What is your role in ESiWACE?

Co-leading WP6, I am responsible for the trainings in ESiWACE2. Being the leader of the OASIS3-MCT development team, I am leading the set-up of a Small Private Online Course (SPOC) on “Code Coupling with OASIS3-MCT” within WP6. I am also involved in WP1 in Task 1.1 with the provision and support of the OASIS3-MCT coupler, and in WP3 coordinating Task 3.3 offering service on coupling (OASIS3-MCT), IO (XIOS) and workflows (Cylc) .

What do you appreciate most about your work?

The OASIS3-MCT coupler is used by at least 67 climate modelling groups around the world to assemble more than 80 coupled applications. What I appreciate the most in my position as leader of the OASIS3-MCT development team are the relations with the users. I therefore very much enjoyed setting up the SPOC on OASIS3-MCT as I think it really helps people to efficiently use the software. Knowing that the software I develop is used by many groups and that it helps them doing their science is a great satisfaction.

Which question in climate and weather research interests you the most?

My main interests are on technologies for Earth System models coupling, high performance computing for coupled climate models and physics of the ocean-atmosphere interface.

What drives you and what do you want to achieve?

The protection of our planet is what drives me everyday to accomplish my work as well as I can. The urgency is high in changing our way of living to reduce our production of greenhouse gases and limit our impact of the climate system. With the development of the OASIS3-MCT coupler, my motivation is to develop a software useful for climate modelling groups and help them using it to produce meaningful science. This is today essential to convince our leaders and all citizens that we need to urgently modify our everyday behaviour to save the planet.

Sophie Valcke, HQ Research Engineer
Climate Modelling and Global Change team
42 Av. G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cedex 01, FRANCE
e-mail: Sophie.Valcke@cerfacs.fr