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New head joins the ESA Climate Office

Susanne Mecklenburg, Head of the ESA Climate Office

Dr Susanne Mecklenburg has been appointed as the new Head of the ESA Climate Office, joining the team last month [September, 2019].

Based at ECSAT, in the United Kingdom, the ESA Climate Office is the focal point for climate-related activities for the Agency and works to increase the use of satellite-based Earth Observation data in climate science, primarily through the delivery of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative.

She joined ESA in 2007 where she fulfilled roles as mission manager for two high profile environment and climate monitoring satellites, ESA’s Earth Explorer Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS), now in its tenth year, and Sentinel-3, developed as part of the Copernicus Programme.

She has a master’s degree in hydrology from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and a PhD in atmospheric science from the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr Mecklenburg says: “It is an exciting time to join the Climate Office as significant Earth observation activity is underway to support of the IPCC’s forthcoming Sixth Assessment Report and developing support for the Global Stocktake.”

Susanne’s appointment follows the imminent retirement of her predecessor, Pascal Lecomte, who was central to the development of the programme since its inception in 2008.