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MeteoSwiss is the Swiss Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology. We keep our finger on the pulse how changing weather and climate affects Switzerland.

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National Weather and Climate Service

Switzerland’s national weather and climate service, MeteoSwiss, has been playing an important role in our country’s safety and prosperity for almost 160 years. The general public, industry and science all benefit from the range of services provided by our committed and motivated team of 390 or so employees in Zurich, Geneva, Payerne and Locarno.

On behalf of the Federal Government, MeteoSwiss performs the activities set out in the Federal Act on Meteorology and Climatology. We operate the national surface and radar measurement network, and we collect, manage and analyse weather and climate data. We produce forecasts, and issue information, warnings and advice. We are also engaged in researching and developing tailor-made products and services.

MeteoSwiss: Serving society around the clock, 365 days of the year (german)

Expenses

Around three quarters of expenses incurred by MeteoSwiss relate to the provision of weather and climate services (data collection, information processing, expert services). In terms of operating expenses, the increase in costs was primarily due to, first, the additional funding required to finance high-performance computing capabilities for weather forecasts, and, second, the new Weather4UN project. The remaining quarter relates to transfer expenses and is largely committed (mandatory contributions to international organisations). Transfer expenses were down from the previous year, mainly because the contribution to the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) was lower. Investment expenditure was lower than the previous year, as there were delays in the delivery of planned ICT replacement purchases.

Revenue

MeteoSwiss generates revenue by providing meteorological services to customers both within and outside the Swiss federal administration, e.g. by preparing weather data for customers requiring information about aviation weather conditions. It also receives third-party funding from research projects. Revenue remained at the same level as the previous year.