Dr. Jean-Noël Thépaut is the Head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Deputy Director of Copernicus Services at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). C3S is a core Copernicus Service operated by ECMWF on behalf of the European Union. C3S combines observations of the climate system with the latest science to develop authoritative, quality-assured information about the past, current and future states of the climate in Europe and worldwide.
Prior to this role he was the Head Data Division and Deputy Director of the Research Department at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) where his section developed world-class data assimilation algorithms for Numerical Weather Prediction, the exploitation of satellite observations from operational and research Earth Observation platforms, and the development and production of state-of-the-art climate re-analyses.
Jean-Noël Thépaut is “Ingénieur Général des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts” and graduated from the French National School of Meteorology. He received his PhD from PARIS-VI University in 1992 in the field of atmospheric data assimilation. He was also involved in the early development of the variational data assimilation systems at ECMWF and Météo-France.
Jean-Noël has served on a number of Committees, including the EUMETSAT Mission Expert Team for Meteosat Third Generation and EPS Second Generation, the NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office Advisory Board and the ESA Earth’s Science Advisory Committee (ESAC). He is currently co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme Data Advisory Council.