The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

BACKGROUND: The practical uses of meteorology are to instruct, advise, and warn mankind about the weather. Thus, it can help prevent devastation caused by flood, drought, and storm; it can also assist the peoples of the world in best adapting their agriculture and industry to the climatic conditions under which they live.

For meteorology, international cooperation is indispensable. The reasons are expressed in the following words of President John F. Kennedy: "… there is the atmosphere itself, the atmosphere in which we live and breathe and which makes life on this planet possible. Scientists have studied the atmosphere for many decades, but its problems continue to defy us. The reasons for our limited progress are obvious. Weather cannot be easily reproduced and observed in the laboratory. It must, therefore, be studied in all of its violence wherever it has its way. Here, new scientific tools have become available. With modern computers, rockets and satellites, the time is ripe to harness a variety of disciplines for a concerted attack.… The atmospheric sciences require worldwide observation and, hence, international cooperation."


El Niño Update. Monthly since November 1997.

International Glossary of Hydrology

Manual on the Global Data Processing System

Manual on the Global Observing System

Manual on Marine Meteorological Services

Operational Hydrology Reports

Special Environmental Reports

Technical Regulations—Manual on Codes

WMO Annual Report.

WMO Bulletin. Summarizes the work of the WMO and of developments in international meteorology. Quarterly.

WMO Training Series

World Climate News. Quarterly.

World Weather Watch—The Plan and Implementation Programme.

(The WMO Library carries 35,000 monographs and 200 periodicals on the topics of meteorology, climatology, hydrology, marine and agricultural meteorology, and related topics of pollution and environment.)

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