Who we are

Member State flags in ECMWF Council chamber, Copyright: Stephen Shepherd

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states.

ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. This data is fully available to the national meteorological services in the Member States. The Centre also offers a catalogue of forecast data that can be purchased by businesses worldwide and other commercial customers. The supercomputer facility (and associated data archive) at ECMWF is one of the largest of its type in Europe and Member States can use 25% of its capacity for their own purposes.

The organisation was established in 1975 and now employs around 350 staff from more than 30 countries. ECMWF is one of the six members of the Co-ordinated Organisations, which also include the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

ECMWF is based in Reading, UK.

How we work

ECMWF organigram

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ECMWF holds ISO9001:2015 certification and, wherever practical, requires that its suppliers also hold such certification.

The ECMWF Quality Management System applies to the following activities:

  • Provision of medium range, monthly and seasonal weather forecasts
  • Scientific and technical research, directed at the development of numerical models and data-assimilation system
  • Provision of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change services on behalf of the EC