WMO Regional Climate Centers

The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) basic infrastructure has been extended to strengthen the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) capabilities in operationally generating and delivering up-to-date climate information and prediction products for climate services, especially in support of climate adaptation and risk management. Accordingly, several WMO designated Global Producing Centres of Long-Range Forecasts (GPCLRFs) have been established to provide a range of global long-range forecasting products.

Furthermore, WMO designated Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) are being implemented to generate and deliver more regionally-focused high-resolution data and products as well as training and capacity building.

The GPCLRFs and the RCCs constitute integral components of WMO's Global Data Processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) underpinning the generation of climate information products by the NMHSs.

Centres of Excellence, the WMO RCCs create regional products including long-range forecasts that support regional and national activities and thereby strengthen capacity of WMO Members in a given region to deliver the best climate services to national users.

RCC Implementation

The WMO has been making concerted efforts to implement RCCs, in close coordination with its Regional Associations, Commission for Climatology (CCl) and Commission for Basic Systems (CBS). All the six Regional Associations of WMO have committed to their establishment in close compliance with the applicable WMO Technical Regulations, the GDPFS.

To discover the status of RCCs or RCC-Networks implementation, click on a WMO Regional Association and click on a marker to visit the respective RCC or RCC-Network website.


designated RCC RCC in demonstration phase RCC proposed
designated RCC-Network RCC-Network in demonstation phase RCC-Network proposed


Concept of RCCs has been endorsed by the WMO Regional Associations and continues to extend to the Arctic, Antarctic and high mountain regions of the world. As a first step, the Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS), under the umbrella of WMO Executive Council, will first focus on the Arctic Polar Region, by the establishment of a Polar RCC (PRCC) in the form of a RCC-Network.

The EC-PHORS Services Task Team (STT) conducted a Scoping Workshop on Climate Services for Polar Regions: Establishing Polar Regional Climate Centres - Towards Implementing an Arctic PRCC-Network on 17-19 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

Functions and Designation

Useful Links

More Information

For more information on WMO RCC designation process, contact the WMO Secretariat.
For specific RCC products, please contact the concerned WMO RCCs or Pilots at the links given above.