Services - 6906-2019

08/01/2019    S5

United Kingdom-Reading: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2019/S 005-006906

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Postal address: Shinfield Park
Town: Reading
NUTS code: UKJ11 Berkshire
Postal code: RG2 9AX
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Procurement at ECMWF
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Meteorological Services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

C3S_62 Proof of Concept for an Extreme Events and Attribution Service

Reference number: C3S_62
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Proof of concept for an extreme events and attribution service.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 1 150 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: 00 Not specified
Main site or place of performance:

On Contractor's premises.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

ECMWF as the Entrusted Entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) will issue an ITT for the development of a proof-of-concept “extreme events and attribution component” of its service portfolio. This service component will address the ever-growing demand from a wide range of stakeholders, including media and legal representatives, on understanding the relationship between recent extreme weather events and anthropogenic climate change.

It is envisaged that this service component will provide a framework that allows end-to-end information about extreme events and how these relate to anthropogenic climate change. This end-to-end approach involves the whole chain from defining an event to the communication of the results, where part of the result is to clearly state what can and what cannot be said about the attribution of specific extreme events.

The service component will include the setting up of a prototype fast track attribution service according to a peer-reviewed protocol for a small number of event types where attribution science can be deemed mature enough to do so, as well as the provision of peer-reviewed fact sheets for a larger selection of events for which attribution science is currently not mature enough. The prototype fast-track attribution service is to be tested and reviewed in retrospective ‘slow track’ mode.

The service component will be guided by the broad vision of ultimately providing a service for Europe with the following attributes:

— transparent — open access to all parts of the framework,

— reliable — uses peer-reviewed methodologies and protocols,

— high quality — undergoes regular control reviews. ECMWF aims to appoint an independent expert panel for ensuring the scientific integrity of the service component.

The service needs to be embedded within the wider landscape, in particular it will support national attribution activities. As such, one task will be the development of a protocol on collaboration and communication conduct. It is expected that the final framework developed by the successful tenderer will represent a point of reference for providing end-to-end attribution services.

II.2.14)Additional information

See Section VI.3).

The contract is related to the Copernicus programme:

Copernicus — The European Earth Observation Programme.


II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's eProcurement Portal ( and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction. Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

Tenders will not be eligible unless they are submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: