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Organisation

MeteoSwiss is part of the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs and consists of six departments: Analysis and Forecasting, Measurements and Data, Planning and Customer Relations, Information and Communications Technology, Finance and Logistics, and Human Resources.

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MeteoSwiss consists of six departments, each with its own remit and functions. The departments work closely with one another, supporting and complementing each other’s work. Together, they achieve the quality that characterises MeteoSwiss. The strategic development of the organisation revolves around the needs of our customers.

Analysis and Forecasting

The Analysis and Forecasting (Analyse und Prognose - AP) department consists of the climate service and three weather stations in Zurich, Geneva and Locarno, as well as the sub-departments Numerical Forecasting and Forecast Development.

The AP staff provide weather forecasts, official weather warnings and specific meteorological services for aviation and other customers and partners. They are also responsible for

  • the development and operation of the  ICON weather forecasting model,
  • the development of forecasting methods and tools,
  • the analysis of the current and future climate,
  • and the provision of climate services.

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,
  • satellites,
  • soundings,
  • Lidar,
  • wind profilers,
  • radiometers,
  • 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 (ICT) 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.

Human Resources

The Human Resources (HR) department is responsible for all human resource matters.