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Measurements and the weather – a perfect match after all

World Meteorological Day 2017 - Understanding Clouds | iStock.com/Zoran Kolundzija

Celebrate World Meteorological Day on the 23 March

The measurement community often has to explain that ‘metrology’, the science of measurement, shouldn’t be confused with ‘meteorology’, the science of phenomena and processes of the atmosphere and one aspect which is widely known: weather forecasting. But actually, those two branches of science complement each other very well.

Numerous joint research projects within the environment and energy calls of EURAMET’s European Metrology Research Programmes (EMRP and EMPIR) are linked to meteorology.

One of the aims of the environment call is to address challenges concerned with climate monitoring. A number of projects funded through this call directly address this challenge by improving the quality of data to stimulate the development of innovative technologies therefore supporting an improved quality of life for European citizens by increasing our understanding and assessment of climate change.

One of the aims of the energy  call, run in parallel, enhances the environment call by reduce harmful emissions through contributions to measure and control  emissions, therefore reducing global warming an aspect which contributes to climate change.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and EURAMET are stakeholders in various joint research projects within EURAMET’s European Metrology Research Programme and the WMO is an important member of EURAMET’s Research Council.

This year’s World Meteorological Day is about ‘Understanding Clouds’ to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water. Read more about World Meteorological Day and Understanding Clouds.

A comprehensive overview of EURAMET's environment and energy projects can be found here: Metrology for Environment and Metrology for Energy

Early impact from joint research projects linked to meteorology can be found in the following case studies:

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