Capacity building

Our tailored solutions provide the most up-to-date and scientifically accurate information to inform assessments, reduce risk and maintain the long-term sustainability of your projects.

The Met Office is involved in a range of capacity building projects in less developed countries throughout the world. These aim to support national capability to deliver weather and climate services by providing consultancy and training which is tailored to the specific needs of the country. Our range of capacity building capabilities includes but is not limited to:

  • Modernisation planning for national meteorology and climate services
  • Organisational strengthening consultancy
  • Leadership training
  • Forecaster training
  • Quality management systems implementation
  • Service delivery improvements

Developing meteorological services

The Met Office is the UK's national weather service and a centre of excellence in weather and climate science. Our capabilities allow us to support the UK and the international community. Our skill in turning weather and climate science into services is recognised around the world. We understand what it takes to be a national met service and offer high end consultancy to assist other Met Services around the world in capacity building.

Kigali International Airport Forecasting Office Kigali International Airport (PDF, 260 kB)

Guyana Hydrometeorological Office - Enhancing media systems Guyana Hydrometeorological Office - Enhancing media systems (PDF, 1 MB)

MMS casestudy New UK meteorological monitoring system (PDF, 386 kB)

Rwanda's meteorological service (RMS)

Acknowledging the importance of meteorological information for socio-economic development, the Government of Rwanda sought consultancy from the Met Office to build capacity at Rwanda's meteorological Service (RMS).

A Met Office consultant and technical experts were based in Rwanda for a year working closely with RMS staff to create and implement modernisation action plans. As a result, RMS have improved internal and external communications, including refreshing the service's website, producing forecasts for radio and newspapers, modernising national TV bulletins by training presenters and using 3D graphics. Together with regular press releases and creating a brand, people in Rwanda have become more aware of the service.

Developing Rwanda’s Meteorological Service More information on developing Rwanda's Meteorological Service (PDF, 191 kB)

Building climate capability at the Meteorological Service Singapore

In May 2011, the Met Office and the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) set out a programme to enhance Singapore's climate science capability. We have already worked with MSS to install a high resolution regional climate model in Singapore based on our latest climate model, HadGEM3, to add detail to large-scale regional projections from global climate models.

It is important for Singapore to be capable of making, analysing and understanding such high resolution model projections so that the MSS can provide advice to enable better informed decisions.

Capacity building - Building the climate capability of the Meteorological Service Singapore More information on Building climate capability at the Meteorological Service Singapore (PDF, 216 kB)


Sierra Leone case study Rebuilding the Sierra Leone weather service (PDF, 890 kB)

Climate change scenarios for Vietnam Climate change scenarios for Vietnam (PDF, 639 kB)


In operating one of the worlds longest established, operational weather radar networks we have extensive experience in designing, optimising and installing radar. Our ability to minimise the costs of operating a radar network is proven and the list of customers benefiting from our expertise is growing.

We can upgrade and modernise existing radar - extending the life of systems and avoiding the costs involved in new radar installations.

We offer complete solutions to help your radar operations and maintenance:

  • Site selection
  • Radar consultancy
  • Design and installation
  • Technical assistance, including training and support programmes
  • Processing
  • Compositing

Radar datasheet Read more about our Radar capabilities (PDF, 2 MB)

Benefits of using our radar services

  • Minimise costs, maximise output
  • Streamline your radar production processes
  • Access to technical support 24/7
  • Radar experts for training
  • Increased quality and stability of radar observations
  • Integrate radar systems
  • Ensure continuity of radar production

Case studies

Case study: Bahamas Department of Meteorology Bahamas Department of Meteorology (PDF, 268 kB)

Caribbean weather radar case study Caribbean weather radar (PDF, 565 kB)

Last updated: 28 August 2014