We are currently recruiting for a scientist to join OpenIFS.

For further details, please see the vacancy notice VN18-20 on the ECMWF jobs page:

Please note the deadline is 15th June 2018.

A updated version of OpenIFS 40r1v1 was released today, version 40r1v1.1.

This fixes a serious bug in the model where it would crash if restarts were generated when the wave model was enabled.

For more details, see the Release notes for Cycle 40r1v1.1

An article on the 2017 OpenIFS user workshop in Trieste has appeared in the Autumn issue (no. 153) of the ECMWF Newsletter.

Read the web edition of the article, or download the PDF of the Newsletter.

ECMWF has recently launched a set of online e-learning modules, some of which are of interest for OpenIFS.

The modules are free, do not need a login, and are available here:

Modules include:

1. Parametrization of diabatic processes
2. Parametrization of diabatic processes: case studies
3. The mass flux approach and the Integrated Forecast System (IFS) scheme
4. Ensemble forecasting; an introduction
5. An introduction to single column modelling.
6. An introduction to the parametrization of sub-grid processes.
7. An introduction to Metview
8. An introduction to Metview for the single column model.

Some of the material in these courses is derived from ECMWF training courses.

Feedback on these courses is welcome.

OpenIFS conference papers
Several presentations related to OpenIFS research at recent conferences:
European Geophysical Union (EGU), Vienna, 2017:
Mike Fagan, Peter Dueben, Krishna Palem, Glenn Carver, Matthew Chantry, Tim Palmer, and Jeremy Schlacter,
Mixed Single/Double Precision in OpenIFS: A Detailed Study of Energy Savings, Scaling Effects, Architectural Effects, and Compilation Effects, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 19, EGU2017-10729, 2017 

Pirkka Ollinaho, Juha Lento, Glenn Carver, Victoria Sinclair, and Heikki Järvinen, 
 OpenEPS – An ensemble prediction system emulator for OpenIFS, Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017-17529.  
European Meteorological Society (EMS), Dublin, 2017:
Eoghan Harney and Peter Lynch, 
 Laplace Transform Time Integration Schemes in OpenIFS, EMS Annual Meeting Abstracts Vol. 14, EMS2017-602, 2017  

The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, UK, have been using the OpenIFS model as a teaching tool for Masters level students and have been encouraged by the enthusiasm of the students.

Read more here:

New member of OpenIFS team

We welcome Gabriella Szepszo to the OpenIFS team. She joins ECMWF as a graduate trainee from the Hungarian Meteorological Service for 1 year initially. Whilst here she will work on improving the provision of idealized configurations of the OpenIFS model as well as other topics, and providing support.


For more information on the OpenIFS 2017 user workshop, see the ECMWF news item here:

The OpenIFS team invited back to ENM / MeteoFrance for 2017 to repeat the successful forecasting workshop of 2016, along with ENM lecturers Frederic Ferry and Etienne Chabot.

Read more here..

5-9th June 2017

International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),  Trieste, Italy


Workshop theme

  "Atmospheric Variability: Seasonal Predictability & Teleconnections"
      with keynote presentations and submitted contributions.


We invite abstracts on the workshop theme, related topics and other uses of OpenIFS/IFS in research and education, but also applications of intermediate complexity models such as SPEEDY.

The meeting will also be an opportunity to meet ECMWF scientists, and learn more about the ECMWF forecast model and research.


Young scientists are encouraged to apply. Financial support is available. Registration is free.
The meeting will include training on OpenIFS, with classroom activities on application of models to case studies of atmospheric variability and seasonal predictability.


  1  March 2017 - European Met. Society Young Scientist Travel Award
  31 March 2017 - if requesting financial support.
  30 April 2017 - final deadline for abstract submission & registration

  Fred Kucharski, ICTP
  Susanna Corti, ISAC-CNR, Bologna
  Paolo Ruggieri, L'Aquila
  Glenn carver, ECMWF



OpenIFS 2017 user meeting

5-9th June 2017

ICTP - International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
Organised by ICTP / University of L'Aquila / ISAC-CNR / ECMWF

Workshop theme:

Atmospheric variability: seasonal predictability and teleconnections

We are pleased to make the first announcement of the 4th OpenIFS user meeting to be held at ICTP, Italy. In response to feedback from previous user meetings this workshop has been extended. It aims to bring together scientists interested in the workshop theme and new, interested and existing users of the ECMWF OpenIFS models.

The workshop will include keynote presentations from invited speakers, contributed presentations, together with practical sessions.

A call for abstracts and more information will follow in 2017.

Meeting website: OpenIFS 2017 meeting

Please forward to interested colleagues

EC-Earth, a European consortium which aims to provide reliable climate information, will use ECMWF’s OpenIFS for the atmosphere–land component in future versions of its Earth system model.

Dr Ralf Döscher, the chair of the EC-Earth steering committee, confirmed the development during a meeting of the consortium hosted by ECMWF on 2 and 3 November.

For more information, see: