Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)
MetService was formed as a State Owned Enterprise in 1992, from the former New Zealand Meteorological Service which had operated since 1861. With a staff of around 200 it provides meteorological and information presentation services both within New Zealand and in many parts of the world. Much of MetService’s development and expertise is leading edge and has applicability in a number of natural hazard areas.
Under its commercial contract with the Government of New Zealand, MetService operates a national weather data network, and provides a wide variety of forecasts and warnings of severe weather. These services are backed up by a group of engineers who plan, develop, install and maintain monitoring equipment; leading edge development of computer forecast models; and in-house training of professional meteorologists.
MetService expertise in the natural hazards area can be applied to the improvement of monitoring networks which enable early detection of hazardous weather events, computer modeling, effective management of warning services and systems, and innovative communications technology for sustainable and cost-effective communication of warnings of natural hazards. MetService routinely works in the Pacific region, providing both support for existing meteorological systems and improvement projects funded by New Zealand and global donors. Having assisted developing countries for over 50 years, MetService has a natural empathy and pragmatic approach which has proven successful.Track Record: