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Info note No.55

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Moscow, 27 May 2009 (WMO) - The Russian Hydrometeorological Service, one of the oldest in the world, dates back to the founding of the Normal Observatory in Saint Petersburg in 1834, which was the first institution in the world to begin coordinating a country’s meteorological and magnetic observations using standardized methods. The Roshydromet network currently includes 1 871 stations and 3 102 posts. Some 65000 users draw on Roshydromet forecasts in their professional activities. Ensuring the safety of the public’s everyday activities is a top priority for Roshydromet.

In his remarks at the gala celebration, Mr Jarraud noted that the Russian Federation is a vital partner for Members of Regional Associations II (Asia) and VI (Europe), since it supports the functioning of a vast network of observing stations, it operates extraordinarily important meteorological satellites and it has within its territory one of the three World Meteorological Centres maintained by WMO, as well as four Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres (RSMCs), three Regional Telecommunication Hubs (RTHs) and a Regional Training Centre (RTC). Roshydromet has been actively involved for many years in international cooperation in the field of atmospheric sciences, and this participation has been noted with appreciation in many scientific projects, such as the First International Polar Year (1882/1883), the Second International Polar Year (1932/1933), the International Geophysical Year (1957/1958) and the Global Atmospheric Research Programme (GARP) (1967/1982). Roshydromet made a significant contribution to the success of the International Polar Year (IPY) (2007/2008).

Many Russian scientists have been honoured with WMO awards, which are presented only to people with a record of outstanding achievements in international meteorology and hydrology. This group includes Academician V.A. Bugayev, who received the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) prize in 1972 and was one of the co-founders of a major WMO programme, the World Weather Watch (WWW). Professor K.Ya. Kondratyev (1966), Academician Ye.K. Fedorov (1976), Professor M.I. Budyko (1987) and Professor Yu.A. Izrael (1992) also received this prestigious award.

Dr. Bedritskiy, the head of Roshydromet, has been a member of the WMO Executive Council since 1993 and was elected President of WMO by a unanimous vote at the Fourteenth and Fifteenth World Meteorological Congresses.

WMO’s 188 Members are able to define and address with great precision a broad range of complex problems related to protecting life and property, as well as socio-economic development. As you know, the atmosphere does not recognize borders, and the international community has recently called for a strengthening of systematic observations, since they are essential for monitoring climate change and its effects, and also for providing assistance to developing countries in the implementation of optimal strategies for adaptation to climate change. In this regard, Russian scientists have made an important contribution to the activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), of which WMO is a co-sponsor. With a view to laying the foundation for a new era in forecasting, making more information available to users and promoting the adoption of commitments on the part of Governments, and also in order to boost the capabilities of decision-makers in matters related to adaptation to climate change and variability, WMO, together with its partners, is organizing the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), which will be held in Geneva from 31 August through 4 September 2009, and whose principal theme will be “Climate prediction and information for decision-making”. The results of WCC-3 will also make a contribution to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), which is to take place in Copenhagen in December. The Russian Federation is one of the key sponsors of WCC-3.

Contact information:


Ms Carine Richard-Van Maele, Chief, Communications and Public Affairs,Tel: +41 (0) 22 730 8314, e-mail:, Ms Gaëlle Sévenier, Press Officer, Tel. +41 (0) 22 730 8417, e-mail:


At Roshydromet

Victor Blinov, Head of Scientific Programmes, International Cooperation and Information Resources, Tel: + 7499252 07 08, e-mail:




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