Norwegian Meteorological Institute

The institute provides the public with meteorological services for both civil and military purposes. The institute is to provide services for the authorities, commerce and industry, institutions and the general public for the protection of their interests, for the protection of life and property, for planning and for the protection of the environment.

The official duties of MET Norway include:

  • Issue weather forecasts
  • Study the national climatological conditions and produce climatological reports
  • Provide meteorological observations from Norway, adjacent sea areas, and from the Svalbard area
  • Carry out research and development in support of the institute's operational functions to ensure that the services are of the highest possible standard
  • Make available the results of our work
  • Provide special services for the public and private interests on a commercial basis
  • Participate in international meteorological co-operation.

Vision and basic functions:

Our vision is that the institute is to be a centre of excellence on meteorological conditions relevant for Norway, and the results of its competence are to be used as a tool to the general public, the authorities, commerce and industry in their decision making process on a short term basis and for the future.

Our main goals are: 

  • The institute shall provide meteorological services which in content and quality meet the requirements of society. In order to meet both present and future requirements, the institute is to carry out relevant research and development activities.
  • The institute's activities shall, on all levels, from the collection of observations to the final forecasting product, be based on an effective and modern atmospheric and ocean forecasting system.
  • The institute shall provide expertise on climate conditions on the global and the national scale and shall at any time be able to provide climatological information for monitoring and planning purposes, and as input to the formulation of national climate policies.
  • The main activities of the institute are therefore associated with core activities financed by the Government, as well as with commercial services.

Core Activities:

  • Observations:
    Operation, data collection and the transmission of national and international observational data

  • Research and development financed by the Government:
    Development and improvement of operational models, tasks related to environmental emergency services, and general climate research
  • Weather forecasting:
    Analyses, prognoses, general forecasts and warnings, emergency preparedness
  • Climatological services:
    Observations, databases and general climatological information

Services financed by customers:

  •  Products and services tailored to fit customers' requirements
  • Services for aviation
  • Commercial climatological services:
    Specialised weather and climatological information, climatological data, statistics and environmental data from the Continental Shelf.

  • Commissions and reports:
    Atmosphere and sea impact analyses, transport models of marine pollution and air pollution, quantitative precipitation calculations, regional and local climatology, calculations of extremes and application of climatological data.

Norway is a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). The institute is actively involved in the work of these organisations.

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