MeteoSwiss consists of seven departments, each with its own remit and functions. The departments work closely with one another, supporting and complementing each other's work. Together, they ensure the quality that characterises MeteoSwiss. The strategic development of the organisation revolves around the needs of our customers.
Service and Development
The Service and Development (Service und Entwicklung - SE) department consists of the climate service as well as the sub-departments Numerical Prediction and Development of Forecasting.
SE staff are responsible for:
- the development and operation of the weather forecasting model;
- analysis of and research into the current and future climate, and the establishment of climate bases;
- the provision of climate services;
- the development of forecasting methods and tools, and the creation of decision support systems for meteorologists.
Forecasting and Consulting
The Forecasting and Consulting department comprises the three weather centres in Zurich, Geneva and Locarno. Its staff provide weather forecasts, official weather warnings and specific meteorological services for aviation and other customers and partners. They are also responsible for manual observations at Zurich and Geneva international airports.
Measurement and Data
The Measurement and Data (Messungen und Daten - MD) department is responsible for the collection, quality assurance and provision of meteorological data. In addition, the MD department operates an extensive weather observation network consisting of
- surface observation stations,
- radar systems,
- wind profilers,
- and visual observations.
The MD department manages the data collected and processes them for the purpose of developing high-quality, cost-effective and readily accessible solutions for internal and external users.
Planning and Customer Relations
The Planning and Customer Relations (Planung und Kundenbeziehungen - PK) department fulfils a vital role in the management and positioning of MeteoSwiss. It is concerned with the planning, coordination and development of the activities, products and services of the organisation.
PK cultivates the interfaces and relationships with customers, the public, the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs and the national political arena, as well as with international organisations. PK thereby ensures that MeteoSwiss is optimally positioned in the political, economic and societal spheres.
Information and Communication Technology
The Information and Communication Technology (IT) department guarantees round-the-clock, high availability, crisis-proof IT operations. In addition, it provides the other departments with innovative IT solutions and is committed to ensuring an efficient service in terms of developing and providing ongoing support for specialist applications.
Finance and Logistics
The Finance and Logistics (FIL) department manages MeteoSwiss’s budget and is responsible for the organisation’s material resources and for investments in new technologies.
The Human Resources (HR) department is responsible for all human resource matters.