6 June 2019 – The European Meteorological Society has chosen the Climate Data Store to receive the EMS Technology Achievement Award 2019.
Telespazio VEGA UK (a Leonardo and Thales company) is the prime company involved in the development of the CDS Infrastructure project from July 2016. Funded by the European Commission as part of the Copernicus Programme, Telespazio VEGA and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) have worked collaboratively to create a robust and reliable infrastructure that allows thousands of users access to a unique catalogue of datasets and tools.
This award recognises that the C3S Climate Data Store (CDS) is empowering a wide range of user communities worldwide to work on addressing climate change – the most challenging environmental phenomenon worldwide of modern times – and allowing the development of services to help mitigate its impacts. The CDS has been operational since June 2018 and has already attracted well over ten thousand users world-wide. The citation for the award is:
“The Copernicus Climate Change Service’s Climate Data Store supports climate services in Europe by providing seamless access to high-quality climate datasets, past, present and future.”
Marco Folino, CEO of Telespazio VEGA UK, said: “We are very proud to be part of the team to receive this award, as it is a recognition of the hard work and the enthusiasm of our team during the last three years of development. The CDS has made it possible for thousands of people to access in a single and seamless way a catalogue of datasets, applications and tools, providing an innovative solution to benefit business and society.”
Angel Alos, CDS Product Owner at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, ECMWF, said: “Our team is very proud to receive the EMS award which recognises C3S Climate Data Store, developed with key inputs by Telespazio VEGA UK and B-OPEN. Implemented by the ECMWF on behalf of the European Union, the CDS provides freely available climate data to more than 14 thousand users around the globe. We know that our work is far from finished and it is a great honour to receive such a prestigious European recognition.”