Norwegian Meteorological Institute

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The Norwegian Meteorological Institute (Meteorologisk Institutt, met.no) was founded in 1866. Met.no provides the public meteorological services for both civil and military purposes. The institute has today approximately 500 employees. Their main office is in Oslo, and there are regional offices in Tromsø and Bergen. Among the core activities of met.no are developing and improving operational models, tasks related to environmental emergency services, and general climate research and climatological services (observations, databases and general climatological information). The section for remote sensing in the R&D Department is working with utilization of various satellite data in now-casting of weather and sea state and for assimilation in numerical weather and sea state models. Satellite data are read down locally and received via networks. In the EUMETSAT Ocean & Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility, O&SI SAF, met.no is hosting the operational High Latitude Centre responsible for the daily sea ice products. An automatic analysis system, which derives sea ice products by combining satellite data from different sensors, has been developed and implemented for operational use.

Met.no will have the main responsibility for developing and delivering services for sea ice and snow products.