MeteoSwiss consists of seven departments, each with different remits and functions. They work closely together, support and complement each other and jointly create the quality that characterises MeteoSwiss.
Analysis and Forecasting
The Analysis and Forecasting (Analyse und Prognose - AP) department consists of the climate service, the three weather centres in Zurich, Geneva and Locarno and of the numerical prediction team. The employees provide weather forecasts, official weather warnings and specific meteorological services for aviation and other customers and partners. They also analyse the current Swiss climate, model future climate trends and provide other climate services. The AP department is also in charge of further developing and operating the COSMO weather forecasting system.
Measurement and Data
The Measurement and Data (MD) department is responsible for the collection, quality assurance and provision of meteorological data. In addition, the MD department, runs an extensive weather observation network consisting of surface observation stations, visual observations, soundings, radar systems, satellites, Lidar, wind profilers and radiometers. The MD department manages the data collected and prepares it so that internal and external end-users can use it to create weather forecasts, flight weather information, climate analysis and other products.
Planning and Customer Relations
The Planning and Customer Relations department makes a central contribution to the running and management of MeteoSwiss and is responsible for the planning, coordination and development of its assignments, products and services. PCR interfaces with customers, the general public, the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs, national policy makers and international organisations, thus ensuring optimum integration with all stakeholders.
Information and Communication Technology
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) department guarantees round-the-clock, high availability, crisis-proof IT operations. The ICT department also supports the other departments with innovative IT solutions and an efficient development and maintenance service for specialist applications.
Finance and Logistics
The Finance and Logistics (FILO) department administers MeteoSwiss’s budget, takes care of material resources and property maintenance.
Human Resources and Staff Development
The Human Resources and Staff Development (PA) department is the port of call for all employees and is responsible for all human resource issues. The PA department looks after trainees and coordinates their professional development.