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WMO Regional Climate Centres

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 for 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.


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Polar Regional Climate Centres

The concept of RCCs is being extended to serve the unique requirements of polar and high-mountain regions, namely the Arctic, Antarctic and the Third Pole region. As a first step, the WMO Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) is guiding the implementation of the Arctic Polar RCC-Network.  For more details, see RCC implementation in the Polar Regions.


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.




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