How we do it

How we do it

Through its Technical Commission, Programmes and Regional Offices as well as by synergistic partnerships, WMO facilitates the maintenance and expansion of its Members' atmospheric, oceanographic and land-based observational networks; the free unrestricted exchange of the resulting data and information; and related capacity developement and research in order to optimize the production of weather, climate and water-related services worldwide.

WMO assists Members with technology transfer, training for capacity development, collaboration on research and the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, the energy sector, the environment, health, transport (aviation and shipping), the management of water resources, disaster risk reduction and many more.  The Organization also contributes to policy formulation in areas related to weather, climate and water at national and international levels.

Regional Offices / WMO

Regional Offices

Technical Commissions / CBS President F Branski / Photo WMO-Braathen

Technical Commissions

UK Met Office

National Meterological & Hydrological Services

Partnerships / WMO



WMO carries out its work through scientific and technical programmes. Under the guidance of technical commission these programmes assist Members in providing weather, climate and water services and to address challenges. The programmes facilitate cooperative use among Members of the pool of meteorological, climatologic and hydrological data and knowledge that has been, and is still being, created worldwide. Thanks to this cooperation, the cost of providing weather, climate and water-related services in all countries is far below what would be incurred if each Member acted alone.


WMO projects are global, regional and national interventions coordinated in partnership with other stakeholders – United Nation agencies, non-governmental agencies and Members. WMO projects aim to enhance capacities for improved impact-based forecasting by Members. Some projects are regular budget funded, others extra-budgetary. They often involve several programmes.


Focus areas

Focus areas

Within its mandate in the areas of weather, climate and water, WMO focuses on many different aspects and issues from observations, information exchange and research to weather forecasts and early warnings, from capacity development and monitoring of greenhouse gases to application services and much, much more. 
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