Aeronautical meteorology services are governed jointly by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and WMO. The two organizations work together to establish and implement a global regulatory framework for the National Meteorological Services of Members to use as a basis for meteorological service provision in a highly coordinated and interoperable manner.
The Aeronautical Meteorology Programme (AeMP) coordinates all WMO aeronautical meteorology related activities and ensures an effective liaison with ICAO by supporting the development of meteorological techniques and practices for the provision of services based on user-identified requirements. This coordination work covers:
- the establishment of basic meteorological networks and facilities required for effective provision of meteorological service to international air navigation;
- the setting of standards on aeronautical climatological information;
- the defining of qualification and competency standards for aeronautical meteorological personnel; and
- the advancement of science and technology in support of growing demand for interoperable, fit-for-purpose, quality information and services by the aviation transport sector.
The Programme also provides targeted capacity development to Members, particularly in developing and least developed countries, in order to assit them in achieving international requirements for quality, competency and performance of aeronautical meteorological service. The Aeronautical Meteorology Programme also develops guidance material, best practice models, documentation and training for Members in order to assist them in meeting requirement standards. In this regard, the Programme promotes the establishment of fair, equitable and transparent cost-recovery mechanisms for sustainable and high quality aeronautical meteorological services.