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Meteorological Agencies & Organizations

Weather and meteorology agencies and organizations may be created by governments, business and industry, educational institutions, consumer groups and any combination thereof. Some weather and meteorology agencies and organizations are directly tied to the founding bodies, some are adjuncts, and others are entirely autonomous.

In the U.S., most weather agencies and organizations are governmental (including U.S. military weather services), such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or independent and non-profit, such as the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Weather and meteorology agencies and organizations serve a variety of functions, usually defined in a mission statement or charter and often further expanded upon in a goals or vision statement. Some of these functions may include:
  • Promotion of education, research, development and commerce in meteorology, climatology, paleoclimatology and related disciplines such as environmental science and engineering, planetary science, space science, atmospheric chemistry and structural engineering;
  • Funding of weather and environmental research, development and technology transfer efforts;
  • Encouraging development of career opportunities in meteorology and facilitation of job placement within various meteorology, environmental and earth sciences disciplines:
  • Raising public awareness of weather-related issues, challenges or hazards or bringing a particular aspect of meteorology, climatology or environmental science to the forefront of the public consciousness;
  • Serving as watchdogs or monitors for the environmental industry and meteorological and environmental research to insure compliance with safety procedures, ethical standards and codes of conduct.
  • Lobbying lawmaking bodies for enactment of laws either favorable to meteorological and environmental disciplines and activities or restrictive to aspects of their development.
Weather and meteorology agencies and organizations in the private sector are most often non-profit entities, but may also be for-profit companies such as think tanks engaged in furthering the environmental industry and weather-related research. Weather and meteorology agencies and organizations may be regional, but are mostly national or international in scope and influence.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 12 July 2005.

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