Météo-France

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Acronym: 

MF

Country: 
France
Contact: 

Jean Michel Soubeyroux (jean-michel.soubeyroux[at]meteo.fr)

Christian Viel (Christian.viel[at]meteo.fr)

Anne-Lise Beaulant (Anne-Lise.Beaulant[at]meteo.fr)

As the national meteorological and climatological service, the remit of Météo-France covers several areas: the development and the maintenance of an observation network, the collection and processing of climatological data, weather forecasting, elaborating climate projections and, last but not least, carrying out research and training in the different fields of meteorology and climate.

One of the strengths of Météo-France in its role as a public institution is that it covers all fields, from research to operational tasks, at all time scales (from weather forecasts over the next hour to climate projections over several centuries) and all spatial scales (from global forecasting to finely detailed forecasting). Thus end-users of weather and climate services benefit directly from advances in science.

The contribution of its research to climate and climate change is widely recognized, particularly within the framework of Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) initiatives. Météo-France also plays an important role within leading organizations involved in meteorological cooperation: the World Meteorological organization (WMO), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EUMETSAT(European Organization for the exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) and EUMETNET (European Meteorological Network).

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