All effective action for climate adaptation and resilience requires high-quality weather, climate, hydrological, and related environmental services (defined by the Alliance collectively as hydromet services). But many countries are facing substantial challenges in delivering these services. In order to more effectively support countries in addressing these challenges, WMO and major development and climate finance partners created the Alliance for Hydromet Development. The Alliance unites and scales up efforts to close the capacity gap on high-quality weather forecasts, early warning systems, and climate information. The members of the Alliance are committed to deliver on ten specific tasks (see Annex 1). For its initial work, the Alliance has been focusing on three priorities:
- Deploying a standardized tool to benchmark and assess countries’ hydromet capacity gaps - the Country Hydromet Diagnostics (CHD).
- Creating an innovative mechanism to finance developing country surface-based weather and climate observations - the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF).
- Producing a regular Hydromet Gap Report to track progress on closing the capacity gap by 2030 - this is the first such report.