Enhancing weather and climate service delivery

We work closely with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to improve their weather and climate service delivery

Effective national weather and climate services are essential to strengthen a nation's preparedness, well-being, prosperity and prospects for growth.

To achieve this, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) need to deliver services to a wide range of customers in relevant, useful and accessible ways. We work in partnership with NMHSs worldwide to support them in developing their capabilities to deliver effective weather and climate services. We draw on our cutting edge science and operational experience to offer practical advice and specialist weather and climate consultancy services. 

Key areas we support include:

  • Situational assessments
  • User engagement
  • Institutional strengthening (strategy, management, operating procedures, standards)
  • Capacity development (archiving, forecasting, observing)
  • Product/service design and development
  • Disaster risk management and Early Warning Systems
  • Weather and climate media and communications (television, radio, mobile, internet)
  • Technical assistance (design of observations and applications, systems consultancy, modelling)
  • Commercial consultancy to deliver services to private sector clients
  • Tailored training programmes
  • Monitoring and evaluation
"The EWS (Early Warning System) project has greatly improved our forecasting capability and has enabled us to deliver services that are important for protecting life and property."
Anthony Twahirwa, Meteo Rwanda

Read more about how we support NMHSs in the case studies below:

Assessing National Meteorological & Hydrological Services Assessing National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (PDF, 356 kB)

Malawi Situational Assessment Malawi Situational Assessment (PDF, 59 kB)

Rwanda Early Warning System Rwanda Early Warning System (PDF, 80 kB)

Sierra Leone case study Sierra Leone case study (PDF, 890 kB)

Capacity building for severe weather forecasting Capacity building for severe weather forecasting (PDF, 200 kB)

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

The following training programme aims to integrate disaster risk reduction into sustainable capacity development plans and help to enhance early warning systems:

Training: Severe Weather Events – Effective Planning Training: Severe Weather Events – Effective Planning (PDF, 3 MB)

Last updated: 5 December 2014