BSC, in charge of the quality control of the Climate Data Store of Copernicus Climate Change Service

13 November 2018

BSC hosts today and tomorrow the kick-off meeting of this project.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts ECMWF, the entrusted entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), has signed with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) the contract for the implementation of the Evaluation and Quality Control (EQC) function of the C3S Climate Data Store (CDS). The CDS is the largest fully public global repository of climate data.

The BSC, leading a consortium of eight entities, is responsible for the evaluation of the quality and the provision of quality assurance information to users of the CDS, including its technical infrastructure, full data catalogue, and toolbox. Francisco Doblas-Reyes, director of the BSC Earth Sciences Department, highlights that “this is a key element for the success of the C3S service worth several hundred million euros. It puts the BSC at the centre of the rapidly emerging fields of quality control and standard definition of data and software in climate services.”

The purpose of the EQC function is to provide operational quality assurance information for all C3S products and services as well as to ensure that users have the information they need in order to use the products and services for their own purposes.

The contract activity started last October and the kick-off meeting with all the subcontractors and the C3S representatives will take place at BSC on 13-14 November 2018. This project involves eight institutions: BSC, Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI), Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), Predictia Intelligent Data Solutions S.L. (Predictia), Consiglio nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) and Météo-France.