Systematic Observations Financing Facility

Systematic Observations Financing Facility

Weather and Climate Information for the Global Public Good

The Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) will support countries to generate and exchange basic observational data critical for improved weather forecasts and climate services. It will provide technical and financial assistance in new ways – applying internationally agreed metrics - the requirements of the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON) - to guide investments, using data exchange as a measure of success, and creating local benefits while delivering on a global public good. The SOFF will contribute to strengthen climate adaptation and resilience across the globe, benefitting in particular the most vulnerable.

The creation of the SOFF is spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization in collaboration with a wide range of international organizations, including the members of the Alliance for Hydromet Development. The Alliance unites efforts of major development and climate finance partners to close the capacity gap on high-quality weather forecasts, early warning systems and climate information.


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Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) - A new way of financing basic observations from WMO - OMM on Vimeo.


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GCF-funded UNEP programme

"The GCF-funded UNEP programme will provide a major boost for the observational networks run by the national meteorological and hydrological services. For the longer-term sustainability of these efforts, the creation of the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) is critical. The SOFF will support Small Island Development States and developing countries in new ways to substantially increase sustained generation and international exchange of basic observational data,” said Prof. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General.