Earth Sciences Services



Air quality forecast system that produces an open, operational and detailed forecast at 24 and 48 hours for Europe (12x12 km) and the Iberian Peninsula (4x4 km) using a set of models (emissions, meteorological and atmospheric chemistry) coupled and executed in the MareNostrum supercomputer..The forecast is aimed at air pollution managers and citizens interested in the quality of the air we breathe. CALIOPE provides quantitative and qualitative information about the main pollutants regulated by the European Directive 2008/50/EC and the World Health Organization (ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and benzene). Results are evaluated using a system in near real time, which uses data obtained from air quality monitoring stations. Forecasts can be accessed through the website and smartphone applications.


Air quality forecast system for Mexico City that provides operational forecasts at high spatial (1x1 km) and temporal (1 hour) resolution for air quality assessment and planning relevant to the Secretary of the Environment of Mexico City (SEDEMA).





Operational daily dust forecast at 72 hours of the BSC Dust Models for global and regional domains. The BSC Dust Daily Forecast contributes to the SDS-WAS dust forecast model intercomparison and  the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center. At the global scale, the model contributes to the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP) Multi Model Ensemble. Our dust  forecasts are used to support different communities as air quality national management officers in Southern Europe (i.e. Spain, Portugal and Italy), private aviation stakeholders providing services in Northern Africa and Middle East (see our ongoing collaboration with Wilkens Weather Technology) as well as experimental research communities as  the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET).


The World Meteorological Organization's Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) -Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe Regional Center collects and distributes in-situ and remote-sensing dust relevant observations, daily experimental dust forecasts from several organizations around the globe (that are used to generate a multi-model product), information and training material, and news for the SDS-WAS community. The SDS-WAS Dust Research Center is jointly managed by the BSC and the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and has the aim to develop, refine and provide a basis for distributing to the global community products that are useful to assess and reduce the adverse impacts of SDS on society and nature.


The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center is the first World Meteorological Organization’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Center focussing its activities on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast. It is jointly managed by the BSC and the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET). The Center provides daily dust forecast at 72 hours based on our in-house BSC dust model  which runs operationally 7 days a week, 365 days a year.




Pre-operational prototype that provides information on the future variation of the global wind resource. It presents a novel interactive way to spot patterns in seasonal wind prediction data. The prototype follows an interdisciplinary approach to develop climate services for the energy sector, putting special emphasis on effectively communicating probabilistic predictions to decision-makers. It is the result of a co-production process involving the research community and a data visualization team at BSC together with various users from the renewable energy sector.


Online platform that brings together predictions from different centers that specialise in Atlantic hurricane prediction (universities, private entities and government agencies). The platform has the objective to track seasonal hurricane predictions and the evolution of hurricane activity from June to November and make them available to both advanced users and non-specialists. It has been developed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists, graphic designers and visualization specialists in close collaboration with the insurance company XLCatlin.




The Weather Roulette is a mobile application directed to energy decision-makers that aims to properly explain the potential economic benefits of adopting probabilistic predictions compared with the current practice. It has been developed together with the consulting firm Predictia. This app translates the performance of wind speed seasonal predictions into commonplace concepts such as interest ratio and return on investment to inform about the prediction quality and the usefulness of seasonal wind speed predictions for the wind industry.


Repository for images derived from the work of the Earth System Services group. All images are obtained as a result of using the best information from subseasonal-to-seasonal climate prediction science. The Catalogue has the aim to facilitate the storage and retrieval of images by scientists, energy forecasters and industrial partners participating in the project and also by external users. It provides access to stored data from everywhere and it is also useful for image citing purposes in publications.