EGU General Assembly 2020
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C3S: current status and future plans

Carlo Buontempo
Carlo Buontempo
  • ECMWF, Copernicus Climate Change Service, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (

This years marks the end of the first delegation agreement between the Eurpean Commission and ECMWF for the implementation of the Copernicus Climate Change Service. In the last five years the service was first established, then opened the Climate Data Store and finally became operational attracting the attention of over 30.000 users from all over the world who access tens of global dataset and dowload data at a rate of 50 TB/day to develop climate services.

The paper presents the current status of the implementation of the programme and illustrate some of the options -including changes in the portfolio of the programme- that are currently being considered for the evolution of the service in the future.

How to cite: Buontempo, C.: C3S: current status and future plans, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-19725,, 2020

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  • CC1: Comment on EGU2020-19725, Nathalie de Noblet, 05 May 2020

    When you says C3S 'stimulates the market for climate services', would you be able to rank which markets come out in priority [financial? agriculture? Water resources?]

    And are there 'companies' that actually buy such services in Europe today? Which ones?


    • AC1: Reply to CC1, Carlo Buontempo, 05 May 2020

      Thank you for the question. Whilst the statement is somehow generic, 10 sectors are explicitly mentioned in our delegation agreement with the EC: energy, insurance, agriculture, health, infrastructure, transport, biodiversity, water, tourism, coastal areas, and disater risk reduction. For each one of them a application or a case study was developed. Not all are yet available but you can get a feel for what has been done by browsing these pages: . Aside from these project a series of use-case and demo case calls have also been launched with the intention of further stimulating the downstream sectors. Our most recent user survey (Oct 2019) indicates that the fraction of users who identify themselves as privat-sector/SME has gone up from 15% to 18% over the last 12 months a period overe which the overall number of registered users on the CDS sky-rocketed from a few thousands to 42 000 users now. 

      • AC2: Reply to AC1, Carlo Buontempo, 05 May 2020

        Something that I forgot to add is that all data is open and free and thus no user is requested to buy anything :-)