About the project

The Nowcasting and Mesoscale Research (NMR) and the Societal and Economic Research Applications (SERA) Working Groups from the WMO World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) are working together to evaluate nowcasting systems available in the different WMO Regional Associations, with a particular focus on developing countries, and types of warnings generated on severe weather as well as the way information is communicated to decision-makers and users. This activity is concentrated on evaluating techniques applied to develop severe weather warning systems on phenomena such as hail, strong winds, thunderstorms and tornadoes in developing countries.

NMR WG and SERA WG stress the importance of interdisciplinary research as a fundamental tool to evaluate and understand the needs and requirements of both the scientific community and end-users of warnings.

The main objectives are to evaluate access to radar, satellite and lightning data, nowcasting techniques and severe weather warning systems available in developing countries as well as promote a set of best practices in order to improve severe weather warning systems.
Information was collected through a survey answered by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of each country in different WMO Regional Associations between 2021 and 2023, and with support of EUMETNET Nowcasting Programme.

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NMR-SERA Project/working group members


Centro Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera.
Email: salio@cima.fcen.uba.ar
Twitter: @paola_salio

Paola Salio is PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (FCEN-UBA). Currently, associate professor at Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Buenos Aires and Independent Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) at Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera (CIMA, CONICET- University of Buenos Aires), Buenos Aires, Argentina. She leads a research group and her teaching interests are focused on cloud dynamics and microphysics of high impact weather events.


Servicio Meteorológico Nacional
Email: ddamen@smn.gob.ar

Daniela D’Amen is head of the Meteorology and Society area of the National Meteorological Service of Argentina (SMN), where she works mainly on issues related to the approach of meteorological and climate information users in the framework of disaster risk reduction. She is a geographer from the University of Buenos Aires and is currently finishing her postgraduate studies related to environmental and territorial issues. She is a researcher at the Institute of Geography FFyL-UBA and current member of the WMO RA III Services Working Group.


Servicio Meteorológico Nacional

Email: lstoll@smn.gob.ar

In 2017 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science oriented towards Climatology and Hydrometeorology at University of Buenos Aires (UBA). From 2017 to 2018 she was a research fellow at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2018 she has presented several works in local and international conferences either as a poster or oral presentation. In 2021 she earned an undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science at University of Buenos Aires. Since 2021 she is working as Project Assistant for the assessment of nowcasting activities around the world, project under the umbrella of the World Weather Research Programme from the World Meteorological Organization (WWRP-WMO).


The project can not be possible without large contributions from:

WMO-World Weather Research Programme

Regional Offices: Africa (WMO Region I), Asia (WMO Region II), South America (WMO Region III), North America, Central America and the Caribbean (WMO Region IV) and South-West Pacific (WMO Region V) 

Julia Chasco

Former Head of Meteorology and Society Department at the NMS- Arg. From December 2021, she moved to her new position at WMO in Geneve.

Sarah Kimani

Chair of RAI Dissemination Expert Group

EUMETNET Nowcasting Programme 

Participant institution by country (in alphabetical order)

Afghanistan – Afghanistan Meteorological Department

Argentina – Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN-AR)

Austria – Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG)

Bahrain – Meteorological Directorate

Bangladesh – Bangladesh Meteorological Department

Barbados – Barbados Meteorological Services

Belgium – Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI)

BeninAgence Nationale de la Météorologie du Bénin (METEO BENIN)

BhutanNational Center for Hydrology and Meteorology

Bolivia – Administración de Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares a la Navegación Aérea (AASANA)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Republic of Srpska

Botswana – Department of Meteorological Services

Brazil – Instituto Nacional de Meteorología (INMET)

Brunei DarussalamBrunei Darussalam Meteorological Department

Bulgaria – National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

Burundi – Institut géographique du Burundi (IGEBU) département d’hydrométéorologie

Cambodia – Department of Meteorology

Cameroon – Department of National Meteorology

Canada – ECCC Science and Technology Branch (STB) / Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)

Chile – Dirección Meteorológica de Chile (DMC)

ChinaChina Meteorological Administration (CMA)

ColombiaInstituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales (IDEAM)

Costa Rica – Instituto Meteorológico Nacional de Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire – Direction Nationale de la meteorologie

Cuba – Instituto de Meteorología (INSMET)

Czech RepublicCzech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI)

Djibouti – Agence Nationale de la Météorologie

Dominica – Dominica Meteorological Service

Dominican Republic – Oficina Nacional de Meteorología (ONAMET)

Ecuador – Instituto Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (INAMHI)

Egypt – Egyptian Meteorological Authority

El Salvador – Dirección General de Amenazas y Recursos Naturales

Estonia – Estonian Weather Service (ESTEA)

Finland – Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)

France – Météo-France

Gambia – Department of Water Resources

Germany – Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)

Ghana – Ghana Meteorological Agency

Greece – Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS)

Grenada – Grenada Meteorological Service

Guinea – Agence Nationale de la Météorologie

Guinea-Bissau – National Institute of Meteorology of Guinea-Bissau (INM-GB)

Guyana – Hydrometeorological Service

Haiti – Unité Hydro Météorologique d’Haiti (UHM)

Hong KongHong Kong Observatory

Hungary – Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ)

India – India Meteorological Department

Indonesia –  

Iran – Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO)

Ireland – Met Eireann

Italy – Centro Nazionale di Meteorologia e Climatologia Aeronautica (CNMCA)

JapanJapan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

Kenya – Kenya Meteorological Department

Kiribati – Kiribati Meteorological Service

LaoDepartment of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH)

Libya – National Meteorological Centre (NMC)

Luxembourg – MeteoLux

MacaoMacao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau

Madagascar – Direction Générale de la Météorologie

MalaysiaMalaysian Meteorological Department 

Malawi – Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services

Maldives – Maldives Meteorological Service

Mali – Agence Nationale de la Météorologie (MALI-METEO)

Mauritania – Office National de la Météorologie

Mauritius – Mauritius Meteorological Services

Mexico – Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) / Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN)

Mongolia – National Agency for Meteorology and Environment Monitoring

Morocco – Direction Générale de la Météorologique

Mozambique – Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia

Myanmar – Department of Meteorology and Hydrology

Netherlands – Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI)

New Zealand – Meteorological Service of New Zealand

Niger – ASECNA/ Ecole Africaine de la Météorologie et de l’Aviation Civile (EAMAC)

Nigeria – Nigerian Meteorological Agency

Norway – Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway)

Pakistan – Pakistan Meteorological Department

Panama – Hidrometeorología – ETESA

Paraguay – Dirección de Meteorología e Hidrología

Peru – Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú (SENAMHI-PERU)

PhilippinesPhilippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

Poland – Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute

Portugal – Portuguese Institute of Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA)

Qatar – Qatar Civil Aviation Authority – Meteorology Department

Republic of KoreaKorea Meteorological Administration (KMA)

Romania – Romanian National Meteorological Administration (NMAR)

Russian Federation – Hydrometcenter of Russia

Rwanda – Rwanda Airports Company

Saint Lucia – National Meteorological Service

Sao Tome and Principe – Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia

Saudi Arabia – National Center for Meteorology

Serbia – Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia

Seychelles – Seychelles Meteorological Authority

Sierra Leone – Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency

SingaporeMeteorological Service Singapore

Slovakia – Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMU)

Slovenia – Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO)

Somalia – Somali Civil Aviation Authority, Department of Meteorology

Spain – Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMet)

South Africa – South African Weather Service

Sri LankaDepartment of Meteorology

Sweden – Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)

Switzerland – MeteoSwiss

Tanzania – Tanzania Meteorological Authority

Thailand – Thai Meteorological Department

The Bahamas – Bahamas Department of Meteorology

Timor-Leste – National Directorate of Meteorology and Geophysics (NDMG)

Togo – Direction générale de la météorologie nationale

Trinidad and Tobago –Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

Tunisia – Institut National de La météorologie

Türkiye – Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS)

Uganda – Uganda National Meteorological Authority 

United Kingdom – UK Met Office (MO)

United States of America – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) / National Weather Service (NWS)

Uruguay – Instituto Uruguayo de Meteorología (INUMET)

Vanuatu – Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

Venezuela – Instituto Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (INAMEH)

Viet Nam – National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF)

Zambia – Zambia Meteorological Department