Dr. Virginie Guemas

Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Virginie Guemas obtained her PhD from the Université Paul Sabatier and awarded the French Adrien Gaussail biennal prize to a scientific thesis. After her PhD, Virginie did a postdoc at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD, Paris, France). She then joined the Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3, Barcelona, Spain) in December 2010 where she led the Polar Climate Prediction research line until 2015 when she joined the Earth Sciences Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, Barcelona, Spain) to lead the Climate Prediction Group. The climate prediction group is composed of 15-20 scientists and aims at developing climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few decades into the future, from regional to global scales. This objective relies on expanding our understanding of the climate processes responsible for the predictable part of the climate variability through a deep analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of state-of-the-art climate forecast systems in comparison with the most up-to-date observational datasets, and on exploiting these detailed analyses to refine the representation of these climate processes in our climate forecast systems and their correct initialization. It combines a large variety of expertise on climate processes from the stratosphere down to the deep ocean and from tropical to polar latitudes, together with expertise in climate modeling and data assimilation. Currently, she is Principal Investigator (PI) of six European projects funded under the FP7 (PREFACE), H2020 frameworks (IMPREX, APPLICATE, INTAROS), the European Space Agency (CMUG2) or Copernicus (C3S-MAGIC), one MINECO-funded project (HIATUS), one PRACE-funded project (LSHIP) and she is WP leader in the H2020 PRIMAVERA project. She is author of 45 articles on climate modelling and predictions in international peer-reviewed journals, among which nine in high-impact journals, such as Sciences, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications and the Bulletin of the American Meterorological Society.