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ECOMS initiative

What is ECOMS?

ECOMS stands for European initiative for climate service observation and modelling. This is a new initiative to improve Europe’s ability to effectively prepare for and manage climate-related risk on our society.

ECOMS was launched on 6 November 2012 by the European Commission in collaboration with the NACLIM, EUPORIAS and SPECS projects.

ECOMS is fully funded by the European Commission:

  • this initiative will exploit recent advances in our understanding and ability to forecast climate variability and change
  • It will also work with stakeholders/end-users to identify opportunities to develop new and improved tools to extract useful and useable information tailored to the needs of specific sectors, e.g. Energy, health, water resources, food security, forestry, transport, etc.

Monthly-to-decadal forecasts now hold the potential to be of great value to a wide range of relevant decision making. But such forecast information is currently under-exploited, therefore, access to credible forecast information, supported by informed guidance, could lead to significant advances in society’s ability to effectively prepare for, and manage, climate-related risks.


Our vision is that by developing end-to-end impact prediction services, operating on seasonal-to-decadal timescales, and clearly demonstrating their value in informing decision –making, we will stimulate a market for these new tools. In doing so, we will increase the competitiveness of European businesses, and the ability of  regional and national authorities to make effective decisions in climate-sensitive sectors.”

Chris Hewitt, Met Office, Chair ECOMS



ECOMS consists of three individual international projects focusing on different stages in providing useful guidance to end-users. These are:

  • NACLIM "North Atlantic climate”, led by the Institute of Oceanography of Hamburg University in Germany, which focuses on improving our understanding of the predictability of the climate in the North Atlantic/ European sector through oceanic observations and on the  assessment of decadal climate forecasts
  • SPECS led by the Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3) in Spain, which will deliver a new generation of climate prediction systems for seasonal-to-decadal time scales, to provide actionable climate information for a wide range of users
  • EUPORIAS, led by the Met Office in the UK, which will work on maximising the usefulness of the seasonal to decadal climate information through a close collaboration with the end users

ECOMS website and newsletter

ECOMS website:

The issues of the newsletter:

How does ECOMS work in practice?

The three coordinators of NACLIM, EUPORIAS and SPECS (Chris Hewitt -Chair-, Francisco Doblas-Reyes, Detlef Quadfasel) are the members of the ECOMS board. They are supported by international experts of the following bodies:

  • Coordinators of existing FP7 climate modelling and climate service-related projects: ECLISE, CLIMRUN, ECLIPSE, COMBINE, EMBRACE (list and details)
  • Representative of the European Commission
  • Representative of the Global Framework for Climate Services
  • Representative of the International Climate Services Partnership
  • Representatives of other relevant initiatives

Three working groups (WG) have been established for coordinating the discussion around three topics:

  • WG1 on the broad topic of observations and monitoring, led by NACLIM
  • WG2 on the broad topic of modeling and infrastructure, led by SPECS
  • WG3 on the broad topic of user/stakeholder engagement, led by EUPORIAS

ECOMS is a think tank, whose activities are targeted at producing specific papers for the European Commission related to ""Observations and monitoring", "Modeling and infrastructure". and "User/stakeholder engagement".


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