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Seychelles
Regional Association I (Africa)

General Information

population 89 173 (*)
land area (km2) N/A
GDP (million USD) 1 443 (*)
WMO Member since 1977-02-15
QMS status only aviation
decadal temp. anomalies (**) no value reported
local weatherweather forecast
* World Bank (2013) ** The Global climate (2001-2010)

Institutional Arrangements

National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service:

(SMA)
Website http://www.meteo.gov.sc
Responsible Ministry Ministry Of Environment Energy & Climate Change
PR with WMO Vincent AMELIE
International organizations (unknown)

Hydrology

National Hydrometeorological Service
Hydrological adviser Catherina BONNELAME

Aviation

Meteorological Authority Seychelles Meteorological Authority
Meteorological service provider
Institutional information
Composition of the WMO (PUB5) update
Permanent Representative
AMELIE Vincent
Hydrological Adviser
BONNELAME Catherina
Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
BIJOUX Francis Expert (Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology)
Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology
SENIOR METEOROLOGICAL OFFICER Expert (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology)
Institutional Information update
Title of the National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service (NMS)Seychelles Meteorological Authority
Title of institution with authority over NMSMinistry Of Environment Energy & Climate Change
Legal status of the NMSGovernment or state owned, providing Public Weather Service (PWS) or other services to the state or to the public only (commercial activities not allowed)
Legislative act regulating meteorology (or hydrometeorology)LawMeteorological ACT 2015
NMS areas of responsibilitiesMeteorologyClimate
Provision of meteorological services for aviationThe Service is the Meteorological Authority (as per ICAO Annex 3) and also the met service provider for aviation
Title of primary legislative act determining NMS functionsMeteorological Act, 2015
Other regulatory framework applicable to NMS functions1. Protocol Accord with Disaster & Risk Management for dessimination of advisories and warnings 2. Broadcast Accord with Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation for weather reports and forecast broadcasti
Mandate for provision of climate servicesYes
Unit dedicated to climate-related activitiesYes
NMS is the sole authority for providing climate services in the countryYes
National drought policy
Link to national drought policy
Gender distribution of staffTotal:Male:18Female:14
Number of staff by professional category
Management: Male:5,Female:3,Total:8
Meteorologists: Male:7,Female:4,Total:11
Meteorological Technicians: Male:2,Female:4,Total:6
Hydrologists: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:1,Female:,Total:1
Researchers: Male:,Female:,Total:
Support Staff: Male:6,Female:,Total:6
Other: Male:,Female:,Total:2
Number of staff with university degreeTotal:10Male:8Female:2
Number of staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:020-30 years:530-40 years:940-50 years:12Over 50 years:8
Number of staff due to retire in next 5 yearsManagement:0Meteorologist:0Meteorological Technician:0Hydrologist:0Hydrological Technician:0Climatologist/Climate Services:1Researchers:0Support Staff:0Other:
Staffing trend in recent 3-5 yearsSteadily increasing
Areas in which NMS staff training is needed (in order of priority)1:Forecasting2:Climate Services3:Hydrology4:Research
Fellowships requested under the WMO Fellowship Programme in 2016-2017Yes
Total annual budget12000000 Seychelles Rupees
Main sources of fundingGovernment
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget0%
Budget trend in the recent 3-5 yearsNo significant year-to-year change
Sources of funding for improving the hydrometeorological infrastructure, etc.International agencies
Development/strategic plan in place in NMS, covering the next 3-5 yearsYes
Communications capacity and outreachA press relations office that regularly interacts with the pressA presence on social media channelsA capacity for reaching out to the general public through information materials, activities, etc.
Quality Management System (QMS) in useYes
Status of QMS implementationQMS implemented for aviation branch
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:50,000Men:20,000Women:30,000
Percentage of local governments in the country having a plan to act on early warnings70%
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 placeNo
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/Surface2
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 productsGTS via InternetInternet (other than GTS links)Private or dedicated lines to centres (other than GTS links)
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:2By institutional partners (non_NMS):5By private partners:6
Marine meteorological and oceanographic observing data shared and exchanged with WMOYes, some or most of those collected by institutional partners (non-NMS)
Collaborative agreements or partnerships in the country concerning integrated marine meteorological and oceanographic observationsYes
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 heatCyclones)
Aviation Services
Marine Services:(Marine safety forecast and warning services for high seas, coastal waters and portsCoastal hazards forecasting and warnings)
Hydrological Services:()
Drought ServicesTsunami ServicesClimate ResearchOther hydrological (please specify) :Other any type (please specify):
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)Yes
Forecasts and warnings received by NMS from the marine MetArea Issuing Service under GMDSSYes
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 servicesNo
User communities/sectors to which NMS provides climate products/information and estimated importance of users in various sectors for the NMS
National Hydrological Service (NHS) combined with the National Meteorological Service in a single entity
Exact title of NHS
Title of the institution with the authority over the service
Legal status of the NHS
Name(s) of the main institution(s) responsible for operational hydrology
Legislative act regulating hydrology (or hydrometeorology, or similar) in the country
Title of the primary legislative act determining the NHS mandate
NHS areas of responsibility
Flood management plan(s) established or under development
NHS membership in a national committee or platform coordinating disaster risk reduction activities
Gender distribution of NHS staffTotal:Male:Female:
Number of NHS staff (by professional category)
Management: 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 NHS staff with university degree
Number of NHS staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:20-30 years:30-40 years:40-50 years:Over 50 years:
Number of NHS staff due to retire in the next 5 yearsManagement:Hydrologist:Hydrological Technician:Climatologist/Climate Services:Researchers:Support Staff:Other:
Staffing trend in the recent 3-5 years
Fellowships requested by NHS under the WMO Fellowships Programme in 2016-2017
Total annual budget of the NHS
Main sources of funding
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget
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.
Quality Management System (QMS) for hydrology in use in the country
Status of QMS implementation
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NHS staff
Flash flood warnings issued by NMS
Flash Flood Guidance System used for issuing flash flood warnings
Access to quantitative subseasonal or seasonal hydrological forecasts by sectoral users in the country
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 provided
Regional Working Structure updateNo data available
Commissions update
Focal Points update

Coordinator on Satcom issues

No Focal Point nominated

DRR Focal Points of RAs, TCs and TPs

No Focal Point nominated

Focal point for Global Cryosphere Watch

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for AGM

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for RTH

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for SAM

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for SMM

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for WIS IT Security Matters

No Focal Point nominated

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

Focal Points on Global Telecommunications System matters

No Focal Point nominated

GURME Country Contacts

No Focal Point nominated

METAREA Coordinators

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Point for Education and Training

NameCountryRole
CHANG-SENG Denis Focal point

National Focal Point for Weather Radar Metadata

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for Codes and Data Representation Matters

NameCountryRole
AMELIE Vincent Seychelles Focal point

National Focal Points for Monitoring and Evaluation system

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for OSCAR/Surface

NameCountryRole
BIJOUX Gerard Seychelles Focal point

National Focal Points for PWS

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Country Profile Database

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project

NameCountryRole
ALBERT Francois Seychelles Focal point

National Focal Points for WIGOS

No Focal Point nominated

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

NameCountryRole
BIJOUX Gerard Seychelles Focal point

National Focal Points on WIS matters

No Focal Point nominated

National Gender Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

National Marine Services Focal Points

NameCountryRole
BIJOUX Gerard Seychelles Focal point

Open Panel of CHy Experts

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

WMO AMDAR Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

Observations
Surface and upper-air stations (OSCAR/Surface) update
Catalogue of Meteorological Bulletins (Volume C1) updateNo data available
Radars updateNo data available
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  Casablanca    Approved by Cg/EC  CBS  Equals WIS Manual 

GTS links

remote endpoint type speed national endpoint
St Denis  IP  19,2  Victoria, Seychelles 
Port Louis, Mauritius  NI    Victoria, Seychelles 

Availability & monitoring

INFOHYDRO update

Public Utilities Corporation

Responsible organization

NamePublic Utilities Corporation
AddressP .O . BOX 34, VICTORIA , MAHE, REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES
Website
Full profileInfohydro profile page
Last updated2006-03-14

Protocol options

General hydrologyyes
Hydropowerno
Agricultureno
Water supplyyes
Flood controlno
Pollution controlno
Navigationno

Coverage

National

Types of stations operated

Hydrometricyes
Groundwateryes
Climateyes
Snowno
Lake levelsno
Glaciersno
Estuariesno
Ice thicknessno
Soil moistureno
Sedimentno
Water qualityyes
Bio diversityno

Geographical descriptors

General climateTropical
Mean annual precip.2467.8 mm
Standard deviation419.5 mm
Regional Centres updateNo data available
WMO Library update
Climate Normals (1961-1990) update

Station: SEYCHELLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Alerting Authorities Registry (CAP) update
Title Description More Info
Seychelles: National Meteorological Services   A WMO Member [Seychelles] identifies National Meteorological Services as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Geo Met Fire.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=145
Cooperation
VCP Requests update
Supporting country Status Year Description Project ID
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed in early June 1998: System is now not operational  1995-01  Provision of a satellite-based distribution system for WAFS data and products  AEM/3/1/1 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 28/11/95  1995-01  Provision of a television weather presentation system  DP/1/2/1 
  Withdrawn  1988-01  Automatic upper-air observing system  OB/1/1/1 
  Withdrawn  1994-01  Upgrading upper-air station  OB/1/2/2 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 07/12/98  1997-01  GPS upgrading of STAR upper-air station  OB/1/2/3 
France
 
Completed on 06/02/96  1991-01  Automatic weather station on Deroches Island  OB/2/1/2 
France
 
Completed on 01/09/91  1987-01  Automatic weather stations for Aldabra and Coetivy  OB/2/3/1 
  No support  1989-01  Modification of the APT/WEFAX equipment  OB/3/2/1 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 03/06/94  1993-01  Provision of an MDD receiving station  TE/6/2/1 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 01/01/89  1986-01  Microcomputer for climatological purposes (CLICOM)  WCP/2/1/1 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 21/12/98  1997-01  Upgrading of CLICOM hardware and software  WCP/2/1/1 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 01/07/94  1993-01  Replacement of the CLICOM system  WCP/2/1/2 
China
 
Completed on 21/12/01  1999-01  Strengthening of the surface observing network  OB/2/2/2 
  No support  2000-01  Provision of three automatic weather stations (AWSs) for Alphonse, Coetivy and Denis Island  OB/2/3/1 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed on 01/05/01  2000-01  Replacement of the electrolytic hydrogen generator for the radiosonde station at Seychelles International Airport  OB/1/3/1 
  No support  2002-01  Replacement and upgrading of the SADIS VSAT receivers  AEM/3/1/2 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Completed  2007-01  Replacement of a hydrogen generator for upper-air observations   OB/1/3/2 
  No support  2007-01  Upgrading of a Satellite-based Distribution System (SADIS) for WAFS data and products  AEM/3/1/3 
  Completed  2009-01  Automatic Weather Stations for the rehabilitation of the meteorological and hydrological networks   OB/2/3/2 
  Request  2018-01  Internal audit of Seychelles Meteorological Authority (SMA) Quality Management System (QMS) by South African Weather Service (SAWS) Towards ISO 9001:2015 Certification   
Fellowships update

Sent Fellowships

Host country Institution Purpose of study Description Type of study Study period
Kenya University of Nairobi  To study MSc Meteorology at University of Nairobi.Extension of fellowship for second year of study.Payment of tuition fees.  Meteorology  Meteorological Forecasting  2004-11 - 2006-09 
Kenya University of Nairobi  To study BSc Meteorology at University of Nairobi.Continuation of fellowship to the third year.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2004-09 - 2007-08 
India IMD Pune  To undertake BSc Network Engineering or BTEC Higher National Diploma.  Meteorology  Computers  2006-09 - 2008-08 
Kenya University of Nairobi  To undertake MSc Meteorology at University of Nairobi for 2 years. Proposed for VCP/UK.  Meteorology  Meteorological Forecasting  2007-09 - 2009-08 
China NUIST  To study MSc Meteorology in University of Nanjing, China.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2009-09 - 2012-08 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland University of Reading  To study MSc Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management at University of Reading, UK for 1 year.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2012-10 - 2013-09 
Kenya IMTR    Meteorology  Instruments  2013-09 - 2013-10 
China NUIST    Meteorology    2015-09 - 2020-08 
China CSC - NUIST    Meteorology    2015-09 - 2020-08 
Kenya IMTR/KMD    Meteorology  Instruments  2015-08 - 2015-09 
GFCS Projects update

Projects implemented in this country

Supported countries Title Description Status
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Liberia
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Eswatini
United Republic of Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 
Climate Services Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa The “Global Framework for Climate Services - Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa” project has two main objectives: building capacity for improved weather and climate services and developing weather and climate related services for agriculture. It builds on existing initiatives that have proven to be successful at national level and intends to upscale them to larger geographic areas. These include the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project and the Metagri operational project. It also seeks to strengthen meteorological services through the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET).  Active 
Projects update

Projects implemented in this country

Supported countries Title Description Status Type
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Sudan
Eswatini
United Republic of Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Zambia
 
GFCS – Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa The overarching goal for the programme “GFCS Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa” is to provide timely and accurate climate and weather services for disaster risk reduction and increased resilience in agriculture. on-going WMO