Application services

Application services

Weather, climate and water impact on agriculture and fisheries, energy, transport, health, insurance, sports, tourism and many more socio-economic sectors. WMO promotes the application of meteorological, climatological, hydrological and oceanographic information in all human activities. 

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Natural hazards and disaster risk reduction

Natural hazards are severe and extreme weather and climate events. Although they occur in all parts of the world, some regions are more vulnerable to certain hazards than others. Natural hazards become disasters when people’s lives and livelihoods are destroyed. Accurate forecasts and warnings, as well as education about natural hazards and how to prepare for them before they become disasters, can protect lives and property.

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Water UN Photo Fred NoyWater resources management

Fresh water is vital for life. On average, a human being cannot survive more than three days without water. Water is also essential for the production of virtually all of our goods and services. It is the most important and widely used source of renewable energy – hydropower represents approximately 16% of total electricity production worldwide. WMO supports an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to managing water resources.

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Agricultural Meteorology Programme Salas District, Ica PeruAgriculture and food security

The agricultural sector critically depends on timely and accurate weather, climate and water information, particularly as it faces increasing climate risks. Timely weather and climate forecasts as well as water-related information enable the agricultural community to increase crop and livestock yields, plan planting and harvest time, and reduce pests and diseases. 

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Aviation Meteorological Services

Transport

The aviation sector requires a range of information on weather conditions. Precipitation, wind, turbulence, fog and a host of other factors affect day-to-day aviation activities. WMO and its Members ensures the worldwide provision of cost-effective and responsive meteorological services in support of safe, regular and efficient aviation operations as well as marine and land transport safety. Early weather warning service for offshore oil and natural gas infrastructure also contribute to energy security.

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Oceans/James St. John/Flickr Ocean

WMO promotes the protection of the marine environment and the efficient management of marine resources, based on the timely collection and distribution of marine meteorological and oceanographic data. WMO provides assistance to Members in establishing national and regionally coordinated systems to ensure that the loss of life and damage caused by tropical cyclones are reduced to a minimum. It also supports the sustainable operation of fisheries through weather and climate observations and analyses. 

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Energy

Climate, weather and water information supports optimal development and use of renewable energy resources such as hydropower, wind, solar and biological energy. Such information also underpins the routine operation of nuclear power plants, coal power plants and other forms of energy production. WMO facilitates the exchange of data that can help energy developers and managers better plan for changes in energy demand, the development of local energy systems and compliance with environmental requirements. 

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Public Weather Services ProgrammeSocio-economic development

WMO supports developing countries, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing states and territories, in their social and economic development and to combat poverty by enhancing the capacities and capabilities of their National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Capacity development in the most vulnerable communities ensures a greater ability to monitor weather, climate and water conditions and plan for future conditions.

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