The changes our planet is undergoing as a result of human-induced climate change are becoming more and more pressing. To tackle this problem, it is necessary to monitor environmental health status in detail, for which environmental observations become a critical element. This is why having the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) as a partner in the AD4GD project is essential to move towards the development of an effective Green Deal Data Space.

On this occasion we spoke with Ulrike Falk, a physicist working at ECMWF whose focus is on atmospheric physics and meteorology through remote sensing, data analysis and modeling. And an essential player on the AD4GD project.

What is the role of ECMWF?

ECMWF is both a research institution and a full time operational service, whose primary task is to produce global numerical weather predictions and other data for its member and cooperating states and the broader community. They are one of the largest supercomputing facilities and meteorological archives in the world. Of particular note are their participation in the training programs of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and their involvement in some services of Copernicus, the Earth observation component of the European Union’s space program. These include the Copernicus Climate Change Service, the Copernicus Atmospheric Service and the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. Whithin the EU Destination Earth Initiative they are also taking part in the development of prototype digital twins of the Earth.

In the AD4G project, ECMWF is in charge of technical integration of IoT and socioeconomic data into our proposal for the Green Deal Data Space.Your role is paramount in addressing time critical applications and those that involve high volumes of data. They are also leading the air quality pilot case, which is studying how to effectively integrate data from different sources, from satellite information to sensors and citizen initiatives in the same data space.

Check the full interview, conducted by Darica Egorova from Mandat International on our Youtube channel: