International Projects

MeteoSwiss engages in international projects, supporting developing countries and emerging economies in the fields of meteorology and climate.

Working in close cooperation with national and international organisations, MeteoSwiss participates in the following international projects:


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Image of landscape in Central Asia
© U. Jutz

The Project CATCOS (Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems) strengthened the capacities of ten developing and emerging countries to systematically observe climate-relevant data. Funding: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).



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Peruvian woman with llamas

The project CLIMANDES-2 builds upon the first phase of the project (CLIMANDES-1) and aims to develop climate services for decision-makers in Peru and to improve the training of meteorologists in the Andean region. User-tailored weather forecasts can help the rural population in managing the impacts of climate change. The cooperation between MeteoSwiss and the Peruvian weather service is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

SEB Peru

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coffee picker

The project SEB Peru aims at estimating the economic value of enhanced climate services specifically designed for the coffee and maize production in the Andean region Cusco. It is aligned with the project CLIMANDES, which develops user-tailored climate services in Peru.
Funding: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


World Bank Hydromet programme

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Flooded home in Columbia
© Scott Wallace / World Bank

The World Bank Hydromet Programme was established as part of the GFDRR (Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery). The programme promotes the development of modern, service-oriented and financially sustainable national meteorological services in developing countries. MeteoSwiss collaborated on the World Bank report on "Weather and Climate Resilience", published in 2013.
Funding: World Bank



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The image shows a satellite photograph of the Alps, the majority of which are covered in snow.

The aim of the ESA GlobSnow-2 project is to derive time series on snow cover and snow equivalent from satellite data. These datasets and products are valuable for a variety of users (including the Global Climate Observing System GCOS) and political spheres.
Funding: European Space Agency (ESA)

Snow Monitoring in Lebanon

Water is a vital and scarce resource in the Middle East. In Lebanon snow is an important seasonal water reservoir. In the context of the project “Strengths and Weaknesses of different Satellite Sensors for Snow Monitoring in Lebanon” MeteoSwiss evaluated the suitability of various satellite sensors for snow monitoring in Lebanon, based on previously collected user requirements.