining space business as detection chain Engineer for Thales Alenias Space in 99, Valerie Fernandez has then joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in the same role in 2005 where she started to work for the Sentinel-2 Project (part of Copernicus first Generation) from the start of its industrial development up to the successful launch and commissioning of the first 2 satellites (2015 and 2017). She then continued her career as Payload manager in the Sentinel-2 serie development up to end of 2018. That periods coincided with the European Commissioning needs to expand further the capabilities of the Copernicus programme, where new users expressed strong interest for new missions like CO2 Monitoring (CO2M). She contributed from its start to establish the CO2M technical requirements to develop the overall space and ground system and was selected as CO2M project manager for ESA end of 2019. She current leads a team of high skilled Engineers and manages with her team a consortium of more than 70 European Industries chosen to manufacture the challenging CO2M constellation. In addition to her manager role, she participates in a number of Space technology Conferences, Symposiums and contribute to share her a passion during ESA Open days events, or to promote women to work for Space.

  • Anthony Rea, Director of Infrastructure Department,‎ World Meteorological Organization

Title of the presentation: Systematic Observations for Weather, Water and Climate and the role of WMO

Dr Anthony Rea is the Director of Infrastructure at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Department covers global coordination of observations, data exchange and modelling across the domains of weather, climate, water, oceans and the cryosphere.

His duties include the support and coordination of global weather and climate observations, data exchange and modelling that enable the weather services that protect lives and livelihoods across the globe. The WMO, a United Nations specialized agency since 1951, has over 190 member nations and territories. WMO coordinates with satellite operators to ensure global access to the satellite measurements that play a huge role in monitoring the state of the weather and climate and are a fundamental input to today’s weather forecasts and warnings.

Dr Rea has a PhD in satellite meteorology from RMIT University and a Master of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. During his PhD studies he worked on operational satellite applications in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology including sea surface temperatures and atmospheric motion vectors. Subsequent to this, Dr Rea undertook a variety of roles in the Bureau of Meteorology, as national manager of the observations program, where he led a significant organizational change, and in the corporate area where he was responsible for government relations and communications. Immediately prior to joining WMO he was the Chief Data Officer for the Bureau of Meteorology.

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