European State of the Climate videos

Credit: Copernicus ECMWF

Design & Data produced a number of informative videos to showcase the Copernicus services implemented by ECMWF at the European State of the Climate event in April. The aim was to inform the challenges of climate change and the vital role that Copernicus data play in mitigating and adapting to the effects of our warming planet. The event attracted a diverse audience ranging from MEPs to industry, policymakers, scientists and media.

Two videos provide an overview of Copernicus with its different services and how ECMWF operates the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the EU. Both of these videos used a combination of already available Copernicus material from the European Commission and pre-recorded material from various projects we had conducted in the recent past for ESA, EUMETSAT and ECMWF. The scripts were completely developed by us to be in line with the key messages that needed to be transported through the event. This was quite complex to achieve especially in the tight time frame we were given to produce the event and all of its content – just 10 weeks from kick-off to the event. The resulting videos are:

In addition, we produced a series of videos highlighting different use cases to illustrate how CAMS and C3S data play an important role in these services implemented by ECMWF. Within just four weeks our team had arranged all the interviews on behalf of ECMWF and organised the logistics of filming and support footage such as wind turbines on a remote hill outside Barcelona. Altogether, the team filmed in Athens, Barcelona and Riga and experienced weather extremes from -20 to +30 degrees within the just three weeks of filming at each of the locations. The resulting videos captured the use cases:

  • DiscovAir who use data from CAMS to help tourists prepare appropriately to enjoy their experience in Greece and Cyprus.
  • Vortex who use data from C3S for their online wind modelling service. They provide tools for wind farm development, among others that enable critical decision-making and easy-to-use solutions.
  • Riga airTEXT who use CAMS data to provide air quality monitoring to Latvian residents. Users can track air quality, UV, pollen and temperature forecasts across the city of Riga online or through text alerts.

The feedback we received about the event and the films was very positive. We’re confident that the videos we produced successfully communicated the key messages about the Copernicus services implemented by ECMWF.

Mr Klaus Buchner, Member of the European Parliament (co-host) stated:

“At today’s event, I personally learned a lot about the Copernicus ECMWF. For me, it was interesting to see the diversity of applications of the data. I was not aware of that.”

In addition, Mr Flavio Zanonato, Member of the European Parliament (co-host) expressed:

“Today we have experienced a very interesting event of notable importance, with testimonials from many scientists and experts that have shared their views on climate change. And this cause has enabled us to understand better the current set of problems we are facing. It was a really good event.”


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