The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
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WMO contributes to the welfare of humanity. Within the framework of WMO programmes, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) enhance national economic and social well being through timely and accurate meteorological and hydrological information. WMO is exploring the almost boundless opportunities opened up by new technology—in satellite data collection, computing and the Internet—to further develop the World Weather Watch (WWW), the core programme of WMO.

Water is a finite and vulnerable resource, and a critical global concern. Through the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme, WMO assists countries to assess and manage their water resources for future needs.
In the longer term, “weather” becomes climate. The World Climate Programme assists nations in the application of climate information to national planning and management. It provides the scientific basis for foreseeing possible future changes in climate and mitigating their adverse impacts.
In addition to weather-related work, the Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme monitors greenhouse gases, aerosols, other pollutants, and long-term atmospheric changes. Its Global Atmosphere Watch coordinates data from more than 300 monitoring stations.

The success of agricultural ventures is assisted through access to weather forecasts on timescales of hours to months ahead. WMO, through the Agricultural Meteorology Programme, provides information on climatic variation, the use of remote sensing in agriculture, and new technologies to sustain agricultural production.

The training of specialist staff is a priority of the Education and Training Programme. The Technical Cooperation Programme and the Regional Programme coordinate activities at regional and technological levels.
Marine operations depend on advance warnings of hazards such as gales, storms and sea ice. In 1999, WMO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) merged to provide a coordinated approach to marine meteorological and oceanographic services, coordinated by WMO’s Marine Programme.

Severe weather is responsible for most natural disasters. The Tropical Cyclone Programme and the Tropical Cyclone Research Programme provide the basis for the preparation to mitigate such events, saving lives and property.
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