Number of staff: 2360
President: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Adrian
The Deutscher Wetterdienst – The Reference for Meteorology
The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), which was founded in 1952, is as National Meteorological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for providing services for the protection of life and property in the form of weather and climate information. This is the core task of the DWD and includes the meteorological safeguarding of aviation and marine shipping and the warning of meteorological events that could endanger public safety and order. The DWD, however, also has other important tasks such as the provision of services to the Federation, the Laender, and the institutions administering justice, as well as the fulfilment of international commitments entered into by the Federal Republic of Germany. The DWD thus co-ordinates the meteorological interests of Germany on a national level in close agreement with the Federal Government and represents the Government in intergovernmental and international organisations as, for example the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These tasks are embodied in the Law on the Deutscher Wetterdienst from 10 September 1998.
The spectrum of tasks of the DWD is wide. There is hardly anyone who is not interested in weather and hardly any area of our lives not affected by weather and climate. The DWD records, analyses and monitors the physical and chemical processes in our atmosphere and, in its capacity as the reference for meteorology in Germany, is in the position to answer any questions concerned with weather and climate. The DWD holds information on all meteorological occurrences, offers an extensive range of services for the general public and operates the national climate archive.
In its role as a National Meteorological Service, the DWD is also a provider of scientific and technical services and a competent and reliable partner for public and private partners in the field of meteorology. The increasing demands of its more than 50,000 customers oblige the DWD not only to supply high-quality products and services, but also are a continuous incentive to improve product quality, customer orientation, and profitability.
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