This milestone anniversary showcases the remarkable progress made in weather forecasts and climate science over the last 150 years under the theme: “The Future of Weather, Climate and Water across Generations.”
Through this exhibition, you will learn about the history of meteorological measurements dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, showcasing the basis of modern meteorological standardization in humidity, pressure, temperature and wind speed.
In the next panel and video guidance by our scientist, you will discover the important role that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) play in providing essential services to society.
This exhibition presents a collaborative project between WMO and the Musée d’histoire des sciences, two organisations with a shared passion and expertise in meteorology and science, highlighting the pressing need to address the causes and impacts of climate change.
We hope this exhibition provides valuable learning opportunities and inspiration on science, meteorology and the future of our planet.
Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy the exhibition.
1. About weather forecasts
The weather affects our daily lives, from planning family activities to farming and flight schedules. Reliable and timely weather forecasts require international cooperation since there are no national boundaries for weather, climate and water.
2. What WMO does?
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations and is the authoritative voice on weather, climate and water.
National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) work around the clock to monitor Earth systems, including our atmosphere and ocean, and provide vital information for our safety and well-being. Early and reliable warnings of severe weather or water-related events, poor air quality, and long-term climate monitoring help society be better prepared and protected.
3. WMO and its Members
WMO coordinates the work of 193 National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to strengthen international collaboration, including disaster risk reduction, water resource management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. Reliable observation and projection of future climate support climate change adaptation and mitigation.
WMO facilitates and promotes the standardization of observing networks and data exchange.
The WMO Integrated Global Observing System provides the overall framework essential to comprehend the current weather status or the Earth as a whole and developing weather forecasts. It brings together space-based and land and ocean surface observations, which are made available to all countries through the WMO Information System (WIS).
The WMO Unified Data Policy, approved in 2021, reaffirms the commitment to the unrestricted exchange of data. It seeks to strengthen and expand data exchange not just for weather forecasts but also in other areas such as hydrology, atmospheric composition, cryosphere, and space weather. Better Earth system monitoring and prediction will have massive socioeconomic benefits and provide vital information on how to protect our planet and environment.