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Austria
Regional Association VI (Europe)

General Information

population 8 473 786 (*)
land area (km2) N/A
GDP (million USD) 428 322 (*)
WMO Member since 1955-02-23
QMS status whole NMS
decadal temp. anomalies (**) 1.09484 °C
local weatherweather forecast
* World Bank (2013) ** The Global climate (2001-2010)

Institutional Arrangements

National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service:

(ZAMG)
Website https://www.zamg.ac.at
Responsible Ministry bmbwf
PR with WMO Dr Michael STAUDINGER
International organizations (unknown)

Hydrology

National Hydrometeorological Service
Hydrological adviser Reinhold GODINA

Aviation

Meteorological Authority
Meteorological service provider
Institutional information
Composition of the WMO (PUB5) update
Permanent Representative
Dr STAUDINGER Michael Regional Association President (VI)
Hydrological Adviser
Dipl. Ing. GODINA Reinhold Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology)
Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
Prof. Dr NEUWIRTH Fritz Technical Commission Individual Members (Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology)
Commission for Basic Systems
Mr WOTAWA Gerhard Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems)
Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation
Mr POTZMANN Roland Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation)
Commission for Hydrology
Dipl. Ing. GODINA Reinhold Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology)
Commission for Atmospheric Sciences
Mr WANG Yong Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Atmospheric Sciences)
Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology
Dr ABLEIDINGER M. Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology)
Commission for Agricultural Meteorology
Dr KOCH Elisabeth Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Prof. Dr ROTACH Mathias Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Prof. Dr Eng. EITZINGER Josef Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology) Regional Association Group Member (Working Group on Agricultural Meteorology)
Commission for Climatology
Dr AUER Inge Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Climatology)
Institutional Information update
Title of the National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service (NMS)Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics
Title of institution with authority over NMSbmbwf
Legal status of the NMSGovernment agency with commercial activities
Legislative act regulating meteorology (or hydrometeorology)Law
NMS areas of responsibilitiesMeteorology
Provision of meteorological services for aviationThe Service is not the Meteorological Authority (as per ICAO Annex 3) but partially involved in the met service provision for aviation
Title of primary legislative act determining NMS functionsFOG 2004
Other regulatory framework applicable to NMS functionsdecree
Mandate for provision of climate servicesYes
Unit dedicated to climate-related activitiesYes
NMS is the sole authority for providing climate services in the countryNo
Other organizations (governmental, academic, private, commercial, etc.) providing climate services in the countryacademic, commercial
National drought policyNo
Gender distribution of staffTotal:Male:Female:
Number of staff by professional category
Management: Male:,Female:,Total:
Meteorologists: Male:,Female:,Total:
Meteorological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrologists: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:,Female:,Total:
Researchers: Male:,Female:,Total:
Support Staff: Male:,Female:,Total:
Other: Male:,Female:,Total:
Number of staff with university degreeTotal:140Male:Female:
Number of staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:20-30 years:30-40 years:40-50 years:Over 50 years:
Number of staff due to retire in next 5 yearsManagement:Meteorologist:Meteorological Technician:Hydrologist:Hydrological Technician:Climatologist/Climate Services:Researchers:Support Staff:Other:
Staffing trend in recent 3-5 yearsSteadily increasing
Areas in which NMS staff training is needed (in order of priority)1:2:3:4:
Fellowships requested under the WMO Fellowship Programme in 2016-2017
Total annual budget30 Mio Euro
Main sources of fundingGovernment
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget35
Budget trend in the recent 3-5 yearsNo significant year-to-year change
Sources of funding for improving the hydrometeorological infrastructure, etc.National agencies
Development/strategic plan in place in NMS, covering the next 3-5 yearsYes
Communications capacity and outreach
Quality Management System (QMS) in useYes
Status of QMS implementationQMS implemented for the whole NMS
National committee or platform composed of ministries, agencies and other stakeholders in place at the national ro sub-national levels, which coordinates Disaster Risk Reduction activitiesYes
NMS membership in national committee or platform coordinating DRR activitiesYes
Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) in place in the countryYes
Monitoring and forecasting systems in place for multiple hazards occurring simultaneously or cumulatively over timeYes
MHEWS warning of potential cascading impactsYes
Number of people per 100,000 covered by early warning information through local governments or through national dissemination mechanisms in your countryTotal:800,000Men:Women:
Percentage of local governments in the country having a plan to act on early warnings90
Accessible, understandable, usable and relevant disaster risk information and assessment available to people at the national and local levelsYes
NMS contribution and/or engagement in these risk assessmentsYes
Hazard, exposure and vulnerabilty information used in country as an input into emergency planning and the development of warning messagesYes
Performance of MHEWS evaluated in the countryYes
Feedback and lessons learned translated into improvements of the MHEWSYes
NMS engaged in performance reviews of the national MHEWS/DRR platformYes
A national WIGOS governance mechanism in placeYes
A national WIGOS partnership agreement in place for integration and open-sharing of observations from NMS and non-NMS sourcesNo
Number of staff trained in OSCAR/Surface1
A national process in place for acting on quality problem information received from the WIGOS Data Quality Monitoring SystemNo
A National WIGOS Implementation Plan adopted/approvedNo
Communication systems used to access data and productsWIS dedicated networks (World Weeather Watch GTS)GTS via Internet
Country participation in WMO Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) scheme for the collection and transmission of meteorological observations at seaNo
Number of marine meteorological and oceanographic observing stations operated in the countryBy NMS:By institutional partners (non_NMS):By private partners:
Marine meteorological and oceanographic observing data shared and exchanged with WMONo
Collaborative agreements or partnerships in the country concerning integrated marine meteorological and oceanographic observationsNo
Status of climate data rescue at NMS> 50-75% data rescued
Services provided by NMSPublic Weather Services
Warning Services:(Impact-based forecast and warning servicesExtreme heat)
Climate Services
Marine Services:()
Agrometeorological Services
Hydrological Services:()
Tailored Services to specific economic sectorsAir/Water qualityDrought ServicesEarthquake/Seismic ServicesVolcanological monitoring and alert servicesClimate ResearchOther hydrological (please specify) :Other any type (please specify):0
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NMSYes
NMS involvement in a drought monitoring and early warning systemYes
NMS use of a Flash Flood Guidance System for issuing flash flood warningsNo
Preparation and dissemination of marine forecasts or warning services by NMS as a Preparation Service of the Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS) within the framework of the Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)Not applicable
Forecasts and warnings received by NMS from the marine MetArea Issuing Service under GMDSSNot applicable
NMS use of cooperative mechanisms, such as mentoring and sharing of expertise, in order to support Members in need to resolve existing deficiencies in the provision of marine meteorological servicesNot applicable
User communities/sectors to which NMS provides climate products/information and estimated importance of users in various sectors for the NMS
Sector: Government Rating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Local authoritiesRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: ScientificRating: 5Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: CommercialRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Water resourcesRating: 3Services: data services
Sector: AgricultureRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: ForestryRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: TransportRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Energy industryRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Human healthRating: 5Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Tourism (incl. coastal zone)Rating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Recreation, sportRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Environmental protectionRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: BuildingRating: 3Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
Sector: Finance and insuranceRating: 4Services: data services,climate monitoring ,tailored products
Sector: Emergency planning and responseRating: 5Services: data services,climate monitoring ,climate analysis and diagnostics,climate predictions,tailored products
National Hydrological Service (NHS) combined with the National Meteorological Service in a single entityNo
Exact title of NHSDivision IV/4 Hydrological Service in Austria; BMLFUW - Abteilung IV/4 - Wasserhaushalt
Title of the institution with the authority over the serviceFederal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environement and Water Management
Legal status of the NHSGovernment or state owned, providing hydrological or other services to the state or to the public only (commercial activities not allowed)
Name(s) of the main institution(s) responsible for operational hydrologyHydrological Divisions in the Executive Authorities of the 9 Provincial Governments
Legislative act regulating hydrology (or hydrometeorology, or similar) in the countryLaw
Title of the primary legislative act determining the NHS mandateAct of Water Law, 2003
NHS areas of responsibilityHydrological observations - stage and dischargeHydrological observations - groundwaterHydrological observations - climatologicalWater Resources AssessmentHydrological Forecasting (droughts, floods, streamflow) and Warnings
Flood management plan(s) established or under developmentYes
NHS membership in a national committee or platform coordinating disaster risk reduction activitiesYes
Gender distribution of NHS staffTotal:157Male:125Female:30
Number of NHS staff (by professional category)
Management: Male:15.5,Female:0,Total:15.5
Hydrologists: Male:16,Female:10.5,Total:26.5
Hydrological Technicians: Male:66,Female:9,Total:75
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:2,Female:1,Total:3
Researchers: Male:1.5,Female:0.5,Total:2
Support Staff: Male:24,Female:5,Total:29
Other: Male:4,Female:2,Total:6
Number of NHS staff with university degree44
Number of NHS staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:220-30 years:1030-40 years:2540-50 years:43Over 50 years:77
Number of NHS staff due to retire in the next 5 yearsManagement:7Hydrologist:3Hydrological Technician:16Climatologist/Climate Services:1Researchers:0Support Staff:7Other:2
Staffing trend in the recent 3-5 years
Fellowships requested by NHS under the WMO Fellowships Programme in 2016-2017No
Total annual budget of the NHSapprox. €3.5 Mio without staff costs
Main sources of fundingGovernment
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget0
Trend of the government component of the budget during the recent 3-5 yearsNo significant year-to-year change
Sources of funding for improving the hydrological infrastructure, etc.Projects funded by international agenciesProjects funded by transboundary commissions
Quality Management System (QMS) for hydrology in use in the countryYes
Status of QMS implementationQMS implemented for hydrological observations
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NHS staffYes
Flash flood warnings issued by NMSYes
Flash Flood Guidance System used for issuing flash flood warningsNo
Access to quantitative subseasonal or seasonal hydrological forecasts by sectoral users in the countryNo
Use of flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability information in the country to carry-out risk assessments at the national, provincial and local levels
Relationships maintained by NHS with users of information products to understand their needs and level of satisfaction with the services providedYes
Regional Working Structure update

Regional subsidiary bodies

Organizational chart

Structure of RA-VI

Working Group on Climate and Hydrology RA VI

Commissions update

Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

NameWorkgroups
STAUDINGER Michael  

Commission for Atmospheric Sciences

NameWorkgroups
Dr DOLE Randall M.  
Prof. ROTACH Mathias  
Dr WANG Yong  
Dr KAISER August  
Dr PIRINGER Martin  
Dr KASPER-GIEBL Anne  
Mr SPANGL Wolfgang  
Mr HEYES Chris  
Mr WINIWARTER Wilfried  
Mr AMANN Markus  
Dr SCHNEIDER Jurgen  
Dr SCHREDER Josef  
Mrs FROEHLICH Marina  
Dr HÖLLER Robert  
Dr BREYCHA Marina  

Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology

NameWorkgroups
Dr PUEMPEL Herbert  
Focal Points update

ASAP National Focal Points (ASAP-NFPs)

No Focal Point nominated

DBCP National Focal Points for buoy programmes (DBCP-NFP)

No Focal Point nominated

DRR Focal Points of RAs, TCs and TPs

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for Information and Public Affairs

NameCountryRole
Mrs KOEHLER Monica Austria focal-point

Focal Points for RTH

NameCountryRole
Mr PICHLER Michael Austria focal-point

Focal Points for WIS Metadata matters

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points of CBS Lead Centers on Data Quality Monitoring (Land Surface)

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Point for Education and Training

NameCountryRole
Eng. SCHAFFHAUSER Andreas Austria focal-point

National Focal Point for Weather Radar Metadata

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Point on Matters Related to Weather Pub. No. 9, Volume A (Observing Stations)

NameCountryRole
Mr LIPA Wolfgang Austria focal-point

National Focal Points for Codes and Data Representation Matters

NameCountryRole
Mr PICHLER Michael Austria focal-point

National Focal Points for Monitoring and Evaluation system

NameCountryRole
Mr STOWASSER Rainer Austria focal-point

National Focal Points for OSCAR/Surface

NameCountryRole
Ms ADLER Silke Austria focal-point

National Focal Points for PWS

NameCountryRole
Mr STADLBACHER Klaus Austria focal-point

National Focal Points for the Country Profile Database

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the RMDCN

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for WIGOS

NameCountryRole
Mr LIPA Wolfgang Austria focal-point

National Focal Points on Matters Related to Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and related Climatological matters (RBCN)

NameCountryRole
Mr POTZMANN Roland Austria focal-point

National Focal Points on Matters Related to the Regional Basic Synoptic Network (RBSN)

NameCountryRole
Mr LIPA Wolfgang Austria focal-point

National Focal Points on the Implementation Plan for the Evolution of the Global Observing System (EGOS-IP)

NameCountryRole
Mr LIPA Wolfgang Austria focal-point

National Focal Points on WIS matters

NameCountryRole
Mrs PAUL Anita Austria focal-point

National Gender Focal Points

NameCountryRole
Ms KRONLACHNER Iris Austria focal-point

Port Meteorological Officers - useful contacts (PMOs)

No Focal Point nominated

SOOP Implementation Panel (SOOPIP)

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Global Production Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

Task Team on VOS recruitment and programme promotion (TT-VOSRPP)

No Focal Point nominated

VOS Panel (VOSP)

No Focal Point nominated

Observations
Surface and upper-air stations (OSCAR/Surface) update
Wolfgang LIPA
Catalogue of Meteorological Bulletins (Volume C1) updateNo data available
Radars update
Global Atmosphere Watch - Stations update
Monitoring update

WIGOS data quality monitoring (details)

WIS Availability & monitoring (details)

World Wide Weather data submission monitoring (details)

Country information
WMO Information System update

WIS centres

Name Centre type Principal GISC Secondary GISC CBS Endorsement Technical Commission Manual on WIS status
NMC  NC  Offenbach    Approved by Cg/EC  CBS  Equals WIS Manual 
RTH (Vienna)  DCPC  Offenbach    Approved by Cg/EC  CBS  Endorsed by Cg/Ec 

GTS links

remote endpoint type speed national endpoint
Bratislava  IP  48  Vienna 
Budapest  IP  32  Vienna 
Belgrade  NI    Vienna 
Zagreb  IP  64  Vienna 
Ljubljana  IP  64  Vienna 
Prague  IP  16  Vienna 
Offenbach  IP  64  Vienna 

Availability & monitoring

INFOHYDRO update

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Responsible organization

NameFederal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
AddressMarxergasse 2, Vienna, Austria, 1030
Websitehttp://www.lebensministerium.at
Full profileInfohydro profile page
Last updated2006-05-02

Protocol options

General hydrologyyes
Hydropowerno
Agricultureno
Water supplyno
Flood controlyes
Pollution controlyes
Navigationno

Coverage

National

Types of stations operated

Hydrometricyes
Groundwateryes
Climateyes
Snowyes
Lake levelsyes
Glaciersyes
Estuariesno
Ice thicknessno
Soil moistureyes
Sedimentyes
Water qualityno
Bio diversityno

Geographical descriptors

General climatetemperate
Mean annual precip.1050 mm
Standard deviation100 mm
Regional Centres update

For WMO Information System centres please also see the widget "WMO Information System" above

Name Type City
Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for Tropical Cycl   RSMC-TC   Vienna    
Regional Telecommunication Hub   RTH   Vienna    
WMO Library update
Climate Normals (1961-1990) update

Station: WIEN/HOHE WARTE (11035-0)

Station: SONNBLICK

Station: SALZBURG-FLUGHAFEN

Station: KLAGENFURT-FLUGHAFEN

Station: GRAZ-THALERHOF-FLUGHAFEN

Alerting Authorities Registry (CAP) update
Title Description More Info
Austria: Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik   A WMO Member [Austria] identifies Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Geo Met Fire.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=9
Austria: Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung. Wasserwirtschaft   A WMO Member [Austria] identifies Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung. Wasserwirtschaft as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Met.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=250
Austria: Hydrographischer Dienst Tirol   A WMO Member [Austria] identifies Hydrographischer Dienst Tirol as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Met.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=249
Austria: Abteilung Wasserhaushalt   A WMO Member [Austria] identifies Abteilung Wasserhaushalt as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Met.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=8
Cooperation
VCP Requests updateNo data available
Fellowships update

Hosted Fellowships

Training Institution Purpose of study Home Country Description Type of study Study period
ZAMG  To pursue a three months course at the ZAMG  Lithuania Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2008-09 - 2008-11 
GFCS Projects updateNo data available
Projects updateNo data available