International Projects

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

Below is a list of current and past international cooperative projects in which MeteoSwiss has worked or is working closely with national and international partners.

CLIMANDES

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Peruvian woman with llamas
© OCI-SENAMHI

The CLIMANDES-2 project builds on the initial project phase of CLIMANDES-1. Its aim is to develop climate-related services for the Peruvian context (with an emphasis on agriculture) and to improve the education of meteorologists in the Andes region. Customised weather forecasts that are aimed at particular target groups are intended to ensure that the farming communities are better equipped to deal with the consequences of climate change. The cooperation between MeteoSwiss and the Peruvian meteorological service is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and coordinated by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

CATCOS

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Image of landscape in Central Asia
© U. Jutz

Ten developing countries and emerging economies received help under the CATCOS (Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems) project with setting up a system to collect climate-related data measurements and to continue these data series on a sustainable, long-term basis. Funding: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

 

SEB Peru

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coffee picker
© SENAMHI

The purpose of the SEB Peru project was to gauge the socio-economic benefits that climate services could provide to coffee and maize production in the Andean region of Cusco. It was through SEB Peru that the CLIMANDES project was funded, which develops customised 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

 

GlobSnow-2

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

The aim of the ESA GlobSnow-2 project was 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.