The United Nations has just launched an information system to improve the exchange of weather, climate and water data. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Information System simplifies the international exchange of this information, while reducing costs, and exploiting the latest communications technologies. This service is expected to aid disaster risk reduction, water management, food security, and health applications.
The system is built on the global telecommunication system of WMO’s World Weather Watch that has been used for the past 40 years for the exchange of daily weather observations and forecasts. The new system is the first time much of this data has been available for free and unrestricted use.