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World Meteorological Organization (WMO)


The vision of WMO is to provide world leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather, climate, hydrology and water resources and related environmental issues and thereby contribute to the safety and well-being of people throughout the world and to the economic benefit of all nations.

The mission of WMO is to:

  • Facilitate worldwide cooperation in the establishment of networks of stations for the making of meteorological observations as well as hydrological and other geophysical observations related to meteorology, and to promote the establishment and maintenance of centres charged with the provision of meteorological and related services;
  • Promote the establishment and maintenance of systems for the rapid exchange of meteorological and related information;
  • Promote standardization of meteorological and related observations and to ensure the uniform publication of observations and statistics;
  • Further the application of meteorology to aviation, shipping, water problems, agriculture and other human activities;
  • Promote activities in operational hydrology and to further close cooperation between Meteorological and Hydrological Services;
  • Encourage research and training in meteorology and, as appropriate, in related fields, and to assist in coordinating the international aspects of such research and training.


WMO Space Programme goals and objectives

The WMO Space Programme coordinates environmental satellite matters and activities throughout all WMO Programmes and provides guidance on the potential of remote-sensing techniques in meteorology, hydrology and related disciplines and applications. It aims at continuously improving the provision of data, products and services from operational and R&D satellites contributing to the Global Observing System (GOS), as well as facilitating and promoting the wider availability and meaningful use of these data, products and services around the globe.

The main lines of activities are:

  • Consolidating WMO Programmes' requirements for satellite observations;
  • Developing the space-based component of the GOS;
  • Enhancing the availability of satellite data, products and services throughout WMO Members;
  • Enhancing users' capability to take advantage of satellite applications, in particular in the less advanced countries;
  • Representing WMO with space-related partner organizations.

Information on WMO Space Programme activities and the space-based component of the GOS is available via the Space Programme home page of the WMO website: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/sat/index_en.html


Contact information

World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, avenue de la Paix
Case postale 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2

Telephone: +(41) (22) 730 81 11
Facsimile: +(41) (22) 730 81 81

Web: http://www.wmo.int/
E-mail: wmo@wmo.int


Contact information:

Office for Outer Space Affairs
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 500, A - 1400 Vienna
Phone: (43-1) 26060-4950
Fax: (43-1) 26060 5830
E-mail: OOSA@unvienna.org

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