Finnish Meteorological Institute Marks 175th anniversary

Finnish Meteorological Institute Marks 175th anniversary



17 January 2013
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The Finnish Meteorological Institute has provided weather services important to the safety and functioning of society for 175 years.

Finland’s climate is exceptionally challenging for the various functions of society, especially transport. The demand for new and increasingly sophisticated weather services keeps rising as society becomes more sensitive to the impacts of weather. “The Institute’s activities are centred on our customers’ needs,” said Director General Petteri Taalas. “We are an international forerunner in our sector. We are well prepared for this, thanks to our solid expertise, our highly advanced 24/7 production system, and the first-rate atmospheric and marine research conducted at the Institute.”

Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport and Communications, emphasised the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s role as a safety authority. “High trust is placed in the Institute and society uses the Institute’s services widely in planning daily activities, in providing for emergencies and in preparing for global climate change,” Minister Kyllönen pointed out.

David Grimes, President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) remarked that the research carried out by the Finnish Meteorological Institute has led to a much greater understanding of the complexities of the Earth system and its interactions with weather and climate. “The Finnish Meteorological Institute has proved itself to be a valued partner with WMO and a generous contributor to the global community,” Grimes commended. “The Institute is certainly one of the most advanced meteorological services in the world.” >> More

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