Meet Joel: User Support & Climate Services Team Intern at EUMETSAT
Interview with Joel Zeder, User Support & Climate Services Intern at EUMETSAT.
Hi Joel, could you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Joel Zeder, I come from Zurich, Switzerland. I have recently graduated from the University of Zurich with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Physics. I will soon start my master’s degree in Atmospheric and Climate studies at ETH Zurich.
Your role is User Support & Climate Service intern. What does it involve?
Our team is responsible for providing climate datasets to the scientific community with the aim of improving climate monitoring in the future, as the datasets will be later used as a basis for the forecasts.
My role involves observing and analysing climate time series from the past and coming up with improved datasets. Programming is an important part of my role, as I had to write codes which would help me analyse the datasets.
What skills and personal qualities are important for this role?
Background knowledge in climatology, statistics, remote sensing and programming are the main four fields of knowledge that you should bring with you, as well as a genuine interest in climate and weather topics.
When it comes to personal qualities, I guess a well-structured way of working is important – otherwise you’d get into a big mess quickly.
What do you like about being at EUMETSAT and your internship in particular?
Multi-national working environment and highly-educated people are what I like the most about working for EUMETSAT. Being in contact with smart and well-trained people of many different nationalities is very enriching in both cultural and intellectual ways.
About my internship, EUMETSAT has given me a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience from a combination of climatology and remote sensing – two things I am interested in. A chance to work with remotely sensed climate data was very interesting and I wouldn’t be able to do it whilst working in many other organisations.
What is your advice to someone interested in this field?
I would say that willingness to stay in the field is very important. Sure, in the beginning you have to go through a lot of basics of maths and physics, but it gets very interesting once you start applying things into practice.
Also, I would recommend keeping up with the latest findings and news related to this field of study, because it is rapidly evolving and climate change covers a very wide scientific range.
What are your goals for the future and how do you feel this internship will help you achieve them?
At the moment I look forward to start my master’s degree in Atmospheric and Climate studies. I will have to do scientific practical work there for my thesis, where I hope to be able to use much of what I’ve learnt here at EUMETSAT.
I would like to stay in this field and continue building my experience. However, I am flexible for new opportunities outside the field, even though I would prefer not to be dragged too much away from it.
Obviously, coming back to EUMETSAT is something I would really like if there is going to be a chance.