European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) at Bologna
First step in new international investment in Bologna for ECMWF’s new data centre
ECMWF’s Council of Member States met yesterday and today, 1 March 2017, in an extraordinary session to consider proposals to host ECMWF’s data centre. This meeting took place at the end of an extensive process of evaluation by a panel of international experts and representatives of the Centre’s Member States, who reviewed bids on criteria ranging from financial and technical aspects and environmental impact to capability to deliver. Following the recommendation of its Evaluation Panel that the Italian proposal is considered the best from the point of view of the requirements and the overall interests of ECMWF, Council mandated Director-General Florence Rabier to prepare a high-level agreement with the Italian Government, for approval by Council at its next session. The Italian proposal comes from the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy and would see the future ECMWF data centre located in the ‘Tecnopolo di Bologna’.