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30 May 2020

France a candidate for hosting the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

France is an attractive country in more ways than one for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF): France's commitments against climate change are central to its international action and one of the President of the Republic's top priorities. It is home to an extensive scientific community, active across the whole of its territory and covering all disciplines essential to knowledge and forecasting of changes in the atmosphere, oceans and continental surfaces.

Currently located in Reading in the United Kingdom, the ECMWF is set to relocate its teams and their families onto European Union soil. The French bid proposes to host these 250 specialists in atmospheric sciences, modelling, meteorology and climate in Toulouse, in Occitania.

Toulouse, a city with a whole range of advantages for meteorological activities

France's key Earth observation stakeholdersCapital city of aeronautics, space and environmental services, Toulouse accommodates such key Earth observation stakeholders as:
France's support stakeholdersToulouse Metropolis, the Occitania Region and the Haute-Garonne Département-level Council will join forces to provide the very best reception conditions and development opportunities to the ECMWF's teams. The Centre's decision is expected this coming December.

The French bid combines guarantees to ensure the success of the Centre's relocation and enable it to improve its forecasts yet further, for the benefit of all Member States and European citizens.

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European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
The ECMWF is an independent intergovernmental organisation and one of the six members of the coordinated organisations, along with NATO, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Council of Europe, the OECD and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

The ECMWF is dedicated to knowledge and forecasting of the weather and climate. It is a global reference when it comes to digital modelling of the planet, analysis of observation data, and meteorological and environmental forecasting. It coordinates several European environmental monitoring services, including on atmosphere, climate change and the monitoring of dangerous meteorological phenomena.

The ECMWF also coordinates two services from the European Copernicus Programme, which is dedicated to Earth observation and environmental monitoring: the Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change services.


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