Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst

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About the organisation

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing global numerical weather predictions and other data for its Member and Co-operating States and the broader community. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research to improve its forecasts, runs one of the largest supercomputer facilities in Europe and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data.

About your role

ECMWF has an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst to provide general hydrological impact forecast support to the Environmental Forecasts Team within the Evaluation Section of the Forecast Department. The team is responsible for the development of tools to improve flood impact forecasts and for the evaluation of their performance.

Amongst current CEMS-Floods products, flood impact forecasting is delivered through the Rapid Impact Assessment RRA method highlighting regions of highest risk over the next 10 days. Through the TAMIR project, the RRA products and services will be improved by:

  • Enhancing the exposure and vulnerability information used for the impact assessment
  • Harmonising flood thresholds used in the forecasting for short (~1 hour) to medium range (~5 days) lead time for a seamless forecasting
  • Developing data services to increase the integration of the flood impact forecasts in local decision-making tools
  • Migrating the new flood impact products in a pan-European pre-operational service

The role of the Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst is to support the team in the generation, analysis and evaluation of flood impact forecasts and related products.

The selected candidate will work closely with the other members of the Environmental Forecast team and ECMWF scientists and other staff.

The role will enable the Graduate Hydrological Impact Forecast Analyst to get hands-on experience with developing methods for improving flood forecast products, and to work with colleagues in a science driven, highly reputable international organisation.