Graduate Environmental Data Analyst - Copernicus Emergency Management Service

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 About ECMWF

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. ECMWF carries out scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of its forecasts, collects and processes large amounts of observations, and manages a long-term archive of meteorological data. Satellite and in situ observations provide the information for up-to-date global analyses and climate reanalyses of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface.

ECMWF has been entrusted to operate the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission until the end of 2020. Copernicus is the European Union (EU) flagship Earth-observation programme. The programme ensures operational monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and will provide reliable, validated information services for a range of environmental and security applications.

Summary of the role

This position is a data handling support role in the Climate Data Store Team within the Copernicus Production Section of the Forecast Department. The team is responsible for the development of workflows and tools to integrate climate and environmental data (reanalysis and forecasts) within the Copernicus Climate Change Service C3S ‘Climate Data Store’ (CDS) infrastructure (https://cds.climate.copernicus.eu).

The CDS is the cornerstone of the C3S infrastructure. It contributes to the provision of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), climate reanalyses, projections and indicators at temporal and spatial scales relevant to adaptation and mitigation strategies for various sectoral and societal benefit areas. The infrastructure progressively supports the provision of CAMS and CEMS datasets.

Along with the data, the CDS aims to include a set of tools for analysing its datasets. Users of the CDS can access these tools to develop their own applications online. The CDS has been designed to support a wide range of users with different needs, by facilitating the processing of large data volumes as well as the creation of simple visualisations based on multiple data sources.

Current CEMS-Floods products include pan-European/ Global overview maps of flood probabilities for short range (from several hours to 5 days ahead), medium range (up to 10 days ahead for EFAS, up to 30 days ahead for GloFAS) and seasonal range (up to 12 weeks ahead) and detailed forecasts at stations where the national services are providing real-time data. Some of the key CEMS-Floods products are now available through the CDS, facilitating uptake of the forecasts by a wide range of actors from the water sector to develop downstream applications.

The role of the Graduate Environmental Data Analyst is to develop software applications and workflows that help handling observed and forecasted environmental data and forecast products, including code to be integrated in the CEMS-CDS Toolbox. It will provide hands-on experience with hydro-climate data and tools using a cutting-edge technical infrastructure, and an opportunity to work with colleagues in a science driven, highly reputable international organisation.

The successful candidate will report to the CDS Manager and will work closely with the members of the CDS team to manage the catalogue of datasets served through the CDS, and with the Environmental Forecast Team responsible for CEMS-Floods data to integrate their data products into the CDS catalogue. The successful candidate will also work closely with CEMS data providers, as well as ECMWF scientists and other staff. She/he will become responsible for the handling of CEMS datasets, to ensure and maintain a high-quality data service to the end-users.

Main duties and key responsibilities
  • Responsible for the governance of the CEMS datasets, including documents for CEMS products and services (e.g. methods description published on the Web Information Services, metadata descriptions for CDS-CEMS etc…)
  • Responsible for updating the CDS-CEMS catalogue, which includes integrating new datasets and implementing any necessary updates required
  • Developing, maintaining and continuously improving the relevant operational tools within the team’s areas of activities regarding CEMS data handling
  • Working with the CEMS data providers on integrating their data sets into the CDS-CEMS catalogue
  • Interacting on technical matters between the different partners working with the CDS
  • Other similar duties as assigned from time to time